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"Can Labour win in Southport?" It's a question I've been asked in the past but this campaign it's different. It's no longer asked forlornly, it's asked with a real sense of hope... and there's a good reason for that. 

This constituency is not the constituency of old, the boundaries might be the same but the people and attitudes within it are not. 

The breakdown of the recent Liverpool City Region Mayoral election figures for Southport indicates a resounding surge in Labour support, with nearly 20 percent more votes than the Conservatives and over three times that of the Liberal Democrats.  

The reasons behind these changes are varied but declining Lib-Dem support is evident. For many years, their argument was that only they could beat the Tories in Southport and for many years Labour supporters believed this and gave their votes to them. In 2010, however, the Lib-Dems went into coalition with the Conservatives and left a lingering sense of betrayal due to the period of brutal austerity which continues today.  

They abandoned their central pledge to abolish tuition fees and instead tripled them and failed to side with Labour against devastating Tory cuts to our health and education services. The consequences of this have become sharply apparent in Southport recently; make no mistake, the threat to our local A&E Department has its roots in that coalition.  

As a result, they have lost ground, both nationally and locally. Tactical_Practical.png

In 2015, the Labour vote here doubled as the Lib-Dems lost thousands of voters. There has been a surge in interest in Southport Labour and the party now has roughly four times as many members as the Liberal Democrats.  

For this election perhaps you’ve seen our campaign HQ in Wayfarer’s Arcade? You might have noticed more Labour posters or garden signs? Your vote counts, and the Labour vote now really counts in Southport.

The most recent survey, by the Liverpool Echo, has us tied with the Tories at 26.4%, the Lib-Dems lagging way behind on 12.7%. The choice in Southport it seems is no longer Lib-Dem or Conservative, it is Labour or Conservative.  

The Greens have recently announced their decision not to stand in Southport but most Green voters will realise that Labour is their natural second choice: we’ve made clear that we will ban fracking, our manifesto has a clear commitment to a low-carbon future for the UK. 

For Lib-Dems in Southport, it's time to decide: Labour or Conservative? Do they want the Tories to win here? Do they want the continued rule of a Tory government that is causing so much division and hurt or do they want to choose Labour, which is promising much greater equality and a vision for our future they can share in? 

The only way to elect a progressive government is to vote Labour. The only way to truly keep the Tories out in Southport is to vote for Liz Savage. Labour is now the tactical vote here. If we win, you win.

So, if anyone does ask this campaign "Can Labour win in Southport?", the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

  

 

 

#GE2017 - The Tactical Vote in Southport? It's now Labour!

  "Can Labour win in Southport?" It's a question I've been asked in the past but this campaign it's different. It's no longer asked forlornly, it's asked with a real...

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What a week! The decision to call a snap election caught everybody a little on the hop if truth be told but things have really geared-up since last weekend.
We started amongst friends at Birkdale Labour Club and it was apparent from this very first meeting that this campaign was going to be a bit different.
It was a great turnout and there was a real enthusiasm to get involved. It bodes really well I think.  
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The highlight so far locally must be opening our campaign HQ at Wayfarers Arcade, and it is already the engine room of our efforts and a hive of activity.
I'm genuinely humbled and grateful to all those volunteers who have already made such a strong start in helping us get our message out and deliver thousands of leaflets. Thank you all.
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Those at HQ are being matched for enthusiasm by the canvassing teams who even braved the appalling weather on Monday, though perhaps the toughest job of the week was trying to decipher their squelching information sheets afterwards?!  
Tuesday was radio interview day, a piece for Sandgrounder Radio, media work isn't something I approach with glee if I'm honest but it went well enough, I hope.  
Wednesday was a really significant day as it saw the release of our manifesto. It offers a different vision for our country, one of fairness and equality... and unlike the Conservatives, all our policies have been costed!
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It also saw a survey carried out by the Liverpool Echo which has us tied with the Tories and Li-Dems far behind. This and the release of the Liverpool City Region Mayoral results breakdown in Southport have given us all a real lift it's fair to say.
 Thursday was TV interview day, which is about the only thing I approach with less glee than radio interview day! It went OK despite that.
The tail end of the working week was busy canvassing, organising hustings, meetings and of course, being a mum to two teenagers, there is always the home life to contend with too!
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Saturday was truly gruelling, down the at the Tap and Bottles for the beer festival with Doug from CAMRA, too many community pubs are struggling... mind you it might be the barmaid.  
Sunday, we had a new volunteer on the canvassing team, Bill Esterson, who's standing for re-election in Sefton Central, for a newbie he was surprisingly good, you'd almost think he'd done it before! liz__Bill_3.jpg  
I also took an hour out from campaigning as part of "The Great Get Together" project run by the Jo Cox Foundation. The idea was to visit a local project that brought people together and highlight common values in the fight against hatred.
I chose to visit Parklands Lodge, a nursing and residential home for the elderly as I'd heard of a great scheme they have to bring elderly residents from across Southport, and beyond, together to combat loneliness.
I had a lovely time meeting residents 85-year-old Don (and his daughter, Jo) and Bill, 84, and hearing all about this very worthwhile endeavour from them and Gaye Clark of Athena Group which runs Parkside. 
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And finally, my pause for thought moment of the week was talking to one of our campaign volunteers who then turned out to be a politics lecturer at my old college!
She even remembered I'd been elected the "Student MP" there back in '92... I'm taking it as a lucky omen! 

On the #GE2017 campaign trail....

What a week! The decision to call a snap election caught everybody a little on the hop if truth be told but things have really geared-up since last weekend. We...

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Labour has received a major boost to its election campaign in Southport after newly released figures showed a big swing towards it. 
The figures, compiled by Sefton Borough Council's Electoral Services department, indicate that five out of seven of the town's wards voted for Labour in the recent Liverpool City Region Mayor elections. Labour's successful candidate, newly elected Region Mayor, Steve Rotherham,  is reported to have polled nearly 20% more votes in Southport than his nearest rival, the Conservative candidate, Tony Caldeira. 
Labour took the vote in all of the town's wards except Cambridge and Dukes, which went to the Tories, while the Lib Dems lost out in all. The figures show that Labour's vote in Southport was over three times that of the Lib-Dems and more than the whole of their Liverpool City Region Mayor vote in Sefton.
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, Liz Savage, says that the results are a major morale boost to her campaign and show that Southport is very much a winnable seat for Labour:
"Southport is changing, people are realising that years of having a Lib Dem MP has done little for the town and they see the damage that Theresa May is causing nationally and locally, to our schools and the threat to our hospital. I believe that these results show people want change, they want Labour.
* Number of votes recorded across all Southport wards (may include some mixed postal votes from across Sefton) 2017 Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election.

Southport Labour #GE2017 campaign boosted by election figures

  Labour has received a major boost to its election campaign in Southport after newly released figures showed a big swing towards it.  The figures, compiled by Sefton Borough Council's Electoral Services...

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