Following the 2004 local elections Labour received only 26% of the vote – 11% less then the Conservatives and 1% less than the Liberal Democrats. Labour lost control of several of its "heartlands" councils in the North – Doncaster, Leeds, Newcastle and St Helens. However, they did take control of Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales. The Labour Party had 2250 councillors, a loss of 479, and control of 39 councils, a loss of 8.
By the 2006 local elections Labour had only 1439 councillors and control of 30 councils. Labour councillors are required to be members of the Association of Labour Councillors, established to support, represent and promote the Labour Party in local government. In Merseyside there are five local councils: Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. An example of a local council controlled by the Labour Party is Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Cllr.
Baker plans to retire from being a Knowsley Councillor in 2008. He is a member of several committees – the Corporate Performance Scrutiny Committee, Scrutiny Coordinating Committee and Tender Opening Panel. He holds surgeries at Mosscroft Community Centre. Cllr. Greer plans to retire in 2010. He is a member of the Area Partnership Board Coordinating Group, Corporate Performance Scrutiny Committee, Economy and Employment Scrutiny Committee, Human Resources Appeals Committee, North Kirkby Area Partnership Board.
He holds surgeries at both Park Close and Tower Hill Community Centres, and Copthorne Adventure Playground. Cllr. Harris plans to retire in 2008. She is a member of the Cabinet of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. She holds surgeries at Southdene Community Centre and St Laurences Church House, Lydbury Crescent. Cllr Swann plans to retire in 2008. He is Chair of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee as well as a member of the Economy and Employment Scrutiny Committee, Planning Committee and Scrutiny Coordinating Committee.
He holds surgeries at Arncliffe Sports Centre, Merseyside Youth Centre, Lichfield Road, 7 Aston Park and Rygate Club Merryvale. The Labour Party was formed in 1900 and originally followed the ideology of social democracy. In recent years, particularly under Blair, the party has adopted a more centrist approach, the "Third Way" and the party was re-branded New Labour. The party is made up of Constituency Labour Parties, affiliated trade unions, socialist societies and the Co-operative Party, with which it has an electoral agreement.