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
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
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.
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....
I very recently wrote in my column about the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and how the jury in a new inquest had retired to consider their verdicts.
On Tuesday of last week the families of the 96 people who lost their lives got what they have been fighting for over two and a half decades.
The truth. Something that should have been so simple to get but because of lies by those in authority it has taken 27 years of agony and battles to get.
The jury answered fourteen questions on Tuesday and concluded in their verdicts that all 96 people were unlawfully killed and that the fans on the day held no responsibility for the events of what happened.
It is a disgrace that it has taken 27 years for the truth to finally be confirmed whilst the families have had to endure lies and cover-ups all these years. The truth is however better late than never and I felt huge relief for the families, the survivors and the whole city of Liverpool when the verdicts came back.
The following day after the verdicts I joined a huge crowd of people at a vigil outside St Georges Hall to remember those who lost their lives as
I have done this previously but this time the cloud of injustice that has been hanging over us for so long has lifted.
I am so pleased that the parents, partners, children, siblings and other relatives and friends of the precious loved ones have now got what they have fought so hard for. It is a disgrace however that they needed to battle so hard for justice. There were many more than 96 victims that day but despite their grief the families never once gave up.
I also want to pay tribute to the survivors of the day who have been through so much and will forever have the terrible memories of that day etched into their memories and also to the people of Merseyside for their solidarity and support over the years.
The events of that day and the lives that were lost will never be forgotten.
I very recently wrote in my column about the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and how the jury in a new inquest had retired to consider their verdicts. On...
The government’s controversial assault on trade unions through their Trade Union Bill has caused much concern. I have received correspondence from my constituents expressing their worries for the future of trade unions and for the workers that they represent.
Today the Bill will return to the Commons following scrutiny by the House of Lords.
Trade Unions are more important than ever but the Government is trying to undermine the unions with the Trade Union Bill.
Unions have been campaigning to defeat the Trade Union Bill and they have my full support.
Trade unions are fundamental to the UK workforce who do crucial work for our country.
Earlier this month the government conceded to an embarrassing climb down on the issue of people using the check off system to pay for their union membership following a proposed amendment to the Bill by Conservative Peer Lord Balfe.
The Bill wanted to scrap the ability for public sector workers to pay their membership fees as a deduction from their wages and for workers to arrange this payment themselves before the government’s made a U-turn on the issue.
The original proposals resulted in concerns that people would cease to become members of unions and that unions would face damage to their funding. Given the important work unions do for workers this was a big concern and I am pleased that the government backed down after pressure to do so.
However despite U-turns such as the one regarding the check off system the Bill still remains a threat to unions and therefore to workers’ rights. This Wednesday I will be closely monitoring events when the Bill returns to the Commons for MP’s consideration of the Lord’s amendments.
The government’s controversial assault on trade unions through their Trade Union Bill has caused much concern. I have received correspondence from my constituents expressing their worries for the future of...
What is happening to New Ferry breaks my heart.
This week’s announcements that both the Co-op and Lloyds are closing will leave Sayers and Ladbrokes as the only chain shops left in the town centre. It is a hammer blow to other local business who need the footfall, and of course to New Ferry residents who are seeing their town hollowed out in front of their eyes.
Ultimately, this is the fault of central government. The recession in 2008 hit places like New Ferry hard, but there was no reason why they should not have been able to pick themselves up again with a bit of help from the government. Instead, the coalition government abandoned these communities. Soaring business rates and a planning policy which is supposed to put town centres first, but actually does nothing of the sort, have played a part. But the real betrayal has been the withdrawal of regeneration funding and drastic cuts to council budgets that have hamstrung their attempts to help their communities.
Gestures at helping high streets, like the pathetic Portas Pilots scheme, did nothing to tackle the real issues, like absentee landlords restricting developments.
Now we are seeing the results of that inaction.
I’ve been raising this issue relentlessly since I was elected, meeting David Ball 35 time times to talk about New Ferry specifically and lobbying developers about regeneration and investment. I’ve taken the fight to the House of Commons and asked ministers for central government funding to get New Ferry back on its feet. I even applied for Portas Pilot funding to get some investment, but the application failed.
The situation is now critical. The government won’t act, so I think the council have to do something. I will be doing everything I can to work with them to solve the persistent problems that are choking off regeneration in New Ferry.
This is so important to me. Town centres are spaces of civic pride and identity, when they decline the whole community suffers. We can’t sit back and watch New Ferry vanish. I’m going to keep fighting for investment, regeneration and more support for local businesses. The New Ferry community haven’t given up on their town centre, I won’t either.
What is happening to New Ferry breaks my heart. This week’s announcements that both the Co-op and Lloyds are closing will leave Sayers and Ladbrokes as the only chain shops...
Alison McGovern has expressed her concern following the news that she received informing her that the Co-Op store on New Chester Road in the centre of New Ferry is set to close.
Speaking about the news Alison said: “This is bad news for both New Ferry and the staff who work at the store with 17 staff members at risk of redundancy. I am having ongoing discussions with the Co-Op and Wirral Borough council about the decision to close the store and the impact that this will have on the local area. Those who live and work in New Ferry know that the area is in need of regeneration.
But the truth is, the Tory Government have taken away pretty much all means to support regeneration from areas like New Ferry. The Government must reconsider the lack of capital for regeneration urgently.
New Ferry has a number of successful business and is surrounded by beautiful areas such as Port Sunlight and Port Sunlight River Park but unfortunately there are too many unused, poor quality buildings.
Having spoken in Parliament about the issues in New Ferry to push the government to act on regeneration and working alongside the Council to formulate a regeneration plan since my election I will be holding meetings in the coming weeks to seek an urgent solution.
Notes to Editors
Alison McGovern MP will be holding a demonstration at the New Chester Road entrance of the Co-Op store in New Ferry. This will begin at 2.15 PM this Friday 22 April and Alison encourages local residents to join her
Alison McGovern has expressed her concern following the news that she received informing her that the Co-Op store on New Chester Road in the centre of New Ferry is set...
Last Friday marked twenty seven years since ninety six precious and unique loved ones lost their lives at Hillsborough on April 15 1989.
The anniversary of the day is always an emotional day for the people of Merseyside. I spent the day at an annual memorial service held at Anfield stadium to remember the lives of the ninety six football supporters who went along to simply enjoy a football match but were heartbreakingly never to return home.
The service at Anfield is always a beautiful and moving tribute and the ground was filled with people paying their respects.
This year is a significant year for the families and friends of the victims as the jury has recently retired to consider the verdicts of inquests that have been taking place for now for over two years in Warrington. The families are currently waiting to find out the conclusions of the new inquests and my thoughts continue to be with them during this time. The original inquests were quashed back in 2012 following the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
The families have fought for twenty seven years for everybody to find out the truth of what happened that day. This year also marked the final service to be held at Anfield so it was a particularly moving occasion.
I would like to pay tribute to the families for the dignified way they have fought for the truth over the years. They have shown remarkable strength and determination whilst always maintaining dignity in the face of an unbelievable tragedy.
I also want to pay tribute to the fans who were there on the day and witnessed the atrocities. They were heroes on that day, helping with the rescue during what must have been shock and horror at what was happening.
The ninety six people we lost will never be forgotten and will always be in the hearts and thoughts of the people of Merseyside; nor will we forget all others affected. We have stood together, and always will.
Last Friday marked twenty seven years since ninety six precious and unique loved ones lost their lives at Hillsborough on April 15 1989. The anniversary of the day is always...
Campaigners who are highlighting the injustice of women’s state pension inequality faced disappointment in last month’s budget.
George Osborne made no mention of their plight and neither did he offer any help to correct the injustice despite the issue being debated in the House of Commons prior to the budget.
If you are a regular reader of my column you will know that I have been supporting local people who belong to the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign in the hope that the government would listen and offer assistance in the budget.
However the fight now goes on to make the campaigner’s voices heard and I will be continuing to support them in doing this.
That is why I am liaising with my North West Labour colleagues and hosting a further meeting. I have been contacted by local women in recent weeks asking about next steps so I’d like to promote the event as widely as possible and encourage readers of my column to tell their friends about the meeting.
If you are coming along then please let me know by contacting my office. It will be an opportunity for those affected to meet and exchange ideas and it will also help to keep the issue in the spotlight.
Politicians will also be attending to listen to concerns and to discuss the campaign.
The meeting will be held at Jack Jones House in Liverpool on Saturday 28 May between 10am-1PM. Anyone is welcome to come along on the day and you can confirm your attendance by phoning my office on 0151 645 6590 or by clicking here
I know from meeting the women from the WASPI campaign that they will keep fighting and that the campaign will keep going strong. This meeting is a chance to get more women who are affected to join the movement and build on its success. That is why I look forward to seeing many people at the meeting. The issue of course affects the families of these women so all family members and friends are also welcome.
Campaigners who are highlighting the injustice of women’s state pension inequality faced disappointment in last month’s budget. George Osborne made no mention of their plight and neither did he offer...
On 2 April Autism Together marked World Autism Awareness Day 2016.
Autism Together, based in Bromborough, were encouraging people to wear blue to raise awareness of autism.
Last Saturday they hosted a sponsored walk from Seacombe Ferry to the Queen’s Royal in New Brighton to raise funds for their organisation as well as other awareness events.
Having visited Autism Together, which was previously known as Wirral Autistic Society, and meeting with service users and staff there I have seen first-hand the fantastic work they do and the opportunities they offer for people with autism.
I am very proud to have such a service based here in Wirral South.
I am also very proud of the great work that they do for our local Port Sunlight River Park. Autism Together alongside the park’s ranger Anne Litherland and all the other fantastic volunteers do vital work in managing the site and making it the best it can be for the local community.
Since the park opened in 2014 they have been a crucial part of the park’s development. The teams are made up of people with autism and their support workers. This initiative of joining the teams with the River Park is one that has been a great success and beneficial for both the River Park and the volunteers from Autism Together.
Autism affects how a person relates and communicates with other people. It is a lifelong disability. For more information about autism you can visit the national autistic society’s website here www.autism.org.uk and you can also find out more about Wirral’s own Autism Together by visiting their website www.autismtogether.co.uk
On 2 April Autism Together marked World Autism Awareness Day 2016. Autism Together, based in Bromborough, were encouraging people to wear blue to raise awareness of autism. Last Saturday they...