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Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomes news Tory-Lib Dem plans to split Formby are scuppered

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has welcomed news that Tory-Lib Dem plans to split Formby have been "scuppered in Parliament".
 
The MP, has campaigned against plans to redraw constituency boundaries which would have seen Formby's Ravenmeols Ward join a new Maghull constituency while Harington Ward was to join Southport, said he is delighted that the town is to stay together within Sefton Central.
 
The Conservatives and Lib Dems in Government had drawn up the plans to split Formby.
 
Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had backed the plans to tear the town in two and publicly said that the split in Formby was needed because he wanted to change constituency boundaries, a move designed to help his Tory partners in government.
 
Bill Esterson had called on the plans to be scrapped fearing the town would be damaged because of the changes.
 
Last week Bill was celebrating as the plans were ditched, leaving only the Conservatives still fighting to split Formby.
 
Bill said: "From the point the Conservatives proposed these boundary changes I have opposed the plans on the ground that Formby would be split in two.
 
"I made the point at the Boundary Commission's hearing earlier this year in Liverpool when I argued that the plans would be detrimental to Formby. 
 
"The Conservative plans would have seen this community split in two.
 
"So I am obviously delighted that the plans are now in disarray.
 
"Although he had originally backed the plans, Nick Clegg has now ditched the plans not for any ideological reasons, but because he has fallen out with his Conservative mates.
 
"But, whatever the reason, this is great news for Formby and great news for democracy here in Sefton."
 
While David Cameron said he will continue to fight for the plans which will split Formby, Bill said he will fight to finally see the plans dead and buried.
 
Bill said: "People here in Formby are rightly concerned about these plans. But despite vocal public opposition to the plans, David Cameron is continuing to fight for the boundary changes and splitting Formby.
 
"The community of Formby is one of the most historic communities in the region and it is simply bizarre to think that it could be arbitrarily split up by these boundary changes.
 
"Formby needs to remain together and that is what I am calling for.
 
"Splitting Formby in two is in no-one's interests apart from to enable this Tory-led government to instigate changes to the current boundaries to reduce the number of Labour MPs in this region. 
 
"This is clearly undemocratic.
 
"I will continue to fight for the wishes of the people of the whole of Formby. And I will continue to fight for these ridiculous plans to be dead and buried once and for all."
 

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