Steve Rotheram officially opens Southport Labour election office
Prominent MP Steve Rotheram was in Southport to officially open Southport Labour’s campaign office on Eastbourne Road. Steve is best known nationally for playing a key role in persuading the government to release all papers relating to the Hillsborough disaster.
Members and supporters turned out to greet Steve who opened the office before joining activists in talking to local voters.
Steve said “It’s great to be back in Southport and to open Liz Savage’s office.
“I know that Liz is a determined campaigner whose working background means she will stick up for working people when she’s elected in 41 days time.
“In the coming weeks Liz will continue to hold Southport’s Lib Dem MP and his government to account for the cost of living crisis they have created and for their plans to make a further £7billion worth of cuts to our NHS.
“We know this will be a really close election and Southport is no exception. The people here have the opportunity to make real change happen on May 7th. I hope they will support Liz so she can play her part in the next Labour government that will make Southport an even better place to visit, live, work and to raise a family”.
Liz savage commented ” The office is open 11am to 4pm 6 days a week. People are welcome to drop by and talk about national and local issues. Don’t forget we’re also using the office as a foodbank collection point.
We want to thank Steve for taking the time to come here today. Opening this office shows how seriously we are taking the campaign. Labour can win in Southport.”
Southport residents will benefit from Labour’s plans for the NHS, according to its election candidate Liz Savage.
If elected on 7 May, Labour plan to create a 21st Century NHS that will make patient services fit for the future by bringing together physical health, mental health and social care into a single system of whole-person care.
With an elderly population, and lots of families with young children in our town, Liz Savage says that the people of Southport will see improved local NHS services if Labour is elected. Labour also plans to guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and will repeal the Health and Social Care Act introduced by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition that wasted £3 billion on a top-down reorganisation that puts competition and profits before cooperation and patient care.
Liz Savage said: “As your local MP in Southport I would be vigorously supporting Labour’s proposals to streamline physical, mental and social care into a whole-person approach and ensure that the residents of Southport benefit from this. As a patient and the daughter of someone with a brain tumour, I have seen the pressure the NHS and care system is under in Southport, Merseyside and West Lancashire from the Coalition Government’s focus on profits and competition.
“Labour is determined to protect and strengthen the NHS and make it fit for the challenges of the 21st Century. That means bringing together the different parts of the service and helping them work together, built around patients, seeing the whole person and organising services around the needs of the people in Southport.”
My third election pledge is to secure better and cheaper local transport for Southport.
We have recently seen on the East Coast mainline the benefits of publicly run rail operating companies. As Southport’s MP I would be voting for Labour’s policy to allow more train operating companies to become publicly owned and for them to work in the best interests of passengers and not just shareholders. This policy will ultimately bring about improvements in both Merseyrail services to Liverpool and Northern Rail services to Manchester.
We have seen a recent reduction in our local bus services because of changes instigated by bus companies in addition to bus services going out of business. Labour recognise that buses are a lifeline for many people and are too important to be left to the whims of business and shareholders. That’s why I’ll support the Labour policy of re-regulating our buses which will mean Merseytravel can provide a truly integrated transport system, with more affordable fares, in a similar way as London Transport.
I have already discussed our local travel situation with the chair of Merseytravel, Liam Robinson. Liam shares my concerns that Southport risks isolation if the Lib Dems wish for a separate Southport council ever became reality. Liam confirmed my fears that residents could risk losing free bus, rail and ferry travel anywhere across Merseyside for all residents over 60 and that any multi-modal, multi operator zonal tickets e.g. Saveaway, could cease to be valid in the Southport area.
We also discussed the potential for introducing a waiting room at Southport station.
Anyone in Southport who drives a car knows that we pay more for our fuel here than in neighbouring towns. I have already written to the CEO’s of Tesco and Morrison -; our two principal filling stations here -; asking them to explain the reasons why it can cost Southport motorists many pounds extra to fill up. As your Labour MP in a Labour government I will be able to properly pursue issues like these that are hitting our town.
Liz is pictured at Southport station with Merseytravel chair Liam Robinson.