Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has echoed concerns from one of Merseyside's leading police officers who warns that Tory cuts to the force's budget will impact policing in our communities.
Deputy chief constable for Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke, has issued a dire warning that the Tory cuts are now biting so hard that the axe could fall on Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
The deputy chief constable said Merseyside Police has been forced to make savings of £77.4m since April 2011 alone, resulting in the loss off 1,500 officers and staff.
But the Tory cuts are to go further he explained, as a further £48m worth of Tory Government cuts in the next four years is likely to increase to £70m more as the Tories ramp up their funding cuts to our emergency services.
MP Bill Esterson said the deputy chief constable's comments need to act as a warning flag to Home Secretary Theresa May and the Conservative Government.
Bill Esterson said: "It's one thing for MPs like me to raise concerns about the impact of the Conservatives' severe cuts on public services, but when a leading serving police officer raises his concerns, then you know that the situation is dire, and I would suggest dangerous.
"DCC Cooke's comments are alarming and I hope will finally be the wake up call to the Home Secretary and her Conservative Government colleagues that is needed.
"For five years now, since the Tories and Lib Dems began their slash and burn attack on our emergency and public services, I and my colleagues have been raising concerns about the impact the cuts would have on public safety.
"Indeed I met with the Police Federation just last year who raised similar concerns and Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has already voiced her concerns about cuts which have seen police numbers fall to a nine year low.
"Those figures are only going to fall in the coming years as George Osborne demands even greater cuts to our police force here in Merseyside.
"So for the Conservatives to now demand even greater cuts then we are looking at frontline services being devastated.
"We have felt this already here in the communities with the closure of police enquiry desks in Formby, Maghull and Crosby, but now our dedicated PCSOs are in the Tory firing line.
"PCSOs have served a vital function in our communities since their introduction under the Labour Government in 2003. They have proven to be a crucial element of community policing here in Merseyside and across the country. I have met a number of them here in Maghull, Crosby and Formby over the past few years and I know the dedication that they show to our communities. To lose them is a devastating blow to the work the police do and the towns and villages they serve."
Bill said despite the cuts, Merseyside Police with Commissioner Kennedy have been doing all they could to limit the effects of the cuts on communities. But he added the level of cuts the Tories are still demanding will be felt on local policing.
Bill said: "I know through regular meeting with Commissioner Kennedy and Merseyside Police chief constable Jon Murphy, that they have done everything in their power to mitigate the worst effects of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts. Efficiencies have been made in every quarter and indeed staffing levels have been slashed to shockingly low levels.
"Commissioner Kennedy has drawn up ambitious plans to shake up the force's estate, which will see community police stations open up again in the hearts of our communities here in Formby, Maghull and Crosby.
"But there is no way they can mitigate the impact of this level of attack on our police by this government.
"To lose 40 per cent of the workforce, reducing numbers from 7,276 to just 4,444 is devastating. How can Merseyside Police be expected to continue to operate effectively with this level of cut in its workforce? How can our police be expected to respond to any form of public emergency?
"This Conservative Government is a threat to our national security. I am deeply concerned for public safety and for safety in our communities."
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has echoed concerns from one of Merseyside's leading police officers who warns that Tory cuts to the force's budget will impact policing in our...
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson raised a glass with the Maghull mum who in just 18 months has guided Lydiate's historic Scotch Piper Inn into CAMRA's prestigious Good Beer Guide.
Bill went along to the Southport Road pub to congratulate director Julie Pringle.
Despite only taking over the 695 year old local last year, her hard work has been rewarded with inclusion in the Good Beer Guide.
The Campaign for Real Ale's guide is considered to be a 'bible' for real ale lovers.
Julie told Bill Esterson she was delighted the Scotch Piper - a pub she has loved since she was a teenager - has been included in the latest edition.
She said: "We are really pleased and proud to be in the CAMRA's 2016 Good Beer Guide.
"This is a brilliant pub to run. I fell in love with it as a teenager when I worked here 28 years ago.
"It is an iconic pub that is part of this community and this community's history.
"I spent 18 years in financial services in other parts of the country, but when I saw the notice that the Scotch Piper was available I had to apply. Thankfully I was successful. It was a dream come true to come back home and run a pub that I have loved for years.
"It is really long hours, but it is great to work here. We've all worked really hard in the last 18 months, the team that works here with me and even my daughter Emma who is always really helpful and comes and helps out whenever we need it, even though she is studying for a law degree at Warwick University.
"But we all work so hard because we all just love this pub. We love its history. We love its atmosphere. And we love that it is a historic part of a historic community with brilliant customers who have become friends.
"Talking to people and serving the beer is the fun bit. It is a really great pub to run. It is just a brilliant community to be part of.
"There is a real core of people who love this pub and support it. We have lots of local regulars who love coming here.
"It is because we are a real part of this community that the Scotch Piper was also recently named by CAMRA as the region's Community Pub of the Year.
"With its history, its place in the community and the great people who come here, The Scotch Piper is the perfect pub and I am really proud to be part of its long history."
Bill Esterson congratulated Julie on achieving the prestigious award and for her hard work over the past 18 months.
Bill said: "Julie is clearly devoted to this pub and that is shown by the dedication she has shown with the hard work she has put into it.
"That hard work has been rewarded by CAMRA with the inclusion of The Scotch Piper in the Good Beer Guide.
"There is always an array of great beers available and the staff are always on hand to make great recommendations.
"This is a brilliant pub which is part of this community and a part of this community's long and proud history.
"The Scotch Piper is the oldest pub in Lancashire. It celebrates its 700th birthday in 2020. We are extremely lucky to have such an iconic and historic pub here in our community.
"I congratulate Julie, Emma and the whole Scotch Piper team on their successes so far. It is a real pleasure to call in and I am sure even more real ale lovers from far and wide will be calling in now the pub is quite rightly featured in the Good Beer Guide."
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson raised a glass with the Maghull mum who in just 18 months has guided Lydiate's historic Scotch Piper Inn into CAMRA's prestigious Good Beer...
Older people in Formby are being invited to give autumn a warm welcome on Monday.
Formby HubFest, which is a celebration of the new season and will include autumnal foods with a dash of entertainment to boot, will be held on Monday (October 12) from 12-3pm at Formby Sports & Social Club (formerly The British Legion) on Whitehouse Lane.
HubFest is the latest event being organised by Formby Hub, he community collective which aims to bring people together in Formby, Ince Blundell and Hightown.
Ravenmeols Ward Labour councillor, Catie Page, has spearheaded the hub as chairman of the Formby Area Partnership.
Cllr Page said: "Formby Hub holds events throughout the year with the aim of giving older people and their carers the opportunity to get out and have some fun.
"We don't need much of an excuse to have a celebration, so wer thought we would have an event that ushers in the autumn, which will include autumnal produce, like apples, plenty of food and some great entertainment.
"Our aim is to get people out of their own homes so they can meet other people and have a good time. We are working to eradicate loneliness and isolation and the Formby Hub has made great strides doing just that.
"I am really looking forward to this Formby HubFest. It promises to be a lot of fun, with lots of great autumnal food and I hope lots of people come along and join us."
Tickets for the event are £2.50 and transport can be provided for anyone who needs it.
Cllr Page added: "We want as many people as possible to come along. Our events really are a great afternoon of fun and entertainment.
"If anyone would like to come along, they can book a place by contacting Heather on 01704 830038. Or,as the event is for older people in our communities, transportation can be booked by calling the same number or firstname.lastname@example.org
"So please do get in touch and come along. We would love to see you."
Formby HubFest will be held on Monday (October 12) from 12-3pm at Formby Sports & Social Club (formerly The British Legion) on Whitehouse Lane.
Older people in Formby are being invited to give autumn a warm welcome on Monday.
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