I arrived at Southport Town Hall this evening for the Area Committee meeting. I was saddened to see that the Union flag and the St George's flag were flying a full mast. At the beginning of the meeting I asked the Chair if we could ask that the flags should fly at half mast tomorrow alongside the Belgium flag. I think that at this time it is very important that we show our solidarity with the people of Brussels. All Europe must stand together. We cannot successfully tackle IS if Europe is divided. We must stand together. IS do not take any notice of national boundaries. We must learn the lessons of the past. Once again the warping influence of nationalism is on the rise. It offers no pathway to lasting peace.
I am pleased to say I got unanimous support from all the councillors present .