LABOUR GO ON ATTACK; City Bucks National Trends Local ELECTIONS
Byline: By NICK COLIGAN Political Reporter
LABOUR held firm in Mer-seyside last night despite a disappointing day at the polls in the rest of the country.
The party lost seats right across the UK, but made three gains in Liverpool, giving the ruling Liberal Democrats a bloody nose.
It avoided any significant defeats in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and St Helens, although it lost control of nearby Warrington.
The Lib Dems still have a 26-seat majority over Labour in Liverpool and were not troubled in core areas like Aller-ton, Childwall and Wavertree.
But they failed to get anywhere near winning any of their target areas on a disappointing night for new leader Warren Bradley.
Labour group leader Joe Anderson said: "It was a fantastic night for us, given the criticism we have received."
Cllr Bradley said: "Liverpool is unique at election time - in 1997, Labour won the general election, then we took control of the council a year later. The city has again bucked the national trend."
Elsewhere, the Conservatives again failed to make any ground in Wirral or Sefton. …