Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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The government’s controversial assault on trade unions through their Trade Union Bill has caused much concern. I have received correspondence from my constituents expressing their worries for the future of trade unions and for the workers that they represent.

Today the Bill will return to the Commons following scrutiny by the House of Lords.

Trade Unions are more important than ever but the Government is trying to undermine the unions with the Trade Union Bill.

Unions have been campaigning to defeat the Trade Union Bill and they have my full support.

Trade unions are fundamental to the UK workforce who do crucial work for our country.

Earlier this month the government conceded to an embarrassing climb down on the issue of people using the check off system to pay for their union membership following a proposed amendment to the Bill by Conservative Peer Lord Balfe.

The Bill wanted to scrap the ability for public sector workers to pay their membership fees as a deduction from their wages and for workers to arrange this payment themselves before the government’s made a U-turn on the issue.

The original proposals resulted in concerns that people would cease to become members of unions and that unions would face damage to their funding. Given the important work unions do for workers this was a big concern and I am pleased that the government backed down after pressure to do so.

However despite U-turns such as then one regarding the check off system the Bill still remains a threat to unions and therefore to workers’ rights. This Wednesday I will be closely monitoring events when the Bill returns to the Commons for MP’s consideration of the Lord’s amendments.

Government's controversial Trade Union Bill returning to the Commons today

The government’s controversial assault on trade unions through their Trade Union Bill has caused much concern. I have received correspondence from my constituents expressing their worries for the future of...

What is happening to New Ferry breaks my heart.

This week’s announcements that both the Co-op and Lloyds are closing will leave Sayers and Ladbrokes as the only chain shops left in the town centre. It is a hammer blow to other local business who need the footfall, and of course to New Ferry residents who are seeing their town hollowed out in front of their eyes.

Ultimately, this is the fault of central government. The recession in 2008 hit places like New Ferry hard, but there was no reason why they should not have been able to pick themselves up again with a bit of help from the government. Instead, the coalition government abandoned these communities. Soaring business rates and a planning policy which is supposed to put town centres first, but actually does nothing of the sort, have played a part. But the real betrayal has been the withdrawal of regeneration funding and drastic cuts to council budgets that have hamstrung their attempts to help their communities.

Gestures at helping high streets, like the pathetic Portas Pilots scheme, did nothing to tackle the real issues, like absentee landlords restricting developments.

Now we are seeing the results of that inaction.

I’ve been raising this issue relentlessly since I was elected, meeting David Ball 35 time times to talk about New Ferry specifically and lobbying developers about regeneration and investment. I’ve taken the fight to the House of Commons and asked ministers for central government funding to get New Ferry back on its feet. I even applied for Portas Pilot funding to get some investment, but the application failed.

The situation is now critical. The government won’t act, so I think the council have to do something. I will be doing everything I can to work with them to solve the persistent problems that are choking off regeneration in New Ferry.

This is so important to me. Town centres are spaces of civic pride and identity, when they decline the whole community suffers. We can’t sit back and watch New Ferry vanish. I’m going to keep fighting for investment, regeneration and more support for local businesses. The New Ferry community haven’t given up on their town centre, I won’t either.

My reaction to the recent closure announcements in New Ferry

What is happening to New Ferry breaks my heart. This week’s announcements that both the Co-op and Lloyds are closing will leave Sayers and Ladbrokes as the only chain shops...

Alison McGovern has expressed her concern following the news that she received informing her that the Co-Op store on New Chester Road in the centre of New Ferry is set to close.

Speaking about the news Alison said: “This is bad news for both New Ferry and the staff who work at the store with 17 staff members at risk of redundancy. I am having ongoing discussions with the Co-Op and Wirral Borough council about the decision to close the store and the impact that this will have on the local area. Those who live and work in New Ferry know that the area is in need of regeneration.

But the truth is, the Tory Government have taken away pretty much all means to support regeneration from areas like New Ferry. The Government must reconsider the lack of capital for regeneration urgently.

New Ferry has a number of successful business and is surrounded by beautiful areas such as Port Sunlight and Port Sunlight River Park but unfortunately there are too many unused, poor quality buildings.

Having spoken in Parliament about the issues in New Ferry to push the government to act on regeneration and working alongside the Council to formulate a regeneration plan since my election I will be holding meetings in the coming weeks to seek an urgent solution.

Notes to Editors

Alison McGovern MP will be holding a demonstration at the New Chester Road entrance of the Co-Op store in New Ferry. This will begin at 2.15 PM this Friday 22 April and Alison encourages local residents to join her

 

New Ferry needs rebuilding now. Co-op closure should force Government action

Alison McGovern has expressed her concern following the news that she received informing her that the Co-Op store on New Chester Road in the centre of New Ferry is set...


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