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Search for the 2020 Miss Liverpool City Region is on hold

THE search for Miss Liverpool City Region 2020 is now on hold due to the organisers following the UK Government's recommendations, and in an effort to support our nations attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) As a result they have had to postpone the auditions that had been due to take place on Sunday, 22 March 2020.

Pat Hughes said:- "For the health and safety of our contestants and my helpers is my top priority. While I understand many of you, as am I, will be disappointed by the postponement, I do not wish to put anyone at risk. Auditions will take place as soon as it is safe to do so. I will keep you updated. However if you have any questions please feel free to contact me via on here. Also press inquiries are being handled by our media partners, as quickly as they can. May this dreadful virus soon disappear and the world return to how it should be, if not better! Looking forward to meeting you all soon. Take Care and please remember to check in on people around you, even if it is just by a call. The biggest killer will be the separation from loved ones, so even a small conversation will really help!"

We can also confirm that Miss England has postponed the Miss England Semi Final and the Miss England Final. This also means that the winner of Miss Liverpool City Region2020 can still have time to get the support required and still have time to prepare herself for Miss England Final and the same for our Runner Up who is still to be entered into the National Miss England Semi Finals.

Damien Moore MP - COVID-19 - Statement

"I'VE had a significant number of constituents contact me in the last few days about COVID-19 with a wide range of concerns. From underlying health problems to supermarket panic buying and self isolation advice. I have publish full guidance for Southport on my Facebook Page and website, but I wanted to update constituents on what I have been doing to support our town as much as can be expected. I am in daily contact with the Chief Executive of Southport Hospital and Sefton Council about local COVID-19 cases and their capacity to treat the problem effectively. I am also working with colleagues in Parliament to ensure those updates from our Hospital are listened to by the Government. However, general advice remains the same. If you display the symptoms of COVID-19, you should self isolate at home for 14 days. If self isolating, you shouldn't go to any GP Surgery, Pharmacy, or Hospital. You don't need to contact NHS 111 to let them know you have symptoms, and testing is no longer needed if you are self isolating at home. Only contact NHS 111 if your condition gets worse, your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, or if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home. The Government and NHS have issued guidance for those who are self isolating with suspected Coronavirus, which can be viewed on the website."

"I have also spoken with the Chancellor and the Treasury about the support that is being offered to small businesses, particularly the Hospitality sector (restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs). This follows the advice issued by the Government yesterday to avoid group gatherings as much as possible. I understand those businesses are concerned that the Government's advice is voluntary, and therefore they are not able to claim on their insurance for their loss of revenue; even their ongoing costs such as staff absence and other overheads. I am lobbying the Government to adjust their position based on the most up to date advice so those businesses affected can make a claim, and I am continuously reviewing Government advice to ensure businesses are well-served during this crisis."

"On Sunday, 15 March 2020, the British Retail Consortium published a statement signed by all major supermarket chains in the UK. In that statement, the chains re-iterated that there is more than enough produce to serve everybody and that panic-buying will only lead to shortages for others. So, I have written to all supermarket managers in Southport asking them to put in place adequate provision to prevent customers stockpiling products, which has left many older residents in our Town simply unable to purchase essential items like toiletry products. Whilst some residents will have no difficulty travelling between supermarkets when items are out of stock, there are a significant number of residents in our Town who are elderly, or unable to drive and who travel by taxi. Please bare those residents in mind when you are visiting a supermarket store in the coming days and weeks. I have also been contacted by a constituent coordinating a number of small shops in Southport who are prepared to provide deliveries to local people who may need support due to self isolation. I would like to thank them for all that they are doing, and I have also post their details on my page later."

"Finally, if you are a constituent and you have a serious underlying health concern that you would like me to raise with our local Hospital directly, or if you're a business owner and you're worried about how the Government's advice might affect your business, please contact my office. As a substitute to my usual face to face surgeries, I will be holding a number of telephone surgeries over the coming days and weeks to ensure residents can speak to their Member of Parliament directly."

If you have any questions, or if you would like to book an appointment with Damien, please contact his office on:- 01704 500577 or  send him an email.

Nominate your Football Club's Unsung Hero to win a New Team Strip

JUNIOR football clubs in Southport are being offered the chance to score a brand new strip, courtesy of local business, Recognition Express. For the 4th year running, Southport based Recognition Express has launched a competition for Under 16s teams to nominate their unsung hero and win a complete set of new football shirts, shorts and socks for the team's 2019/2020 season. Said Steve Bibby, director of Recognition Express North West:- "Our Annual Unsung Heroes competition is a fantastic way to recognise those who support junior football clubs to ensure these young players reach their potential. Anyone who goes over and above for the club can be nominated; from coaches and caretakers to club secretaries and groundsmen, anyone whose selflessness and commitment allows girls and boys to enjoy football in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment."

With club sponsorship hard to come by, along with the added expense for Mums and Dads, Recognition Express is delighted to offer one lucky team the chance to light up their next match in a new strip, in a design of their choosing. Added Steve:- "As specialists in recognition products, promotional items and branded clothing, it makes sense for us to combine donating a new team strip to a local junior football club whilst recognising an unsung hero. It gives us the chance to recognise the contribution these unsung heroes make and give something back to the community we serve."

Anyone can nominate a junior football club hero. The competition is open to all under 16's junior football clubs playing in Southport. To enter please go online and complete the simple entry form. The competition closes on Sunday 5 April 2020 and the winner will be announced from Monday 13 April 2020.

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