July 28, 2010

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In the two and a bit months since the election, my office has had roughly 250 pieces of case work.

Thanks to the hard work of Kris, who has been working for me and a number of volunteers, we have been able to pursue all of those enquiries and also answer hundreds more people who have asked my opinion on issues ranging from beak trimming of battery hens to the civil service compensation scheme.

 

Many people have asked me to sign what are called Early Day Motions (EDMs). An EDM is a way of expressing support for a campaign along with other MPs, although it has no legal power. Sometimes it can be a good way of giving an issue prominence.

 

You can find out about EDMs and about other aspects of Parliament on the UK Parliament website, www.parliament.uk

 

Many of you have told me that you support the Thornton Relief Road and people in Thornton and elsewhere have signed my petition either by returning the cut off slip on our recent newsletter or online at www.billesterson.org.uk

 

Last week I discussed the road with Mike Penney, the Tory minister for roads. He told me that the road was part of the wider review, which is what Norman Baker, the Lib Dem minister had also told me in answer to a question I sent him.

 

I am worried about the delay as it makes the road less likely to be built. This would be bad news for residents in Thornton and across Sefton. The road would help residents but I also believe it would help business too. Many businesses would benefit if traffic was speeded up.

 

It stands to reason that the less time they spend in traffic, the more time they have for business. The construction industry and many sub-contractors in Sefton would clearly benefit, too, and the building of the road is a great opportunity to support the economy when it is most needed.

 

A lot has been written about who is to blame for the delay in the road. The reality is that the new government can make a positive decision to go ahead with the road and I hope that all parties in Sefton will work together to convince the Tory/Lib Dem coalition that the relief road must be built and soon.

 

I mentioned Kris in my office in Maghull, who has done a splendid job since the election.

 

This week, Kris was joined by Kath in Westminster. As they both sign their emails, K, we clearly have to find a way of working out who is sending the email.

 

Given how impressive all three of them are, I am sure we will find a solution.

 

A number of you have asked about surgeries. We will be holding a surgery on a Friday morning. Once a month we will be in each of Crosby, Formby, Aintree and Maghull. To book an appointment, please call my constituency office on 0151 531 8433 or email bill.esterson.mp@parliament.uk