Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

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Port Sunlight River Park set for celebration event marking three years since opening to public

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park are looking forward to the park’s third anniversary celebrations on 13 August.

This year the group is teaming up with Wirral-based charity Autism Together, which manages the day-to-day running of the park, for the annual event. 

Speaking of the anniversary Alison McGovern MP who officially opened the park in 2014 said: “It’s been almost three years since the park was opened to the public and since then the park has developed into a beautiful community space with activities and events for everyone. It’s great to see Autism Together joining with the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park for this event. Since the park opened it has had strong and beneficial links with Autism Together so this is a chance to also celebrate that relationship. Every year volunteers work hard to put on this event for the good of the community and it’s always a nice and fun day out.”

She added: “It’s an exciting time for the park with plans for a Visitor Centre now in progress which all visitors to the park will benefit from.”

The event runs from 12-4 in the afternoon and there will be a range of stalls and things to do for all the family including autism friendly activities.

Speaking about the activities on offer Park Ranger Anne Litherland said: “After the successful Bioblitz in May, we are delighted that Record, Cheshire Wildlife Recording group, will join us together with RSPB to help visitors learn about and identify birds and other animals in the park. There will also be the opportunity to get up close to Birds of Prey with Rockcliffe Raptors and entertainment will be provided again by the Autism Together band, the Beethovens.”

 

 

Port Sunlight River Park set to hold anniversary party

Port Sunlight River Park set for celebration event marking three years since opening to public The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park are looking forward to the park’s third anniversary...

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern writes to Government Minister to press for action for New Ferry

Following Alison McGovern’s re-election to Parliament she has resumed her efforts to secure government assistance for New Ferry.

Prior to the General Election an explosion devastated the town centre in New Ferry and surrounding buildings leaving people homeless and businesses unable to trade.

MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern met with the Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid after she raised the issue with the Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament.

Alison was informed during the meeting that because an election had been called that the government was unable to offer assistance at the time. Now the election has finished Alison is once again calling on the Government to fund New Ferry.

Commenting on her letter to the minister Alison said: “I was very disappointed when I was told that discussions were to be put on hold regarding New Ferry because of a snap General Election. Life hasn’t been put on hold for the residents of New Ferry and they have waited for months dealing with repercussions of the explosion. For the people affected life hasn’t been the same since what happened.

She continued: “People sustained injuries after what happened and some of those were serious. It has been a very difficult time for the whole community. This was a very serious incident that happened and it required the attention of the government in the immediate aftermath and in the following weeks. I hope that the Minister is now ready to act. New Ferry has really pulled together to help and support each other. Now it is time they received support from Westminster.”

 

Alison writes to minister Sajid Javid about New Ferry

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern writes to Government Minister to press for action for New Ferry Following Alison McGovern’s re-election to Parliament she has resumed her efforts to secure government...

I’d like to start to congratulate all the re-elected Labour MPs on the Wirral on their campaigns and election victories.

 I’d also like to thank all the supporters and volunteers who campaigned for a Labour victory in Wirral South.

I couldn’t have achieved the result I did on election night without every single campaigner who spoke to constituents in the weeks and days running up the polling day.

They worked tirelessly to achieve the result and I am thankful and proud of everyone involved in Wirral South’s campaign.

Theresa May called an election because of her own arrogant assumptions and for the sake of her party but the result showed that the British people won’t be taken for granted.

Now we have a situation where a Prime Minister who boasted of a strong and stable government is now in a weak position and is clinging on to power by forming a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The views of the DUP on issues such as LGBT rights and abortion have quite rightly caused concern. The collaboration with the DUP also puts the Northern Ireland peace process at risk.

The Conservatives may well have won the election but Tory politicians are far from jubilant at the state of affairs within their party.

Now that I have been re-elected I will continue to hold the government to account and this incudes any deals or discussions that are made with the DUP. I will also continue to push the government to offer assistance to New Ferry after this was put on hold because of a snap election.

This week is the anniversary of my friend and colleagues death. Events across the country will be held in memory of Jo Cox as part of the Great Get Together. It is a fitting initiative and tribute to Jo who believed people have more in common than what divides them.

 

A thank you message to all supporters and volunteers following the General Election

I’d like to start to congratulate all the re-elected Labour MPs on the Wirral on their campaigns and election victories.  I’d also like to thank all the supporters and volunteers...

How do I vote by post?

If you have applied for a postal vote, you should receive your ballot in the next week. 

Once you have received it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on the day of the election or referendum. If it arrives later than this, your vote won't be counted.

The address to send it to will be on your postal vote. 

If you forget to send it in time for it to arrive by 10pm on 8th June, you can take it directly to your polling station and it will still be counted. 

Don't forget to return your vote!

 

Postal Voting

How do I vote by post? If you have applied for a postal vote, you should receive your ballot in the next week.  Once you have received it, mark your...

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On Monday 24 April we kicked off our campaign in style.

ally_office_opening.jpgOur brand new office, opened especially for the duration of the campaign, was filled with enthusiastic volunteers who are ready and willing to get out onto the streets of Wirral South and make sure we hold it for Our Alison.

Alison gave a warm welcome to the volunteers who will be helping to re-elect her on June 8th, thanking them for their support over the coming weeks, and all the hard work they would put into ensuring her re-election as the MP for Wirral South. We celebrated with cake before everyone went out on the doors to meet voters and spread the word about Alison's campaign.

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Alison's supporters came from the local area and all over Wirral, because they understand how important this election is in protecting our community from the Tories. We have already seen the havoc this Tory government will cause, putting our jobs and services at risk and failing to provide the funds we need to keep our schools and hospitals running as they should. This is clearer than ever after the New Ferry explosion, which highlights the disregard the Tories have for our local communities as they postpone action for the election.    

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It is never too late to offer your support in any capacity that you are able to. The campaign office is based at 57 New Chester Road in New Ferry.  If you want to knock on doors, phone or leaflet to canvass support for Alison then you can do so by attending the sessions which will be held at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, and 6pm daily and will run from the newly launched campaign office.  You can give the campaign a call on 07711128036.

The support that has already been shown has been amazing and Alison looks forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. Come and join us. 

 

 

Campaign office now open!

On Monday 24 April we kicked off our campaign in style. Our brand new office, opened especially for the duration of the campaign, was filled with enthusiastic volunteers who are...

The community of New Ferry is continuing to pull together following the explosion on March 25.

The amount of financial and material donations has been fantastic and I want to thank all those who have offered help. I also want to thank those who have organised fundraising events. The fundraising success has been something to be very proud of.

I know that people are still coming to terms with what happened and the damage that has been done to their homes and businesses but there has been some progress made.

With the police cordon now removed the council have been able to access the site to assess the damage that has been caused to buildings. Where possible people have been returned to their homes and businesses have re-opened. However the recovery is obviously ongoing and there is still much to be done to support New Ferry after what happened.

I recently met with the charity PHAB whose building was sadly destroyed in the explosion. They have now moved into the Co-Op building on New Chester Road that has been closed since the Co-Op branch in New Ferry closed down. I accompanied PHAB representatives to a visit to the Co-Op and it is great to see the building being used in such a positive way for the community. The charity supports people of all abilities to enjoy their life and they offer a range of activities for people to get involved in.

My thoughts are with those who are still suffering the effects of what happened especially those who sustained injuries.

Following my question to the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions asking what support the government can offer I have now met with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Discussions were positive but because of the announcement of a snap general election the government cannot take any decisions. I will be making sure everyone knows New Ferry regeneration must go ahead.

The election that the government have just called is an important one for our country. In the aftermath of the EU referendum Britain needed a period of stability and unity for people to come together and to plan for the future outside the European Union.

Instead Theresa May has chosen to divide the country, first by pursuing a divisive hard Brexit and now by calling a divisive general election. This election is about the short term political objectives of the Conservative Party, not the long term interests of Britain or the people of Wirral South.

It has been an honour to represent the people of Wirral South for the last seven years in parliament and I will be fighting to continue to serve them in the general election.

The people of Wirral South need an MP who puts them first, who fights for their public services and who has the experience to champion them in parliament.

 

New Ferry continues to pull together following explosion

The community of New Ferry is continuing to pull together following the explosion on March 25. The amount of financial and material donations has been fantastic and I want to...

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I have been honoured to represent you over the last seven years, and am so proud of all that we have achieved together. But now it's time to make sure we can continue our work fighting for Wirral's future, and we have just 6 weeks to do it. This will undoubtedly be an incredibly close run election in Wirral South, and if we are going to win this seat for Labour we will need all of your help over the coming weeks. 

So, that means knocking on doors, making phone calls and delivering leaflets to constituents.

Every day from 25th April to polling day, we will have door-knocking, phone-banking, leafleting and letter-stuffing sessions running from the new campaign office at 57 New Chester Road. I will be at as many of these sessions as I possibly can, so I look forward to meeting people on the doors in our neighbourhood with you.

They will run at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6pm

Finally, if you would like to help but are unable to campaign with us, you can donate to help fund our efforts here:  
I am so grateful to have all of you ready and willing to help elect a Labour MP for Wirral South once again. It is always close here, but now more than ever we need to work as a team to speak to as many people as we can, it is by far the best way to win and make sure Wirral's voice is heard in parliament. 

Please feel free to share this with any friends who support our campaign!


Very best,

Alison 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's win again

I have been honoured to represent you over the last seven years, and am so proud of all that we have achieved together. But now it's time to make sure we can continue...

You will be aware that Theresa May has now gone back on her repeated promises not to call a General Election and said that on June 8, the country will go back to the polls.

In Wirral South we have a strong, mobilised membership who speak to our residents on the doorstep or telephone, deliver leaflets, and carry out lots of other hard work every election, which has kept Wirral South Labour since 1997, defying the national swing.

And I have to ask for your help again. Only together can we make sure this country has a Brexit plan that benefits the whole country. Only together can we let the people of Wirral South know that we have a plan that will give opportunities to the young people of our area. With your help, we can let the Government know that they have to back local businesses, from Unilever and Vauxhall Motors to small businesses on our high streets, and not cut us off from our most important trading partners.

We’ll be running campaigning sessions four times a day at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6pm from Tuesday April 25. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time, someone will be there to explain how it all works. 

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The shocking events of the night of Saturday 25 March are still being absorbed by the community of New Ferry.

An explosion caused injuries to those who were in the vicinity of the incident, people’s homes have been affected which left residents unable to access their belongings and local businesses have had to come to terms with the damage caused to the their buildings which they rely on to trade.

As I live in New Ferry, I was on the scene during the night and witnessed the destruction and the horror that the explosion caused. I want to praise the emergency services for their rapid response to the incident and their continued work on the site.

In the days that followed came an overwhelming response of kindness from people who donated items to those who were left displaced from their homes.

People have also been donating money in response to the terrible event. To all those who have helped and continue to do so I want to say thank you.

What I have seen in the last week has been an inspiring community spirit and people pulling together during this challenging time.

Since the incident there have been meetings held for the traders and residents to provide them with updates and there have been advice hubs set up for those affected which offer advice on various matters.

Whilst some normality has been restored to New Ferry with some people now being able to access their homes and businesses obviously there will be a lot of work needed to be done in the future to rebuild the town centre as some of the buildings have been badly damaged.  

I have asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s questions what help the government can offer to help with the process of rebuilding New Ferry and she has offered to assist. A meeting has been arranged for myself and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local government.

My thoughts continue to be with those injured and the residents and businesses that have been affected.

The whole community response has been something I am very proud of. 

Inspiring community spirit shown in New Ferry

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Funding for Sure Start Centres has been slashed by under the current government. Reacting to the revelation that Sure Start Centres have been closed across the country Alison said:

“The government are letting Wirral’s families down by cutting funding for children’s centres. A child’s start in life is vital for their development but the Conservative government are showing a total disregard for this by slashing the amount of  Sure Start Centre provision across the country.

Sure Start Centres were announced as a Labour initiative in 1998 designed to advise families on parenthood in the early stages of a child’s life. Intervention in the early years of a child’s life can make the world of difference to their future. 

 

Tories slash funding for services designed to give children the best start in life

Funding for Sure Start Centres has been slashed by under the current government. Reacting to the revelation that Sure Start Centres have been closed across the country Alison said: “The...

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