I had my first chance this evening to speak with Paul Larkin. Paul has joined the Lib Dem group on Sefton Council. I was very impressed not just by Paul's knowledge of the issues facing people in the Derby Ward of Bootle he represents but by his obvious dedication to improve the lives of people living in what is one of the poorest areas in Britain.
Paul's ward adjoins the northern boundary of Liverpool and our Lib Dem colleagues in County Ward-Paul Clark et al- are his closest neighbours. The Liberal Democrats are now established as the main opposition in the Bootle constituency with the Derby Ward being added to the long standing Victoria Ward which we also hold from Labour.
One striking thing about Paul was his keenest to look forward and not to dwell on the difficulties and frustrations he has faced in the Labour Party.