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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Peel Ports' terminal manager Richard Watson and apprentices Karl Jones and Jon King.

Sefton Central's Bill Esterson met two of the apprentices at Peel Port who the MP says show how we can be optimistic for the future about jobs and the economy.

Mr Esterson chatted to terminal manager, Richard Watson, who lives in Crosby and to apprentices Karl Jones and Jon King as well as discussing the plans that Peel Ports have to help boost the economy of Merseyside.

Peel Ports' new berth for the largest Panamax ships is part of a plan to make the port the second largest in the UK and will significantly increase the capacity at the port. The port expansion will mean opportunities for other businesses and more jobs for local people. At present there are 42 apprentices at the port as well and Peel have made big strides to improve the relationship of the port with residents and the local community.

Bill Esterson said: "I was really pleased to meet Richard, Karl and Jon and to hear how well the apprentices are doing at Peel. 

"The firm wants to be an employer of choice and to make a clean break with the past. The port is a very different place today and the jobs that Karl and Jon are learning are as much about the use of technology as they are about loading and unloading ships. 

"Most of the work is automated so the skills are very different from what previous generations will remember. And the partnership with Hugh Baird College is also excellent news for Sefton as it means that the college is becoming an intrinsic part of the development of the high quality apprenticeships that we need in this part of the world to make sure that the economy has the skills we need and that young people are available for employers looking to recruit.

"I also heard about the work that Peel Ports are doing with schools and with residents and about the whole approach to making sure that staff can make the most of their opportunities at work. The perception about Peel Ports is improving all the time and with good reason."

Bill Esterson also met with Warren Marshall the group planning director and with Howard Sloane, the group HR director.

The government has delayed its plans to invest in electrification of the East-West rail links just weeks after promising the investment as part of the Conservative election campaign. 

Mr Esterson was told by Peel Ports about the need for investment in rail electrification and the importance of improvements in infrastructure. 

Bill Esterson said: "Many businesses have said to me that they want the government to invest in improving our rail and road networks. So it was baffling for many of them to learn that the government had cancelled the electrification of the railways across the Pennines. 

"Peel Ports rely on rail and wants to increase its use of rail including for the import of biomass material which is transported from Seaforth to Beverley in East Yorkshire for processing, so it made no sense for the Conservatives to promise new rail electrification before the election and then immediately cancel it straight afterwards. 

"People are cynical about politicians and broken promises, not least after Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems broke so many promises in the last parliament but for the Conservatives to make and then break a promise to quickly really took the biscuit.

"I will be lobbying for the rail electrification to be reinstated and I will also be doing what I can to help Peel continue to develop the high quality jobs and to help the wider economy. 

"People have reservations about Peel and about the attempt by Peel Holdings to build a distribution depot at Switch Island. 

"I believe that there are better locations for the distribution centre and Peel understand my views and those of many people in Sefton Central but it is also really important that we encourage and support Peel in continuing to invest in the port, in apprenticeships, in good quality jobs and in the wider economy. 

"I should like to thank my hosts at Peel for my visit and pledge my support for the great work that they continue to do for Merseyside, for the economy and in offering jobs to so many of my constituents, including those I met during my visit."

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson meets Peel Port apprentices and hears more about the company's plans for the terminal

Sefton Central's Bill Esterson met two of the apprentices at Peel Port who the MP says show how we can be optimistic for the future about jobs and the economy....

Bill Esterson and Andy Wilson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has hit out at government cuts which is leading to the axing of the 311 bus service in Lydiate.

Arriva has announced changes to bus services in East Sefton, which include the axing of the 311.

But many people in Lydiate rely on the 311 to get to and from Ormskirk.

Bill Esterson has written to Merseytravel to see if there is any way they can protect at least part of the service.

The MP said this was another symptom of savage Tory cuts, that were supported by the Lib Dems when in government.

Bill said: "Over the last five years the Tories and Lib Dems made deep cuts to bus services by cutting the funding to Merseytravel.

"Since the Conservatives were elected in May, we have seen these cuts deepen even further.

"Many people in Lydiate rely on the 311 and the loss of this service will have a profound effect on them.

"Merseytravel is in a very difficult position because it doesn't have the money to run the service itself.

"So when private companies like Arriva make decisions to cut services like this, Merseytravel just isn't in a position to stop to step in."

But Bill has contacted Merseytravel to urge them to do what they can to save the service.

Bill said: "I have written to Merseytravel to see if they can do anything with Arriva to reverse their decision.

"The cut to the 311 will have a massive effect on people in Lydiate but it also shows that a deregulating bus service leads to decisions being made that are not in the interests of the people who rely no services.

"This effects people who rely on the services and the local economy too, as people need good public transport to get to and from work and to and from shops and businesses.

"What is needed is a public transport system that is run in the interest of passengers and communities who rely on the service. We need a bus service and a public transport service that people can rely on so older and younger people alike can use a reliable bus service. But with the cuts being made by this Tory Government, that is becoming less and less likely.

"Good public transport makes economic sense as well as helping local communities, but this Tory government, and the Tory-Lib Dem Government before it, doesn't seem to realise this.

"I will continue to do all I can and I will urge Merseytravel to do all they can do to support our communities and protect our services."

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson slams Tory Government cuts which have led to 311 bus service axe as he urges Arriva to think again

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has hit out at government cuts which is leading to the axing of the 311 bus service in Lydiate.

Chairman Nick Thompson welcomes Lancashire Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s newest member, Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined the campaign group whose aim is to "protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live, work and enjoy, and to ensure the countryside is protected for now and future generations".

Bill Esterson has joined the local branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE).
 
The CPRE was founded in 1926 by Sir Patrick Abercrombie to limit urban sprawl with the aim of protecting the environment.
 
Bill Esterson said he was delighted to join the local branch.
 
Bill said: "I have worked closely with the CPRE over the past five years on a variety of issues, most notably in relation to the local plan and protecting our communities here in Sefton from inappropriate development.
 
"So I am really pleased to have joined such an excellent organisation.
 
"The CPRE does a fantastic job producing detailed studies and reports to lobby the public and the government in order to balance the needs of local people with the protection of our communities and our environment. The CPRE understand the need to look after people living and working here now as well as the need for growth.
 
"Planning regulations and rules are currently stacked against communities in favour of developers to build what and here they like, regardless of the views of the people who live there.
 
"The CPRE gives a voice to communities which is really important given the way some developers ride roughshod over the wishes of local people.
 
"That is why I am delighted to be able to join them and add my voice to the ongoing campaign."
 
Lancashire CPRE chairman Nick Thompson welcomed Bill to the group.
 
Nick said: "We are delighted to have yet another Lancashire MP join CPRE. We are wholly an apolitical organisation and we welcome any MP from what ever party to join our branch.
 
"By joining CPRE we hope Bill will fight to ensure our countryside and our green spaces are given the best protection possible from inappropriate and intrusive developments. We believe in campaigning for the right developments in the right places."
 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joins the local branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined the campaign group whose aim is to "protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live,...

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