My letter to the Champion newspaper following it publishing a photo taken by the MP in the ‘No’ lobby of fellow MP’s voting against Teresa May’s appalling Brexit Deal:-
I notice that MP Bill Esterson photoed fellow MP’s in the ‘No’ lobby during the defeat of PM May’s Brexit Deal.
So whilst we know that Mr. Esterson does not like May’s Deal what Brexit solution does he like? I ask because to date I have contacted his office 5 times in recent weeks asking him to let me know where he stands over Brexit. Sadly, I have received no response at all.
Is it too much to ask your MP for their view on a matter and to expect a reply?
Stop Press – I think I am now up to 9 contacts – 6 by e-mail, 3 by Twitter. Could be wrong though, I’m losing count.
The letter was published in the Champion Newspaper on 13th February
I hear that Formby Labour members voted for a 2nd Referendum recently. Not sure how comfortable or indeed uncomfortable that will make Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson.
I also understand that at a meeting in Aintree on 15th February that the Constituency Labour Party will be debating a similar motion.
I’ve been trying to find out what the MP’s views on Brexit are but 5 e-mails to his office have so far not brought back any answers.
I’m guessing that as the MP is a Shadow Minister in Corbyn’s team that he will be compelled to take his lead from his leader and we all know that Corbyn is a committed Brexiteer.
It will therefore be interesting to see what the CLP does. Does it follow the lead of its Formby members and call for a Peoples Vote thereby potentially putting its own MP in an embarrassing position or does it play it safe and back a Corbyn Brexit?
I imagine that such issues are live across the CLP’s throughout the UK with Labour being so split over Brexit. Having a Brexit leadership in the House of Commons but a membership which is vastly Remain by conviction must be a tough if not impossible square to circle.
When the Lib Dems started calling for a 2nd Referendum on the final deal, with an option to Remain, now quite some time ago, it then looked like the campaign would be just a Liberal one. How things change with many prominent Labour, Green and SNP members and MP’s joining what is now a genuine cross-party movement. Why even some prominent Tories are backing a Peoples Vote.
However, when the matter was recently debated on Sefton Council Labour & Tory councillors were firmly against backing a Peoples Vote/2nd Referendum. My posting from November 2018 refers:-
Brexit is the biggest political issue of our times and it is tearing our two big political parties apart, so when push comes to shove which side of the fence will the Sefton Central Labour MP be on?
The former Maghull Police Station in Westway, Maghull.
My letter to the Champion newspaper in response to all the cheering about the Town’s new Police Station
So Maghull has a brand new police station within Maghull Town Hall, but please forgive me if I don’t join in the cheering of Maghull Town Council and the local MP.
You see the Town lost a youth facility and a CAB help point to make way for the police to move into the Town Hall from Maghull Square.
Sorry I don’t see Maghull and district’s policing benefiting except that they will have lower overheads in their new premises. But where and when will the CAB facility be rehoused locally, many months after it was closed down in the Town Hall? And where are the youngsters now going that used to use the Youth facility?
This is at best a 2 – 1 defeat i.e. CAB and youth out – police in. You could even argue that it’s 3 – nil defeat as the police already had a home in Maghull and they were originally said to be downsizing to a shop unit.
I despair I really do.
I have read on the Liverpool Echo’s web site that my MP has had what he considers to be an unfortunate meal out experience in Liverpool – see link below:-
Well sorry Bill but I would much rather you be raising concerns about the appalling consequences of Brexit for example. We’ve all had unfortunate meal experiences, so hey get over it and move on please.
The story is linked above to the original article by Tom Brake MP.
Lib Dem MP Tom Brake
Maybe Bill Esterson MP, the Labour International Trade Shadow Minister, could help? He was on Radio 5 Live a couple of days ago giving the socialist ‘perspective’ on the matter. My previous posting refers at:-
I must admit to being quite shocked this week when the Aintree & Maghull Champion newspaper dropped through my letter box, indeed it was something that was not in it that really concerned me.
There was no picture involving Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson and that disturbed me so I wonder how Bill must feel.
But we can all do something about this by looking for photo opportunities for our MP, so there’s a challenge for those of us who flicked through every page this week looking for Bill.
You would think he would have an employee whose job it would be to find the photo opportunities, but if he’s not got one maybe be should recruit one soon. Just a thought:-)))