Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit, he lost our credit rating, and debt is barely falling, and he’s added £200billion to our nation’s debt. Despite the most severe cuts to Wirral seen in generations, he has failed in the objective he set himself.

George Osborne sounded triumphalist when he was delivering his budget speech with claims that people are better off, but I know families living on the Wirral will find such claims hard to understand.

Wirral Council has had to respond to the deep cuts imposed on their budget so when George Osborne makes overblown claims about a northern powerhouse, he doesn’t mention the cuts he has inflicted across the North West of England on local authorities.

Instead, Labour will close the budget gap in the right way. We will make the right investments – on infrastructure and education – that protect our country’s future.

And we will help parents by increasing free childcare for three and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours. We’ll also increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.

And given that the NHS is something that matters so much to my constituents, I was surprised not to hear plans for the NHS in this year’s budget.

Labour have already pledged investment to save and transform our NHS. We will invest in a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care Fund which will pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and a guarantee of cancer tests in one week.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

My verdict on the chancellor's last budget before the general election

Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit,...

Responding to the report Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: 

“Improving rail and road links between the northern cities is vitally important to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity, but sadly an unfunded wishlist without any firm timescales published just weeks before an election isn't going to cut it. Labour has ambitious plans to deliver the devolution of power and resources to all northern councils so that real improvements to our transport networks can get underway swiftly – from the Tories we just get half-baked promises of jam tomorrow.

Connecting the big cities better is important, but that doesn't excuse the complete absence of ambition for improving the Wirral’s transport links in this plan. We’ve had five years of warm words from this government about improving services and getting electric trains on the Wrexham-Bidston line through Heswall, but with nothing to show for it – and it doesn’t so much as warrant a mention in this strategy. Wirral deserves better than this airbrushing.”

Alison McGovern responds to the Northern Powerhouse report on a transport strategy for the north of England

Responding to the report Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said:  “Improving rail and road links between the northern cities is vitally important to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity, but...

Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne's budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local hospitals, schools, social care and councils.

Responding to the chancellor's speech, Alison said: "In the Commons today, George Osborne sounded triumphalist, which I don't think will please Wirral families. On average, they are more than £1,100 a year worse off than when this government came to power, they have seen services in the local area hit by cuts three times higher than the south east and huge growth in zero-hour contracts and low pay. This simply isn't the budget that people need.

Given the huge pressures that our local NHS is under, after the worst winter for the health service in more than a decade, local people will have been astonished that in an hour-long speech, George Osborne didn't mention the NHS once - nothing on the extra resources needed to increase the number of nurses, GPs and doctors and getting waiting times under control, just a promise of still faster, deeper cuts to social care placing still greater pressures on the NHS. Nothing on protecting education funding; nothing on making childcare more affordable."People in Wirral need a Labour government and a Labour budget, that will provide the funding the NHS needs through a mansion tax, will give the parents of three and four year olds twenty-five hours free childcare, protect schools funding, increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.

Alison McGovern MP reacts to today's budget

Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne's budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local...


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