PM puts her party before the people, says Cooper
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.