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If football is a "funny old game" politics can be a downright hysterical one at times. The latest bit of funny business comes from Southport's former Liberal Democrat MP, John Pugh. 

With more time for hobbies these days, Mr Pugh seems determined to become the town's very own Nigel Farage by shouting long and hard, if none too coherently, for "Souxit" ...Southport's very own leave campaign.        
Trying to breathe new life into a long-corpsed idea, Mr Pugh asserts that Southport should no longer be part of Sefton Council. Nor indeed should it even be part of the neighbouring Lancashire councils. No, Sefton should apparently be split in two and Southport would essentially become its own separate unitary authority, with the other Bootle-based.
According to the leading light of Souxit, this is because Southport's "distinctive voice" is not being heard:
"Bootle is a very different place from Southport," says Mr Pugh, whose geography at least seems sound, "It’s very hard for the decision makers, however talented, to take into account the concerns, interests and priorities of areas they’re not familiar with and don’t actually represent." 
It's a rather low voltage proposal, however, for several reasons. 
Firstly, if Southport's 'voice' is not being heard it rather begs the question what exactly are the town's 20-odd Lib-Dem and Tory councillors doing? The criticism appears a tacit admission it's not a lot that's constructive. 
Southport's Lib-Dem councillors especially have a reputation for opposing Sefton proposals in the town, such as the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Southport Market, while Labour-led initiatives such as the refurbishment of Birkdale village are given scant regard. That Sefton has invested nearly £100m in the town is also ignored in the Souxit narrative. 
Channelled through Mr Pugh's party colleagues, it can often seem that Southport's voice adopts a rather carping tone with a vocabulary heavily reliant on just one word, "No!"
Southport would be far more eloquently served by Labour councillors who can work in cooperation with the rest of their colleagues in Sefton for the good of the town, says Mhairi Doyle, Chair of Southport Labour Party:
"Labour councillors here would ensure that Southport's voice could be heard loud and clear and that when it was it would be a voice of progress, not hindrance. Next year's council elections will give the town an opportunity to start a conversation that will move it forward, not mire it in needless squabbling." 
It's a dialogue however that others appear determined to drown out and prevent happening in whatever way they can.
 
The most recent example is a story which Mr Pugh and Kew Ward's Lib-Dem Councillor, David Pullin, put out to the local press loudly proclaiming "Lib-Dems Challenge Council Secrecy". Proceeding to thunder along with the measured quality of an enraged bull elephant it trumpeted of things being "almost Stalinist" as it made claims of a cabal-like Labour-only secret meeting regarding a council acquisition. 
 
The problem for Messrs Pugh and Pullin is that not only is much of it incorrect says Sefton Council but also the leaders of the three opposition parties, including the Lib-Dems, actually took part in the acquisition discussions. A particularly liberal definition of "secret" then it seems. 
 
At the very least, the raising of the topic some three months after the meeting; just as Souxit touts its wares and attempts to lure unsuspecting passers-by with its breathy promises and also via the offices of its most enthusiastic salesman, Mr Pugh, could be seen as worthy of a quizzical eyebrow.  
Another reason that the Souxit proposal produces more heat than light is that the division suggested by the former MP appears based more on party politics and an attempted populism than it is on practicality.  
What Southport's Lib-Dem and Conservative critics of Sefton fail to acknowledge is that it was their parties in government, firstly through coalition and then the Tories solely, that ordered a 51% cut in its budget. Like a Dickensian street gang, proponents of Souxit want to cut 'em and run, making off into the night with their spoils.
Over £200m of funds lost between 2010/11 and 2017/18 is a simply huge amount which obviously then has a huge knock-on effect. To order those cuts and then criticise the council is akin to severely hobbling a horse and then complaining that it's lame.
Not unlike the call to ignore experts during the Brexit campaign, the proponents of a separate authority don't really talk numbers though and with good reason, because here they just don't stack up. 
On top of all those budgets cuts, they want to add the cost of setting up a completely new council. A unitary authority has a responsibility for over 1,300 statutory duties, creating a totally new body to carry those out would be hugely expensive.
 
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The costs involved are just one of several huge hurdles that would have to be overcome at a time when local government is under more pressure than ever. Simply put, it's a completely impractical proposal. So why is Mr Pugh now so vocally attempting to revive it?
One possible reason is that this is little to do with what's good for Southport and much more to do with what's good for the Liberal Democrats in the town. This would also explain why Mr Pugh does not suggest Southport goes back into Lancashire but wants a totally new council created.
After 20 years of returning a Lib-Dem MP, Southport comprehensively rejected them in the general election last month and they were also pushed all the way back into third place by a resurgent Labour Party.  
Southport Lib-Dems are understandably nervous that they will go the way of their colleagues in Sefton Central and become virtually extinct. By suggesting a separate authority the Lib-Dems are hoping they can create a power base and also re-establish themselves in the town. 
Mr Pugh claims he has cross-party support for the idea and reinforcing the impression of his going "full-Farage" he even appeared on the BBC at the weekend alongside UKIP's parliamentary candidate in the town, Terry Durrance, with both calling for Souxit. That both parties are also rightly fearful of their highly precarious position in Southport is surely not just coincidence? The possible doubling of councillors in the town as a result of Souxit would be seen by both as offering hope for survival. 
 
As such, Souxit, much like its Brexit big brother, appears born more of party political considerations than careful consideration of the practicalities claims Mhairi Doyle:  
"As far as I'm concerned it's a sham and little more than what would be a very costly attempt at local gerrymandering. Souxiters basically want local council tax payers to fund their own naked political ambition." 
How long then before Mr Pugh stands for election to the very body he wants us all to leave, or starts to pop up in the press doing his best man-of-the-people impression with pint in hand? We shall see. 

"Souxit" - Southport out of Sefton plan would be a costly sham

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Labour has signalled its serious intent to make a piece of political history by taking Southport from the Conservatives at the next general election. 
Southport has never had a Labour MP but after coming second in June for the first time in over half a century, the party believes it can now go one better and that another election might be called before the year is out. 
This weekend saw the first of two events which will be the official restart of campaigning in the town, just weeks after June's result and before Southport's new MP, Damien Moore, has even had a chance to properly warm his seat. 
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Liz Savage, Labour's candidate in Southport in the last two general elections, is confident we can build on a strong showing which has seen her nearly quadruple our vote in the town in just over two years:
"I think people are already starting to realise that Damien Moore means less for Southport. The threat to our hospital due to planned Tory cuts has actually increased since he took office and with their reduced mandate and desperate deal with the DUP, his party are looking anything but strong and stable."
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Labour front benchers Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Bootle's Peter Dowd and Sefton Central's Bill Esterson all joined Liz and local party members at the event to kickstart the campaign.
"It's fantastic to have the support of our parliamentary colleagues here and also to see so many new faces campaigning for the first time" said Liz, "There is a real buzz about Labour's chances in Southport now; the town wants real change, it needs real change and only we can provide that."
Labour’s shadow cabinet member for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, Cat Smith, believes there's a chance mounting pressure on the Conservatives will force an early election and that Southport now faces a clear choice:
"I enjoyed campaigning alongside many dozens of Labour Party members and volunteers from Southport, which is a target seat for the Labour Party at the next general election. The Conservatives want to keep cutting our NHS and public services but Theresa May gambled when she called the election and now they have no majority and no mandate for their reckless cuts. Next time the choice will be between Labour, which is on the side of the many in Southport and the Conservatives, who only ever stand up for the few.”

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Southport Now A Target Seat for Labour

Labour has signalled its serious intent to make a piece of political history by taking Southport from the Conservatives at the next general election.  Southport has never had a Labour...

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We made history! YOU made history!!

It's not a claim many people or campaigns can make.... but we can, we did!
Now that our rosettes are unpinned; our campaign HQ has closed it's doors; our boards are being taken down and all those Lib-Dem campaigning leaflets are just so much junk mail, (were they ever anything else?) we can reflect on what a truly momentous result we achieved in this election. 
In just over two years we have nearly quadrupled our vote in Southport! That is remarkable.
We would like to thank every single constituent who voted for us, you can be proud; we have all sent a clear message that Southport is changing.
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We just came second, for only the first time in over half a century. Not since a youthful John Prescott, back in the days before he had his Jags and didn't have such a strong objection to eggs, had we done this - way back in '66. 
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Liz stood in 2015 and doubled our vote, she virtually did the same this time around and gained nearly 25% more votes than the Lib-Dems. She was just 6% short of taking the seat and had a bigger share of the vote than when the Lib-Dems held it two years ago. If the Lib-Dems had not split our vote Liz would now be the MP for Southport. 
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Next time, we firmly believe we will make history again and it WILL be a Labour MP for Southport. 
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For far too long the Liberal Democrats party in Southport has ridden on the backs of Labour supporters; no longer!
For decades Labour supporters in Southport did the decent thing, reluctantly accepting the harsh choice of voting Lib-Dem to stop the Tories. But times have changed in Southport, this is no longer the constituency of old. Southport wants change. Just look at the graphs of the last three elections.
We posed a simple question; what exactly has 20 years of a Lib-Dem MP done for Southport? We clearly warned them (see our previous articles) that WE are now the tactical vote here if you want to stop the Tories. They chose to ignore that warning this time; they must not next. 
Make no mistake, Damien Moore is now the Conservative MP for Southport because they shirked that responsibility. 
A Tory MP for a town that has its local hospital, schools and its elderly all facing threat from Tory plans. An MP for Southport whose lame duck party are so desperate to hold on to power that they are looking once again to go into coalition; this time with the DUP, despite its terrorist links, its attacks on women's rights and its anti-LGBT vitriol.
Locally, we believe it will soon be clear that Moore means less for Southport. It will soon be clear that Southport needs real change, not continued loose change Tory funding. It will soon be clear that only Labour offers a future for our country based on fairness and hope, offers Southport future regeneration through cooperation with our neighbours.

When that happens, we will be there. Southport needs Labour and we are ready.  

 

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Labour make history in Southport. Lib Dems must now accept changed role.

We made history! YOU made history!! It's not a claim many people or campaigns can make.... but we can, we did! Now that our rosettes are unpinned; our campaign HQ...

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The Liberal Democrats are facing heavy criticism for their campaigning in Southport after releasing leaflets that have been described as "a cynical and shoddy attempt to hoodwink" local voters.

It comes after Southport constituents received a letter within the Lib-Dem campaigning material informing them that Labour was "strongly likely to finish a distant third" and advising them that "if Labour voters were to lend their vote to the Liberal Democrats they could stop the Conservatives winning in the town".  
The letter comes from Mike Smithson, founder of politicalbetting.com who says:
"I make my living by cutting through spin to see what the data really says. it's the data that forms the basis of all my predictions",
before then offering his advice on the situation in Southport. 
What the letter doesn't reveal is that Smithson is also a former Lib-Dem politician and that similar letters have gone out to several Lib-Dem marginals, all offering the same recommendation to vote for the party.
It seems that instead of "cutting through the spin" as the letter states, Smithson and the Lib-Dems are creating it. 
 
John Donnelly from Ainsdale was one of those who received the material, he said:
"The letter came with another Lib-Dem campaigning leaflet in an envelope addressed to me. I'm used to getting all sorts during an election, most of it goes to the recycling bin but I thought it was odd to see the Lib-Dems basically advertising what looked like a political betting site so I did a bit of Googling." 
He continued: "The letter gave me the impression that Mike Smithson was an independent expert so I was really angry to discover what to me is a blatant conflict of interest. I really don't like any political parties trying to trick me. Lord only knows how many other people too. It's sly and underhand in my opinion."
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"Wherever they arrive, the data outlined in Smithson's letter always points to voting tactically in support of the Lib Dems. What a shocker."
 
John is a Labour supporter and was so annoyed by the letter he took it along to our campaign HQ in Wayfarer's Arcade to complain.
   
Liz Savage, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, says she's appalled by the tactic:
"It's at best misleading. It's a cynical and shoddy attempt to hoodwink Southport voters I'd say. It's desperate stuff from them because various polls have us level or ahead of them and they know momentum is increasing with us. We are the only chance of stopping the Tories in Southport now and they know it."
She says it's the latest in series of claims made in an "increasingly negative campaign" by her Lib-Dem opponents:
"They've said I can't win here and that more and more Labour voters are turning to them but I'd like to know the basis for their claims. Indicators and surveys show that there's a surge of support towards us in the town. It's a shame they feel they have to resort to such underhand tactics but more importantly, it's also unfair to the people of Southport." 
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"Cynical and shoddy" Lib Dem Campaigning in Southport under fire.

The Liberal Democrats are facing heavy criticism for their campaigning in Southport after releasing leaflets that have been described as "a cynical and shoddy attempt to hoodwink" local voters. It comes...

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Ask yourself, what have 20 years of a Lib-Dem MP done for the town? What have the seven years of Coalition and Conservative austerity actually achieved?
What have the drop in wages and rise in exploitative work contracts given us?
What do you think the windows of so many empty shops in our town truly reflect? 
(OTS News photo) Look at how Conservative plans are threatening not just our A&E department but possibly Southport Hospital itself. At how our NHS is being underfunded and undermined. How our nurses, doctors and emergency services struggle daily. 
liz_schoolcuts_churchtown.jpgView the funding figures at www.schoolcuts.org.uk and discover how Conservative and Lib-Dem plans could see dozens of local teachers cut from our schools, threatening the education of your children or grandchildren. 
See the concern etched on the faces of many of our elderly residents, fearful over Tory plans to end the winter fuel allowance, attack their pension rights and introduce the Dementia Tax.
Watch how people in our community struggle to get and pay for proper social care; how local families struggle on low wages; how just one of our town's foodbanks gave out over 45,000 meals in the past year; how fracking threatens not only our surrounding countryside but could also affect private housing under an initiative supported by Southport's just retired Lib-Dem MP.
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Then stop and listen to Labour's alternatives for our town and our offer of a fairer future for our country. 
*Labour will stop the privatisation of our NHS, massively increase its funding, and integrate health and social care, offering hope and comfort to those most in need. 
*Labour's plans are the only ones that could see our schools gain funding and teachers
*Labour's plans will reassure our elderly residents by securing the triple-lock on pensions, the winter fuel allowance, free bus travel and NOT implementing the Dementia Tax.
*Labour will put 10,000 police back in our communities, not accuse them of "crying wolf" when raising genuine safety concerns like Theresa May did. 
*Labour will help the low waged and end exploitative work contracts
*We will cut tax for our small businesses and offer greater investment in our country's infrastructure. 
I believe that our manifesto offers Southport a brighter future and voting Labour offers Southport genuine change. Working closely with Labour colleagues in Sefton, Merseytravel, and the city region mayors in Liverpool and Manchester, I believe our close cooperation can offer Southport a greater chance of regeneration through improved transport links and development.
For too long our town has been held back by Lib-Dems fighting with neighbours who could help us. While the current threat to our hospital is the bitter fruit of their going into coalition, kick-starting this period of Conservative rule and brutal cuts.
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Southport needs the real change that we can offer. Others will try to convince you otherwise of course. Despite threatening our schools, our local hospital and much more besides, the Conservatives think Southport will vote for them and the Lib-Dems will make many bold claims but make no mistake; they aren't resorting to negative tactics like this leaflet because they think I can't win. They have also claimed that "more and more Labour supporters are backing the Liberal Democrats this time" but I'd really like to see the basis for that as it doesn't appear to be born out by various indicators.
We have closed the gap nationally and locally. The latest YouGov poll puts us second, behind the Conservatives in Southport. The latest Ashcroft poll has us essentially level with the Lib-Dems at just one percent less. The Liverpool Echo poll had us way ahead of them. The Liverpool City Region Mayor result breakdown in Southport showed we had nearly 20 percent more votes than the Conservatives and three times the Lib-Dems. The support is here. The Lib-Dems say I can't win but everyone can see the surge towards Labour here. For Lib-Dems in Southport it is crunch time. The choice is Labour or Conservative. We are now the tactical vote here as only Labour stand a chance of stopping the brutal Tory cuts and their hard Brexit stance.
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I say to Lib-Dems, Greens and all of Southport, you can share in our vision for a fairer Britain; if we win; you win!

Liz Savage, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Southport #GE2017.

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#GE2017: It's crunch time for Lib-Dems as Southport needs change

Ask yourself, what have 20 years of a Lib-Dem MP done for the town? What have the seven years of Coalition and Conservative austerity actually achieved? What have the drop in wages...

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Labour are now second place just behind the Conservatives according to the latest YouGov poll.

The survey results are the latest in a series of indicators showing a surge of support for Labour in the town.

Liz Savage, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, responded:

"This is just further confirmation of what we've been seeing on the doorstep and saying for weeks; the Liberal Democrat vote is collapsing and it is a straight fight between us and the Conservatives. We believe Southport is changing and that it wants change. Labour is closing the gap nationally and locally."

Another poll by Ashcroft has Labour essentially level at just one per cent behind the Lib Dems.

Both polls are highly embarrassing for the Lib-Dems who have been claiming that Labour "can't win" and that "more and more Labour voters" are supporting them.

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"I'd like to see the basis for that as none of the polls show it, nor does the recent Liverpool City Region Mayor result breakdown in Southport back it up. It's a shame they have to resort to such negative tactics but it's also quite amusing, let's be honest, they wouldn't do it if they actually thought I couldn't win!"

She also has a clear message for Lib-Dem supporters:

"If you want to stop the brutal Conservative cuts and their hard Brexit stance, we are now the tactical vote here. You need to vote Labour."  

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#GE2017 Labour Now Second in Southport Says YouGov Poll

Labour are now second place just behind the Conservatives according to the latest YouGov poll. The survey results are the latest in a series of indicators showing a surge of...

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.

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#GE2017 - Did you know this about Southport? 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...

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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.  

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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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