Joe Harmer. The first of many new and vibrant members of the Liverpool Lib Dems who will be taking seats from Labour on the council.
The Lib Dems have adopted Joe Harmer as our candidate for the bye-election for the Wavertree Ward which will be held on May 4th. the same day as the Liverpool City Region Mayoral election.
Joe Harmer only joined the Party in September 2015 but comes from a long Lib Dem tradition. His father Roger is the Deputy Leader of the Birmingham Lib Dems. Wavertree Ward was held by the Lib Dems for many years before the formation of the coalition in Westminster which caused many of our supporters to stay at home.
Joe Harmer said, “As I have gone around Wavertree in the past few weeks it has become absolutely clear to me that the councillors have not been doing their job. Resident after resident have reported to me that rubbish has been left in the streets, lights have been left unrepaired and the basics of a clean, green and safe neighbourhood have been ignored by Labour councillors. I know from working with my Dad what a difference a good hard working Lib Dem councillor can make to the people of an area like Wavertree.
My own view is simple. Wavertree Ward, part of which I represented until 2004, has never looked worse. No-one seems to care about the day to day problems of its people. Joe Harmer will be great at a local level but will also be a great and confident member of our growing team on the City Council. With Lib Dems gaining seats from Labour and Tory alike nationally and with Labour locally as well as nationally arguing amongst themselves and not against the Tory Government we will go all out to win this seat.
Wavertree is part of our Southern Seats Strategy. Already in our super seven targets we have this bye-election and at least two more Labour councillors have decided not to stand next year so that they can spend more time with their families!