Labour Shadow Education Minister Andy Burnham was given a warm welcome when he returned home to Sefton this week.
Andy, who spent the earliest part of his childhood in Keble Drive in Aintree before moving to Marina Road in Formby, was guest of honour at Southport Constituency Labour Party's hotpot supper at the Scarisbrick Hotel on Lord Street.
Fellow Labour MP Bill Esterson from Sefton Central welcomed the shadow minister to the event.
Hundreds of Labour Party members had the chance to quiz the former Cabinet Minister about Labour Party policy and Tory-Lib Dem reforms of the education system.
Andy said: "I spent much of my childhood in Sefton, so it is always a pleasure to come back. In fact I am a regular at Splashworld with my children, so I usually come to Southport quite regularly.
"It was great speaking to the Labour Party members from throughout Sefton and would like to congratulate the Southport Labour Party for organising a fantastic event in a fantastic venue."
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he really enjoyed the Southport event.
Bill said: "Labour Party members throughout Sefton are very hardworking. They are campaigning every day for the party and working to ensure that constituents throughout the borough are represented and helped when they need it.
"We have seen people coming to the party in their droves in the past year as they realise that the Labour Party is the only party that will represent the normal people in this borough - the families, the elderly, the young, the workers.
"That's why Labour became the largest party in Sefton at the last election and why we continue to grow as a force in this borough.
"It is great that a senior member of the Labour front bench, who is a Sefton lad himself, came along to Southport to celebrate our ongoing successes and to work with us to continue to fight for the people of Sefton."