MP launches attack on ‘anti-business’ council
SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has renewed his war of words with Sefton Council by attacking the authority as “antibusiness”.
The Conservative MP has been a consistent critic of the council both before and since his election last year, and has repeatedly clashed with its leader, Cllr Ian Maher.
Mr Moore has previously accused Sefton of neglecting other areas at the expense of Southport and this time took to the House of Commons to raise his latest gripe, raising the issue of high street funding at Prime Minister’s Questions.
It came after an announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed a new £675m Future High Streets Fund for redeveloping high streets, details of which have since been scarce.
Mr Moore said: “Small businesses are the backbone of my constituency. In the Budget, the Chancellor announced a revitalisation fund for our high streets.
“May I ask [the Prime Minister] when it will be made available?
“It will prove a vital lifeline for my constituency, because of the anti-business policies of Labourcontrolled Sefton Council.”
In response, Mrs May said: “He is absolutely right that the Leader of the Opposition may stand up and claim to be interested in business and small businesses, but we so often see Labour councils up and down the country doing exactly the opposite.”
Cllr Maher has previously responded strongly to criticism from Mr Moore, accusing his party of starving councils of much-needed funds.
The pair have also clashed over the council’s decisions to purchase the New Strand shopping centre, in Bootle, and to allow hundreds of homes to be built on farmland in Churchtown.
Southport MP Damien Moore criticised the council in the Commons
Sefton Council leader Cllr Ian Maher, left, has had previous clashes with Mr Moore