Coalition Government is letting Southport children down


In 2010, David Cameron made a promise to parents that he would deliver smaller class sizes in smaller schools. 


In reality the number of infants in large classes over 30 has soared by 200 per cent since the last election, affecting up to nearly 100,000 young children and there are now five times the number of primary schools with over 800 pupils.

This is coupled with the fact that Sure Start Centres have been closing at a dramatic rate over the past four years.  In April 2010 there were 3632 but this had fallen to 2816 by Nov 2014.  Sure Start Centres not only benefit children with early education and confidence in social settings but they can be a lifeline to parents who may have given up work to look after their children and now find themselves isolated as their circle of friends are working.


Southport Labour’s General Election candidate Liz Savage stated “As a teacher I know the effect that large class sizes have on children’s education and on the workload of teachers. The Lib Dems and Tories are failing our children and adding to the stress of teachers.

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan has a complacent attitude and doesn’t think this matters. It does!  Staff morale and class sizes affect the prospects of our young people.  It is clear that another five years of Tories with or without the Lib Dems will lead to more children being forced into large classes and further damage to standards.”

Liz Savage Supports the IFAW Campaign to End Wildlife Crime


Southport Labour Party’s Candidate Liz Savage has shown her commitment to protecting animals by pledging her support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) campaign to end wildlife poaching.

At the Labour Party Conference, Liz is pictured with a speech bubble to highlight the issue and send a clear message that she wants the UK to continue to take the lead in the international community to stamp out wildlife crime.

The illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated £11.6 billion per year. It ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

Criminals are attracted to wildlife trafficking for the huge profits and low penalties. Disturbingly, the proceeds are used to fund well-armed rebel and militia groups who are willing to slaughter threatened species and kill people to obtain elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and other wildlife parts.

 Liz said: “An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. I am supporting the IFAW in their campaign against this because I want to ensure that elephants don’t become extinct and just a picture on the internet or in a book of an animal that used to be”

IFAW’s work to combat wildlife crime includes providing training and equipment to anti-poaching ranger units, training customs officials to identify and seize wildlife contraband, collaborating with law enforcement authorities to arrest and prosecute black market traders and working to reduce demand for these products throughout the world, particularly in China.

IFAW’s UK Campaigns Manager, Tania McCrea-Steele, said: “The impact of poaching and the illegal trade on wildlife is very grave and we are witnessing entire populations of iconic species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos being brought to the brink of extinction. We thank Liz Savage for showing her commitment to stamping out wildlife crime.”

For more information on the IFAW campaign please contact:

Amanda Gent on +44 (0)20 7587 6725, mobile +44 (0)7860 755876 or email or Clare Sterling on +44 (0)20 7587 6708, mobile +44 (0)7917 507717 or email

A&E in crisis at Southport Hospital


A&E waiting times for Southport Hospital show that last week 62.7% of patients were seen within 4 hours. The Government target is 95%. Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southport Liz Savage (pictured above with South Ribble candidate Veronica Bennett) commented:

“Residents are having to face longer waiting times in Southport hospital due to David Cameron’s re-organisation of the NHS and his cuts to social services.  If the correct “home care” is not in place then A&E has to deal with more re-admissions and beds get blocked at the other end of the system.  What we are seeing is a return to where we were in the early 90’s when patients were left in corridors on beds, however now they are often left in an ambulance until they can be handed over to A&E.  As a result ambulances are not able to get to those who most need them. “