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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.

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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.  

As a result, they have lost ground, both nationally and locally. Tactical_Practical.png

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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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." 

     

#GE2017 - Poll has Labour & Tories leading in Southport, Lib-Dems 3rd

  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...

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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 Mayor, Steve Rotherham, was on hand to officially open the Southport Labour group's pop-up HQ in Wayfarers Arcade. 
Labour's Southport candidate, Liz Savage, said she'd been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm from Labour supporters to take the hotly contested seat. After doubling their share of the vote in 2015, Labour now believes it's a three-way split between the main parties.
"I made significant gains last time and only 5 in 100 Southport voters need to switch their vote for us to win," says Liz, who runs a slimming consultancy in the town, "Southport's A&E is under imminent threat due to Tory plans, our schools are under pressure, our children face very bleak prospects and after years of the Lib Dems holding this seat there's been little benefit to the town."
The opening of the town centre shop is seen as a real statement of intent by Labour and the 43-year-old-mother-of-two expects it will have surprised her opponents:
"For too long Southport was seen as a contest between Lib Dem and Tory but things are changing, they have changed. Our membership here is now four times that of the Lib Dems and many local people are rightly horrified by Theresa May's surge to the right. Five out of the seven Southport wards voted for Labour and Steve in the Liverpool City Region Mayor election and we had nearly 20 per cent more votes than the Tories. Southport chose Labour, and by some margin."
She also dismisses talk of tactical voting:
"It is an even fight now, and we can win it. My advice to voters would be; look at our manifesto, look at the equality it promises. Do you want us or the Tories, who have slashed vital services but given massive tax breaks to the rich and still run up the national debt? And never forget it was the Lib Dems who enabled the current period of Tory rule."  
The prospect of a Labour MP for Southport also means the chance of greater opportunities for cooperating on Southport's regeneration according to Liverpool City region Mayor Steve Rotherham:
"It would be a pleasure to work with Southport's first Labour MP in developing the Liverpool City Region. Having an MP in Southport who very clearly shares my values and supports the vision spelled out in my manifesto would be great. A vote for Liz and Labour really counts in Southport on June 8th."
Liz agrees, "A Labour MP would be a great bonus for Southport and I'd encourage anyone who is curious, pop into the shop and say hi. We are very proud of the manifesto we have to offer and the change and equality it offers. We are certain that we can help Southport. Our message is simple: if we win, you win!"
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#GE2017 - Labour Ramps Up Southport General Election Campaign

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...

IMG_2740_smaller_2.jpgLabour 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.”

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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...

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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...

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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 at this election. Two years ago we doubled our vote share, whilst the Lib Dems and Tories crashed in support and lost more than 10,000 votes between them - Labour is a serious contender in Southport at this election. We'll be going out to improve on our performance and win."
Tarleton based Liz set out her vision and priorities for our town "I'll be campaigning hard to ensure the threat to the future of Southport A&E is removed. Southport has fantastic heritage assets and I'm the only candidate who will promise to work with the council to improve and enhance these features. I'm also the only candidate who will promise to work with our newly elected City Region Mayor to prioritise local transport, social care and the green economy. The Lib Dems and Tories together in government have left a legacy of cuts to the NHS, education, local government and policing. Only a Labour government can stop more of the same."
Liz is a trained teacher who runs her own business as a slimming consultant in Crossens , Southport. She served as Mayor in West Lancashire 2016-17.

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.

Southport Labour announce Liz Savage as candidate

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...

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Moels Ward is ready for the June 2017 General Election

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