Stay At Home – new government rules, plus useful links on advice and how to be a Coronavirus Crisis volunteer.

Links below for full safety advice to the public.

The government has issued new advice to try and curb the spread of Coronavirus and prevent developing Covid-19 disease.

The new measures include curbs on movement include shopping only for basic goods and a ban on gatherings. Police will be given powers to enforce restrictions, including fines.

The government guidance says people should only leave home for specific reasons, including:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home

You can read all the latest advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

The coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating”, says the World Health Organization, warning that its taken 67 days to reach 100,000 cases worldwide but just four to go from 200,000 to 300,000. 

Globally, there have been over 16,500 reported deaths to date. In the UK, which is believed to be several weeks behind other nations, the total is now over 330. (At time of writing.)

The full government advice on a range of issues covering Coronavirus and Covid-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

You can find the World Health Organisation’s advice for the public here:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

There is also a good BBC article covering a range of topics and helpful instruction here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366

Sefton MBC has the following page with advice on several areas and links to Public Health England advice: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/communitycovid

Here in Southport, we have five Labour councillors who will do what they can to help with any queries or issues you may have. You can find a full list of Sefton councillors by ward here:  https://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0

There are a wide range of groups that need help to help others locally at present, so if you want to volunteer during the crisis and feel you are able to do so then see this link: https://volunteeringsefton.org.uk/

For the NHS use this: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS.

To volunteer at Southport Foodbank, use this: https://southport.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/volunteer/

If we at Southport Labour can help with any problems then do not hesitate to get in touch via southportlabour@outlook.com or via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southportlabour/

Please make sure you follow the safety advice.

We can still work together to stop this virus spreading and minimise the harm it will cause but it starts with each of us taking individual responsibility.

Stay safe and help others to stay safe.

Coronavirus / Covid-19.

We urge everyone to follow the social distancing advice.

You might be healthy, you might be young, you might be both, and hopefully, you will be just fine – however, many others are not and certainly won’t be if we all don’t act responsibly.

(EDIT – Please note that new rules have been issued to stay at home. Full details can be found here.)

There are links below this graphic for further important current advice.

You can find the World Health Organisation’s advice for the public here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The government’s advice page is here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Sefton MBC has the following page with advice on several areas and links to Public Health England advice: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/miscellaneous-pages/coronavirus-2019.aspx

Here in Southport, we have five Labour councillors who will do what they can to help with any queries or issues you may have. You can find a full list of Sefton councillors by ward in this link: https://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0

If we can help with any problems here at Southport Labour then please do not hesitate to get in touch via southportlabour@outlook.com or via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southportlabour/

Please make sure you follow the social distance criteria. We can still work together to stop this virus spreading and minimise the harm it will cause but it starts with each of us taking individual responsibility. Stay safe.

Southport bucks national trend, post-election analysis reveals.

Labour’s Southport Parliamentary Candidate for the 2019 General Election, Liz Savage.

Southport has been hailed as “one of the best performances for Labour in the country”, bucking the national trend of the general election as the party’s vote rose considerably in the constituency.

In an election that proved to be disappointing for many Labour supporters with the party losing voter share across the country, Southport Labour and its parliamentary candidate Liz Savage actually made significant gains, polling nearly 19,000 votes in total. 

Despite ultimately losing on the night, the Labour vote here went up by 6.4% on the previous general election in 2017. The Conservatives also gained ground however and held onto the seat.

In yet another disastrous showing, the Liberal Democrats saw their vote crumble once again to continue a decade of steep decline locally.

It was the strength of the Labour vote in Southport though that stood out, with only two constituencies across the country doing better in terms of both vote share gain and overall vote for Labour – Bradford West and Portsmouth South, both already Labour held.

Buckingham also had a better vote share gain but with a far lower total number of votes polled, less than 8,000, meaning Southport has a strong case for Labour’s best non-defensive result nationally.

Liz Savage says that despite the defeat, she’s immensely proud of the campaign fought and how far Labour support in the town has come in a short time:

“I’d like to thank everyone who has voted for me. We didn’t quite get there this time but just four and a half years ago when I first stood here, the Labour vote in Southport was languishing at just over 4,000 and now it’s just under 19,000.” 

“That’s a testimony to the hard work and dedication of local Labour campaigners and councillors and I’d like to thank them also.”  

“The Brexit Party stood aside here in this election to allow the Conservative candidate unfettered access to the Leave vote, we needed the Liberal Democrats to show the same commitment.”

 “Despite knowing their vote was crumbling and all the advice from the tactical voting sites and the People’s Vote campaign, they refused to do so.”

“For the second general election in succession, they have split the anti-Tory vote here allowing the Conservatives through the middle and they have to own that for the next five years.”

“At least it is abundantly clear to everyone now that the Lib Dems are a spent force here and that Southport is not even a three-way marginal any more but a straight contest between us and the Tories, as we have been saying for some time.”

“Naturally I’m disappointed, not least for all the local residents who have suffered since 2010, but this result provides a rock-solid platform to build from.”

 “It is the best ever vote for Labour in Southport and exceeded the winning vote for Damien Moore last time and John Pugh in two of his elections. We will move on from here.”

Southport CLP Chair Mhairi Doyle with Liz.

Southport Labour Chair Mhairi Doyle commented: 

“It wasn’t quite enough but the context is also very important. To have come so far since 2015 is remarkable for us and to have produced one of the best performances for Labour in the country in this election is very heartening.”

“Nationally, we will learn the lessons from the result but I do find it rather odd that the media and Tories were saying this election was all about Brexit and now it seems they are trying to claim it wasn’t.”

 “While there may have been some other elements at play, there is no doubt in my mind what the overriding factor was and now the Conservatives have to make it work – given some of their wild promises, it will be a very tall order.”

“I firmly believe that come the next general election, and after what will sadly prove to be a further period of great difficulty for many under this Tory government, Labour will win in Southport and across the country.”