Let Southport Decide Southport Conservatives call for referendum

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Let Southport Decide Southport Conservatives call for referendum

Over the years since Southport became part of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, there have been many calls for ‘Southport out of Sefton’.

Whilst many people are concerned that Southport is losing out to other parts of the borough, others believe that being part of Sefton brings significant benefits. Most of the local political groups have, at some stage, called for ‘Southport out’. The Southport Conservatives, however, do not believe that this should be the decision of a few people, political groups or elected councillors, but for the residents of Southport.

The Southport Conservatives are asking the residents of Southport to register their view on this key issue. They have launched a campaign called ‘Southport Decides’, calling for a referendum on Southport’s future.

Southport residents will be invited to answer a simple ‘Yes/No’ question on a dedicated website.

Cllr Terry Jones, Chairman of the Southport Conservatives, said of the initiative: ‘This is such an important – and emotive – issue and one which should not be decided upon by politicians alone. The fate of Southport should be based on the wishes of the people in the form of a referendum. ‘We urge people to have their say and work with us to get the answer to the question many people have been asking once and for all: ‘Should Southport be in or out of Sefton?”

If the results significantly favour of coming out of Sefton, a report will be sent to the Boundary Commission and to the Government; they will be asked to listen to the local electorate and to allow them a democratic vote on our town’s future. If the result is in favour of staying in Sefton, then the authorities finally have the view of the people and should respect their wishes. It is then up to the elected councillors to ensure that Southport continues to get a fair deal.

Cllr Jones continues: ‘No matter what the result is and what the residents of Southport tell us they want, we will continue to make sure Southport gets the best deal. We must ensure our residents are heard and that Southport remains Southport, whether it is apart of Sefton or not which ever way the vote goes, there is work to be done.’ Brian Duckett of the Southport Conservatives urges everyone to get involved in the initiative. He said: ‘Whatever your view, this may be your only chance to have a say on the matter. If enough people press the Boundary Commission for a referendum, there’s a good chance our voice will be heard.’

Visit the referendum website to register your views:


Also email your views at [email protected]

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