Crosby, Blundellsands and Thornton constituents attend a People's Politics Inquiry with Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle

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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson hosted a public meeting in Thornton at the weekend with Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle to hear the views of Crosby, Blundellsands and Thornton voters.

The Labour organised People's Politics Inquiries, which are being held up and down the country and spearheaded by Angela Eagle, are designed to open up a conversation between politicians and disillusioned voters to find out how we can build a better politics.

More than 60 personally invited people from Blundellsands, Crosby and Thornton were invited to the inquiry at St William of York Parish Centre.

Angela Eagle said she was delighted by the turnout and the group discussions.

Angela said: "The People’s Politics Inquiry is not a normal kind of Inquiry. It won’t be made up of the usual collection of the great and the good. We will reach out to disillusioned voters from across the UK for a conversation about how we can build a better politics.

"We cannot deny the very real challenge faced by our democracy today. Political engagement is in decline. Voter turnout is in decline. Fewer and fewer people are members of political parties. Increasingly our political culture is alien to the public and people are switching off in droves. Unless we are careful, it could be on our watch that people stopped believing in the power of politics to transform lives.

"We’ve not just got a flatlining economy, we’ve got a flatlining democracy too."

Bill Esterson said the meeting was about re-engaging people in Sefton Central with the political process.

Bill said: "We had a fantastic response to the invite and the feedback on the day was really useful.

"The People's Politics Inquiry is designed to find out why some people have been turned off from politics and feel disengaged with the electoral process, locally and nationally.

"Here in Sefton Central, our Labour Action Team members spend a lot of time speaking to people on their doorsteps and listening to their concerns and issues. But Saturday's meeting gave us the opportunity to speak directly to people who feel that more can be done by political parties to engage with them. The findings of the inquiry will now be analysed and fed into the Labour Party's decision making process.

"I would like to thank St William of York Parish for allowing us to host the meeting in the parish centre and everyone who came along or sent in their feedback.

"I am planning to hold similar events in other parts of the constituency in the coming months, but in the meantime, anyone who would still like to contribute to the inquiry can fill in the online form at www.billesterson.org.uk"

 

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