Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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There is an important event this week that celebrates the work of support staff in schools. I hope you'd agree with me that our schools wouldn't function without hard work from all their staff, so it's important to take the chance to say thanks.

Stars in Our Schools takes place this Friday 28th November and it is day to celebrate the work of school support staff and the positive role they play in everyday school life. Support staff includes caterers, administration staff and teaching assistants to name just a few.

A survey being compiled by Unison found that of the responses received so far only 48% of support staff felt valued as part of a school team although a higher percentage said that they loved their job. If you are a school support staff worker in my constituency and would like to get in touch and share your own experience then please do so.

The campaign to celebrate their work is led by Unison and I support this campaign that focuses on the value of the work that they do. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank support staff in Wirral who work hard to help children learn, keep children safe and healthy and make sure school’s run smoothly but are often hidden behind the scenes in our schools.

They do really significant jobs and it is important that they don’t get overlooked or underappreciated. Helping children learn and looking after their daily needs is I am sure every parent would agree a crucial job.

The idea to hold a celebration of the work that support staff do is a great idea and I’d like to congratulate Unison on this concept and I hope it will draw attention to their hard work and dedication.

If you want to find out more about the campaign or get involved then you can do so at www.starsinourschools.uk

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Showing my support for Stars in Our Schools

There is an important event this week that celebrates the work of support staff in schools. I hope you'd agree with me that our schools wouldn't function without hard work...

Every Friday, I always work in Wirral, meeting constituents and dealing with important local issues. But this week - as a special exception - I will be in London to support Labour MP Clive Efford’s Private Members Bill which will ensure that NHS patients are always put first.

This is important to my constituents who have contacted me asking me to back this Bill. If passed the Bill will restore real democratic accountability for the NHS, scrap the new competition framework and make sure NHS patients are always put first.

I recently used this column as an opportunity to talk about some of Labour’s NHS pledges that will really focus on patient care if we are elected to form a government. Under the Tory-led Coalition the NHS is under threat from a government that is putting privatisation before patient care. 

The NHS has never been more vulnerable than under the present government. The Tories wasted £3 billion on an unnecessary and damaging top-down NHS reorganisation. We are in a time when people are really concerned about the NHS and this is why I am very pleased to be able to assure my constituent’s that Clive Efford’s Bill will have my full support.

The National Health Service (amended duties and powers) Bill seeks to amend the Tories 2012 Health and Social Care Act to stop the increasing privatisation of our NHS.

The new rules allow hospitals to earn up to 49 per cent of their income from private patients, which risks pushing NHS patients to the back of the queue.

The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution and the Labour Party want patient care at the heart of it.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

I'm backing Bill that would put NHS patients first

Every Friday, I always work in Wirral, meeting constituents and dealing with important local issues. But this week - as a special exception - I will be in London to...

Responding to the figures released today Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said:

I welcome a reduction in unemployment but the conditions faced by people in work is still a worry for me. Work should pay and I continue to campaign for an end to exploitation with regards to zero hour contracts. Wages are also a real concern with people being £1,600 worse off under David Cameron.

Adding: The Labour Party have pledged an increase in the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next parliament and have also pledged a series of policies to improve people’s standard of living including a freeze on gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reforming the energy market. We have also committed to helping working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds. Our set of promises will address the financial problems because we understand the real issues that will help make work pay. 

Alison McGovern MP responds to today's unemployment figures

Responding to the figures released today Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said: I welcome a reduction in unemployment but the conditions faced by people in work is still a...


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