Labour MP Bill Esterson slams Tory-Lib Dem government decision t

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was disgusted that the Tory-Lib Dem government was forging ahead with the closure of Crosby's coastguard station following an announcement by the government today.

The Tory-Lib Dem government announced the closure at 3.30pm today.

The news follows a hard-fought campaign by Bill Esterson, coastguard staff, the PCS Union and members of the local community.

Just earlier this month, Bill presented a petition which had been signed by 51,000 calling on the government to save the station.

Bill said: "We have fought hard to save the coastguard station, but despite the best advice of the experts this Tory-Lib Dem government is intent on closing the station down.

"This closure is a cut too far. It is another attack on vital emergency services and it will directly put lives at risk here on the coast of Sefton and along the coastline of Merseyside."

Bill has called numerous debates in Parliament to highlight the dangers of the planned closure.

Bill said: "Our coastguards here in Crosby save hundreds of lives each and every year and they cover hundreds of miles of coastline.

"This government has heard it time and time again from me and from other campaigners on this issue, but they are jeopardising lives with these reckless closure plans. The skills of our local coastguards and their knowledge of the local waters saves lives every single day.

"Our waters will be a lot less safe once the doors close for the final time on our coastguard station. I just hope the Tories and Lib Dems don't live to regret their decision."
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