Sefton Central MP welcomes appointment of Formby's Eagle sisters in Shadow Cabinet

Maria and Angela Eagle


Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson says he is delighted that Formby's Eagle sisters have been given high profile positions in Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet.

Ed Miliband announced his shadow cabinet on Friday.

Amongst the high profile appointments were Formby twins Maria and Angela Eagle.

Angela has been appointed Shadow Treasury Chief Secretary and Maria has been appointed Shadow Transport Secretary.

Bill Esterson said the Eagle sisters were fantastic appointments who will challenge the government on its "unfair policy of heartless cuts".

Bill said: "Both Angela and Maria have a fantastic track record throughout their political careers which they started right here in Formby.

"It's great news for us here in Sefton Central and for the whole country that they have been given these top jobs in the Labour Shadow Cabinet.

"Angela has a wealth of experience in the treasury after having served as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in government. She will keep
Conservative-Liberal Democrat government Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander on his toes.

"And Maria is a brilliant appointment as Shadow Transport Secretary. She understands exactly what our transport needs are here in Sefton Central having been born and brought up in Formby.

"She will be a great ally in our campaign to get the Thornton Relief Road back on track after this Conservative-Liberal Democrat government
shelved it when they came together to take power.

"Tory-Lib Dem Transport Minister Philip Hammond will have his work cut for him knowing that Maria is scrutinising everything he does."

Bill said he was already planning a meeting with Maria to discuss the Thornton Relief Road campaign.

He said: "Maria will know as well as anyone just how important to not just Sefton Central but also the whole of the North West the Thornton Relief Road is. It is crucial for the North West economy and it is needed for the basic infrastructure in and around Thornton.

"That is why it is the number one ranked development project for the North West. And that is why I will work with both the Eagle sisters to campaign for the Thornton Relief Road and for what is in the interests of the people of Sefton Central."

Speaking after the appointment, Maria said: "We intend to take the coalition head on. We will question every decision which undermines the fair society we have tried so hard to build.

“We will present a genuine, strong and good alternative government for the people of Britain.

“The first big test – the comprehensive spending review – will come early, but we are confident that we will expose those cuts which are unfair.”

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