Accused! : John Pugh MP slams Bootle Labour on BBC for penalising Southport

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Southport MP Dr John Pugh and Birkdale Lib Dem Councillor Iain Brodie Brown have pincered Sefton Council for their discriminatory attacks on the people of Southport. They both appeared on BBC’s Sunday Politics with Cllr Brodie Browne interviewed on Lord Street and John Pugh MP in the TV studio in Salford.

Councillor Brodie Browne, who leads the opposition to the Bootle Labour councillors who presently control Southport, has compiled a list of decisions and charges which put Southport residents at a disadvantage compared with those in Bootle.

These include: A Garden Tax – there are far more green bin users in Southport than Bootle who are to be subject to a flat rate extra charge of £46.00 per year – equal to more than 3 per cent on Council Tax. A Parking Tax – the Council plans to take a further half a million pounds or so from on-street Car Parks which charges fall overwhelmingly on Southport

The planned library closures – this is closing busy libraries in Southport which lend out many thousands of books per year but keeping open three libraries in Bootle, one of which issues very few books but happens to be the local library for Bootle Labour Cabinet Members John Pugh MP also hits out at Sefton Council for approving a budget full of cuts which was not subject to proper scrutiny and did not publish appropriate detail of either costs or effect of the cuts on certain groups of people.

He singled out £6 million of Social Service cuts and accused the Bootle-dominated Labour Cabinet of Sefton Council of issuing misleading statistics in a manner worthy of the regime of North Korea.

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