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...

Last Thursday we witnessed one of the biggest political events in our lifetimes. The magnitude of the decision that voters had to make was massive.

It was the case that voters chose for the UK to leave the European Union. Over 17 million people voted to leave in the EU referendum whilst over 16 million voted to stay. Here in Wirral the majority of people voted to remain.

I was happy about the national 72% high turnout of voters. In the run up to the referendum I talked about how important it was for people to have their say in this historic vote as it will affect us for future generations to come.

As you will probably know I was campaigning to remain in the EU. I am a proud Briton who loves and is proud of this country and that is why I wanted the best for it. I believed that to remain was best for the country.

However one of those things I am hugely proud of about our country is our democratic track record and I respect the result.

My priorities now the result has taken place are my constituents and local businesses during this time of uncertainty in our economy and the changes and challenges ahead. I know that given the local result in Wirral that many will be fearful about the result.

I want to assure you that my priority is local people and local businesses as it always has been the case. I want to meet with people and businesses who may have concerns about this result in the coming weeks.

I want also to reassure you that I will continue to work for everyone in Wirral, however they voted in the referendum, whichever party they normally support.

 

 

My reaction to the EU referendum result

Last Thursday we witnessed one of the biggest political events in our lifetimes. The magnitude of the decision that voters had to make was massive. It was the case that...

Usually for my weekly column I would write about what I have been doing in my constituency or what has been happening there. I would also usually write about the big political issues of the moment and give my view.

However for this week I want to pay tribute to my colleague and friend Jo Cox MP.

The whole country was shocked on Thursday following the news of what happened to Jo when she was carrying out her duties on behalf of her constituents and her shocking and untimely death led to the suspension of EU referendum campaigning.

Can I thank my constituents for the messages of comfort that they have sent to me over the last few days. The Labour Party are a political party but if you are a Labour member or activist you will know how much it feels like being part of a family and I know the Labour Party and Parliament will feel a massive sense of loss following Jo’s death.

This is why on Saturday I held a vigil for Jo in Liverpool for our Labour family on Merseyside and others to gather together who wanted to take some time out to reflect on the tragic events of last week and to pay tribute to Jo’s life.

Vigils were held around the country for Jo who represented Batley and Spen. Her constituency was where she born and grew up and poignantly where she spent her final moments and her constituency was visited by Jeremy Corbyn, David Cameron and The Speaker of the House of Commons who paid their tributes.

On Monday Parliament was recalled so MP’s could pay their tributes and I spoke about Jo’s work around women’s rights and her global outlook of looking after everybody around the world. Those closest to Jo have set up a fund in her memory with the proceeds going to charitable causes that Jo supported. www.gofundme.com/jocox.

This is a fitting tribute to Jo who wanted to use her life to help people around the world and improve their lives. Jo was a passionate humanitarian and a champion for the most vulnerable. They have lost a wonderful champion in Jo but I know they will be grateful for everything she did do on their behalf. She had so much more to give but we are thankful for everything she did do and we will continue to fight against the hatred and prejudice that took her away from us. I’d also like to pay tribute to the bravery of Bernard Kennedy who was injured in his attempts to save Jo.

 

My tribute to my friend and colleague Jo Cox MP

Usually for my weekly column I would write about what I have been doing in my constituency or what has been happening there. I would also usually write about the...

In just over a week citizens of the United Kingdom will make a momentous decision about their country’s future.

The EU referendum has dominated the news agenda for the last few months and as we approach polling day I want to encourage all those who are able to vote to do so.

Voting registration has now closed but this decision will be the biggest in a lifetime so it is important that if you are able to vote that you do so you can have your say about your own future and that of the country for future generations.

On Friday Liverpool welcomed the Remain Campaign’s battle bus and I got on board to campaign for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union.

It is a huge decision and it is understandable that there are people still yet to make up their mind. I know the debate may seem like it has been dominated by Tory politicians and personality politics but the decision is so much more important than individual politicians and party political infighting.

I just want the public to have straight forward facts so that they can make an informed decision.

I will be voting to remain the EU as I believe a vote to not do so would put our economy at risk. I also think it is important to recognise how funding from the EU has benefited our area.

Our trade with Europe has meant that Vauxhall Motors site in Ellesmere Port which employs many local people has been able to secure and increase jobs at the plant. EU funding has also gone towards transforming places in Merseyside including New Brighton and its Floral Pavilion, restaurants and cinema. The area is now thriving and provides a great day out for all ages.

Across the water EU money  has also given us the Echo Arena which draws in huge crowds of people going to see world famous stars play there. Money from the EU has also helped fund the restoration of St Georges Hall and the revitalisation of John Lennon airport.

There are many more reasons I believe we as a country are stronger together with Europe and I will be making this case in the run up to June 23.

 

 

Funding from the European Union has brought many benefits to Merseyside

In just over a week citizens of the United Kingdom will make a momentous decision about their country’s future. The EU referendum has dominated the news agenda for the last...

On Saturday 28 May I held a meeting for WASPI campaigners who are fighting for women’s pension equality.

As regular readers of my column will know I have been campaigning alongside local women who have been affected by the increase in women’s state pension age.

The injustice affects women born in the 1950’s and it has led to women who were born in this decade coming together from all over the country to fight for fair transitional arrangements but so far the government has failed to act to correct this unfairness.

It is important for campaigners to come together to share experiences and ideas and to have a chance to have the chance to speak directly with a number of politicians at the same time and I wanted to provide this opportunity.

On Saturday I was joined in Liverpool by a number of fellow Labour MP’s including Shadow Health Minister Barbara Keeley. Barbara is the chair of the recently formed All Parliamentary Group dedicated to the issue. 

I want to thank all the campaigners which included a number of men who are also equally as annoyed at the injustice faced by their partners and family members and the politicians who attended the meeting to plan the next steps in the campaign. Many people came along to show their support on the day

It is important that we carry on highlighting this issue with the objective of making the government act on making fair arrangements.

I know women in my constituency have been very keen to sign the Public Petition to Parliament which was recently launched.

Please contact my office for more information on this.

This issue has serious consequences for women’s financial security and it needs to be kept in the spotlight.

I want to give a special mention in this week’s column to all those who care for people in Wirral. Carers week runs from the 6 to 12 June and I want to thank all those who do such a difficult and valuable job in looking after those who need care. I know that Wired (Wirral Information Resource for Equality and Diversity) will be holding a number of events for carers week so for more information please contact them on 0151 670 0777 or email cws@wired.me.uk and you can find out more information about carers week here www.carersweek.org

WASPI women from across the North West come together to continue fight for pension equality

On Saturday 28 May I held a meeting for WASPI campaigners who are fighting for women’s pension equality. As regular readers of my column will know I have been campaigning...

Today marks the start of volunteer week. The week celebrates the work and contribution of volunteers across the UK.

Over 14 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK. Volunteers can be found in diverse roles in sports clubs, communities, schools and hospitals across the country, and they are vital to the work of countless charities and organisations.

Not only does volunteering make a massive difference to the lives of so many but it also contributes to our economy. In 2012-13 volunteering output contributed an estimated £23.9billion to the UK economy.

I’d like to take this as an opportunity to thank and praise the work of all voluntary organisations in my constituency. Whether it is helping to take care of people who are suffering from illness, helping in our local communities and leisure facilities or looking after the welfare of animals. All volunteers give so much back to society.

There are so many organisations across my constituency who help make such a difference through volunteering.

There are too many to name but to give mention to just a few we have the great volunteers who help at Port Sunlight River Park to keep it well maintained and safe for the local community. We also have volunteers who help at local sports clubs such as Heswall Football Club and in my constituency I also have the fantastic Claire House Children’s Hospice and Wirral Hospice St Johns. The volunteers who work within the hospices do an invaluable job and I want to give them a special thank you.

This week is a great opportunity to become a volunteer and join one of the many voluntary organisations across the Wirral. Volunteering is such a rewarding thing to do and if you are based in Wirral South I would be happy to come along and meet local volunteers.

Volunteering week runs from 1-12 June. Starting in 1984 it is now in its 32nd year.

 

Thank you to volunteers who make a positive difference in our communities

Today marks the start of volunteer week. The week celebrates the work and contribution of volunteers across the UK. Over 14 million people volunteer at least once a month in...

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...

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