Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson challenges Lib Dems and Tories in

Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson told the Boundary Commission's public hearing in Liverpool that the only way to save the town from being split in two was for MPs to vote against the plans in Parliament.

 

Labour MP for Formby, Bill Esterson, has challenged Lib Dem and Tory activists in the town to back his campaign to keep Formby together.

Bill is calling for plans to split Formby to be thrown out and for the town to stay in the existing Sefton Central constituency.

The MP told the Boundary Commission at its hearing in Liverpool that he would be voting against the plans when they come back to Parliament and is calling on the Lib Dems and Tories in Formby to pressure their MPs including Southport’s Lib Dem MP to vote against the Boundary Commission plans when they are presented to Parliament in 2013.

Bill said: “The only way to keep Formby together is for MPs to vote down the Boundary Commission proposals when they come back to Parliament. I am calling on Lib Dem and Tory activists in Sefton Central to join me in opposing the break up of the constituency so that we can keep Formby together.

"The only way to do this is for Lib Dem and Tory MPs to vote against the plans when they are presented to Parliament by the Boundary Commission when the review finishes in two years' time.

"The Commission has made clear that it will not cross county or borough boundaries unless it has to and it will not split wards unless it has to. In Merseyside and in North West England, the Commission can create new constituencies without crossing the county boundary and without splitting wards.

"Lib Dems have suggested a plan that crosses the county boundary into West Lancashire and their plan also splits wards twice in North West England. The Commission will not support their plans and has made this quite clear.

"The Commission has proposed nine new constituencies in East Merseyside to replace the existing 10. It can only do this by splitting Formby and they clearly intend to stick to this plan putting Harington Ward into Southport.

"Therefore the only way to save Formby is for all parties to work together to reject the Commission plans out of hand and to make sure their MPs vote against the plans in Parliament. The Lib Dems are misleading people by claiming that Formby can be kept together under their plan. This is clearly not the case.

"The Lib Dems are not serious about keeping Formby intact otherwise they would support my campaign to reject the Boundary Commission plan.”

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