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  1. Published on: 20/03/2019 01:18 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Labour's Liz announces she's stepping down in Skem' to fully concentrate on Southport




    Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, Liz Savage, has announced she's stepping down as a West Lancs councillor to concentrate on ousting the constituency's current Conservative MP.



    The Labour politician is not standing in this May's local elections after eight years as the councillor for Ashurst ward and holding several positions including shadow finance spokesperson, Deputy Mayor, and Mayor.




    Liz Savage says that it's her "overwhelming belief" a Labour government is needed to improve conditions in the country and so she has decided not to stand in West Lancs but to focus her energy elsewhere, explaining:




    "Instead, I will concentrate on unseating Southport's Conservative MP whose support for Universal Credit and austerity policies; voting for yet more police cuts and his constant, petty and divisive attacks on a local authority here that has had nearly £1/4 billion cut from its vital services by his party and the Lib Dems, has done immense harm to the constituency and its residents. Southport needs far better and I will provide it."




    Revealing how her life increasingly revolves around her political work, casework and friendships in Southport, she says:




    "We've nearly quadrupled the Labour vote since I first stood here in 2015 and I am proud to have been selected as the Southport candidate once again for the next parliamentary elections, whenever they should be."




    "The town and surrounding area are increasingly feeling the effects of devastating Tory and Lib Dem cuts and I feel that it is essential to devote all of my political and casework efforts to do whatever I can to oust this vicious Tory government and help repair the damage they are causing locally."






    The full statement reads:



    Almost eight years ago I had the great honour of becoming a Councillor in Ashurst. It’s been an incredibly hard eight years for local government and I could never have foreseen the amount of cuts that were to befall local authorities such as West Lancs.





    I don’t believe that any Labour councillor stands with a view to cutting services or charging more for them in their local area but those decisions have sadly been forced upon us by brutal Tory cuts.



    Previously, I had been a local councillor in Potters Bar. I was proud of the gains and improvements that a colleague and I made to the ward we represented. This time, the experience has been very different due to councils being starved of funds. I take a different sort of pride this time in managing to maintain what we have in the face of the wilful vandalism to local services inflicted on us by the Tories and Lib Dems. It is one tinged with deep anger and sorrow at the damage they have done.







    I’ve also gained valuable experience over the past 8 years, where I have served as shadow finance spokesperson, licensing spokesperson and more recently as Deputy Mayor and then Mayor in 2016-17 and would like to thank all who were of assistance during this period. I hope I served those roles, the council and local residents well.




    My overwhelming belief is that to improve the lives of people in this country we need a Labour government. It is with this in mind, I have decided not to seek re-election to West Lancashire Council but focus all my energy elsewhere.




    Instead, I will concentrate on unseating Southport's Conservative MP whose support for Universal Credit and austerity policies; voting for yet more police cuts and his constant, petty and divisive attacks on a local authority here that has had nearly £1/4 billion cut from its vital services by his party and the Lib Dems, has done immense harm to the constituency and its residents. Southport needs far better and I will provide it.




    Having been raised and schooled in Ormskirk, I’ve always had strong links with both Skelmersdale and Southport but since moving to nearby Tarleton I have increasingly found that much of my life, work and friendships revolve around the Southport area.




    We've nearly quadrupled the Labour vote since I first stood here in 2015 and I am proud to have been selected as the Southport candidate once again for the next parliamentary elections, whenever they should be.




    The town and surrounding area are increasingly feeling the effects of devastating Tory and Lib Dem cuts and I feel that it is essential to devote all of my political and casework efforts to do whatever I can to oust this vicious Tory government and help repair the damage they are causing locally.




    I wish West Lancs Labour the best of luck in the forthcoming elections, there’s some amazing work being done at the moment especially within the housing portfolio led by Jenny Forshaw. I'd also like to thank everyone who voted for me there and all who have made serving as your representative such a truly rewarding experience.




    I will, of course, continue my links with Digmoor, where I’m a governor at Bishop Martin School.




    Liz
     

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  3. local says:20/03/2019 01:42 PM
    Does Ms Savage respect the democratic outcome of the EU referendum fully ?

    ie to leave both the customs union and the single market as clearly laid out in a leaflet sent to every household before the vote by the then Government.

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  5. salus.populi says:20/03/2019 03:46 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by local View Post
    Does Ms Savage respect the democratic outcome of the EU referendum fully ?

    ie to leave both the customs union and the single market as clearly laid out in a leaflet sent to every household before the vote by the then Government.
    I hope not. It will be a national disaster.
    No wonder the PM who issued that leaflet bailed out.

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  7. abbeyroad says:20/03/2019 04:27 PM
    When Liz Savage says that a Labour Government is needed to "improve conditions in the country" does she mean improve them in the same way that they have "improved" in Venezuela which is the country that Labour's leader cites as a beacon of how a country should be run?

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  9. local says:20/03/2019 07:47 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by salus.populi View Post
    I hope not. It will be a national disaster.
    No wonder the PM who issued that leaflet bailed out.

    It seems a glaring omission from her press release and if she is a "remainer" then good luck to her,

    but please let her be honest and not stand on a manifesto that says anything else unlike many from both Labour and the Conservatives which is causing untold damage to the country and its democracy.

    Jeremy Corbyns staying in the customs union and single market will cost the country billions in EU payments which would be far better spent on the problems she accurately highlights.

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  11. silver fox says:20/03/2019 07:59 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyroad View Post
    When Liz Savage says that a Labour Government is needed to "improve conditions in the country" does she mean improve them in the same way that they have "improved" in Venezuela which is the country that Labour's leader cites as a beacon of how a country should be run?
    In it's earlier form Venezuela was using it's oil wealth for and in the country, we all know the situation has changed radically, that humanitarian issues and the economy are in a terrible state, that the regime has moved to a totalitarian state by quashing alternative thinking and any dissent, this is no longer democratic socialism and very clear that Labour are no longer avid supporters, but of course things said from way back are dragged up as if current, as an alternative how about we trawl through some of the statements made by leading Tories, taken out of context and then restated as if made yesterday.

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  13. Nash says:21/03/2019 12:39 PM
    Not certain what the connection is between Southport and Venezuela, but then some people will clutch at straws to make an irrelevant point.

    Liz Savage must be an improvement on the current MP for Southport, Damian "do little" Moore. He is not someone who is familiar with principles, having voted both for and against Theresa May's Meaningful Votes, and raising false hopes of a rail link to Manchester Piccadilly after meeting "failing" Grayling.

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  15. EvilCapitalist says:21/03/2019 01:23 PM
    i s she coming here for a clown convention or something maybe its a comedy convention ,She would certainly steal the show.

  16. AdmiralAckbar says:21/03/2019 02:21 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by silver fox View Post
    In it's earlier form Venezuela was using it's oil wealth for and in the country, we all know the situation has changed radically, that humanitarian issues and the economy are in a terrible state, that the regime has moved to a totalitarian state by quashing alternative thinking and any dissent, this is no longer democratic socialism and very clear that Labour are no longer avid supporters, but of course things said from way back are dragged up as if current, as an alternative how about we trawl through some of the statements made by leading Tories, taken out of context and then restated as if made yesterday.
    Sounds a bit like what's happening in this country at the moment.

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  18. AdmiralAckbar says:21/03/2019 02:59 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by EvilCapitalist View Post
    i s she coming here for a clown convention or something maybe its a comedy convention ,She would certainly steal the show.
    Noticed you'd only just created this profile on the same day you posted this, so that means you are either a new poster (in which case, welcome to the madhouse) or just a nasty Troll, too gutless/embarrassed to post under their existing id(s) ... in either event, just thought I'd flag it.

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  20. EvilCapitalist says:21/03/2019 04:15 PM
    Or maybe someone who is just telling the truth about Liz the savage,But dont abuse me again like this as it looks like its you who is gutless Troll as i doubt you would have the guts say that to my face."or just a nasty Troll, too gutless"
    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralAckbar View Post
    Noticed you'd only just created this profile on the same day you posted this, so that means you are either a new poster (in which case, welcome to the madhouse) or just a nasty Troll, too gutless/embarrassed to post under their existing id(s) ... in either event, just thought I'd flag it.
    Last edited by EvilCapitalist; 21/03/2019 at 05:52 PM.

  21. salus.populi says:21/03/2019 06:20 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralAckbar View Post
    Noticed you'd only just created this profile on the same day you posted this, so that means you are either a new poster (in which case, welcome to the madhouse) or just a nasty Troll, too gutless/embarrassed to post under their existing id(s) ... in either event, just thought I'd flag it.
    Looks like "nosobored" has returned.

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  23. AdmiralAckbar says:22/03/2019 10:18 AM
    What I actually said was ...
    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralAckbar View Post
    Noticed you'd only just created this profile on the same day you posted this, so that means you are either a new poster (in which case, welcome to the madhouse) or just a nasty Troll, too gutless/embarrassed to post under their existing id(s) ... in either event, just thought I'd flag it.
    and you response to that was ...
    Quote Originally Posted by EvilCapitalist View Post
    Or maybe someone who is just telling the truth about Liz the savage,But dont abuse me again like this as it looks like its you who is gutless Troll as i doubt you would have the guts say that to my face."or just a nasty Troll, too gutless"
    Overlooking the welcome and concentrating on the alternative clearly indicates what you are.

    Oh and btw, you need to brush up on the definitions of truth and opinion ... your original post was a question followed by an opinion ...

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilCapitalist View Post
    i s she coming here for a clown convention or something maybe its a comedy convention ,She would certainly steal the show.

  24. EvilCapitalist says:22/03/2019 01:47 PM
    Lefty loser Troll go home
    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralAckbar View Post
    What I actually said was ...


    and you response to that was ...


    Overlooking the welcome and concentrating on the alternative clearly indicates what you are.

    Oh and btw, you need to brush up on the definitions of truth and opinion ... your original post was a question followed by an opinion ...

  25. AdmiralAckbar says:22/03/2019 02:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by EvilCapitalist View Post
    Lefty loser Troll go home
    Ha Ha !!! Love it !!!

    ... a well thought out, reasoned, and rational response.

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