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LABOUR CONTROL IN LIVERPOOL 'DEATH KNELL FOR HARD LEFT'

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Labour has taken overall control of Liverpool City Council for the first time since 1991. ...
Labour has taken overall control of Liverpool City Council for the first time since 1991.

A by-election victory over the Liberal Democrats last week means Labour holds 50 of the 99 seats on the council, compared with 42 for the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour group had been depending on the votes of left- wingers outside the party whip to maintain its minority administration.

'This is the death knell for hard left politics in Liverpool. Now it's the Tony Blair party,' said council leader Harry Rimmer.

The seat, in the marginal Dingle ward, was won with a 3% swing. The ward now has two Labour members to one Liberal Democrat.
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