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

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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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