Town residents gathered for
1st 'Pre-Election Countdown' event
ON Monday 23 March 2015, Christ Church
in Southport hosted a 'Pre-Election Countdown' event, allowing members of the
public to take the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to those who are
aspiring to represent the Southport Area at Westminister. The event was
organised by the Evangelical Anglican congregation and hosted by its Vicar,
Stewart Reid. Taking part was the current MP, John Pugh, who is again standing
for the Liberal Democrats, Liz Savage who is representing Labour, Damien Moore
who is the candidate for the Conservatives, Terry Durrance who is UKIP and local
independent Jacqueline Barlow, standing for the Southport Party. The night also
had a statement read out from the Green Party's representative, as they
had only just picked a candidate. However on the website, as a few people said
on the night, Sefton Green Party will be:- "mainly focussing on the Church
Ward, i.e. the Waterloo area of Crosby, in the local elections on 7 May, 2015."
So it would have been interesting to see what questions would have been asked of
the newly announced candidate. But the 5 who did attend were given some very
hard questions, but the main focus appeared to be that Southport's electorate
want out of Sefton MBC. Some of the candidates voiced caution over this issue,
but the loudest voice for independence was from the Southport Party's candidate
Jacqueline Barlow who said:- “All of Southport’s decisions are made in
Bootle. We have become Sefton’s cash cow. We need to make Southport a unitary
authority again and bring our services back under our control.” One
thing all of the candidates did seem overall supportive of was the idea of a new
Southport Business Improvement District being established. Another issue aired
was the views over the EU, and a vote of hands with the audience clearly showed
a very mixed view to this issue with no clear majority. The second issue that
was raised was the idea of yet another coalition style of government being voted
in, but that also raised fears that the Scottish Nationalist Party, should a
coalition with them be formed could be catastrophic for the North West of
England. To that all agreed as well. We are inviting all the political parties
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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May
Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons
having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian
May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late
of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport,
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