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  • John Pugh The Reading Agency Campaign (2014)
    Article: Jul 20, 2014

    John Pugh is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to join their local library and take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge - the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children.

    Research shows the Summer Reading Challenge increases children's reading range and their enjoyment of reading significantly. It builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing the dip in children's literacy levels during the long break from school.

  • John Pugh Town Centre First Campaign
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    In a personal message to shoppers local MP John Pugh warns of the serious threat to Lord St and the town centre if the council does not tackle the issue of empty shops and get a grip of the situation. Further decline he argues could impact massively on everyone in Southport.

    "Charity shops, money shops and nail bars won't bring visitors to Southport. We need to attract quality retail and independent stores," warned the MP as he was out with activists and councillors in the town centre last Saturday (6th July) leafleting and talking to shoppers at the launch of his "Town Centre First" Campaign.

  • 2014 Norwood Councillors Roe Moss Rufford Junction
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    Norwood Ward's Lib Dem councillors have taken action to ensure better road safety at one of Southport's busiest junctions.The white 'Give Way' lines at the Moss Lane/Roe lane/Rufford Road roundabout had long faded away. Persistent pressure by local Lib Dem Councillor Marianne Welsh, backed by colleagues Ronnie Fearn and Dan Lewis persuaded the council to repaint.the white lines, helping drivers to avoid knocking into each other.

  • key_pension
    Article: Jun 30, 2014

    Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today.

    These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago.

  • Sue Pat John Dementia Event at Atkinson June 2014
    Article: Jun 8, 2014

    Southport Dementia Friendly. MP John Pugh joined representatives from public health, the Alzheimer's Society, Person Shaped Support and Lib Dem councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire at the Atkinson yesterday when information and advice about the condition and its care will be available to members of the public and dementia carers.

  • John Pugh MP (2012) ()
    Article: Apr 30, 2014

    Liberal Democrat John Pugh MP has announced that he will be standing again for Southport in next year's general election. John says...

    "I have thought very hard about this, because it is an honour and a huge responsibility to try to represent Southport and certainly not a right.

    "I see myself essentially as part of a dedicated team of activists and councillors who continue to seek positive change for our town.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Number of people in work (April 2014)
    Article: Apr 21, 2014

    New figures show the rate of unemployment has fallen below 7% for the first time since the recession. The number of people out of work dropped by 77,000 in the last three months, while total employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation.

    There are now more people in work than ever before, with nearly 0.7 million more people in employment since this time last year, showing that the Lib Dem plan to create a million jobs is working.

  • Kew Roundabout Litter Pick (2014.04.12)
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    On Saturday Jo Barton (a Meols Ward Lib Dem pictured on the left) organised a much needed litter-pick at Kew's main roundabout by Tesco.

    Over a dozen volunteers turned up and, after battling with thorn bushes and dodging the traffic, we removed a large amount of litter, including several road cones and a fire extinguisher!

  • Tax Paid on Average Income 2010-2014
    Article: Apr 6, 2014

    Today, 24 million people will receive a £700 tax cut compared to 2010. This will put £700 back in the pockets of the lowest earners.

    Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the new income tax personal allowance kicks in, reaching £10,000. It means 24m working people are paying £700 less in income tax than they were under Labour; people on the minimum wage have had the amount they pay in income tax more than halved; and 2.7m of people in the lowest paid jobs will no longer pay any income tax at all.

  • Clegg v Farage Debate 02.04.14
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Come one come all....

    .... to watch the Nick V Nigel debate on the EU with your favourite Liberal Democrats as we celebrate what is sure to be an excellent performance by Nick Clegg!

    The debate party will take place on Wednesday 2nd April from 6.30pm at the Grandstand Bar at Southport Football Club. The debate begins at 7pm so make sure you arrive on time!

  • WhyIAmIn - End of Roaming Charges
    Article: Mar 23, 2014

    Mobile roaming charges across the EU are set to be abolished altogether by December 2015 following a vote in the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee today. These include costly charges for data roaming, which are currently capped at £376 per gigabyte in the EU.

    However, Conservatives voted for an amendment that would reject the proposals altogether. Meanwhile UKIP MEPs did not turn up for the vote but have made it clear in the past that they oppose efforts to cut the costly fees.

  • 2014 Budget - 800 tax cut delivered
    Article: Mar 21, 2014

    The Budget has confirmed victory for the Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.

    Cutting income tax by £700 - by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 - was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect next month and the Budget today has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25m working people since 2010.

  • Councillor Tony Dawson
    Article: Mar 11, 2014

    A councillor has called for there to be proper supervised community noticeboards in the centres of Ainsdale, Birkdale and Churchtown as well as in the central Library in Southport.

    Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson said:

    "In closing down our community libraries, the Bootle Labour Party also got rid of another valuable asset in each community. The noticeboards in the libraries were well-maintained information exchanges about voluntary groups and so much going on within each local area.

  • Teresa Smith
    Article: Mar 5, 2014

    Dukes Ward Liberal Democrats have selected Teresa Smith to be their candidate in the local elections in May. Dukes Ward is the biggest ward in Southport, consisting of the Town Centre and Shoreside, Birkdale areas.

    The selection of the candidate was delayed for one month due to the tragic death of Dukes Ward Lib Dem Chair Robert Hamilton.

    Teresa Smith is a qualified social worker and counsellor who also previously worked for National Giro Bank. She has lived in Southport for the past 40 years and presently lives in Grosvenor Gardens, Birkdale.

    Teresa is a Thalidomide survivor who has campaigned on access and disability issues for many years. She has also worked with terminally ill patients and for an international charity.

    Teresa says "I am very keen to use my advocacy skills to support the community in whatever way I am able to.To work for those less fortunate than myself and press for social justice. I wish to make Southport a better place for people to live in. Southport's economy is crucial, as is residents' quality of life. We must try to improve basic Council services, to make it easier for people to get around, and to take care of our environment."

Southport Liberal Democrats - The 2014 Winning Team
Councillors Sue McGuire, Tony Dawson and Haydn Preece - Side Splash John Pugh MP - Side Splash Cambridge Ward Councillors - Side Splash Southport Town Hall - Side Splash Meols Ward Councillors - Side Splash Iain Ronnie and Joyce - Side Splash Birkdale Councillors Iain, Simon and Richard - Side Splash Kew Ward Team - Side Splash Meols Ward Canvass May 2013 - Side Splash Southport Liberal Democrats - The 2014 Winning Team Kew Roundabout Litter Pick (2014.04.12) Cllr Tony Dawson, Lily McGuire, Baroness Shirley Willaims, Dan Lewis