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Did you know that Southport is the birthplace of the NHS... but our A&E is under Tory threat? Did you know that our candidate, Liz Savage, doubled her vote in 2015 and now stands a real chance of winning here? Did you know that Labour is Southport's best chance for regeneration? Labour Voice, tells it like it is.
Did you know that Southport is the birthplace of the NHS... but our A&E is under Tory threat? Did you know that our candidate, Liz Savage, doubled her vote in...
"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.
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!"
"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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Labour has received a major boost to its election campaign in Southport after newly released figures showed a big swing towards it.
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...
The latest general election poll indicates that Southport voters are turning to Labour.
The poll, by the Liverpool Echo, reveals that Labour are currently tied with the Conservatives, both receiving over a quarter of the survey votes, with exactly 26.4% of the vote each.
The Lib-Dems, meanwhile, are a distant third with less than half that at 12.7%.
Labour's candidate, Liz Savage, said she was not surprised by the poll results:
"We have been receiving a very favourable reaction on the doorsteps, and the poll strengthens our belief that Southport realises the choice in this election is between us and the Conservatives who've drifted far to the right.
They are threatening our local A&E, our schools and driving wages down. We aim to stop them."
With nearly a quarter of those polled saying they were still undecided, Liz is clear about their choice:
"If you ask, 'What are the basics for a decent life?', most people I think would include a decent education, a decent NHS, a decent affordable home and a decent wage packet... under Conservative rule all have suffered, it's an indecent government. It's time to rebuild a fairer Britain."
The latest general election poll indicates that Southport voters are turning to Labour. The poll, by the Liverpool Echo, reveals that Labour are currently tied with the Conservatives, both receiving over...
Labour has stepped up its bid to win Southport from the Lib Dems in the General Election by opening a campaign headquarters in the town centre. Newly elected Liverpool City Region...
Labour candidate Liz Savage has sent a message to Green Party supporters following their decision not to field a candidate in Southport for the General Election.
Liz remarked “In some ways it’s unfortunate that Green Party supporters are being denied the choice they had two years ago. However I want to make an appeal to them directly to support our range of environmental policies in this election. Labour has set out a range of green policies including a ban on fracking, a pledge to repower Britain with a low carbon electricity system by 2030, and to secure a Brexit deal that doesn't reduce UK environmental standards. In addition our new City Mayor, Steve Rotheram has pledged to shift to a zero carbon Merseyside by 2040 and to create a Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Company.”
Labour candidate Liz Savage has sent a message to Green Party supporters following their decision not to field a candidate in Southport for the General Election. Liz remarked “In some...
Southport's travel links are essential to revitalising our depressed local economy, so on Tuesday I met the Chair of Merseytravel, Liam Robinson, to see what can be done to improve things.
It was a very positive meeting and I certainly took the opportunity to underline the importance of efficient rail links to this beautiful seaside town. I also stressed the need for an affordable service and quizzed Liam on what plans Merseytravel has for the service. It's encouraging stuff...
We discussed at length the huge investment that Merseytravel is making in new trains, which means we will no longer have the oldest trains in the country serving Southport!
As Merseytravel is part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, these trains will actually be owned by the people of Merseyside and Liam revealed that the initiative is actually 30% cheaper than a private company owning these trains. Crucially, for service users, it will also lead to a 10% decrease in travel times.
Better trains, provided more cheaply, improving the service and cutting journey times. A case for public ownership if ever there was one, I'd say.
New trains will also be introduced by Northern Rail following strong lobbying by local Labour councils which will see some new services for the town, in particular to West Yorkshire. The advantage of this to Southport is obvious; we can attract visitors from further afield, boosting our economy.
If elected as your Labour MP I will also continue to work hard with Merseytravel to ensure that our rail services to the south of Manchester via Oxford Road and Piccadilly are protected.
All of these improvements can only be a good thing for the local area.
As your MP I would also be in a unique and strong position to work with Labour colleagues such as the new Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and Merseytravel to improve services for the people of Southport.
Labour-run Merseytravel has led the £2 "My Ticket" fare scheme for young people. This has seen an increase of 80% in young people using buses. With the new devolved powers to re-regulate buses in our area, there is a great opportunity to go even further and ensure fares are more affordable for all other groups too.
Elect me as your MP and I will work with other Labour elected officials to ensure we are continually striving to provide the best deal for Southport.
I am committed to retaining concessionary fares for older people across Merseyside, not only so that our elderly residents benefit through getting out and about in the local community but also so those in other parts of the region can travel to us, bringing further trade to the area.
Our rail links are vital and with Steve Rotherham as Liverpool City Region Mayor, and Andy Burnham in Manchester, good working relationships could also prove just as beneficial to strengthening Southport's economy and improving our town's future."
Labour candidate Liz Savage in discussions with Chair of Merseytravel on the future of Southport transport links
Southport's travel links are essential to revitalising our depressed local economy, so on Tuesday I met the Chair of Merseytravel, Liam Robinson, to see what can be done to improve...
Liz Savage has once again been selected to stand as Labour candidate in Southport for next month's General Election.
She previously organised the petition against the closure of breast care services at Southport Hospital and campaigned successfully to prevent the closure of dementia services at Brookdale Centre, Ainsdale.
Liz Savage has once again been selected to stand as Labour candidate in Southport for next month's General Election. Liz remarked "I'm delighted to be representing Labour in Southport again...
Moels Ward is ready for the June 2017 General Election
Moels Ward is ready for the June 2017 General Election