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Bill Esterson MP

I live in Maghull with my wife and two children. One of my children goes to primary school, the other to high school. 

 

We are very lucky to have good schools here but we cannot afford to be complacent. 
We need to make sure that all teaching staff have the support they need to be the best they can be, and all teachers should be qualified or working towards being qualified. 
It was also a mistake for the Conservatives and Lib Dems to cut careers advice and work experience and I will push for both of these to be reinstated as I know that many local businesses are very concerned about the lack of advice and preparation available to young people before they enter the world of work. 
We have also seen fewer young people studying Design and Technology and other vocational subjects, which are directly relevant to work. 
At the moment we are chronically short of people with trades and crafts. The construction industry needs an extra 1,500 bricklayers and roofers each year for example. 
The economy and living standards can only improve if businesses can grow and to do that they need skilled staff to help them. 
Meanwhile, in Sefton Central, 15,300 people are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour. That is over 40% of the people in work and the fourth highest proportion of people on low pay in the country. 
Many people are on zero hours contracts and only work part time. 
It is no wonder that under the Conservatives and Lib Dems living standards have fallen so far. 
We must end the scourge of zero hours contracts and low pay and make sure that our young people have proper, well paid full time jobs. And we need to see a living wage too. 
We must raise living standards especially for the two in every five people in work here who are on low pay and that will be my priority alongside saving our NHS from the disaster of privatisation by the Conservatives.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson: Some of the steps we must take for a stronger Britain and a stronger Sefton Central

I live in Maghull with my wife and two children. One of my children goes to primary school, the other to high school.   

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson warns that the loss of Maghull Ambulance Station in Lydiate risks public safety.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the closure of Maghull Ambulance Station in Lydiate was a direct result of "reckless" Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts.

The MP made his comments as North West Ambulance Service announced that they were selling off the Kenyons Lane site.

NWAS relocated ambulances to Buckley Hill Fire & Rescue Service last year despite protests from residents throughout East Sefton.

Hundreds signed a petition against the closure and Bill Esterson even raised concerns about ambulances not being able to make emergency call outs to all parts of East Sefton within the government's own statutory response times.

This week he said the station was another victim of the Tory-Lib Dem Government.

Bill Esterson said: "I am obviously deeply disappointed that because of cuts by the Tory-Lib Dem government, the North West Ambulance Service has pushed ahead with the long-term closure of Maghull Ambulance Station.

"While I of course understand that the government is putting the ambulance service in an impossible position because of its severe public sector funding cuts, I think this closure is another example of the Tory-Lib Dem Government dicing with people's lives.

"No one wants to see us lose our ambulance station. It is a station that has served this area well for a very long time. It has undoubtedly saved lives.

"It is deeply disappointing that these cuts to our emergency services, that were supported and voted through by Lib Dems in Parliament like Nick Clegg and Southport's John Pugh, have led to the loss of our ambulance station in the same week as the closure of Crosby's coastguard station on top of cuts to our police and fire services.

"These are reckless cuts that do nothing but endanger lives."

Bill said the support for the petition showed the level of public feeling in East Sefton against the closure.

Bill said: "People I spoke to, people who wrote to me and called, all shared my concerns about the dangers of moving the station out of East Sefton and the impact that would have on crucial response times.

"I conducted my own tests and found that parts of East Sefton were not reachable from Buckley Hill within the government's own statutory response times. That is a huge concern.

"One man told me how he had a heart attack and was only saved because the ambulance arrived within seven minutes to rush him to Fazakerley Hospital. He and his family are convinced that the closure of the ambulance station would have killed him and many, many people in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling have told me similar stories.

"East Sefton, indeed the whole of the borough, has bore the brunt of savage Tory-Lib Dem cuts over the past four-and-a-half years. The loss of our ambulance station is the latest victim of those cuts."

 

Labour MP Bill Esterson warns of reckless Tory-Lib Dem cuts to emergency services as North West ambulance Service announces sell-off of Maghull Ambulance Station

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the closure of Maghull Ambulance Station in Lydiate was a direct result of "reckless" Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Deyes High assistant headteacher Pauline Traenor.

Maghull’s Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was very impressed by the workshop for children at Deyes High School which highlighted the dangers of binge drinking.

Mr Esterson watched the workshop which was delivered to Years 7 and 8 pupils by three actors from Collingwood Learning, who preformed a short play about the dangers of drinking too much alcohol.

The students then had the chance to discuss what had happened in the play with the cast.

The workshop is part of nationwide campaign to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol.

Bill Esterson said: "The message from the workshop was very hard hitting. Lots of people drink in moderation but binge drinking can be dangerous.

"It is very important that young people have all the facts and understand the dangers so that they can decide for themselves and make an informed choice.

"The actors gave an excellent performance and the Years 7 and 8 pupils clearly understood the importance of what they were seeing and hearing.

"Binge drinking is dangerous. It leads to health problems and it can cause anti-social and criminal behaviour. The children saw in the play how binge drinking can lead to violence and people being seriously hurt."

Mr Esterson has also been trying to change the law to improve the awareness of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and said that the message about he dangers of binge drinking was consistent with his calls for greater awareness of the risks to children if their mothers drink during pregnancy.

He said: "I have been campaigning for greater awareness, including better labelling of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy. The workshop that the children saw today is also about showing the dangers and building awareness and understanding and I congratulate Deyes High School for making sure that this message is understood by their students."

‘Smashed’ is an alcohol-education programme designed for school pupils in years 7 and 8 and is run across the country.

 

Maghull Labour MP Bill Esterson praises workshop and play at Deyes High which raises dangers of binge drinking

Maghull’s Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was very impressed by the workshop for children at Deyes High School which highlighted the dangers of binge drinking.

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