Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls for government to s

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson again demanded the Tory-Lib Dem government scrap plans to shut Crosby's coastguard station in the House of Commons this week.


During the 'Business' questions session in Parliament, the Labour MP reiterated his concerns about the planned closure which he says risks lives along the Merseyside coastline as well as throughout the Biritish Isles.


Crosby's coastguard station is one of eight across the UK which will be gradually closed between 2012 and 2015.


Despite repeated calls for a u-turn from Bill, the local community, coastguards, unions and emergency services, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has earmarked the Crosby station for closure.


Speaking in Parliament, Bill told the Leader of the House of Commons Sir George Young about his concerns.


Bill said: "The loss of local knowledge will put lives at risk. The plans to close Crosby and Clyde will have a massive impact on safety for North West England and West Scotland. The Government must go back to the drawing board and shelve plans to close these stations until a proper risk assessment has been made and alternatives considered."


Speaking afterwards, Bill said he was determined to keep the campaign going until the government finally realised the danger it is putting people in.


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


"They have heard it time and time again from me and from other campaigners on this issue, the Tories and Lib Dems are jeopardising lives.


"The local knowledge is invaluable and it saves lives.


"The sooner this government realises that and comes to its senses on this very dangerous issue the better and safer our coastlines will be."

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