In the last few months people have had the opportunity to sign a paper petition in support of the WASPI campaign.
I have been speaking with my constituents and encouraging those affected by the pension inequality that affects women born in the 1950s to sign the petition.
My constituents have been collecting signatures in Wirral South and then delivering these to me. I received a good number of signatures in support of the WASPI campaign and this week I took them to Westminster with me.
Yesterday I formally submitted these petitions in the House of Commons chamber along with fellow MP’s. I was very proud to do this on behalf of the women in my constituency who are suffering due to the way the changes to women’s pensions were implemented.
WASPI campaigners recently travelled to Birmingham for The Conservative Party Conference to protest against the injustices they have faced.
I hope that the petitions and all of the other action that campaigners have taken forces the Prime Minister and Pensions Minister to take notice and make fair transitional arrangements for all of the women affected.
One thing is for sure and that is that the activists will continue in spearheading the campaign until this happens.
In the last few months people have had the opportunity to sign a paper petition in support of the WASPI campaign. I have been speaking with my constituents and encouraging...
In April of this year came the news that the Co-Op store based in New Ferry was set to close. Following the announcement, I joined the residents and shop owners of New Ferry to protest at the shutting down of this store which was central to the town.
This, along with the closure of the Lloyds branch on Bebington Road, came as a massive blow to the community and since the Co-Op closed its doors over the summer for the last time the building has remained empty and unused.
Since the announcement of the closure I have been in ongoing contact with the Wirral Borough Council, developers, and representatives of supermarkets and community groups to try and find someone to take advantage of this space in order to ensure it does not fall into ruin. The future of this building depends on a plan which is led by the Council, and I have urged them to explore what possibilities there are in order for this to happen. And I will continue to work with the local councillors to ensure this situation does not continue any longer than necessary.
I have been working with a strategy group to form plans to make the most of Bebington Youth Centre based in New Ferry so that we can take a holistic approach to New Ferry and make sure that we are making the most of all we have to offer here. I am also pleased about the meetings that have started in New Ferry to bring local people together to help the town. The meetings have formed New Ferry Town Team so that there can be a coordinated approach to looking at how to move New Ferry forward.
New Ferry has a number of empty shops and the closure of such a big space in the town just compounds all the challenges the area is already facing. A resolution to combat the hole left by the closure of the Co-Op needs to be found as soon as possible, and I will continue to lobby the council till one is found.
This is an urgent matter for our town centre and I implore the local authority to do everything in its power to find a solution. Residents and business owners in the area deserve better than seeing empty and unused buildings blighting the area.
In April of this year came the news that the Co-Op store based in New Ferry was set to close. Following the announcement, I joined the residents and shop owners...
Many of my constituents will recall that five years ago, the Tories imposed a huge top down re-organisation on our NHS. It cost £25million to implement- on Wirral alone.
And as Parliament sits this week, we have the turbulence of further strike action by junior doctors. Whilst immediate action has been called off, this dispute between the junior doctors and the Health Secretary shows no sign of being permanently resolved. It is distressing for doctors and patients alike.
But - devastatingly - there is further bad news for our NHS. I am troubled by the latest reports of Sustainability and Transformation plans.
Put simply, these plans are being set up to meet the Government's demands for funding cuts to the NHS.
Though, bizarrely, they imply yet more reorganisation, as the Government seeks to close parts of hospitals, and undermine existing arrangements. The plans by-pass the very commissioning bodies that the last Tory Health Secretary spent so much cash setting up. And crucially, all of this does absolutely nothing to get more cash in the one place we need it: social care.
Our A&Es are straining at the seams because the Tories have cut councils - who are charged with preventing unnecessary hospital admission - to the bone. We have older people in hospital too long because there is insufficient care budget to help them home.
But the Tories in power just don't seem to get this. Or maybe they are determined to run down our health service so people feel (if they can) they have to go private.
We don't yet know what exactly this will mean for us in Wirral.
But nonetheless I am keen to hear from constituents so I will be holding a meeting about these plans on the evening of Friday 23 September at 6pm and anyone with concerns is welcome to come along. Just call my office for more details on 0151 645 6590.
Many of my constituents will recall that five years ago, the Tories imposed a huge top down re-organisation on our NHS. It cost £25million to implement- on Wirral alone. And...