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Bill was the guest speaker last Friday (May 20th) at the Labour National Policy Forum in Warrington. Bill spoke at the Cheshire NPF event about the issue of building the economy, whilst criticising the current government of attacking those most economically vulnerable at a time of harsh cuts in spending.

The Labour MP said the Conservative government has “constantly attacked those most in need, poorest and those with disabilities”, and believes that the continued victimisation of those most at risk in society will spur on support for a Labour-led government in 2020, stating that a Labour government is possible if “we are on the side of the majority”.

Bill went onto argue that Labour’s economic policy was key in winning over the majority, and that a Labour led Government would ensure an economy that would grow and develop to benefit all those in society. 

Bill Esterson speaks at Warrington National Policy Forum

Bill was the guest speaker last Friday (May 20th) at the Labour National Policy Forum in Warrington. Bill spoke at the Cheshire NPF event about the issue of building the...

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Sefton Talking Newspapers are a dedicated team of volunteers who provide a valuable service to those visually impaired members of our community, specifically with the aim of enabling those people with access to the news through audio, recorded by the volunteers at STN, a valuable form of information many of us take for granted on a day to day basis.

Bill Esterson MP met with many of those involved on Friday 13th May to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with an afternoon tea event. Speaking to chair of the group, John O’Hanlon, the Labour MP was given the history of the group, which initially started thanks in part to a dedicated council funding for thirteen volunteers. Twenty five years later the organisation is still going strong, with a dedicated volunteer base.

 

John O’Hanlon said “There are lots of people to thank for our ongoing success. The legacy inherited from our former volunteers, visually impaired groups from across the north Merseyside region and our current seven teams who put in thirty plus man hours a week to produce a 90 minute talking newspaper – this does not include the hours spent by individual members researching suitable articles. We were pleased to welcome Bill Esterson to the event, it was good to see our local MP give such support.”

 

Bill Esterson MP spoke at the special event saying “I greatly admire the work done by STN. My political colleagues and I, can at times, find it very hard to make speeches that capture the interest of an audience. What these volunteers do is actually incredibly skilful and time consuming work, and something I hold with great appreciation. I am hugely proud of those in my constituency who selflessly dedicate their abilities to helping those with impairments”. 

MP Bill Esterson attends the 25th Anniversary of Sefton Talking Newspapers

Sefton Talking Newspapers are a dedicated team of volunteers who provide a valuable service to those visually impaired members of our community, specifically with the aim of enabling those people...

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 Bill Esterson MP is backing a campaign opposing Government proposals to cut pharmacies in Thornton. The Labour MP met with the owner of Thornton Pharmacy Graeme Batten in response to a wide number of constituents expressing concern for their pharmacies in the locality.

Graeme said “Government cuts are harmful and Bill has taken an active interest in supporting the campaign. We understand that cuts are necessary in turbulent economic times. However, it cannot be disputed that these particular cuts are short-sighted and will ultimately cause more damage to the local community in the long-run. We urge the government to seriously consider the counter proposals put forward by the PSNC, which will not only mitigate the threat to local pharmacies, but will also save the government money.”

The current proposals include a plan to introduce an online ‘click and collect’ system for the collection of medication which will potentially alienate a great deal of vulnerable people, many of whom do not have access to the internet.

Bill said on the issue "Government proposals are short-sighted, I think the PSNC have been proactive in their response - offering suggestions which save money but do not have the disastrous side effects of the current Government proposals. Our local pharmacies are a crucial part of our lives and to let Government cuts dismantle such an important support service would cause great long-term damage to the community.”

Bill Esterson MP visits local Pharmacy to dispute damaging Government proposals

 Bill Esterson MP is backing a campaign opposing Government proposals to cut pharmacies in Thornton. The Labour MP met with the owner of Thornton Pharmacy Graeme Batten in response to...

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