June 24, 2010 - Bill Esterson's Westminster Diary

 

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson

 

THIS week is the budget. The chamber was packed for the Chancellor and for the Leader of the Opposition.

 

The chamber soon emptied for the debate which runs for four days.

 

We finally heard where the cuts will land. There will be a big impact in Sefton, where 40% of jobs are government jobs.

 

We also heard that the government is to review all capital projects. In Sefton we must hope that is good news for the Thornton Relief Rd and for Chesterfield and Crosby High Schools which were due to be rebuilt before the election but were put under review by the government.

 

As I write I am hoping to speak in the debate and to raise the issues about the impact of the budget in Sefton.

 

This week I finally moved in to my office at Westminster, and am sharing with two other MPs which has its advantages as I have someone to ask for advice. My room mates are Heidi Alexander and Jenny Chapman. Heidi is MP for Lewisham East. Jenny represents Darlington.

 

Over the weekend, I went to the Aintree Davenhill School Fair with my children, which we all enjoyed.

 

I am always impressed by how hard parents and other volunteers work to support our schools and Davenhill is a good example of this.

 

The Friends of Davenhill raise thousands of pounds for the school which really is at the heart of the community.

 

I also met Simon Rowlands who runs the Spar in Harington Rd in Formby. Simon told me of the rowdy behaviour he, other traders and residents have to put up with in warm weather. The police have promised more support to Simon and I will be supporting Simon and other residents as much as I can.

 

I was pleased that Jospice were allowed to keep the grant awarded to them by the last government.

 

I am hoping to take my children to the Teddy Bear's Picnic this Saturday and hope to see many of you there.