In what seems to be the astonishing rant of a political loser
the Liberal Democrat candidate at the West Lancashire 2019 general election, Leyland resident Simon Thomson whose support came from only 2,560 voters, just 5% of the vote, has suggested local MP Rosie Cooper betrayed 27,458 Labour voters about a mythical “Final Say Referendum” on Brexit.
It seems that our “local” Liberal Democrats are actually “Ribble South and West Lancashire — Your Local Party” at 5 Rowan Close, Penwortham, PR1 0YH.
In the Champion, Mr Thomson claims “The Liberal Democrats both locally and in Parliament will hold Rosie Cooper accountable for her actions”. On 12 December 2019 the West Lancashire constituents bucked the national trend and stayed with Labour. That’s democracy!
As for Brexit alone being the yardstick for election, Mr Thomson ignores Rosie Coopers’ record as a constituency MP. As she has said “I will now continue to do what I promised I would when I was first elected in 2005 – to be West Lancashire’s voice in Westminster and not Westminster’s voice in West Lancashire.
“My immediate priorities will be to hold this Conservative government to account, including their word that they would provide the funding for Skelmersdale railway station. I will continue the fight against fracking, against Universal Credit, against underfunding and under resourcing of the NHS, social care, councils, the Police, and the removal of the free over 75s TV licence.
“We showed during this election campaign that despite many voters’ concerns with many issues including Brexit and Leadership, that we had listened hard to our voters and concentrated on many of the local issues of concern to West Lancashire residents.
“While it is pleasing to know that our hard work was successful, it is of course tempered by the disappointment of losing so many seats, particularly in our Labour heartlands, and the loss of some hard working friends and colleagues. Now that the election is over, I can get back to fully representing my West Lancashire constituents”.