Commenting on tonight's decision to deselect Cllr. Chris Meaden in favour of hard-left former Council Leader Yvonne Nolan in Rock Ferry Ward, the Leader of Wirral’s Conservative Group, Cllr. Ian Lewis, said:
“Many people in Wirral will remember what it was like the last time Yvonne Nolan had a seat in the Council chamber. They will shudder at the thought of her making a comeback.
“We don't forget the months, and years, of constant, fruitless, confrontation and a campaign that resulted in more than £12 million of Council income being written off.
"With tonight's news that Cllr. Moira McLaughlin has also quit the Party, this means five senior Wirral Labour councillors have now left since the May elections, along with widely-respected MP, Frank Field.
"Wirral Labour is splitting down the middle and are now too busy fighting each other."
“I was the campaign manager for the Conservatives in Moreton in 1991 when Cllr. Nolan was heavily defeated.
"The fact that Wirral Labour has chosen to return to those days proves that those who have resigned have done the right thing – they haven’t left Labour, the traditional, moderate, sensible Labour Party has left them.”