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.
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.”
Southport’s Tory MP has been accused of “brittle petulance” after a remarkable outburst against a local councillor in a row over funding.
Damien Moore reacted after one of the town’s Norwood councillors publicly quizzed him over cuts to the local authority’s emergency funding during the Covid crisis.
Some £2.4m has been cut already, with concern also expressed by the councillor over a potential £40m black hole facing Sefton and the effect on services to local residents it will have if the government doesn’t fulfil its promise to meet all costs caused by the pandemic.
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.