Liz Savage urges Southport MP to vote against controversial fracking legislation

drilling.jpgThis Monday (26th January) sees parliament vote on the controversial Infrastructure Bill that would allow unlimited fracking to take place under private property including houses and allow “any substance” to be left behind. Southport Labour’s parliamentary candidate Liz Savage is urging the town’s Lib Dem MP to vote against the measure, not least because around 85% of Southport is within an area licensed by the government for fracking.

Southport Labour has obtained a copy of a letter (click here to read the letter) from the town’s MP to one of his constituents which downplays the risks and compares the effects of fracking to tube trains under his central London flat. Liz stated “Fracking is of great concern to many Southport people and this letter appears to place John Pugh firmly in the camp of those who believe fracking should go ahead. If he votes in favour of the Infrastructure Bill he’s voting to allow this unproven process to take place under the majority of Southport. I think the jury is out on fracking and we need to know a lot more before we allow it to happen under residential areas. In his letter, which the recipient described as patronising, he likens fracking to tube trains which frankly misses the point as well as being a ridiculous comparison.”

“I hope local residents will  sign our online petition asking Southport’s MP to vote against the Infrastructure Bill.

Coalition Government is letting Southport children down

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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

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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 agent@ifaw.org or Clare Sterling on +44 (0)20 7587 6708, mobile +44 (0)7917 507717 or email csterling@ifaw.org

A&E in crisis at Southport Hospital

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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. “

Liz Savage urges local councillors to improve the town by spending money allocated to Southport by Sefton

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Liz Savage, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate has taken local councillors to task over their lack of spending in Southport.  Each Sefton Ward is allocated a certain amount of money based on its population.  Local Councillors for each ward have to come to an agreement between them as to how the money is allocated in their wards.
Here’s the link to the latest ward budgets published by Sefton Council:

http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s56746/FD%203282%20-%20Southport%20Budget%20Monitoring-f-l.pdf

Liz stated “I’m shocked at how little has been spent within Southport  from the ward budgets particularly as in most wards all the councillors represent the same party and therefore it’s not political differences which is stopping the money from being spent”  At the moment there is £112k allocated to Southport which has not been spent.

“Councillors in Southport are quick to point the finger at Sefton Council and say that they don’t pay regard to Southport,  but when money has been allocated it hasn’t been spent.  Only £305 has been allocated of the Kew Ward budget and £53 in Norwood.  Meanwhile residents in Kew around the Folkestone Road area are having major issues in relation to parking and Dukes Ward residents are having issues with dog poo.  This money could be spent on schemes to alleviate these problems.  Some of the money could be spent on installing or updating  play equipment.  Other projects could include helping the Botanic Gardens, painting of railings in parks, bandstands generally things that make Southport a more pleasant place to live.”