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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Southport Tory MP quizzed over Sefton Covid cash.

Southport’s Conservative MP challenged to act

Sefton Council has had nearly a quarter of its emergency funding slashed by the government as it tries to tackle the Coronavirus Crisis, it’s been revealed. 

The authority has been handed a cut of nearly £2,400,000 (24%) in its emergency funding from the government, despite the huge extra demands its meeting to combat Covid-19.

According to the cross-party Local Government Association, councils in England are facing a total financial black hole of between £10 and £13 billion because of the cost pressures of fighting Covid-19, such as the sourcing of Personal Protective Equipment, and from lost income and savings opportunities. 

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Stay At Home – new government rules, plus useful links on advice and how to be a Coronavirus Crisis volunteer.

Links below for full safety advice to the public.

The government has issued new advice to try and curb the spread of Coronavirus and prevent developing Covid-19 disease.

The new measures include curbs on movement include shopping only for basic goods and a ban on gatherings. Police will be given powers to enforce restrictions, including fines.

The government guidance says people should only leave home for specific reasons, including:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home

You can read all the latest advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

The coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating”, says the World Health Organization, warning that its taken 67 days to reach 100,000 cases worldwide but just four to go from 200,000 to 300,000. 

Globally, there have been over 16,500 reported deaths to date. In the UK, which is believed to be several weeks behind other nations, the total is now over 330. (At time of writing.)

The full government advice on a range of issues covering Coronavirus and Covid-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

You can find the World Health Organisation’s advice for the public here:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

There is also a good BBC article covering a range of topics and helpful instruction here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366

Sefton MBC has the following page with advice on several areas and links to Public Health England advice: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/communitycovid

Here in Southport, we have five Labour councillors who will do what they can to help with any queries or issues you may have. You can find a full list of Sefton councillors by ward here:  https://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0

There are a wide range of groups that need help to help others locally at present, so if you want to volunteer during the crisis and feel you are able to do so then see this link: https://volunteeringsefton.org.uk/

For the NHS use this: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS.

To volunteer at Southport Foodbank, use this: https://southport.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/volunteer/

If we at Southport Labour can help with any problems then do not hesitate to get in touch via southportlabour@outlook.com or via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southportlabour/

Please make sure you follow the safety advice.

We can still work together to stop this virus spreading and minimise the harm it will cause but it starts with each of us taking individual responsibility.

Stay safe and help others to stay safe.