Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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On Sunday I held a meeting in my constituency to discuss the Brexit vote.

Since the vote I have received a lot of correspondence from my constituents so I wanted the chance to address the issues that have been raised by holding the meeting which took place in Bebington.

Wirral marginally voted to remain in the EU and I know that many people living here have expressed concerns about what the result might mean for their lives. Whether you voted to leave or stay in the EU it is the case that the result will mean changes for our country and this can be a source on anxiety for people.

I want to say to all EU nationals living on the Wirral that I want them to feel welcome here. Theresa May has caused concern by not committing to confirming the status of EU nationals living here and Britons living in Europe.

EU nationals will feel anxious about their future at this time and it is right that those who have lived in the UK prior to the vote should be given confirmation whether they will be able to continue to stay here. Leaving them in limbo is not moral or acceptable. Labour held a vote on this issue last week and there was an overwhelming result of 245 in the Commons from MPs who voted in favour of allowing EU nationals living here the right to remain. Many EU citizens have built their lives in this country and contributed and this treatment of them is unfair. People from EU countries  need to be able to plan their futures just like everybody else living here does and this refusing to commit to allowing them to stay is messing with their lives. I will be working to pressure the government to confirm their status.  

My priority is to monitor the impact of Brexit on our local area and on our public services such as the NHS. We are in the early stages of leaving the EU and there is still much uncertainty but I will be meeting with people such as the Chief Executive of Arrowe Park to discuss the result and I will continue to listen to all my constituents about their views on the EU no matter which way they decided to vote.

 

I urge the government to give EU nationals the assurance that they can remain in the UK following Brexit result

On Sunday I held a meeting in my constituency to discuss the Brexit vote. Since the vote I have received a lot of correspondence from my constituents so I wanted...

Last Wednesday I was very pleased to welcome WASPI campaigners from all over the country to Parliament.

The campaigners visited Parliament to hold a demonstration about pension inequality and they also took the opportunity to lobby their MP’s about the issue.

As regular readers of my column will know I have been supporting WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners in their battle with the government for state pension equality.

The WASPI women came along to meet with their MPs and discuss the injustice they have faced since the increase in their state pension age and the inadequate notification they received informing them of the changes. The changes affect women born in the 1950s and their plight has led to debates in the House of Commons but so far the government have failed to take action to correct the situation.

I have been supporting this group of women since they started their campaign. I have heard their personal stories about the impact this had on their lives and finances. The government haven’t listened to them but the women will not give up. I really do hope that this demonstration leads to action for these women and their families.

The failure of the government to act has led to a public petition to parliament being launched by campaigners and Labour MP’s and an All-Party Political Group being set up for MP’s to come together and support the women affected.

I hope that the demonstration makes the government think again on this issue but if not I will continue as I have been doing over the previous months to offer my support with their campaign.

I also want to take the opportunity this week to advertise a meeting I am holding on the EU referendum result. I have been contacted by people with concerns over the vote since the referendum took place and I have spoken to people who are worried about what happens next and what this means for their lives. This is why on Sunday 10 July I will be holding a meeting at 1.30pm at Bebington Civic Centre. If you would be interested in coming along please contact my office. 

WASPI women take their campaign to Parliament

Last Wednesday I was very pleased to welcome WASPI campaigners from all over the country to Parliament. The campaigners visited Parliament to hold a demonstration about pension inequality and they...

Alison McGovern MP welcomes WASPI campaigners to Parliament today

Activists calling for pension equality for women arrived at Parliament today for a demonstration to draw further to attention to their campaign.

THE WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) came along to meet with their MPs and discuss the injustice they have faced since the increase in their state pension age and the inadequate notification they received informing them of the changes. The changes affects women born in the 1950s and their plight has led to debates in the House of Commons but so far the government have failed to take action to correct the situation.

Speaking about their arrival at Parliament Wirral South MP and WASPI supporter Alison McGovern said: “I have been supporting this group of women since they started their campaign. I have heard their personal stories about the impact this had on their lives and finances. The government haven’t listened to them but the women will not give up. I really do hope that this demonstration leads to action for these women and their families.”

Adding: “I really enjoyed meeting the campaigners and showing my support during their lobby of MP’s today.”

The failure of the government to act has led to a public petition to parliament being launched by campaigners and Labour MP’s and an All-Party Political Group being set up for MP’s to come together and support the women affected. 

Alison joins WASPI campaigners at Parliament demonstration

Alison McGovern MP welcomes WASPI campaigners to Parliament today Activists calling for pension equality for women arrived at Parliament today for a demonstration to draw further to attention to their...


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