Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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There is now less than a month to go until Britain decides whether to remain or leave the European Union on 23 June.

It is easy to be distracted from the arguments of whether to remain or leave the EU with all the disagreements happening within the government but it is important that people are given the facts of what a Brexit would mean. I believe it is facts that the British people want to know to make an informed decision rather than Tory spats.

The economy will be a big consideration for people when making a decision. My view is that I firmly believe that as a country we are better off as part of the EU and I believe our economy will be stronger in the event of a remain vote.

The Treasury has released figures this week which predict that there will be a shock to the economy if we leave.

We have been in the EU since 1973 so it is a risk to leave as no one can be sure what will happen to the economy in the event of a leave vote. However the Treasury has found that a leave vote would damage Britain’s economy.

The Treasury figures are a concern with the report finding that Britain would be in a recession if we leave and that there would be a rise in unemployment. The report found that after two years unemployment could increase by around as much as 800,000 in the worst case. I personally believe that leaving the EU is a risk that Britain can’t afford to take. Our economy is too important to risk for the sake of jobs and the large amount of trade that we have with the EU. In terms of our exports the EU is our most important destination.

You can read the full Treasury analysis here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hm-treasury-analysis-the-immediate-economic-impact-of-leaving-the-eu. I am happy to meet with constituents to discuss my view ahead of the referendum.

I’d also just like to remind people that there will be a North West WASPI meeting this Saturday between 10am-1pm at Jack Jones Unite building in Liverpool. Please RSVP by contacting my office and they will confirm the details

Treasury figures reveal the threat to UK economy in the event of a vote to exit the EU

There is now less than a month to go until Britain decides whether to remain or leave the European Union on 23 June. It is easy to be distracted from...

On Saturday 28 May women from across the North West will come together to meet with Labour MP’s across the region about the Women Against State Pension Equality Campaign.

The campaign which is better known as the WASPI campaign has been led by women born in the 1950’s who are campaigning for fair transitional arrangements for pension equality.

They were not notified sufficiently of the changes to the state pension age and what this would mean for their futures. This has left those affected financially worse off and insecure.

The government has refused to act on any of their concerns so far despite debates in the House of Commons and mounting pressure from MP’s who want to see action for the women affected.

The campaigners have had great success with their e petition so far with it almost hitting the 200,000 mark. This is almost double of what is needed for a parliamentary debate to be held so the campaign really has been momentous.

I have highlighted this issue on many occasions but unfortunately the situation remains the same. An All Party Parliament Group (APPG) has now been formed with cross party support and I hope this manages to put even more focus on the issue in Parliament.

A Public Petition to Parliament has now been launched for MP’s and their constituents. In the case of my constituents may I ask you to contact me if you live in Wirral South and are affected by this issue so I can give to you a copy of the paper petition to sign in order for it to be presented to Parliament. My office will be able to talk you through the details of the paper public petition. Just ring 0151 645 6590 for details.

I look forward to seeing campaigners at the meeting on the 28 May. Anyone is welcome to come along but please do let my office know if you plan to attend. The meeting will take place in Liverpool and run between 10am-1pm. My office will provide further details when you RSVP

Public petition launched for WASPI campaigners

On Saturday 28 May women from across the North West will come together to meet with Labour MP’s across the region about the Women Against State Pension Equality Campaign. The...

Readers will know that I chair the Friends of the Port Sunlight River Park, which recently held a consultation meeting for their plans for a visitor centre at the park.

The architect came along to the meeting to discuss the plans for the building and there were opportunities to ask him questions about the design plans.

The Port Sunlight River Park was also recently highly commended at an awards ceremony in Liverpool in the regeneration category which was exciting and I am sure the visitor centre will add to the park’s appeal and its tourism offer. The park’s nomination was for a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor’s award.

This week the proposals for the visitor centre will be on display in the Bromborough Pool Garden centre all week if you wish to view them. At the moment the project is in its early stages and the consultation period is currently happening.

If you use the park then it would be great to have your feedback and if you are unable to go to the Garden Centre to view the plans a copy can be emailed to you.

Just phone 0151 645 6590 and it can be arranged for a copy to be emailed to you or pop into my office where we have a paper copy of the design. I am very keen for the whole park to be as accessible for disabled people as possible and this has been a priority so I passed these views on to the architect at the meeting.

As the plans move forward there will be more information to share so please do keep in contact is it is something you want updating on as a regular user of the park or a nearby resident. I will be meeting with the Land Trust who are responsible for the site to continue to discuss the plans. 

Plans for Port Sunlight River Park Visitor Centre on display

Readers will know that I chair the Friends of the Port Sunlight River Park, which recently held a consultation meeting for their plans for a visitor centre at the park....


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