KEIOC Committee member Jim Reardon recently contacted all our local MPs and it would appear there is some discrepancy in how things actually work down in Parliament. After receiving unequivocal support from Maria Eagle, Frank Field and Joe Benton we recieved the following letter from Peter Kilfoyle MP for Walton.
We leave you to draw your own conclusions as to what side of the fence he is on. We urge every Evertonian who lives within the Walton constituancy to write to Peter Kilfoyle MP and ask for his support with our campaign because unlike the other Merseyside MPs who have supported us Mr. Kilfoyle does not seem willing to help. Strange that an MP for Walton seems willing to allow one of Walton's oldest and most affluent businesses to leave the area without so much as a cursory glance from it's representative in Westminster. Peter Kilfoyle's response
On Friday 13th April The KEIOC committee met with Bootle MP Joe Benton who has given his whole hearted support to the campaign. Much as expected from a fellow Evertonian and we hope for very much the same from all the other Merseyside MPs.
Sadly, we also need to report that due to local elections, the leader of Liverpool City Council will be unable to sit down with us until mid May which is 5 weeks off.
The campaign continues to grow and it goes from strength to strength with new support coming on board daily we have a series of meetings and events taken place over the coming weeks so watch this space !
Anyone wishing to come on board please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local journalist and mayoral campaigner Liam Fogarty is giving his personal support to Keep Everton In Our City.
An Everton season-ticket holder, Liam chairs A Mayor for Liverpool, which is organising a petition for the city to have a London-style Elected Mayor. He told KEIOC: "I believe Everton's stadium dilemma owes much to years of poor civic leadership and a lack of vision at the Town Hall. Fans are fed up with the Council's excuses and half-baked proposals. The city should be doing its utmost to give the Club a viable option to stay within the Liverpool boundary."
Your can find out more about Liam's campaign at www.amayorforliverpool.org
Ex-Blues favourite, successful radio pundit and community football coach Ronnie Goodlass backed the campaign to keep Everton in the city. Taking things a step further Ronnie didn't mind admitting that Goodison Park is the home of Everton and in his opinion that's where we should be looking at staying.
"There is no place on earth like Goodison Park. I had the privilege of playing in front of the greatest home fans in the world having watched from the terraces as a boy. My Fathers ashes are at Goodison as are my Grandfathers. Goodison Park is Everton there is no place like it. If you ask any ex-player they will all tell you Goodison Park is a very special place. Other clubs have redeveloped and retained a sense of history, I think that gets lost in some of the new stadiums around the country in my opinion moving away would be a mistake and I fully support KEIOC with their campaign".
According to Trinity Mirror publication the Liverpool Echo "a Merseyside community is facing demolition if Everton's proposed stadium move to Kirkby goes ahead".
Residents at the proposed site in Kirkby don't seem too happy with the prospect of being launched out of their homes and vow to "fight it every step of the way."
The full story can be found here.
This Article from the end of last year has been brought to our attention. It's a critique of Tom "we will end up like Marine if we don't move now" Cannon by Mirror journalist Brian Reade. Can't say we disagree with any of it.
You are always welcome to contact us Tom just to set the record straight.
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In a two hour meeting with representatives of KEIOC MP for Garston Maria Eagle pledged her full support.
The full story can be found here.
KEIOC are holding a meeting upstairs at Crofts at 12 o'clock before this Saturday's vital game against Portsmouth.
Speakers have been invited and there will be a full update on progress of the campaign.
Limited places available so please arrive as early as possible.
Crofts is located on City Road (The old Everton Supporters Club) about 500 yards along from St. Lukes church.