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In a few months’ time people living in the Wirral will have the opportunity to elect a new Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region.
The elections will be taking place on the 4 May 2017 and Labour’s candidate is Steve Rotheram who is currently the MP for Liverpool Walton. The post of Metro Mayor is a new post and it will give those elected for the post new devolved powers.
Wirral is within the Liverpool City Region so whoever is elected will represent the Wirral along with other local authority areas including Liverpool.
The Bus Services Bill which is currently going through Parliament would give the new Mayor powers over the bus systems which operate in the region that they represent. This means they would be able to regulate more.
When the Bus Services Bill becomes law this will mean that the Liverpool City Region would be able to franchise their own bus services.
In terms of where the Bill is currently up to it has had its second reading on the 1 March. The Bill passed without a division. It will now move on to Committee Stage in the House of Commons.
Steve has made clear how important connectivity and transport is for our local economy during his campaign and has pledged that he will re-regulate the buses if he is elected.
The issue of the deregulation of buses has been around for a long time. In the 1980s the bus industry was de-regulated by the Conservative government except in London.
I am a huge supporter of the devolution of powers. To make, for example, buses really work well for everyone in a particular area needs an understanding of the area. Steve definitely has this understanding of the needs of our area.
If an elected Mayor is given the powers to regulate as part of a devolution process then I welcome this approach.
In a few months’ time people living in the Wirral will have the opportunity to elect a new Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. The elections will be taking...
As regular readers of my column will know I am a proud supporter of the WASPI campaign for pension equality.
The campaigners have done a brilliant job in making WASPI a household name. The term is an abbreviation for Women Against State Pension Inequality.
Whilst they have made the campaign fun with excellent slogans and a vibrant approach the campaign is actually a very serious one. Women born in the 1950s have had their planned retirement snatched away from them.
Women who have been working hard for many years thought that they would retire at 60 but because of pension age changes based on life expectancy this was increased to be equal to the same state pension age of a man to 65 and it will continue increase in line with the male state pension age. The date you can claim your state pension will depend on the date of your birth.
The objective of the group isn’t actually against the state pension age for women being brought into line with and increasing at the same rate as the state pension age for men. The campaigners are calling on the government to make fair transitional arrangements because of the poor notification they received about the changes. They effectively planned for a retirement which would become robbed from them. This has resulted in financial hardship and a great deal of stress for the woman in this age group and their families.
I continue to have women contact my office with their own personal stories of the hardship this has inflicted on them. The government need to offer these woman the justice they deserve and have been fighting so hard for.
With the Chancellor delivering the budget on the 8 March the group are taking the fight to Parliament on budget day to make another loud and clear statement to the government to give them this justice and to consider them in the budget. I will continue to support the campaign and I won’t stop pressing the government until they do the correct thing.
As regular readers of my column will know I am a proud supporter of the WASPI campaign for pension equality. The campaigners have done a brilliant job in making WASPI...
Alison McGovern MP responds to this morning's news regarding the Vauxhall takeover deal
"I have visited the Ellesmere Port site many times. It is an incredible and very productive site with a dedicated and highly skilled workforce, who will be working on the current model until 2021. That is not changed by today's news. What is important now is the long-term future of the site in terms of employment, pensions and investment.
Vauxhall is a crucial employer in Wirral which employs many of my constituents. There will be understandable concern following this latest news. I do share this concern but I am focusing on the discussions which have already started with the Business Secretary Greg Clarke about the Ellesmere Port plant, alongside Unite the union, and these will obviously continue. I am will be working with local politicians including the MP for Ellesmere Port Justin Madders and others to protect the future of this site, whoever the owning group.
The Government must demonstrate that whatever the Brexit deal, the automotive sector has a strong future. I will be holding them to account for the commitment they have made to my constituents.”
Alison McGovern MP responds to this morning's news regarding the Vauxhall takeover deal "I have visited the Ellesmere Port site many times. It is an incredible and very productive site...
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