Posted by: westlancashirerecord | May 6, 2016

OWLs Hold/Gain First Directly Elected Seat On Borough Council

Our West Lancashire owlhold yesterday gained their first seat on West Lancashire Borough Council. Adrian Owens became the first Independent elected against both Labour and Conservative candidates this century. Overall, in Ormskirk, Our West Lancashire outpolled one of the main parties and Jane Thompson pushed Labour hard in Scott ward, achieving a close second place.

Adrian Owens said “This is the best result of my political life. Labour and Conservatives ran relentlessly negative campaigns but the residents of Derby ward wanted an end to councillors meekly toeing the party line. In fact dozens of them with no previous experience in politics joined in our campaign, so fed up are they of the petty nature of much that passes for politics in our area.”

“Only a massive influx of activists from Merseyside secured the Scott ward seat for Labour and deprived my colleague, Jane Thompson of victory. Yet from a standing start, in 16 months she has risen to 36% of the vote. I know that she will be a councillor, and an excellent one, before too long.”

Councillor Owens called on local residents in communities throughout the Borough to join Our West Lancashire. “Residents in some wards were complaining to me that they had heard nothing from candidates for the election. That’s because in ‘safe’ wards, the main parties take voters for granted. My victory last night and Jane Thompson’s achievements show that local residents are crying out for an alternative where the silly games played by the main parties have no part. Please join us and get involved.”

Well that’s a “bit cheeky” to quote Cllr Owens adrianplough. In 2012 he was elected as a Tory with 883 votes and a 308 vote majority. This year he’s been elected as an OWL with 806 votes and a 96 vote majority. What’s the betting that if there were OWLs anywhere else they also would have joined in? And did petty politics only start in our area only after OWLs were invented?


  1. Jane may be a councillor one day but not in Scott ward while councillor Noel Delaney is alive! Nice to see the Owl disciples being whipped into campaigning in the leader’s ward of Derby on polling day night. Maybe if Jane hadn’t been whipped she may have won Scott. Or maybe she thought she didn’t have to bother. On a serious note, whilst she was hard at work campaigning in Derby, she looked seriously ill, I do hope she is ok.

    • OWLs’ state “We are determined to put residents before the party whip” but that might not apply to elections. Not sure why or how it could, can candidates be whipped? Be that as it may, it is nice to see concern for the health of an opponent.

  2. Is it any wonder good people don’t stand for elected office when they have to deal with the disgraceful untruths from ill-informed persons such as “letsfixwestlancs” who from previous comments is clearly a Labour activist.

    The only time Jane came into Derby ward yesterday was during her neighbourly service walking her neighbour’s dog with her partner. In that small act, I venture that perhaps she did more for her community on May 5th than “letsfixwestlancs” did. Similar concern for her neighbours has seen her vote rise from 0 to 19 and then to 36% share of the vote.

    Attack Jane’s policy stance by all means but leave off the snide personal attacks.

    • We have many good people who stand for elected office, and sadly we have many who are not good people. But whatever camp they come from we allow them all the right of free speech, truthful free speech. Other than making that observation I leave you two gentlemen, both clearly activists, to settle your differences rather more moderately.

  3. And Liam Blacklock went from 0 to 37% share of the vote in Derby, with no untruths on his campaign material, no negative campaign like you state.
    as for what I do in the community will, never be subject to media, or campaign material. I do not need the coverage you crave.

    • Mr Blacklock is clearly a man of high intellect, according to his profession, someone we may well come to respect as a future borough politician. But if and when he does he will be subject to a party whip, with all THAT brings to campaign material.

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