Popular ex-mayor won’t contest next election

Coun John Beirne at Albion Street in St Helens town centre.
Coun John Beirne at Albion Street in St Helens town centre.

EX-mayor John Beirne has announced that he will not seek re-election to St Helens Council in next year’s local elections.

Coun Beirne, who says he is due to stand down due to “personal family matters”, was one of the founder members of the St Helens Lib Dems and has been a councillor for the last 20 years.

One of the most outspoken and colourful Town Hall characters, Coun Beirne has spearheaded a number of local campaigns in his time as a councillor.

In recent years, he was the first to promote the St Helens “Be Local Buy Local” campaign, in response to the economic slump.

And earlier this year he led a campaign to persuade Helena Partnerships to retain designated areas of the borough for housing for the over 50s.

Coun Beirne, who owns and runs the Avanti hair salon on Westfield Street, said: “Politics has been a big part of my life since I was 15-years-old and I have met a lot of interesting people in the role, not to mention lots of friends.

“There’s no big secret. It’s not anything to do with the Government and there have been no fall-outs. But I will not be standing next year due to personal family matters.

“However, I will still serve my electorate until May 2012 and would like to thanks everyone for their continued support.”