The Lib Dems have gained a councillor in Sefton as an Independent has joined the party.
Cllr Sinclair d'Albuquerque was elected in 2021 as a Conservative but had for some time sat as one of two members of the Southport Councillors Group.
He said, "The way the Liberal Democrats proactively represent the people of Southport has been impressive and visionary.
"Although elected as a Conservative three years ago, I now consider their principles, ethics and values both locally and nationally are no longer compatible with mine.
"I am delighted to have joined the Liberal Democrats."
The political composition of Sefton Council is now: Lab 51, Lib Dem 9, Con 5, Ind 1