West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper
has announced that she is to stand as the Labour candidate in the snap General Election to be held on 12 December.
She said “I continue to deal with thousands of residents and their families who are living with the cost of the Conservative government’s failures and austerity, while the Conservatives continue their infighting and have called a General Election to resolve their internal woes.
“An NHS in crisis, school funding cuts, a broken social care system unable to support the elderly and vulnerable, a climate change emergency and threats to our environment, we need a Labour government more than ever. It is clear that Conservative priorities are not West Lancashire’s priorities.
“Having had the honour and privilege to serve the people of West Lancashire for 14 years, I will continue to stand on my record of delivery and fighting for the best deal for West Lancashire and its residents. A record of experience, toughness and successfully fighting for West Lancashire in these challenging and uncertain times. I will continue to be that strong independent voice West Lancashire needs”.
Hint to Rosie? Merseyside/Merseytravel/ MerseyRail is funded massively with central government transport grants and is able to sustain free off-peak rail travel for its elderly and disabled residents. And every year MerseyRail announces huge profits, circa £14million, that are paid to its overseas owners/shareholders. West Lancashire taxpayers contribute their taxes but, despite having also paid out via the LCC towards the modernization of Ormskirk Station, West Lancashire elderly and disabled are still denied free off-peak rail travel on the often empty trains. Some tough fighting to give us parity would be nice, Rosie? It’s discrimination, pure and simple, as Maghull forms the boundary, and it needs to be sorted.