Wirral Councillor Gail Jenkinson joins the Green Party taking the group to 14

3 January 2024

Popular Wirral councillor Gail Jenkinson has joined the Green Party. Gail will now be the Green councillor for Greasby, Frankby and Irby.

At the local council elections last May Gail topped the poll in her ward. She says,

“It is important that I keep the promises I made when I was elected last May. I feel that I can now only do this as a member of the Green Party. I love the place where I grew up and still live, and I speak to residents every day. I cannot do this honestly as Labour changes its policies, particularly now it is saying it will relax controls on building on the greenbelt.

We have fought long and hard to protect our vital open spaces but our brownfield-first Local Plan is still under inspection. We have beaten Leverhulme and other developers for the time being, but we cannot be complacent. The last thing we need is more loopholes for big developers to exploit, potentially at great expense to the Council, depriving the public of even more funding.

“We must protect the future of our children and all future generations. I strongly believe that being a member of the Green Party is the best way for me to contribute to that future and be a more effective councillor.”

Wirral’s Green Group of councillors now increases to 14. It’s co-leaders are Cllrs Pat Cleary and Jo Bird.

Cllr Pat Cleary says, “I’m delighted that Gail has decided to join the Green Party. Protecting our green belt and preventing urban sprawl is massively important to us. I know that Gail will be a passionate advocate of those principles for people in Greasby, Frankby and Irby.”

Cllr Jo Bird says, “Gail is a formidable campaigner. She champions the issues of social and environmental justice that matter most to people who live in Greasby, Frankby and Irby. More and more people on the Wirral are turning to the Greens because – like Gail – we put people and environment first, not party bosses.”

The number of Green councillors in Wirral has now soared from one to 14 since 2019.

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