Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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I always enjoy visiting local businesses in my constituency. Last Friday I was in Heswall to visit the Whitfield Business Hub.

They support business by offering them services. I visited them to hear about their business and to meet the staff but also to discuss an exciting project that is being organised by their

Director and newly elected Chairperson of the Heswall District Business Association Justine McLaughlin.

The project is called the Heswall Ice Business Festival and will showcase Wirral’s businesses.

The festival is described by organisers as being creative, interactive and educational and something that will bring the community together.

The festivals dates and times are as follows: Thursday 1st Dec – 4pm till 9pm, Friday 2nd Dec – 4pm till 9pm, Saturday 3rd Dec – 10am till 9pm and Sunday 4th Dec – 10am till 4pm.

The event will host stalls in traditional German market style including luxury wine tasting; premier BBQ Food, boutique clothing and children’s workshops.

I think this is a great initiative and you can donate to expand and develop the festival here. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Heswall-ICE-Christmas. You can find out more about

There will be live music at the event provided by Wirral Radio. 

It looks set to be a great Christmas event for all the family and it would be lovely if you could make it to show your support for Heswall’s Town Centre and Wirral’s businesses.

If you have a Christmas event in Wirral South coming up let me know about it so I can help publicise and possibly attend.

 

 

Ice Business Festival coming to Heswall

I always enjoy visiting local businesses in my constituency. Last Friday I was in Heswall to visit the Whitfield Business Hub. They support business by offering them services. I visited...

Last Friday I was in Westminster for the second reading debate of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

Usually on a Friday MPs would be in their constituencies but I, along with many other MPs, stayed in Parliament to show our support for this Bill.

The Bill has been introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman as a Private Members Bill and has cross-party support.

The central parts of the Homelessness Reduction Bill would strengthen the duties local councils have to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

It is welcome to have homelessness in the spotlight in the House of Commons and I believe this Bill is a positive step in the prevention of homelessness but for the Bill to work in practice the Conservative Government must commit to supporting local authorities by funding the extra duties placed on them and they must address the causes of the homelessness crisis that Britain is facing and not continue to worsen them with their policies.

Earlier last week I visited St Mungo’s Lodge in Central London to chat to people who have experience with homelessness. Becoming homeless is something that can happen to any of us and it strips a person of their dignity. It is heartbreaking to see people sleeping rough and feeling like the world has turned their back on them. Nobody deserves this to happen to them.

You can read the full debate by visiting this website link https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-10-28/debates/D25DDE1B-CE4D-4887-A9DD-A45F8D3890D6/HomelessnessReductionBill or by phoning my office to request a copy of it. 

Homelessness Reduction Bill has my support

Last Friday I was in Westminster for the second reading debate of the Homelessness Reduction Bill. Usually on a Friday MPs would be in their constituencies but I, along with...

The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) have announced that they will launch a legal challenge against the government.

It is the latest development in the fight for justice for women born in the 1950s who have had changes made to their state pension age.

They have been calling for fair transitional arrangements to be made to correct the poor lack of notification of the changes to their state pension.

I along with many other MP’s have been supporting the WASPI campaigners. I am pleased that the group have reached their financial target for a legal challenge. They have raised £75,000 in under a week since launching their fundraising website.

 

They have been forced to take this route as the government has not listened to calls for them to act to correct the injustice.

 

Their fundraising website can be found here if you wanted to donate money to help them in their fight www.crowdjustice.org/case/waspi

Recently I handed in paper petitions into Parliament on behalf of the women in my constituency who are affected. The petition attracted a large number of signatures.

I am in the process of organising a local fundraiser for the WASPI campaign and will be able to share more details in a future column but if you are interested in coming along then do get in contact and we will keep in touch about the arrangements with you. 

WASPI campaign to launch legal challenge

The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) have announced that they will launch a legal challenge against the government. It is the latest development in the fight for justice...


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