Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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I know that many of my constituents regularly enjoy a meal or a drink at one of our local pubs.

In my experience, we have some excellent local hostelries.

So, once Westminster breaks over the summer, I wanted to make myself available to constituents, and find a way to give South Wirral pubs a publicity boost.

That’s why I’m setting out on a summer tour to meet constituents in South Wirral’s local pubs.

I will be visiting 20 of our pubs including in Bebington, Thornton Hough, Eastham, Port Sunlight, New Ferry and Bromborough. I’ll be there for a few hours to see anyone who wants to stop by.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to have a relaxed chat with people to hear their thoughts on both national and local issues. Nothing is off the agenda. You can ask me anything – controversial or otherwise – or just tell me about what matters to you.

My summer tour will start at the end of this month and continue for around four weeks.

I hope to see as many people as possible so do come along if you are able to. If you have a particular issue you need my involvement with or want to tell me something that you feel strongly about, then my office can tell you when I will be in a pub near to you.

Meeting constituents is one of the things I enjoy about my job the most as I can only do a good job in my role if I know what matters to people so I can take that back to my work in Westminster.

I am also looking forward to meeting the staff working in the local pubs which are often at the heart of the community.

You can find out exactly where I will be and when by telephoning the office on 0151 645 6590 but you don’t need an appointment. Just turn up and say hello.

 

By Alison McGovern for Wirral News 

Constituents welcome to meet me on summer tour

I know that many of my constituents regularly enjoy a meal or a drink at one of our local pubs. In my experience, we have some excellent local hostelries. So,...

I could talk about Merseyside culture relentlessly quite easily to those who have got long enough to listen to me and I’d like to do just that as our local city is bursting with cultural events at the moment.

Recently there have been some fantastic events along the Mersey especially the Mersey River festival and soon we have the giants back again in Liverpool to mark the centenary of the First World War.  In Port Sunlight village on 7 September this year, volunteers will re-create the departure from Port Sunlight of the hundreds who left the works to volunteer in the Great War.  Each volunteer will learn about an individual who left the works for that conflict, and it will be an opportunity for all to learn more and remember.

Last week here in Wirral I was very happy to be invited to my old school Wirral Grammar when they were hosting students and teachers from partner schools in South Africa and Namibia. It was really great to meet everybody there and lovely to see everybody getting to know each other. In my role as shadow development minister, it is always good to understand more about other countries, and I was pleased to see local schools taking a lead on this. Students I spoke to were enthusiastic about the chance to exchange experiences and to have an opportunity to learn about different cultures.

Also close to home, if you are looking for an enjoyable afternoon out there will be a community fun day taking place in New Ferry on the 12th July with music, classic cars and dancing between 10 AM and 3PM and admission is free so do come along.

 

By Alison McGovern for Wirral News 

 

 

 

Make the most of Merseyside's cultural offerings

I could talk about Merseyside culture relentlessly quite easily to those who have got long enough to listen to me and I’d like to do just that as our local...

Last week I visited St Peters Primary School in Heswall and received a very nice welcome from staff and pupils. I was very impressed with the pupil’s knowledge on Fairtrade and enjoyed talking to them about this topic during their assembly. 

It was very good to see young people engaged with issues such as this and to see them so aware of the challenges facing those not so fortunate in other countries.

It was also a pleasure to present them with their green flag award for environmental sustainability issues and I would like to congratulate the school on their achievements and awareness in this area.  

On a much less positive note over the last few weeks I have noticed that a worrying number of my constituents have contacted me about passport delays.

This will come as no real surprise given the news coverage about the chaos that has gone on at passport offices and the backlog they are dealing with.

Waiting on a passport can be stressful if a holiday is booked and is fast approaching so it is an unacceptable situation. I along with my Labour colleagues pressed the Home Secretary for answers on the situation in Parliament last week and I asked her about the government’s website and the misleading information that was on there. 

I am unfortunately still receiving contact on delayed passports so do get in touch if you are my constituent and wish for me to look into a delayed passport on 0151 645 6590. 

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Challenging the Home Secretary on passport panic

Last week I visited St Peters Primary School in Heswall and received a very nice welcome from staff and pupils. I was very impressed with the pupil’s knowledge on Fairtrade...

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday marking the start of a new parliamentary year.  It is an occasion full of symbolism and history, with the Queen repeating old traditions. 

Whilst most of the pageantry is really a Victorian invention, much of it reflects our much older history as a Parliament.  The day has some interesting quirks.  For example, a government whip is, by tradition ‘held hostage’ at Buckingham Palace pending the safe return of the monarch.  And when the Queen’s messenger – called ‘Black Rod’ walks down to the House of Commons to tell MPs that the speech will start, the door is slammed shut so he cannot enter. This is a tradition that is supposed to show the authority of the elected House of Commons over the unelected monarchy.

The Queen addresses Parliament by announcing an outline the government’s political plans and priorities for the coming year.  I would like to hear something that will address the challenges people are facing in their everyday lives for those not helped yet by economic recovery. Youth unemployment is still at an unacceptable level, and people are struggling to find full time employment. All of this is happening when the cost of everyday essentials are putting pressure on people just to get by.

Labour have already promised that they will help people who are struggling by scrapping the bedroom tax, offering a compulsory jobs guarantee, freeze gas and electricity bills, and clamping down on the exploitation caused by zero hour contracts. In addition we would tackle the problem of overblown agents’ fees for rental tenants and excessive rent increases.

We must show a real alternative to the government’s approach by listening to people so we can implement policies that will make a difference to their lives under a Labour government next year. Policies that will help the many and not just the few.

 

By Alison McGovern for Wirral News 4/6/2014

Only Labour are willing to act to address cost of living problems

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday marking the start of a new parliamentary year.  It is an occasion full of symbolism and history, with the Queen...

At Progress Conference 2014, Alison joined a panel with Pat McFadden, David Aaronovitch, Matthew Goodwin, Vijay Riyait & Anthony Painter to talk about how Labour can combat Ukip in the next elections. 

 

Fighting Talk- How Does Labour Combat The Populist Right?

Ukip won the recent European elections and made real gains into both Labour heartlands, such as Rotherham and Grimsby, and target seats that will decide the outcomes of the next election, like Thurrock, Harlow, Hull and Great Yarmouth. There are varying suggestions on how the Labour party best combats Ukip’s populist messages on immigration and Europe. Should it ‘stand up’ to Ukip or meet their policy challenge?

To listen to the discussion, click here.

How does Labour combat the populist right?

At Progress Conference 2014, Alison joined a panel with Pat McFadden, David Aaronovitch, Matthew Goodwin, Vijay Riyait & Anthony Painter to talk about how Labour can combat Ukip in the...

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News.

 

I hope that everybody enjoyed the recent Bank Holiday weekend.

I am sure that like me many of my constituents went along to the two-day food festival at Claremont Farm, which ran between Sunday and Monday.

The festival showcased lots of great food, drink and entertainment and I would like to congratulate everybody involved with Farm Feast on a really successful event, well profiled in local media such as the Liverpool ECHO and Wirral News.

The atmosphere was upbeat (despite a bit of rain) and the whole weekend proved to be another thing to celebrate for south Wirral in terms of quality food which is on offer here.

It's important that we reconnect with how and where our food comes from. Local producers are playing an important role in increasing transparency and helping Wirralians to learn more about the food that is grown and made on their doorstep.

Edge and Son Butchers in New Ferry recently won a national award for the best local retailer title which was really great news for the New Ferry community.

Radio 4's food and farming awards are very tough to win, so it's a real credit to them.

If you are in New Ferry, I would encourage you to pay these local businesses a visit and see what a great food hub we have here in Wirral South.

Wirral council also produce an excellent guide to food highlights across the Wirral which you can pick up in a lot of venues.

I'd also recommend this as a starting point if you would like to go on to learn more about Wirral's great food culture.

Celebrating the quality of food on offer in South Wirral

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News.   I hope that everybody enjoyed the recent Bank Holiday weekend. I am sure that like me many of...

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News. 

 

Last week I visited Mendell Court in Bromborough to meet the residents there and talk to them about important issues, both for the country and in South Wirral.

The accommodation at Mendell Court has care services provided on site to adapt to the needs of the people who are living there and it was good to see for myself the services provided by Housing 21 at Mendell Court whilst also having the chance to chat with my constituents.

As readers of this column will know care is something that I take a keen interest in and I am interested in how we can improve care for those receiving it and also delivering it.

This is why I was pleased that Ed Miliband recently announced that a Labour government would work to call time on 15 minute clock watch visits, as a step to improve the quality of care for vulnerable people.

Ed Miliband will work with Councils and care providers to make this happen. Wirral Council have already adopted the principles of the Ethical Care Charter, to make sure that locally we have good standards and proper working arrangements for those in caring roles. 

Whilst staying on the topic of care this week is Dementia Awareness Week and I would also like to take this opportunity to share with you a helpline number for anybody who might have concerns about dementia so that they are able to get some advice. The Alzheimer’s Society national dementia helpline is 0300 222 1122.

It can be worrying to think yourself or loved one may have symptoms and that is why the Alzheimer’s Society want anyone worried to be able to take advantage of the awareness week which runs from 18-24 May and to get in touch with not only themselves but also their GP and their family. Find out more here

We must continue to fight for better care this Dementia Week

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News.    Last week I visited Mendell Court in Bromborough to meet the residents there and talk to them about...

Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South is asking for people who would like to be involved with the new community asset to come forward.

Alison McGovern: “ I am very excited that come this summer we will have a brand new park with stunning views across to Liverpool. I am pleased for what it will bring to my constituency and also for what it will mean for local people.

Continuing: “A lot of great work has gone into the project so far and I would like to ask local people to volunteer and continue this great work. It will be a really positive thing for the community and it would be great to see local people being at the heart of its development.”

The park is due to open later this summer and people who have an interest can find out more by clicking here, alternatively prospective volunteers can contact Alison’s office to be put in touch with the organisers.

Contact details for Alison McGovern MP’s office:

0151 645 6590 / alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk

 

Alison calls on volunteers to come forward for new River Park

Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South is asking for people who would like to be involved with the new community asset to come forward. Alison McGovern: “ I am very...

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News. This is her post from 16th May, and it can be read on the Wirral News website here.

 

If you have been following the news in recent weeks, you have probably seen the deeply shocking story of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls which occurred last month.

It is unimaginable that this could happen to these girls just for attending school. I know that people in Wirral  will be horrified that this has happened, and all wish to see the safe return of the girls to their families.

Last weekend there was a vigil held in Liverpool where local people joined the likes of Michelle Obama in calling for the return of the school pupils.

I attended this vigil and it was encouraging to see many people united in solidarity for their safe return. The hope for a positive outcome is shared throughout the international community.

Boko Haram – an organisation which seems determined to stop girls going to school – has claimed responsibility, and its appalling actions expose the serious inequality there is when it comes to women accessing education in certain parts of the world.

The abductions have brought this issue into the international spotlight and, as a politician, I am very concerned about the plight that young girls face just to have access to something that in Britain we all have as an automatic entitlement.

This is wrong in itself, but also means the next generation being less educated, and less able to become our trading partners in the future. That’s not in our interests or anyone else’s.

Britain has a proud record of helping to educate children in the parts of the world that are worst off. But we should be absolutely clear that these acts are intolerable.

Showing our solidarity from Merseyside helps to go a small way to show our support, and keep global leaders focused on what they can do to help find the girls.

This is why I hope that the Department for International Development, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will look urgently at what more can be done as this atrocity is by far not an isolated incident.

 

Vigil united people in solidarity for safe return of Nigerian schoolgirls

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News. This is her post from 16th May, and it can be read on the Wirral News website here.  ...

Commenting on today's unemployment statistics Alison McGovern MP said: We all want to see signs of recovery in our economy as it has been a tough last four years for many people. Today’s statistics do show a fall in unemployment which on the surface seems encouraging however I sense that most people are not feeling an economic recovery. We also still have big problems to tackle with regards to getting young people into work and with underemployment.

Adding: We have seen how prevalent zero hour contracts have become which is something I have been concerned about for a long while and I welcomed Ed Miliband’s pledge to tackle abuse of these contracts should Labour be in government in 2015 as part of Labour’s wider plan to tackle the cost of living crisis. Labour would also introduce a jobs guarantee to tackle youth unemployment.

 

 

Alison comments on the release of today's unemployment statistics

Commenting on today's unemployment statistics Alison McGovern MP said: We all want to see signs of recovery in our economy as it has been a tough last four years for...

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