Ovarian Cancer Awareness

 I am fighting ovarian cancer – now I want everyone to know the signs

 

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Debbie Bannon says she is lucky to be alive after being struck by a cancer many people call ‘the silent killer’.  She is now undergoing treatment as she warns other people of the importance of knowing the symptoms to look out for in ovarian cancer.

Debbie is a Labour activist, who is chair of the party’s Meols Ward in Southport and IT officer of Southport Constituency Labour Party.

Read the full story in the Southport Visiter here – Southport Visiter or go to our Facebook page and discuss it with Debbie here – Southport Labour Facebook.

Sefton Labour Council Supports Southport

SOUTHPORT GOOD NEWS ISSUES

Brought to you by Sefton Labour Council and the Sefton Labour Parties of Southport, Sefton Central and Bootle.

Despite vicious cuts to local funding by the previous Liberal Democrat and Conservative Government and the continued attacks from the current Conservative Government which has bled Sefton of 45% of it’s budget in real terms since 2011, Sefton Labour Council is fighting to maintain your services.

What does this mean for the people of Southport?  Take a look.

  • Investment in local schoolsKings Gardens
  • The investment into the Atkinson

  • Local Parks – The investment into Kings Gardens

  • The investment into Southport Market

    • Near to full capacity with traders including the Farmers Market.

    • Footfall has increased through the market.

  • The investment into town centre strategies to act as a springboard for investment approved by a labour controlled council

  • Investment into Meols Cop station from Labour controlled Merseytravel

  • The work done supporting businesses in Southport through Invest Sefton

  • Promoting Southport through investing.

    • Organising and supporting the Air Show therefore benefiting local businesses

    • Organising and supporting the Fireworks Show therefore benefiting local businesses

  • Recent success in the Coastal Community Bid

  • Splash World
  • Working with the 900 businesses through the Southport BID to grow the economy and jobs

  • Maintained cleansing, lighting services despite the cuts

  • Planning for our future generations through the local plan for housing, employment, jobs and skills through devolution

  • Community Resilience Fund and the fact we put money aside to assist communities through difficult times

  •  In relation to the 20 mile per hour zones Sefton Council are just about to complete the final phase of implementation of the 20mp zones across all residential roads in Southport.

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  • The installation of lights in six trees, including power supply poles and electrical connection to the mains grid. (I am awaiting a final sign off from The Christmas Decorators who are updating some of the equipment) The cost of this project was £18,288

  • The refurbishment of the verandas in the Village centre. The cost of this project was £23,902.68

A total of £42,190.68 was granted to the New Birkdale traders from the CIPF.

The New Birkdale Traders also received £1,500 in 2014 and £1500 in 2015 as part of the Christmas funding support that the Neighbourhoods team delivered via the CIPF and the Community Transition fund.

 

. . . . and more, much more remains to be done.


 

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10 Reasons Why Southport Out of Sefton is a Very Bad Idea

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 Here’s ten very good reasons why the suggestion of a reorganisation of local government in Sefton would be bad for our town, is ill thought out and would cost everyone money:

1. The Local Government Commission in 1997 concluded any reorganisation of Sefton would be expensive and risk delivery of services. That hasn’t changed. They said “There is a real danger that a new authority for Southport would be marginalised, without a strong voice in Merseyside or beyond. It would have limited resources to tackle the pressures on services from the combination of tourism and an elderly population, and might find it difficult to attract staff of the right calibre.”

2. In the Boundary Commission’s report figures were produced by KPMG that estimated the cost of potential reorganisation along with increased ongoing costs. Allowing for inflation our calculations show that a reorganisation would increase council tax in Southport by around 25.8% in the first year.

3. A unitary authority has a responsibility for over 1,300 statutory duties. A new organisation to carry out those responsibilities would cost a substantial amount of public money in management and consultancy fees, legal costs, recruitment, setting up offices, opening depots, buying equipment, establishing functioning departments and services, re-branding, negotiations with the likes of Merseytravel, the City Region, police and fire authority, waste disposal authorities, health authorities (councils have public health duties), and many other bodies. Who would carry out this set up and negotiation, how much would it cost and how would it be funded? The financial risks and uncertainties multiply the more that the issue is examined. 

4. There is the massive question mark over what would happen to assets like the Atkinson. This is Sefton’s cultural centre, paid for by the borough. Would Southport have to compensate the rest of the borough and would a smaller council be able to run it? Who would negotiate the transfer of assets and what would Southport lose?

5. There are currently 21 councillors in Southport. The Lib Dems say that they want to reduce the number of councillors in Sefton. A unitary authority would require many more councillors than 21 in order to function and fill all the committees. Halton is sometimes cited as an example of a small unitary authority in Merseyside that broke away (in this case from Cheshire). The difference is that Halton was already established as a district council. Halton has a population of 125,000 and 56 councillors. On the same basis Southport would need around 40 councillors, virtually double the present number.

6. There is no precedent that we can find for breaking up a unitary authority in the way that they are proposing. More uncertainty and risk with no real promise of improvements for residents. 

7. The government has a policy of funding of local councils moving away from central government grants towards a system of funding using local business rates by 2020. Nobody knows what the funding situation would look like then. One could imagine that the bulk of business rates income in Sefton come from areas where industry and businesses are located, i.e. not Southport but further south towards the port area (don’t forget Seaforth docks are located in Sefton). Therefore the level of future funding that would be available for Southport is hugely uncertain

8. The arguments the Lib Dems use for the UK to remain in Europe are the opposite to the ones they use on the Southport out of Sefton. John Pugh MP said, regarding Europe “The family of nations that constitute the EU is not without its stresses and strains but nothing is ever solved in families by walking away and rejection.” Senior Southport Lib Dem councillor Iain Brodie Browne suggested the LibDems need to dust off the slogan “withdrawal doesn’t work“. We agree with these sentiments when applied to the issue of Southport and Sefton.

9. Liam Robinson, the chair of Merseytravel wrote to the Champion newspaper last year:

“I was somewhat puzzled to see the advert in last week’s Champion from the Liberal Democrats purporting to say that current concessionary rail and bus travel for over 60’s Southport’s residents across Merseyside would be safe if Southport set up its own council. The process of setting up a new council would inevitably lead to more bureaucracy and costs and put even greater pressure on budgets to provide services. As the Lib Dems know full well, in this event any new council would have to provide the national concessionary scheme and negotiate its own deal on local additional concessions either separately, or continuing to be part of Merseyside. With the greater financial pressures setting up a new council would bring, it is disingenuous for them to say that they can guarantee any service, such as concessionary travel.” 

10. As a very small unitary authority, Southport would struggle to exert influence regionally and therefore would never be at the front of the queue for transport and infrastructure funding. The Local Government Commission concluded  ” The distinctive voice of Southport in Merseyside would be small and peripheral.”

With Your Help We Will Win

Southport’s Seven Labour Candidates – Standing Up For Southport Not Standing By

KandN_Team.jpgSouthport Labour launched their election campaign amid a huge rise in membership and confidence of breaking the town’s Conservative-Lib Dem block.

Mhairi Doyle the candidate for Ainsdale, Ged Wright the candidate for Birkdale,  Steve Jowett the candidate for Cambridge, Frank Hanley the candidate for Dukes, Janet Harrison the candidate for KewDebbie Bannon the candidate for Meols and Lesley Delves the candidate for Norwood, speaking at a get together of some of Southport Labour Parties nearly 1,000 members and supporters, made the following points:

 Mhairi said, “In last year’s General Election, 1332 residents of Ainsdale voted Labour. This was a 300% increase in our vote. This would certainly be enough to win a local election if all these Labour supporters turn out to support me on May 5th.”

Ged added, “If you have ever voted Liberal Democrat because you feel a vote for Labour is wasted, I can assure you this is no longer the case. During the last election Labour’s vote share doubled. We only need 7 voters in every 100 to switch to Labour in Birkdale for us to win.”

Steve pointed out that, “The Conservative government, and the previous coalition with the help of the Liberal Democrats, have inflicted severe and unfair cuts in funding to local councils, police and fire services in the name of austerity. This is why services are under so much pressure. The blame for these cuts must stay with the government.”

Frank said, “Dukes Ward has not been well served by your Conservative and Liberal Democratic representatives.  All they are offering you are more cuts in service and no hope.  Labour is determined to fight back against the government’s cuts and restore pride in Southport.”

Janet spoke about, “Voting Liberal Democrat because you feel a vote for Labour is wasted is no longer the best option. During the last election Labour came a very close second in Kew Ward and we increased our vote share by 729, more than doubling our vote from the previous year.”

Debbie remarked, “We intend to win in Meols this year and really make a difference to the residents by working effectively with our colleagues in Sefton for the benefit of all.  Last year Labour achieved 1147 votes in Meols Ward, our highest ever total.  We managed this with minimal resources. In the last year our membership trebled and we are very confident of building on the success of 2015”

Lesley wants people to know that, “Many of you think that a vote for Labour in Southport will not be a winning vote and you have told us that you only vote Lib Dem to keep the Tories out.  The Liberal Democrats have proved in government that when the chips are down they are willing to implement Conservative cuts.  I am asking you to vote with your conscience, vote for the party that you want to win, vote Labour.”

To join the Labour Party click this link – join.labour.org.uk

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