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Labour MP's daughter embroiled in nepotism row wins battle for his local council seat

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Labour MP’s daughter embroiled in nepotism row wins battle for his local council seat after he stood down

  • The daughter of a Labour MP was selected to stand in his old council seat
  • Ellie Byrne, 22, won with a 62 per cent share of the vote in the Everton ward 
  • Her closest rival, Green Party candidate Kevin Robinson-Hale, had 362 votes 

The daughter of a Labour MP who was selected to stand in his old council seat – prompting a nepotism row – has won with a 62 per cent share of the vote.

Law and history graduate Ellie Byrne, 22, daughter of Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne, received 925 votes in Thursday’s by-election for the Everton ward on Liverpool city council.

Her closest rival, Green Party candidate and former Everton Labour member Kevin Robinson-Hale, received 362 votes.

University graduate Ellie Byrne, 22, (pictured) won in the safe Everton seat on Liverpool City Council

University graduate Ellie Byrne, 22, (pictured) won in the safe Everton seat on Liverpool City Council

Miss Byrne's social media shows her having taken an interest in politics since at least last year, when she posted pictures of herself helping at a food bank and attending an event with her father and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured). She is also believed to have worked as a trainee at a local law centre

Miss Byrne’s social media shows her having taken an interest in politics since at least last year, when she posted pictures of herself helping at a food bank and attending an event with her father and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured). She is also believed to have worked as a trainee at a local law centre

Miss Byrne replaces her Corbynista father, who stood down in January after being elected in 2019.

When she was announced as candidate, a group calling themselves the Labour Activists in Everton Ward sent an email saying: ‘Does Labour condone nepotism as a way to recruit… candidates?’

Miss Byrne and her father did not respond to requests for comment. 

But Sheila Murphy, appointed to oversee the Liverpool Labour group, said Ellie Byrne was selected ‘based on her ability’.

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