Wirral Council ‘leader’ and his shock resignation : Power Boy Pip reaches the ‘Omega Point’

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Power Boy Pip’s reflects on his political career  and decides smashing the mirror is easier than doing something about the distorted image. 

There are many curious aspects to Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies’  announcement that he was packing in politics – not least the fact we got to exclusively reveal the news from a leaked email . As much as we appreciate the leak we would have thought a more appropriate forum for this momentous news would have been the previous evening’s full Wirral Council meeting.

Whilst Liverpool Echo just did a hasty cut and paste job with archive photos shortly after we’d published the story , clearly other parts of local MSM were geared up for the announcement as Wirral Globe managed to get the news into yesterday’s print edition. The Globe also managed to reference to Frank Field’s recent run-ins with the resurgent Labour left despite the fact that this did not feature in Pip’s epitaph for his political career.

We’ll be analysing both the resignation message and Power Boy Pip’s political career in a special commemorative,cut out and keep, full colour supplement on Sunday  titled ‘ THE 30 INGLORIOUS YEARS OF PIP’ – but for now all we’ll say is the hackneyed comment about him wanting to spend time with his long suffering family’  was not only reminiscent of resignations of Wirral Council’s past ( ex-CEOs Maddox and Burgess spring immediately to mind) but is also the time honoured phrase used by politicians just before the proverbial hits the fan…and oh believe us, it’s about to…

There have been various theories sent to us about the sudden announcement  and we believe it may be a combination of all of them. After  Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes  reign of terror came to an end in 2012 in an unprecedented vote of no confidence , Power Boy Pip had the chance  to really ,really make a difference to the toxic culture of Wirral Council but instead chose the path of least resistance.

Ultimately it is a failure of Pip’s ‘leadership’ – the reliance on a handpicked spin doctor ,the failure to rein in out of control councillors ( Crabtree, Reecejones, Foulkes and George Davies for starters) ,the inability to say ‘NO!’ to Birkenhead MP Frank Field, the all consuming reputation management and the constant denial best exemplified by the fantasy  (Local Government Chronicle ‘Most Improved Council award) taking precedence over the reality (an ‘Inadequate’ rating of Wirral’s Children’s Services by Ofsted).

However it is also what French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin titled the “Omega Point”: “Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! … For everything that rises must converge.”

It is about the rise of the Green Party in Birkenhead (the humiliation of defeat in next May’s local elections had become a reality for Pip) , it is about the rise of Labour left (being held to account by party members had never before been a reality for Pip) , it is about the rise of local blogs ( there is no hiding place for local politicians up to no good any more ) and it is about the rise of political activism from people of all political persuasions across Wirral (especially those defending the Green Belt and the NHS – the likes of which Wirral politicians have never experienced before) .

For everything that rises must converge and together we say that is what is  responsible for Pip’s demise…

 

 

EXCLUSIVE : Pip Pops Off – Wirral Council ‘leader’ calls time on political career

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Power Boy Pip’s super powers can’t save him now

 

Cllr Phil Davies aka ‘Power Boy Pip’ has called time on his political career. The net is closing in…

His announcement in full –

From: “Davies, Phil L. (Councillor)” <phildavies@wirral.gov.uk> Date: 16 October 2018 at 20:03:57 BST Subject: CALLING TIME ON MY POLITICAL CAREER

Dear Colleague,

After 30 years of public service, I have decided to call time on my political career and will not seek re-election to the Council in May 2019. This term of office as both Councillor for Birkenhead & Tranmere Ward and Leader of the Council will be my last. By the end of my current term of office, I will have been a Councillor for 28 years and Leader of the Council for 7 years. I will celebrate my 60th birthday next year and, if you add the two years I worked as an officer with Wirral Council in the late 1980s, have served the residents of Wirral for half of my life.

Public service is both a duty and a privilege and having had the chance to serve the residents of Birkenhead and Tranmere and be Leader of Wirral Council is something I am extremely grateful for. But now, with three young grandchildren and another on the way, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, and hopefully visiting my youngest daughter who now lives in Canada.

In the three decades I have been part of Wirral Council, much has changed. However, on reflection, there are some surprising constants. When I was first elected we had a Tory Prime Minister in open war with their own party over Europe, and now, nearly 30 years later, despite a period of relative calm under a Labour premiership, we are seeing another Tory Prime Minister failing to hold her party together on this issue.

While the challenges of local government have evolved during my time as a councillor – budget cuts mean resources are stretched further than ever before – putting a Labour ‘stamp’ on the Council has always been my priority. Our mission of protecting the vulnerable, growing our economy and securing our environment has always guided our policies.

I am proud that under my leadership Wirral was one of the first Councils to pay the Living Wage to all its employees. I was also pleased to see young people afforded new opportunities through the opening of The Hive, and when Wirral signed the ethical care charter and developed initiatives such as exempting care leavers from paying Council Tax. Devolving power and putting it in the hands of local people is something I am passionate about, so I was exceptionally proud when, as the first Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, I signed the devolution deal with the government in November 2015.

We are lucky to call Wirral home so I have always given a high priority to show-casing the borough on the national and international stage. High-profile events such as The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, the Tall Ships, the River of Light fireworks display, and just last week the Giants Spectacular, have all helped put Wirral on the map and attract substantial jobs and investment to our borough.

Representing the borough also brings more sombre occasions and, during my time as Leader, Wirral Council has honoured those who were so tragically taken from us. I will always recall meeting the family of PC David Phillips who was killed in the line of duty in 2015, and opening the garden of remembrance for the 96 people who lost their lives at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

To achieve our goals, now more than ever, we have to work in partnership with those who share our values. I have always believed in working as a team and am fortunate to have been supported by excellent colleagues in successive Cabinets and Labour Groups. I am also grateful for the work of many excellent officers during my time at Wirral Council and have been honoured to Chair the Wirral Partnership and work in collaboration with key organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver the 20 Pledges of our Wirral Plan.

Public service isn’t for everyone, but the chance to make a difference in the lives of our residents is what inspires those who choose to seek office. From my time here members of Wirral Council, irrespective of their political allegiances, have worked extremely hard to improve the quality of life of their constituents and are driven first and foremost by meeting the needs of the communities they represent. May I thank everyone for their kindness and support during my three decades of service as a member of Wirral Council. It is an honour to be Leader of the Labour Group and Leader of the Council and I look forward to watching the progress of the many projects launched during my tenure in office as they come to fruition over the coming months and years.

Regards Phil

Raise the Red Flag

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Raise the red flag, they’re under starter’s orders and they’re off…

As you can see from this leaked ‘ Wirral Momentum’ email to local Labour Party members below ,  it is an important day for the future of Wirral and more particularly Wirral Council as shortlisting and selection meetings for Labour councillors start today.

Important meetings for you to attend

The time has come for you to play a part in shaping the future of Wirral Borough Council.

Shortlisting and selection meetings start on Tuesday, 16th October, and will run deep into November across the peninsula. These meetings allow branches to choose which candidate will carry the Labour flag for them, and you, in the May 2019 Council elections.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. In the conversations we have all had in the past three years, and longer for some, you have expressed that you want to see democratically elected representatives who share your ideas, take them forward, and make Wirral a better, more socialist place to live.

If you have been a member of the Labour Party since 15th May 2018, you should be invited to these important meetings.

Wirral Labour left / Momentum urges all of its supporters to attend the shortlisting and selection meetings for their local branch, and take part in the democratic process that we all signed up to be a part of.

The situation will be different in different branches. If you need any more information about your branch or the selection process, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Reply to this email with a phone number, in case we don’t have that, and we will urgently put you in touch with Labour Party left wingers in your area.

Quick off the starting blocks and perhaps jumping the gun is current Labour Councillor Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney who sent out this message to Wallasey Labour party members on October 12th which indicates to us that it is ‘squeaky bum’ time for some long standing Labour councillors , especially as we have been advised:

Some points, Mooney sent this out before Liscard has even shortlisted and may be in breach of some rules, she has never before mentioned Corbyn in any of her leaflets , she has managed to find an old photo of her with two leftwingers and the MP. Complaints have gone in ,this will go further.

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Dear

After eight years working hard to represent Labour values in an era of vicious Tory attacks on our local funding, I am standing once more to be your Labour candidate for Liscard Ward in the local elections.

Here are some of the reasons I believe I am worthy of your support:

  • I have been a champion of the community on the Council since taking the seat from the Conservatives in 2011.
  • I have lived here for 40 years and raised my family here.
  • I am a proud and active trade unionist being a member of Unite for 40 years almost as long as I’ve been a Labour member.

I am currently the Deputy leader of the council and hold the portfolio for children and families. This is a crucial role because after years of relentless Tory cuts one in four local children now live in poverty. This is an outrage in 2018 and we can only stop it by electing a Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn. He will govern Britain for the many and not the few.
One of my proudest achievements as a councillor has been to secure £500,000 from the City Region in high street funding for Liscard. Our local shopping area has been in decline for too long. This money will be available from next March. I will work tirelessly to ensure that it improves the quality of our community and begins to address the ongoing issues of inequality and provides new opportunities for local business regeneration.
I have fought alongside those who are opposing the night time closure of our fire station and the proposals to close the local NHS walk-in centre. These reductions in our vital public services have to be challenged and I promise that alongside my other two Labour councillor colleagues I will continue to be in the forefront of the battle to reverse these closures. I have already met with local health chiefs to express my disgust with the threat to close the walk in centres and I along with other community leaders and MPs from all over the City Region, will be meeting shortly with the fire authority to fight for our local station.
I have a record of activism and dedication as your representative. I want to carry on being your champion and I still have a lot more to do to ensure that we can transform Liscard and uphold Labour values on the Wirral. The shortlisting meeting is Thursday 18th October at 7pm at St Albans community centre which is opposite the cherry tree car park. If you wish to take part in the decision you must be at the centre before 7pm. You will not be allowed in if you are late.
I hope I can rely on your support so that I can continue the vital work I do for our local area.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat if you have any questions on issues. You can contact me on: XXXX XXXXXXX
Many thanks,

Cllr Bernie Mooney

Postscript : Can anyone help us identify the mysterious ‘Paul’  mentioned in the following message :

Just discovered that someone called Paul has been ringing Liscard members asking for them to vote for Mooney even before the shortlisting meeting…

 

 

Wirral’s Green Belt : The Changing ‘Story’

Our latest leak about the Green Belt includes many points of interest including the big news that Story Homes have pulled out of the Hoylake Golf resort proposals. Their replacement, Redrow , bring an interesting track record to devlopments . As does disgraced Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes  who we are told is to become the Chair of Wirral Council’s  Planning Committee. We have to ask whether, with his proven track record of flagrant dishonesty , that this is the right person to be involved in making decisions about multi-million pound development plans – or indeed any council business at all…

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Hi Wirralleaks

Are you aware that Story Homes have pulled out of the Golf Resort and the preferred housebuilder is now REDROW!!!??  David Ball has confirmed this to us last week at the Wirral West Constituency Meeting. In an email David Ball stated “Story Homes had a change of strategic direction by their owner and decided that the Hoylake project did not now align with the new direction.”

 

Of course, this is a diplomatic way of saying that “they have decided to pull out” but it would be very interesting to know why they pulled out. Why have they decided to pull out of the golf resort, yet they are actively pursuing other landowners on the Wirral looking to develop other Green Belt Land? – see attached letters.

 

It seems that Story Homes “change of strategic direction” still includes trying to build houses on Wirral’s Green Belt – just not on the Golf Resort site. Has the Hoylake Golf resort project become too toxic for them? Maybe they were aware of the massive public opposition and they feared bad publicity? Maybe they were worried about flooding, as the golf resort houses are to be built in the middle of a flood plain? Or maybe they no longer wanted to be involved with the Nicklaus Joint Venture Group as they, and there partners Branded Hotel Management, have lost a number of Directors recently. Perhaps they were struggling to get financial backing for the project as the NJVG have a history of bankruptcy?

 

It would be interesting to know when exactly did Story homes pull out and is this the reason why the design studies have been delayed.

 

I am sure you are aware that REDROW are embroiled in a bitter battle with the people of Liverpool. Redrow and their friend “Redrow Joe” Anderson are trying to build 51 executive homes on Calderstones Park. Over 40,000 have signed a petition and the public are funding a judicial review next month. Labour have lost seats in South Liverpool because of their policy of selling off Green Spaces to Redrow, yet still Joe Anderson will not listen.

 It would be interesting to know if  (Cllr) Phil Davies spoke to Joe Anderson to ask if his Redrow friends could “rescue” the golf resort project after Story Homes pulled out.

 

It is also concerning that Redrow will now be in charge of building a housing estate on a flood plain. A simple google search of “redrow” and “flooding” reveals scores of housing projects built by Redrow where there have been flooding problems. There is even a facebook page called “I bought a Redrow home and my garden is a swamp!”

 

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/residents-living-new-housing-estate-14386420

 

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16157885.Flooding_concerns_in_Hawarden_near_recent_Redrow_housing_development/

 

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/fury-over-leaky-luxury-homes-and-flood-issues-1-8682734

 

You may also be aware that the Labour LCF passed the following motion last Friday. I understand that there were no votes against with the 3 Labour Group members (Councillors) abstaining:

 This branch / CLP / LCF calls upon the Labour Group to:

  1. Complete a re-evaluation of the housing needs for Wirral taking into account the historical population and household numbers and trends, the recent lack of economic growth and the likely dramatic effects of Brexit on the economic prospects for Wirral.
  2. Challenge the Government’s housing targets for Wirral arguing that there is compelling evidence to adopt an alternative approach to the calculation of housing needs.
  3. Argue that the above factors will dramatically reduce the anticipated housing needs for Wirral and suggest a much lower figure.
  4. Complete a consultation with the membership to include prioritising the construction of council houses, starter and affordable homes on a brownfield first basis. The consultation should include a local policy conference to discuss inter alia compulsory purchase options for land owned by Peel Holdings and the development of our own regeneration plan for that area and other areas, bearing in mind that the Wirral Waters site is eligible for substantial Government grants.
  5. Complete a revised and widely agreed local plan to be consulted on in all our communities. This public consultation should be led by Councillors in cooperation with the wider party to ensure the voices of all Wirral’s citizens are listened to and acted upon.
  6. Oppose the re-designation of Greenbelt for house building, to reiterate its commitment to preserving Wirral’s Greenbelt and to cancel the proposed Hoylake Golf Resort.

The LCF has 6 delegates elected by each of the 4 Wirral Constituency Labour Parties, one delegate from each Labour Party branch, representatives of the Labour Group (Labour Councillors), and one from the Co-operative Party and Young Labour. The motion was carried with no votes against, with the 3 Labour group representatives abstaining.

Finally, we have also been made aware that Steve Foulkes (“Research Associate” at Unilever) has been made chair of planning – i.e. he will decide what land Leverhulme can develop – a conflict of interest surely?

 

 

Tales From The Chamber : Chapter 2 – Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

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Wirral Chamber CEO Princess Paula and new Chair Sandra Kirkham

As the late,great David Bowie once sang ‘Ch-ch-ch-ch -changes…’ have been afoot at Wirral Chamber of Commerce (WCoC) this week. We’ll leave you to judge whether they’re for the better.

First of all there’s the news that Kate Eugeni has been appointed as the new WCoC ‘Visitor Economy lead’ ( and if someone can tell us WTAF that means we’d be grateful)

Gorgeous pouting Eugeni
A WCoC insider has contacted Wirral Leaks to comment on this particular appointment and commented as follows:
Because of course Kate has a background in the Visitor Economy. Ffs.
Headline states she’s ‘new visitor lead’ when she’s been appointed as Director of Visitor Economy.
Who’s budget is she being paid from? How many members in the visitor economy exist in Wirral, is it enough to pay her salary and deliver outputs?!
Has the council given money to the chamber to deliver on these outputs? And isn’t Lucy Barrow the lead for Visitor Economy in Wirral?
All valid questions but they need to be put in the context that the poor love once had to return from a Christmas break skiing in France with her father only to find that a treasured sculpture had disappeared from her garden . Can we please just imagine the sheer horror of that situation for a moment? #prayforsuperlambanana
Did we mention that Ms Eugeni’s father is, of course , former Parks hamper magnate,Tranmere Rovers owner and current tax exile Peter Johnson. We don’t have to tell you how this insular peninsula nepotism shit works again once again do we?
Meanwhile another source tells us :
Worth noting that another chamber member left this week. ‘An agreement’ was reached and she left straight away. Lisa Furlong was the only person on the Enterprise team who actually had any knowledge of running a business and who was credible to offer business advice. 
Good luck Warren Ward
But the big announcement was the appointment of Sandra Kirkham as the new Chair of WCoC following on from Asif ‘Massive’ Hamid, who having squeezed every bit of financial advantage out of the role, has moved on to pastures even more lucrative as Chair of Liverpool Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
We’ve a bulging file on the previous exploits of Ms Kirkham but her profile hasn’t been big enough . But as this promo video shows it is now :
Now as you know we try not to judge at Wirral Leaks but the most interesting aspect we gleaned from the promo, amid the corporate BS,was the fact that ‘Our San’ is a Kylie Minogue fan. But then, let’s face it ,she would be wouldn’t she?
As we can exclusively reveal here are ‘Our San’s Top Five Inspirational Kylie Minogue Tunes’ for Wirral’s business community :
Theme tune : Better The Devil You Know  (even if it’s Kevin Adderley)
I Should Be So Lucky ( to be ‘best buds’ or related to Princess Paula) 
Especially For You ( Duet with Cllr Phil Davies) (but mainly for us)
Spinning Around (spin is what we do – get over it)
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (but if you sign a non-disclosure agreement it would help) 
 

Last Train to Pipsville

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All you trainspotters out there will be aware there’s a ‘mock up’ of the new type of train that is coming to Merseyside that can be seen at Pacific Road tramsheds.
It is actually made of wood and rumoured to have cost a cool £1 million.  It’s not known whether Merseytravel considered consulting the travelling public of Merseyside whether would rather have their over-inflated fares spent on securing guards on trains or on an oversized boy’s toy.

Further rumours that  Merseytravel are planning to rustle up interest in the exhibit by hosting a special Halloween  ‘ghost train horrorshow’ featuring an imposing life size figure of Wirral Council’s Lead Investment Manager Martin Liptrot standing on the train with his arms folded and giving his best death stare are as yet unconfirmed.

We also noticed that the destination on the front of the train was West Kirby which is appropriate for Liptrot and his friend,neighbour,comrade and benefactor , Wirral Council ‘leader’ Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies . Both are season ticket holders on the West Kirby gravy train who try to not look out of the window as they pass through Birkenhead North!

Talking of tramsheds we note that there has been resurrection of the ideas of  streetcars in Birkenhead which were first mooted five years ago when the fantasy that was Wirral Waters was first floated. Now that that fantasy has sunk to the bottom of the Mersey along with Stella Shiu ,her prize winning marrows and the International Trade Centre and rebranded as Wirral Waters One,  the idea of transportation by streetcar been resurrected by Green councillor Pat Cleary in an upcoming Wirral Council Notice of Motion to be debated next week titled , ‘Sustainable Transport For Wirral Waters ‘. Dare we suggest the title should have been ‘ A Streetcar Named Desire To Have Some Coordinated Infrastructure Planning Between Partner Agencies For Once’?…

 

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Bog Standards

Our thanks go to John Brace for filming last night’s meeting of Wirral Council Standards Panel and for giving us the heads up that we would be reunited with some familiar Wirral Leaks ‘favourites’.

John hasn’t uploaded all of the five part mini-series yet but from what we’ve seen it’s the usual Wirral Council Standards Panel farrago bogged down in procedure ,protocol, partisan politicking and pettiness. However we look forward to John’s incisive eyewitness report with snippets from the investigation report in question at a later date.

The actual hearing concerns an allegation brought against Conservative Cllr Paul Hayes councillor by the Professor Maggie Atkinson – the Independent Chair of Wirral Safeguarding Board. Professor Atkinson alleges that Cllr Hayes was in breach of Wirral Council’s Code of Conduct for suggesting that the decision not to publish the Serious Case Review into the Rajenthiram brothers Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) case was part of a ‘cover up’ ( further allegations made against Cllr Ian Lewis and Cllr Tom Anderson found there was no case to answer).

Ironically the investigation report was written by ex Wirral Council solicitor Simon Goacher of Weightman’s who are the go-to legal firm that Wirral Council call upon to  when it comes to cover ups (most notably the infamous and illegal ‘four week delay’ in the provision of adult care services.) This has not only enabled Wirral Council to hide behind ‘legal privilege’ but allows them to state they have sought external legal advice and therefore everything is ‘legit’ when in fact the exact opposite is true – as was the case in an unreported case of further unlawful charging of disabled people that Weightman’s were also called upon to help put a bit of concealing legal gloss on.

Meanwhile initial observations from us indicate that the Standards Panel played their usual roles – Cllr Phil ‘Anodyne’ Gilchrist dithering about and being in complete,fence-sitting Lib Dem mode. Cllr Chris ‘Bulldog’ Blakeley in full on belligerent ,bulldog chewing a wasp mode and Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ Mc Laughlin in arms folded, eyerolling,  ‘Matron-Knows-Best’ exasperation mode (though we did enjoy the little snipe at Wirral Council’s head of law Philip McCourt – is the honeymoon period over we ask ourselves? )

We await further instalments with interest and be grateful for the fact that at least John Brace was allowed to film this particular Standards Panel and wasn’t physically prevented from entering the Committee room , as was the case in the infamous 2016 Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes  Standards Panel debacle. Now, if you really want to talk about cover ups…

A Window of Opportunity

Some curious locals who live near Wallasey Town Hall have approached us with further enquiries about the case of the window frame that fell from the south annexe building on to the street below which you can remind about here :  A Sick Building for a Sick Organisation

They have also provided some handy pictures capturing the equipment that used to undertake the repairs and a close up of the work that has since been undertaken :
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Observers tell us that two labourers used the mobile platform to screw L brackets into the rotten window frames (!) to stop one of them falling out again.
Let’s hope cash-strapped Wirral Council did everything they could to procure the best value for money for the job and it wasn’t a window of opportunity for a contractor to make a killing.
Anybody care to make a guess as to how much a job like this might cost ?
a) £1,500 ?
b) £5,000 ?
c) £8,500 ?

Wirral’s NHS crisis : petition to save five walk-in centres and other news from Defend Our NHS

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Dear friends

There are four things we would like to bring to your attention. As usual we would be grateful if you could take action and also share this message with your contacts.

Make no mistake: in the past week Wirral’s NHS crisis has turned into an emergency. The proposal from the local branch of NHS England (the clinical commissioning group/CCG) to close all five of Wirral’s walk-in clinics is shocking.

It is a further nail in Wirral’s NHS coffin and follows the phoney logic of the CCG and Wirral Council’s ‘integration’ of health and care, and their move to ‘place-based care’ (whatever that means*).

Our well-attended public meeting (with GPs and other health and care professionals speaking and in the audience) in Birkenhead last week discussed this and launched an immediate campaign to SAVE OUR WALK-IN CENTRES.

Please support these four actions:

  1. Read, share and display the attached leaflet. Thousands of these are being distributed around Wirral with the support of local GPs who, like us, believe that the proposed closures are idiotic.
  2. Try to attend and spread the word about the meetings and events listed on the leaflet. In particular we urge your attendance on: Tuesday 16th October: a lobby of Wirral’s new joint commissioning body meeting (the Council and the CCG): gather from 1.00pm outside and then inside Birkenhead Town Hall. Thursday 18th October: Defend Our NHS public meeting from 7.00pm also in Birkenhead Town Hall to discuss the GP and walk-in crises.
  3. Sign and share the petition which is gathering signatures all over Wirral. It is attached for printing and further use but also on-line at https://www.change.org/p/defend-our-nhs-save-our-wirral-walk-in-centres
  4. Support the judicial review which will challenge the legality of the national and local plans for NHS ‘integration’ if we can raise the funds. Find out more at: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/justice4nhs-stage5-courtofappeal/

Thank you and best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

https://www.facebook.com/groups/defendournhs/

* You may have more luck than us. We have yet to find a councillor who can answer the questions in this test in their own words. The questions originated in Calderdale which is experiencing the same mayhem as we are in Wirral: http://www.energyroyd.org.uk/archives/16190

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GIANT Bill

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So farewell then to the ‘Giants’ and despite the fact that Andy Pandy put us off puppets for life we get the awe and wonder, we get the fact that Wirral Council  desperately wanted the presence of the puppets on Wirral shores and did everything to ensure that the ‘Giants spectacular’ was a success by allowing some schools to shut and council staff to’ work from home’ (see below) , we even get why Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil ‘ Power Boy Pip’ Davies was on the telly trying to flog Wirral for all it’s worth.

However,as ever ,we are with ‘the Lilliputians’ on this one – the little people who keep the show on the road –  and we just hope the costs for this ‘free event’ were worth it for all those who went to New Brighton for the Wirral leg of the ‘Giant’ story and not just for our local political puppeteering elite .  Echoing our thoughts ,a Wirral Council insider sent us this message on Friday following our Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants story which makes some interesting observations on the matter. :

Now all 66 councillors were invited to the Floral Pavilion today to watch the Giants …and get a ‘birds eye view’ I assume there would have been food available.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if they had given this invitation to the ‘ needy’ in the Borough and God knows there are plenty of them!
Oh no Foulkes had his TRFC (Tranmere Rovers Football Club) buddies there as guests!
Did you know ALL staff at Wirral Town Hall were told they ‘could work from home today’ because there ‘maybe’ problems parking! Needless to say many had a lovely day off!
How much did that cost?
How much did Wirral Council  pay to Liverpool City Council for the Giants to ‘cross the water’?
Who paid for the stewards, policing, PA etc…road closures, staffing the list goes on….
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