Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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Last week, I appeared on the Daily Politics show to talk about why I am pleased Labour have announced plans for football fan representation at the most senior level at their football clubs.

We wouldn't have football clubs at all without the dedicated supporters who turn up at matches and offer their loyal support. As the saying goes, football without fans is nothing.

It therefore makes logical sense to me that they be given more power and more say in the clubs that they support. We have seen in Wirral the excellent work of the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust, for example. So it’s right that we offer properly constituted fans’ trusts more chance to be heard in the running of the game by appointing some of the directors, and getting a chance to buy up to a 10 per cent stake.

It is no big secret that I am a lifelong proud Liverpool FC supporter and I know that the club you support is part of your identity. You can’t just switch allegiances, as you would with any other business. I’m sure Evertonians, and fans of all clubs, would agree!

It is easy to think that football clubs in terms of big businesses nowadays with money and power but it is important that the connection between the clubs core supporters is not lost.

I personally believe that football fans deserve to have more of this power than they currently do and that they have the capabilities and knowledge to take on such roles and have more of a say in the main issues facing their team.

Labour’s plans would allow for accredited supporters’ trusts to appoint and remove up to a quarter and not less than two of a football club’s board of directors and to purchase up to 10 per cent of the shares when a club changes ownership, if they so wish.

The plans would give the fans more powers in terms of accountability. I believe these proposals are a positive step in transferring some power back to fans who have previously perhaps felt at times left behind in the direction of their club. This is something I have been wanting to see for a long time.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

I welcome Labour's plans to hand more power to football fans

Last week, I appeared on the Daily Politics show to talk about why I am pleased Labour have announced plans for football fan representation at the most senior level at...

I’d like to thank those who turned up to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Friday night to discuss how we take our new Port Sunlight River Park forward.

There was a great turn out and the meeting was very productive with some very useful questions being asked.

We will now aim to establish a committee and continue to meet to develop the park to address some of the issues already raised.

At the meeting I talked about the importance of community involvement and of forming a committee of willing people who can form a group to represent the park.

I know that local people really do care about its development and that there has been good use made of the park since it opened. We are still in a relatively new phase and that is why we now need a group of people to help move it forward.

It was lovely to see support in the form of offers to volunteer with the day to day running of the park and people putting themselves forward for a role on the committee. I will be organising a meeting for committee members shortly.

The community spirit around the park will be very important as we progress.

Remember if you couldn’t attend the meeting but you are still interested in a role in the park to contact my office on 0151 645 6590 or email alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Thanks to those who made Port Sunlight River Park Friends Group meeting a success

I’d like to thank those who turned up to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Friday night to discuss how we take our new Port Sunlight River Park forward. There...

Having supported Wirral Council in the introduction of the Ethical Care Charter - an agreement on reforming care for the better - I recently called in on Wirral’s Director of Adult Social Services to see how the changes are going.

The Ethical Care Charter sets out recommended standards of care for vulnerable people living in their own home, which will not only make life better for those being cared for but also seeks to end the all-too-frequent exploitation of those who are employed to provide care. Wirral is one of the first councils in the country to adopt the charter.

I was also invited to visit the council’s Independent Review Team based in New Ferry and the Wirral South Locality Team based in Eastham. At both locations I met hard working staff who are committed to ensuring those receiving care get the best possible service. Their dedication and expertise has been a credit to our borough.

There have been significant changes, including using fewer contracted care providers to improve standards with those the council does work with.

And also, we no longer ask people to put up with 15 minute calls. After all, it’s hard to see how good care can be given in just a quarter of an hour.

In signing up to the Ethical Care Charter principles, Wirral have demonstrated how a vision for better health care can be achieved.

An integrated health and social care system has the potential, through better support in the community, to meet the challenges of an ageing population and the requirements of increasing number of people with long-term conditions by preventing people’s needs escalating.

It also has the potential to save spending millions of pounds keeping people where they don’t want to be, in more expensive hospital and residential care, instead of living healthy independent lives in their own homes.

Put into action correctly an integrated system has the potential to be not only self-financing but will provide the opportunity to deliver health and care services that start from the point of meeting the needs of patients and their families rather than what is most convenient for the service provider.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Pleasing to see how Ethical Care Charter has improved care locally

Having supported Wirral Council in the introduction of the Ethical Care Charter - an agreement on reforming care for the better - I recently called in on Wirral’s Director of...


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