Independents Group 4, Conservative Independent 1. A very heterogenous Merseyside district north of Liverpool, including working-class Bootle, Aintree racecourse, Crosby, and the resort town of Southport which has not stopped resenting being placed in Merseyside.
There will be a double vacancy election in Ford ward on 3 May (held by Labour). Blundellsands ward has a vacant seat (held by Labour). The Liberal Democrats gained a seat in Dukes ward from the Conservatives at a byelection on 2 November.
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