Saturday, 26 February 2011

Follow up to “Winding up the Tories”

On Thursday I made mention of Mrs Joyce Charlton, “the Tory matriarch of the day” in Birkdale West. 

My Birkdale colleague Simon Shaw draws my attention to a connection of which I was unaware.

In the early 1960s, when Simon was about 7 years old, the Shaw family moved from Waterloo Road to 53 Trafalgar Road, Birkdale.  And who did Peter and Brenda Shaw buy the house from?  Mrs Joyce Charlton.

Simon was still living there with his parents and his sister, Penny, in 1979 when he first stood as a 23 year old Liberal council candidate in Dukes Ward, securing a very impressive 42% of the vote, in a straight fight with the Conservatives.

Two years later, Simon was to win the equivalent seat (Central, West and Birkdale West) in the last ever Merseyside County Council elections by the infamous 6 vote margin, again in a straight fight.

One other connection: across the corner from 53 Trafalgar Road there lived the Braham family, including the young Michael Braham, my authoritative source for the Jack Smith Hughes story.

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