MP launches at­tack on ‘anti-busi­ness’ coun­cil

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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

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