Leader of the Council Cllr Pat Hackett has announced his intention to retire from politics this year. Cllr Hackett has been a Member of Wirral Council for 26 years, since he was first elected in 1994.
Cllr Hackett said: “It has been my pleasure and my privilege to serve the people of this borough for many years, the last one in my role as Leader of a thriving council such as Wirral.
“My years of service have been a defining period in my life and I am filled only with a happy nostalgia as I announce that I will be retiring as Leader of the Council and as a ward councillor this year.
“The last year has been a great experience and I am proud to have been the Leader of a Council that has grown so much, in such a short time.
“During the largest regeneration scheme that Wirral has ever seen, it has been a privilege to work alongside so many ambitious individuals, leading a strong workforce to achieve collective goals and ultimately, make massive strides in our vision for the Borough.
“It has also been an honour to serve the residents of New Brighton as their councillor.
“After a fantastic 26 years I have decided that I intend to retire this year. I look forward to watching Wirral continue to grow and prosper, as I know it will.”
Commenting on the decision by Councillor Pat Hackett to step down as Leader of the Council, and as councillor for New Brighton, the Leader of Wirral’s Conservative Councillors, Ian Lewis, said: “It has been a privilege to know Pat for the last 26 years, albeit from different sides of the political debate.
“Pat is a well known and respected councillor for the town and he will be remembered for always trying his best to make a positive contribution to the Borough.
On behalf of the Conservative Group, I wish him, and Elaine, happiness in their life together, beyond the Council.
“On a political level, the worry is that we are now faced with yet another Labour leadership election and Wirral’s third Council leader in as many years.
“Wirral Labour Party is just two seats away from regaining control of the Council. Depending on who is elected to replace Pat, the prospect of a Miliant-style Labour leader is the last thing that potential investors, and taxpayers, need at this time.”