Statement on the Southport Pier Fiasco

Statement on the Southport Pier Fiasco

“I simply make three points. First, given that Labour in Sefton could find £30 million or so for the Bootle Strand shopping centre in Bootle, they can very well find the £13 million or so to restore our pier in Southport. Second, if our Tory MP had any standing in the Tory party, he could have persuaded the national government to step in and make the funding available, which is small change on a national level. And third, if the Lib Dems were fulfilling their role as opposition to Labour on Sefton Council, they would be properly holding Sefton to account - not giving lip service by rehashing yet another “Save the Pier” petition, but by probing the accounts, challenging the assumptions, and by finding solutions for reducing wasteful spending and redirecting funds to the pier. The pier fiasco has been a clear example of the failure of the three establishment parties and their collective betrayal of the people upon...
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Statement on Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election

Statement on Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election

"It transpires that there was a risible 24% turnout for the so-called "Liverpool City Region" mayoral election, almost 6% down on previously. This is a clear sign that the existence of these so-called "city regions" and their mayors does not command widespread support. They are a waste of money and an unfair imposition by cities over surrounding areas that have little in common with them. They are a Labour device and the Tories should have scrapped them." - Andrew Lynn, Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southport ...
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Statement on the Sefton Local Council Election Results in Southport

Statement on the Sefton Local Council Election Results in Southport

“The big story of the local elections in Southport, for yet another year, has been the consistently low turnout of around 31-34% in most wards. In some wards, such as Norwood, turnout was as low as 26%. Admittedly, this is slightly better that the truly atrocious turnout in elections for the so-called “Liverpool City Region” mayor, but it is still shamefully low. In many cases, therefore, candidates are getting elected with only around 15% (or less) of those eligible to vote actually voting for them. While of course we must congratulate those who have been elected, nevertheless, at participation levels this low, it is really questionable whether they have much of a mandate at all. It is totally wrong to assume that the low turnout implies satisfaction or even apathy. What it really reflects is a quiet exasperation and quiet desperation. I myself come from a longstanding Southport family whose members, like so many people across the town, rarely if ever...
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Statement Prior to Local Elections

Statement Prior to Local Elections

Thursday 2 May 2024 is, as you will probably be aware, the date of the local elections for election of councillors to Sefton Council. While Reform UK will be contesting the forthcoming general (parliamentary) election, we will not be standing in the local elections for Southport wards, or indeed for the generality of Sefton. The reason for this decision is simple. We are a new party without access to the infrastructure and funding of the establishment Lib/Lab/Con parties. This means that we have to make difficult decisions about how we deploy our resources to maximum effect. In Southport, the decision is clear, in that we can plainly have more of an impact through the general (parliamentary) election than we can through local elections. As we know, a party could win every ward in Southport and still struggle to improve Sefton much, dominated as it is by a dysfunctional Labour cabal. A single MP, on the other hand, could do much good work...
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Getting Ready for the Elections

Getting Ready for the Elections

Southport now has its Reform UK prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) - you can find out more about who he is and what he stands for here: https://southportreformparty.org Our PPC explains in detail his take on Reform UK's policies, which very obviously contrasts with other parties' candidates, who are long on words but very short on specifics, especially on key national issues such as government accountability, traditional freedoms, cost of living, immigration, border security, and Net Zero. The forthcoming general election is not going to be about potholes or cycle lanes, howevermuch Lib/Lab/Con hope it will be. It will be an important election to establish an authentic British people’s movement and a true opposition to the corrosive policies that the major parties have all been responsible for pushing on us over the last 25 years. This cannot be done without your help. We need you to go out and vote for us, even if you have never voted before, and even if you...
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Meet Your Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southport

We are pleased to announce that our Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PCC) for Southport will be holding drop-in sessions at Birkdale Community Hub & Library at the Station Master's House in Birkdale on the second Thursday of every month at 6pm to 7pm. Come along if you are interested in finding out more about what we stand for, the policies that we believe are necessary to save Britain, and how we hope to change British politics for good. We are also interested in hearing from you about what we can do to help the ordinary people of this country and of our town. All those who come with an open mind, and willingness to discuss policy in an informed and mutually respectful way, are welcome to drop in. Please do let us know in advance if possible, so that we can estimate numbers and allocate time. ...
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What We Stand For Locally

What We Stand For Locally

Reform UK will be standing candidates in every parliamentary seat in mainland UK at the next general election. This is what we need to do to give the electorate a real chance of changing politics for good. We are also taking steps locally. As a young party, we are not yet present in every ward, but where we do appear on the ballot paper - for example, we are standing in the Birkdale ward in Southport at the 4 May 2023 local election - we would like you to know what we stand for. First, our local candidates are all "whip free". This means that we are not bound, in local matters, to act according to central party directives. It means our local people can make decisions quickly based on matters as they exist on the ground. As a positive example, it has come to our attention that Sefton has been failing to take action on re-opening the pier. Our local Reform...
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What We Stand For Nationally

What We Stand For Nationally

If you are interested in what we stand for, the best places to start are our principles and our policies. To outline three important themes: We support a growth rather than a "tax and spend" agenda. Reform UK believes that workers from all walks of society should retain a greater proportion of the fruits of their labour. We also believe that taxation beyond a certain level is counterproductive and prevents growth. Tax monies should be used to provide palpable benefits to the people who pay the tax and not for virtue-signalling by politicians and civil servants, or other recipients of public funds. Reform UK nevertheless differs from the Conservatives in that we focus on reducing tax for all, not just for the wealthy, hence our policy to raise the basic rate threshold to £20,000, to reduce corporation tax and fuel duties, and raise the IHT threshold to £2 million, ensuring you can save money and pass on a home and some savings...
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Reform UK Policy on the BBC Licence Fee

Reform UK Policy on the BBC Licence Fee

The BBC licence fee should be abolished. Those who wish to watch and support the BBC can do so, if they really wish, through a subscription service. All the talk about partiality/impartiality is a distraction. Vote Reform UK if you want to see this done: abolishing the licence fee is our policy, as can be seen from p.18 of the Reform UK Policy Document: https://assets.nationbuilder.com/.../Reform-is-Essential... So that's official Reform UK policy. Reform UK - Southport fully would also add that the nation should take control of the BBC's physical and (especially) intellectual property assets, which must be of very substantial value, before the service is made a subscription service. These belong to the British people as a whole, and not the current administrators of the BBC. The Tories have had many years to scrap the BBC licence fee, but never did it because they were afraid of the BBC’s power to influence public opinion against them. They will "talk the talk", but we know...
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