Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson: The AV debate is nothing

Bill Esterson

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said that the debate over whether Britain should adopt the Alternative Vote or not was nothing more than a diversion to take focus away from the Conservative-Liberal Democrats' policy to devastate public services.

Although he will vote yes for AV, the MP said the ongoing debate is nothing more than a flimsy excuse to take attention away from the main issues which the electorate should be thinking about, like cuts to vital services and job losses.

The MP said: "While I do think we need electoral reform, it is important to note that there are currently more pressing issues which are affecting people's lives right now.

"It is issues such as the wholesale loss of crucial services, mass redundancies which are around the corner in Sefton Council and fighting against the unfair cuts which are my priority.

"These are the issues which people care about."

Bill Esterson said the issue has become a convenient distraction for the Lib Dems and Tories who are attempting to take the public's focus away from the devastating cuts which they are imposing.

Bill said: "We are all being affected by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat cuts. We are all suffering because of the VAT hike and the soaring price of fuel. We all know people who are losing their jobs because the Tories and Lib Dems are intent on destroying the public sector.

"People are more concerned about whether they will have a job in six months time, or if their local children's centres are to close, or what will happen when we lose 800 frontline police officers because of these cuts.

"My focus is on addressing people's real life concerns and fighting for them.

"I refuse to be distracted by such an obvious attempt at diverting the electorate's attention in the run up to the most important local elections in a generation."