Photo: Paul Nuttall

Local MEP Paul Nuttall is urging Southport to support the town having its own council.

A campaign for such a body to restore the control of Southport into the hands of the town’s residents has been launched and an on-line petition set up.

Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, said: “Historically the majority of Southport residents did not want to be included in Merseyside or Sefton and today many of the residents still feel the same way.

“Local people have raised their concerns for a number of years that Southport has become nothing more than the piggy bank of Sefton.

“Many residents feeling disenfranchised by the actions of Sefton Council and feel it is time to make a stand and take their town back and I wholeheartedly support them.

“Eric Pickles had intimated that the government would look down favourably on such a town or parish council but of course he is no longer in the Cabinet.

“UKIP strongly supports the principle of localism and is pushing for Southport to have its very own town council similar to those of Formby and Maghull.

“All councillors will be unpaid and the council would be represented by cross party members from across the political spectrum. Enthusiasm, drive and hard work are the main requirements needed to achieve this goal.

“We need just 7000 signatures in order to make this happen at which time UKIP Southport will organise a public meeting.”

For further information please contact Southport UKIP at


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