PM puts her party be­fore the peo­ple, says Cooper

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @emil­i­abona

WEST Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has slammed Theresa May’s de­ci­sion to call a snap elec­tion on June 8.

In a state­ment re­leased fol­low­ing Tues­day’s sur­prise an­nounce­ment from the Prime Min­is­ter, the Labour MP said it was clear that Con­ser­va­tive pri­or­i­ties were not West Lan­cashire’s pri­or­i­ties.

Mrs May put a mo­tion call­ing for a vote on the pro­posed elec­tion to the House of Com­mons yes­ter­day, af­ter the Ad­ver­tiser went to press.

Ms Cooper said on Tues­day: “To­day’s an­nounce­ment re­flects Theresa May’s fo­cus on her own in­ter­nal party prob­lems rather than what is in the best in­ter­ests of com­mu­ni­ties like West Lan­cashire.

“Every day I am deal­ing with res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies who are liv­ing with the cost of the Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment’s fail­ures: an NHS in cri­sis, school fund­ing cuts, a bro­ken so­cial care sys­tem un­able to sup­port the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble.

“It is clear that Con­ser­va­tive pri­or­i­ties are not West Lan­cashire’s pri­or­i­ties.

“Hav­ing had the hon­our and priv­i­lege to serve the peo­ple of West Lan­cashire for 12 years, I will con­tinue to stand on my record of de­liv­ery and fight­ing for the best deal for West Lan­cashire and its res­i­dents.”

The PM gave her sur­prise state­ment on the steps of Num­ber 10 Down­ing Street, where she an­nounced her in­ten­tions to hold a snap elec­tion in less than two months.

Mrs May needs Par­lia­ment’s back­ing to hold a vote be­fore the next sched­uled elec­tion date of 2020 un­der the Fixed Term Par­lia­ment Act.

Ms Cooper has been the MP for West Lan­cashire since 2005.

At the last gen­eral elec­tion, she was re-elected for her third term in of­fice, dou­bling her ma­jor­ity by just over 4,000 and gain­ing 49.3% of the vote.

Voter turnout was high in West Lan­cashire in 2015, with lots of peo­ple mak­ing it to the polls. The turnout was 70.25%, up from 65.78% in 2010.

That fig­ure was 4% more than the na­tional av­er­age, show­ing that the peo­ple of West Lan­cashire were keen for their voices to be heard.

The Con­ser­va­tive Party will be field­ing a can­di­date in West Lan­cashire to chal­lenge Ms Cooper. County Coun­cil­lor David West­ley said: “We are field­ing a can­di­date. “It has caught us quite by sur­prise. We an­tic­i­pate hav­ing a can­di­date in place by next week.” Cllr West­ley said that he ex­pected a Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for West Lan­cashire to be named by Fri­day, April 28. West Lan­cashire Lib­eral Democrats were un­able to be reached for com­ment at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

Theresa May call­ing a snap gen­eral elec­tion on Tues­day

Rosie Cooper crit­i­cised the Prime Min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion

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