Praise for Ravenmeols Labour councillor who has announced he is stepping down from Sefton

Peter Maguire

A popular and hardworking Formby and Ince Blundell councillor has announced he is stepping down from Sefton Council.

Peter Maguire is resigning his seat on the council due to work commitments.

The Labour councillor and former Formby High pupil was the youngest councillor in Sefton when he was elected in 2012 aged just 20.

He served with distinction on the local authority while also working towards his degree in economics and politics at the University of Liverpool.

After completing a Masters Degree in health economics in September, he got a job as a medical economist.

He said taking the job meant he couldn't commit to completing his full term as councillor, particular at a time of such devastating Tory-led Government cuts on Sefton's budget.

Peter Maguire said: "It is with great sadness that I announce my decision to stand down as councillor for Ravenmeols Ward on Sefton Council. I have been honoured to serve the people of Formby, Little Altcar and Ince Blundell over the past three years.

"Despite the difficult climate which local government has faced, we, as the controlling party on the council have achieved a great deal in spite of the sustained reductions in council funding. We have kept the authority on a sure footing whilst minimising the impact on front line services and jobs.

"Unfortunately in the coming years the challenges which Sefton faces will become ever more difficult and this will require the elected representatives of the borough to be fully committed to the cause. However, a change in personal circumstances has led me to the conclusion that I will be unable to commit to this role in the way the people I represent deserve.

"Therefore I feel it is in the best interests of all concerned that I do not fully serve out my term and stand down from Sefton Council.  

"I will continue to be an active supporter of the Labour party locally and nationally and will provide assistance in what way I can in the upcoming elections to get some of our hard working and committed representatives like Catie Page and Bill Esterson re-elected.

"I would just like to end by extending my deep gratitude to everybody who has supported me in any shape or form during my term of office. I must thank my colleagues Catie Page, Nina Killen, Bill Esterson and many others who are too numerous to mention for all their support during my time as councillor."

Fellow Ravenmeols Ward Labour councillor Catie Page said Peter would be a huge loss.

Cllr Page said: "Peter has been a fantastic councillor for the people of Formby and Ince Blundell. He has been committed and dedicated to Ravenmeols for the past three years.

"It is only due to his work commitments that he has regrettably stepped down, but it is a decision that he has made with the best of intentions. As he says, it takes full commitment to serve as a councillor given the devastating cuts this Tory-led Government is imposing on the people of Sefton and our local council. With the pressures of his new job, Peter has decided to step aside to allow someone else to continue the fight.

"We have a raft of very talented local people who are eager to take on the Tories and to fight for the interests of the people of this community.

"I wish Peter all the very best in his future career."

Formby's Labour MP Bill Esterson wished Peter all the best in his new career.

Bill said: "Peter has done a brilliant job as a councillor. He has lived in Formby most of his life, knows the area, knows the concerns of people there and he has worked closely with community groups and organisations since he was elected three years ago.

"I wish him well in his new career and I look forward to continuing to work with him as part of the Labour Action Team.

"I am sure he has done the right thing given his work commitments and he will be able to help the people of Formby better in his new role."