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LIVERPOOL LABOUR ELECTS NEW LEADER

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Gideon Ben-Tovim, a university lecturer, has won the battle for the leadership of the Labour Party in Liverpool. ...
Gideon Ben-Tovim, a university lecturer, has won the battle for the leadership of the Labour Party in Liverpool.

The Daily Post (27 March, p1) reported that Mr Ben-Tovim defeated the current leader, Frank Prendergast, by a 2-to-1 margin in the party's first one-member-one-vote ballot.

Mr Ben-Tovim said: 'We must unite as Labour members to regain control of the city council. It has been a historic and decisive ballot of the Labour Party membership. More than half of our members have voted for me. It is the beginning of the road back for Labour in Liverpool.'

Mr Prendergast said he planned to carry on as a councillor, and as a member of the new eight-member executive boards set up by the Labour Party's NEC.

Another Labour councillor said: 'We have a leader but nobody for him to lead. Few of the existing members will want to work with Gideon Ben-Tovim.'
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