Positives and “fundamental change” highlighted as local election candidates unveiled

 Following huge gains locally in recent years, Labour is looking to further strengthen its position in Southport after revealing its candidates in the town for next month’s local elections.

The last contest in the area in 2019, saw Labour achieve its highest ever vote, with three times as many as the Liberal Democrats. It was the worst result in a general election for a liberal candidate of any type in Southport since the Victorian era, going all the way back to 1900. 

This followed two local election campaigns in the previous 18 months in which Labour took 5 seats from the Lib Dems and the previous general election result in which Labour also surpassed them with a record vote at the time.

Lib Dems secured Southport’s worst general election result for a liberal candidate in nearly 120 years.

Labour says its desire for positive action and cooperation between the community and council to take Southport forward is in clear contrast to opponents, as Southport Labour’s Chair Cllr Mhairi Doyle explained:

“When you compare the record of Labour in Southport and across Sefton with the Lib Dems, for instance, it’s quite stark how there is a fundamental change and they are clearly being rejected by local residents after years of doing little of any actual note but complain and spread misinformation.” 

“Contrast that with our hard work and advances locally and how Labour-run Sefton Council has just been acknowledged for its ‘fantastic work’ and critical role in helping ensure the success of the Southport Town Deal funding by the independent Chair of the Town Deal Board.” 

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Apology demanded from Southport MP for what councillor says is “clear discrimination” against Black Lives Matter protest

A banner at Saturday’s human rights protest in Southport

Southport’s Conservative MP has been told he should apologise after denouncing the Black Lives Matter protest held in the town at the weekend.

Posting on his Facebook page, Damien Moore made a lengthy criticism of the event, which he’d previously asked residents not to attend.

The MP stated he supported the aims behind it but his opposition was on the basis of Covid concerns, saying:

“The demonstration that took part on Saturday was unhelpful and went someway to undoing our town’s efforts to tackle this pandemic, protect our NHS, and save lives.”

But critics have pointed out that in the very same post he also stated that veterans who had staged their own gathering at the same time just a hundred metres or so away had his “full support”, seemingly unaware it completely undercut his own professed public health stance.

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