A Southport Lib Dem councillor has been accused of wasting Sefton Council's time and money by submitting a petition on an issue over which the council have no control.
The decision by Cllr Tony Dawson to submit the 42 name petition to the cabinet meeting this Thursday, February 26th was described as "bizarre" by Dukes ward Labour candidate Cath Cookson.
Cath remarked "I think councillor Dawson might have made a mistake. This petition, which must be one of the smallest ever submitted to the cabinet, calls for the council to take action on the reorganisation of police services in Southport. Surely he knows that this is beyond the remit of the council. I know that local Liberal Democrats are adept at blaming everything on Labour generally and the council in particular but this really takes the biscuit. His colleague and Southport's MP John Pugh voted for police cuts and for the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners so he's clearly sent this petition to the wrong place."
Labour's parliamentary candidate Liz Savage said "Don't the Lib Dems realise that actions like this simply cost the council money to administer and bog them down in dealing with the real issue which is dealing with the appalling cuts dealt out by their own government to local authorities?"