November 3, 2010


My office has this week been inundated with calls from people from throughout the constituency with messages of congratulations after the government finally gave the green light to the Thornton Relief Road.

We had thousands of people signing the petition over the course of the campaign and writing letters and emails in to my office calling for the road to go-ahead showing just what level of support this road scheme had from people within the constituency.
But this is a victory not just for me and the Labour Party, this is a victory for the parish councils and local residents who campaigned hard for more than 30 years.
It is good news for the whole region for all the reasons I have repeated since it was announced back in may that the scheme was in doubt.
In fact, I was told recently that I had sounded like a broken record because I was continually going on about the Thornton Relief Road.
I'm glad I was and we will see the benefits of having the number one rated development project for the North West go ahead not just as the road is built but for generations to come as the whole infrastructure of Sefton is improved benefiting business and local life.
This weekend is going to be a busy one.
The North West Regional Conference comes to Sefton. For two days, Southport Floral Hall will host the annual event.
Delegates and Labour Party members from throughout the region will converge on the resort for what is always a fun and informative conference.
I have the honour of opening the conference on Saturday with a speech followed by a message from new Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.
Other top name speakers include Andy Burnham, Ed Balls, John Healey, Harriet Harman and Douglas Alexander, among others.
It's good to see so many local MPs taking prime roles in the conference and it will be nice to see Sefton's very own Andy Burnham (who is originally from Aintree) and Maria and Angela Eagle (who grew up in Formby) back in the borough.
It's a high-profile regional event which is great to have right here in Sefton.
And that's not all. Sefton Labour Group is holding it annual dinner at Formby Hall on Saturday where the guest of honour is the ever colourful Ken Livingston.
Should make for a very interesting night.
Among the many issues which the Sefton Labour Action Teams and myself have been working on have included the very real concerns over policing.
Many people are rightly concerned that as funding being allocated to Merseyside Police is being slashed, the first casualty will be neighbourhood policing and active bobbies responding to calls.
This is an issue which has been particularly relevant this week as one businessman in the borough finds himself persistently targeted by brick-throwing hooligans.
There is no excuse for this type of behaviour.
But I fear the situation in this case and in others around Sefton Central will get worse as the true level of the cuts hit home and the number of police available to deal with issues is slashed back.


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