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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson will be voting to stop the Tory-Lib Dem Government's privatisation of the NHS on Friday.

Bill Esterson will vote for the NHS (Amended Duties and Powers) bill when it goes before MPs in Parliament.

The bill aims to stop the worst of the Tory-Lib Dem Health and Social Care Act which includes the privatisation of services.

It also sets out to make ministers responsible for the NHS again.

Bill said Friday's vote is the first step in the ultimate scrapping of the Tory-Lib Dem act.

Bill said: "People in Sefton Central are feeling the effects of this Tory-Lib Dem Government's disastrous strip-it-bare approach to our NHS.

"As a nation, the NHS is one of our greatest achievements. It is one of Labour's proudest legacies. But it is struggling under this government who have wasted billions on an unnecessary top-down reorganisation.

"The Tories and Lib Dems passed a piece of legislation called the Health and Social Care Act, which means that NHS services can be privatised. In fact, over 70% of services which have been put out to tender have now been taken over by private companies, meaning money goes to shareholders rather than being spent on patient care.

"Normally on Fridays, I am busy in my constituency meeting people or visiting schools. But this Friday (November 21), I will be voting in parliament to try and save our NHS. I will be voting to amend the Health and Social Care Act to stop the privatisation of our NHS."

But Bill said Friday's vote will not alone save the NHS.

Bill said: "While Friday's vote will tell the government that they are wrong to allow the privatisation of the NHS, it is unlikely to lead to a change of the law due to a lack of parliamentary time.

"What is really needed is a change of government. Labour will scrap the Health and Social Care Act if we win the election and stop the privatisation but we will do far more than that.

"Constituents of mine from right here in Sefton Central have contacted me in their hundreds to tell me of their experience with the NHS since this the Tories and Lib Dems merged to form a government in 2010.

"One of the issues that local people regularly talk to me about is their struggle to see a GP. The nurses and doctors that serve our area do a great job but under the Tories one in four people now wait a week or more for a GP appointment. That’s why the next Labour government will create a £2.5billion-a-year NHS Time to Care Fund to save and transform our health service.

"We’ll support 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more careworkers and 3,000 more midwives. By appointing these additional staff, our doctors and nurses will have the time they need to care properly for patients.

"The Time to Care Fund will not be paid for through more borrowing or by raising taxes on everyday working people. Instead, the money will be raised from a tax on houses worth over £2million, a co-ordinated crackdown against tax avoidance, and by ensuring tobacco companies contribute towards the costs they impose on the NHS.

"The NHS is going backwards under this Tory-Lib Dem coalition so there has never been a better or more important time to care about its future. Only Labour can protect the NHS and with the Time to Care Fund, we’ll ensure we have a health service fit for the 21st century."

To share your views with Bill Esterson about the NHS, write to 39 Sefton Lane Industrial Estate, Maghull, L31 8BX or email

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson set to vote to end Tory-Lib Dem privatisation of NHS

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson will be voting to stop the Tory-Lib Dem Government's privatisation of the NHS on Friday.


Formby Labour Action Team is celebrating after a 20-year campaign to getting a crossing installed on a busy Formby road ended in success.

Residents have been calling for a crossing on the road for nearly three decades.

Labour's Pauline Leyland and Colette Boreham took up the residents' campaign back in the mid-1990s when they were elected onto Sefton Council to represent Ravenmeols Ward.

Despite them taking the issue directly to the then hung-council in which no party had overall control, they were told there was no funding for a crossing on the road and it wasn't a priority.

Even after Pauline and Colette were no longer on the council, the Labour Action Team continued to lobby for the crossing.

Labour's Cllrs Catie Page, Nina Killen and Peter Maguire have been working closely with MP Bill Esterson to ensure the crossing remained on Sefton's agenda.

Their persistence has now been rewarded as Sefton Council has announced that a new crossing island is to be installed.

Ravenmeols Labour councillor Catie Page said this was great news for everyone who had campaigned for a crossing.

Cllr Page said: "The campaign to get a crossing on Southport Road has been running for as long as I can remember. It has been an issue that the Labour Action Team in Formby took up long before I was elected three years ago.

"In fact, Formby's first Labour councillors Pauline Leyland and Colette Boreham took this up back in the 1990s.

"Despite constantly hitting a brick wall, we didn't give up on this issue.

"Southport Road is a long stretch of road. There are two nearby primary schools and traffic can travel down this road at speed as they come off the bypass. But there is no crossing.

"During the school run times, there is a lollipop patrol crossing children, but outside those times, there is nothing.

"I know older people struggle to get across the road, which is wide, in between the vehicles.

"This island will at least give pedestrians, young and older alike some assistance.

"It is great news for everyone who has to contend with this road day in and day out and it is testament to the ongoing campaigning of residents and councillors alike that this work will finally get done."

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said this was a victory for the whole community.

Bill said: "A lot of people have raised this with me here in Formby since I was elected in 2010. The campaign to get a crossing here has been running since long before then.

"Each time I travel down Southport Road either on foot or by car, I am struck by how wide the road is and the fact that there is no crossing. It gets very busy and the fact that there's two local primary schools means it can be hazardous. I am always particularly concerned for parents crossing while pushing prams and with other little ones in tow, as well as older people.

"So it is great news that Sefton is installing this new crossing island, particularly in light of the very tight financial budget that the local authority is having to manage.

"I'd like to congratulate each and every person involved in this very long-running campaign. Perseverance clearly pays off."



MP Bill Esterson and Formby Labour Action Team celebrates successful 20-year campaign to make a busy Formby road safer

Formby Labour Action Team is celebrating after a 20-year campaign to getting a crossing installed on a busy Formby road ended in success.


Labour MP Bill Esterson and Lydiate Labour Action Team has praised the Canal and River Trust for their ongoing upkeep of the canal steps on Pilling Lane.

Bill wrote to the trust last year calling for the speedy repair of the popular steps leading to the canal.

The trust had cordoned off the steps as they were in need of repair.

The Canal and River Trust confirmed that they had sourced funding to carry out the repairs, which also included work on the bridge, canal wash walls and steps.

Since the work was completed, Bill and the Labour Action Team have been monitoring the steps and the area around the canal and they have this week praised the trust for not only completing the work, but also making sure the area is kept in good upkeep.

Lydiate Labour Action Team's Cllr John Sayers said he was impressed by the quality of the work.

Cllr Sayers said: "I regularly bring my grandchildren down to the canal here. It's a really lovely spot and they love taking a walk along the canal with me. So when the steps were out of action at the end of last year, it was a real blow for us.

"But I understood the work was needed and like everyone else we just had to be patient.

"Once the steps were reopened we made a bee-line back here. And we were really impressed by the standard of the work. It looked great.

"And to the Canal and River Trust's credit, the steps and the whole area has remained looking great.

"Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter there's nothing better than taking a stroll down here. This canal is a great asset to our community and we need to make sure it remains that way."

Bill Esterson also praised the Canal and River Trust.

Bill said: "Last year I contacted the Canal and River Trust to call on them to carry out the improvement works that were needed here. The steps were dangerous and it appeared that action wasn't being taken swiftly enough.

"But to their credit, they did take action and the standard of work here is excellent.

"They have really made a brilliant job of it. I came down here shortly after the steps were reopened and I have visited frequently ever since. The steps continue to be in excellent condition and the area is a real credit to this community.

"I, and the whole of the Lydiate Labour Action Team would like to thank the Canal and River Trust for their ongoing upkeep of this area." 


Labour MP Bill Esterson and Lydiate Labour Action Team praise Canal and River Trust for ongoing upkeep of Pilling Lane canal steps

Labour MP Bill Esterson and Lydiate Labour Action Team has praised the Canal and River Trust for their ongoing upkeep of the canal steps on Pilling Lane.

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