Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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Eastham Village is a beautiful and historically important part of our borough. So I share my constituent’s concerns about plans that have been put forward by Hydrodec Group to build an oil re-refinery near to the site of the QE2 Dock.

Whilst I understand from Wirral Council that there is no submitted planning application at this time, I am monitoring what happens to this site.

I am worried that such a development could risk the natural beauty of the area. Though Eastham has always had its industrial parts too - both historically and currently - such new sites should not be built without regard to the extensive use our community gets from the country park, and the needs of local residents.

This part of the Mersey is unique. It has special views and natural features that should not be put at risk. It is important for our local visitor economy, and for the health and wellbeing of people in the south of Wirral.

I would encourage constituents to continue to contact me about their concerns and I will keep in contact with those who get in touch with me.

If you are concerned you can phone my office on 0151 645 6590, email me at alison@alisonmcgovern.org.uk or write to me at 99 New Chester Road, New Ferry, Wirral CH62 4RA.

By Alison McGovern for Wirral News 

Constituents share their concerns with me over Hydrodec Group's oil re-refinery plans for Eastham

Eastham Village is a beautiful and historically important part of our borough. So I share my constituent’s concerns about plans that have been put forward by Hydrodec Group to build...

On Monday I had the pleasure of visiting Ganneys Meadow Early Years Centre which is based in the Woodchurch area of Wirral.

The visit was part of my 25 hours tour: 25 stops across the country to understand the importance of Labour’s commitment to increase free childcare for three and four year olds with working parents from 15 to 25 hours per week. Ganneys Meadow is stop number 16. I have been speaking to early year’s professionals in various parts of the country to understand the challenges parents and families face, and those who work with them to give every child the very best start in life.

I was accompanied on my visit by Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Wirral West Margaret Greenwood and we were given a tour by the Head Teacher and the Family Services Manager of the excellent facilities provided by the centre on site. It’s good to know we have such expertise, right here on the Wirral.

Teachers who work with children during their earliest years are incredibly knowledgeable about how children learn and develop during those crucial first years, be it in the development of speech, physical skills or gaining confidence to do things for themselves. And we know that early education can make a significant difference once children get to school.

We will fund our 25 hours pledge by increasing the bank levy. This increase in tax that large banks pay will help families up and down the country. It will benefit nearly half a million three and four year olds and their families and help parents overcome the barriers to getting back to work or working more hours.

Child care costs are soaring under the current government. We will only succeed as a country if Britain’s families also succeed. This is why I am passionate about helping parents with child care costs through our 25 hours pledge, and will keep fighting to make Wirral a better place to grow up.

 By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Pleasure to visit Ganneys Meadow Early Years Centre on my 25 hours tour

On Monday I had the pleasure of visiting Ganneys Meadow Early Years Centre which is based in the Woodchurch area of Wirral. The visit was part of my 25 hours...

A report published by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent nationally under David Cameron, with families spending £1,533 more this year than they did in 2010, while wages have remained largely static.

Labour Party analysis shows that in some parts of the country the cost of childcare has rocketed by as much as 53 per cent over the Parliament.

Also Labour's own research has found that in Wirral's neighbouring city Liverpool the cost of part-time childcare with a childminder for a child aged 2 and over is now £122.25 a week – a rise of more than two thirds since 2010.

Commenting on the findings Alison McGovern MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children, said: These figures lay bare the extent of David Cameron’s failure – he is badly letting down working families. Since 2010 the failing Tory plan has seen the costs of childcare soar. On top of this, there are over 40,000 fewer childcare places and wages are down £1,600 a year on average.

Adding:"Labour gets that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. Our plan offers a better future for families struggling against the soaring cost and lack of availability of childcare, extending free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours, guaranteeing access to childcare for parents with primary age children through their local school, and delivering at least 50,000 more childcare places by doubling the number available at Sure Start centres.”

 

Alison McGovern MP responds to research findings that show how childcare costs have soared under David Cameron

A report published by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent nationally under David Cameron, with families spending £1,533 more...


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