Alison McGovern MP

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Alison McGovern MP sends letter to the Prime Minister, urging support for ‘Hillsborough Law’ to assist Grenfell.

 

On Friday, Alison McGovern MP sent a letter to the Prime Minister, expressing cross-party support for ‘Hillsborough Law’, the Public Authority (Accountability) Bill, to assist the Grenfell public inquiry.

 

The letter comes with a reminder to the Prime Minister that she has ‘argued that it is priority for her government to tackle ‘burning injustices’ within our society and the Grenfell fire serves as a stark reminder that this issue goes beyond the suffering of the Hillsborough families’. There can be no injustice more cruel or painful than the experience of the Hillsborough families and that of the families of other victims of public disasters who have been treated in an appalling way by public bodies and by the legal system.

 

It is the hope of Alison McGovern MP and many others who have signed the letter including Andy Burnham, Len McCuskey, Professor Phil Scraton and Margaret Humphry’s, to make good commitment, support the measures contained within this Bill, and take a vital first step towards changing the culture by improving justice and accountability for public bodies in our country.

 

 

 

 

Alison urges Prime Minister to implement a Hillsborough Law

Alison McGovern MP sends letter to the Prime Minister, urging support for ‘Hillsborough Law’ to assist Grenfell.   On Friday, Alison McGovern MP sent a letter to the Prime Minister,...

This morning Alison McGovern MP joined a group of local campaigners and Labour Party Candidate for the area Jo Bird to publically express their concerns over the proposed plans to build new homes on the site of the former Professional Excellence Centre on Acre Lane.

Local residents are objecting to the current planning application from Morris Homes and urging Wirral Council to reject it and a petition about the issue has attracted 1000 signatures. The campaigners have now set up a group known as the Acre Lane Action Group to fight the proposals.

Speaking on the issue Alison said: “I stood in solidarity with local residents today to back their calls for more consultation with the community regarding this application. There is strong feeling about this which has been reflected in the petition. There are very legitimate concerns about how this application will impact on the local area and its services. Bromborough needs more social housing but the concerns that residents have about the nature of the housing proposals and the impacts on the area need to be allayed.”

Speaking about today’s gathering Jo said: “There are plans to build 217 houses on the Acre Lane site – with no consideration for how it affects public services, traffic and the needs of local residents. A thousand people have signed the Acre Lane Action Group’s petition. We are asking Morris Homes to withdraw their application to Wirral Council and to consult with the community. We are asking the Council to reject the application, if it’s not withdrawn, and to consult with the community. We want homes here – for people not for profit.”

 

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Alison McGovern MP joins Acre Lane Action Group to call for more consultation on housing plans

This morning Alison McGovern MP joined a group of local campaigners and Labour Party Candidate for the area Jo Bird to publically express their concerns over the proposed plans to...

Today marks one year since an explosion devastated New Ferry. That night will bring back haunting memories for those people who witnessed the impact first-hand and also for the people who have had to deal with the impact ever since. I was in New Ferry on the night and the panic and carnage will be something that will stay with me. But I will also remember the kindness displayed by people on that night also.

Given the severity of the situation in the initial aftermath and after meeting with government ministers I was under the impression that they would be able to offer New Ferry help but not long after the explosion a general election was called and the government halted discussions on New Ferry because of this.

This obviously came as a frustrating blow to everybody affected by the explosion who were already dealing with so many issues and local residents and traders made their voices heard about how this had left them feeling. Following the election discussions resumed with the government but the process still remained quite slow and drawn out and no emergency relief funding was ever forthcoming from the government despite government minister Jake Berry coming to New Ferry and seeing the damage for himself. The council have submitted all the information the government required and the latest situation is that the regeneration plans are with Homes England. I have met with Homes England and pressed the urgent need for this rebuild to happen.

We lost established businesses in the explosion such as Griffiths the local butchers and this has been a sad loss to New Ferry. However some of the traders have since moved premises and have continued to be able to trade in the local area. I am pleased that these businesses have continued to manage to trade here and they are an important part of our community. New Beginnings have just reopened in their new premises and are offering many services to the community. New Beginnings now serves as a much needed hub for the community. As you will know they were set up after the explosion to help the community and they have continued their work.

On this anniversary I want to pay tribute to everybody who was impacted by the explosion. It’s been a really difficult year for the community. Those who suffered injuries, lost businesses and had to leave their homes have all had a dreadful ordeal to overcome. Thank you to those who rallied round and looked after people in New Ferry in the initial aftermath and I want to also give credit to Wirral Council for their work in assisting people.

New Ferry is in urgent need of regeneration and there are still a lot of empty buildings blighting the town. However I do believe that with the determination that has been shown by everybody in New Ferry that we will get there and it will come back from this stronger if we continue to pull together.

I want you to know that I will do all I can to assist with New Ferry as the town moves forward and that I will continue to fight for our town.

Statement about the New Ferry explosion one year on

Today marks one year since an explosion devastated New Ferry. That night will bring back haunting memories for those people who witnessed the impact first-hand and also for the people...


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