MP for West Lancashire, Rosie Cooper, in response to the call for a debate said:
“I am keen to have debates but I am not interested in a party political struggle. This is nothing more than grandstanding and a stunt. This debate is an old style political knock about that does not deliver an Ormskirk bypass, much needed extra transport, better housing in Skelmersdale, affordable housing in the district or a desperately needed cemetery for West Lancashire."
“As the Labour Member of Parliament for West Lancashire my priority is to continue to fight to get the very best deal for West Lancashire. I will be judged by the people of West Lancashire on my record of delivery. A record which includes campaigning for better health services, stopping the hospital merger and securing a new Urgent Care Centre in Ormskirk due to open in 2008.”
“Since my election I have dealt with 4299 constituents’ cases, attended 334 constituency events and hold regular advice surgeries. My staffed constituency office has an open door policy for any constituent. I use parliamentary newsletters and the local media to keep constituents informed of the work I do on their behalf.”
“The decision on the cemetery should now be a simple matter. After working on this for two years I can say that suitable land is now available and a provider of crematorium services is interested. All it needs is for the Council to make the decision. What are they waiting for?”
“I believe local residents would be best served if Council finance boss, Cllr Owens, goes back to the council and delivers a desperately needed cemetery and finds the necessary funding for the refurbishment of houses in Skelmersdale, as a start.”