Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

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Jonathan Ashworth will visit Eastham on Monday 11 September to speak to Wirral people about the closure of the local NHS walk in centre service.

Jonathan was invited by Alison McGovern MP who is concerned that staff from this service have now relocated to help with the crisis at Arrowe Park meaning an end to the walk in centre at the clinic. 

Speaking about the closure, Alison said “I am really concerned about this news and I have received many responses from constituents who also do not want to see this happen.

The Eastham Walk in Centre has served as a valuable NHS service in this part of the Wirral. I have championed Eastham Walk in Centre for seven years and I won’t give up on NHS services now. The CCG have had to take urgent steps to deal with the A&E crisis, and a shortage of qualified staff has led to this closure. Tory cuts, pay held down in the NHS, and a failure to train staff is the root cause, and we must hold the Government to account.

Adding: “Local Labour activists have already protested about this and I want to thank those have signed the petition against the closure. I look forward to welcoming Jonathan Ashworth who I know shares my concern about the removal of this important NHS service and the impact on the community. He has visited previously, and was so impressed by the staff and the service offered to patients.”

If you are interested in attending please arrive for 11 am at St David's United Reform Church Eastham. If you need any further information then please contact the office on 0151 645 6590. If you want to attend please RSVP to helen.dodd@parliament.uk.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health to visit Wirral following closure of Eastham Walk in Centre

Jonathan Ashworth will visit Eastham on Monday 11 September to speak to Wirral people about the closure of the local NHS walk in centre service. Jonathan was invited by Alison...

Following the news that the Eastham Walk in Centre is due to close Alison McGovern said: “I have spoken out publicly about my dismay at this decision already. I found out at the same time as the news became public and I was as shocked and concerned as everyone else who uses this service has been. I have received lots of contact on this from constituents who live locally and are really worried and angry about this. The local labour party have held a protest today which runs between 2pm this afternoon until the late evening and this will take place outside of the centre. There will be petitions available there for people to come along and sign. Please do go down and add your support to fight for Eastham walk in centre. I have previously championed this service and fought for it to remain open and I will continue to highlight the need for this service which is due to close today with the staff relocating to Arrowe Park. 

Alison's reaction to the closure of the Eastham Walk In Centre service

Following the news that the Eastham Walk in Centre is due to close Alison McGovern said: “I have spoken out publicly about my dismay at this decision already. I found...

As a supporter for the UK to remain in the single market following the EU referendum Alison has recently launched a new website dedicated to this cause.

Alison has teamed up with fellow Labour MP Heidi Alexander ahead of Labour Party conference to launch the campaign and you can find all the details including how to become involved here

 

Labour campaign to remain in the single market launches

As a supporter for the UK to remain in the single market following the EU referendum Alison has recently launched a new website dedicated to this cause. Alison has teamed...

Alison is doing a tour of cafes around her constituency and wants to meet her constituents to discuss anything of their choosing. 

This could be an issue that is affecting you personally, a local issue that is affecting you and your neighbours or a national issue that you want to share your opinion on. 

The reason for the tour is to hear your views and hear about an issue you may need assistance with. It's not an appointment system and you can just turn up. 

Cafes are great community spaces which can help combat loneliness and offer a space for local people to come together. Alison wants to meet you in a relaxed environment for an informal chat about political or local issues. Your conversation will be discreet and Alison will spend as much time with individuals as possible depending on the number of people attending each session of the tour.

Alison has already held three sessions but below are the up and coming dates

22 August 11 am Gorge'Us Tea Rooms Spital Road Bebington

24  August 11 am Blooming Skull Coffee New Ferry 

29 August 10 am Claremont Farm Cafe

You don't need to book but if you have questions then do ring the office on 0151 645 6590.

You can check if Alison is your MP by giving the office a call to confirm with your postcode. All cafe visits will last two hours. 

Come and meet Alison on her Summer Cafe Tour

Alison is doing a tour of cafes around her constituency and wants to meet her constituents to discuss anything of their choosing.  This could be an issue that is affecting you...

Alison has joined a group of 30 other MPs to urge the government to delay the rollout of universal credit in a letter to the Guardian newspaper.

The letter from the MPs appeared in the Guardian newspaper earlier this month. A copy of the letter appears below.

We are concerned about the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed rollout of universal credit (UC) in our constituencies during November and December. There is a real worry that the introduction of UC at this time will cause extreme hardship for many people in vulnerable situations, exacerbated by the financial burdens of the festive period. We understand that the proposed changes were designed to make the social security system simpler, more reactive to individuals’ issues and more efficient. However, evidence from other parts of the country where UC has been introduced already, shows that it is far from the efficient system trailed. In many cases, recipients have had to wait seven weeks for payment of the benefits. This puts an incredible strain on individuals and we have seen in other areas an increased use of food parcels during this period. There are also issues around the removal of the severe disability premium, which leaves many disabled people in a precarious position. In addition, although there is a provision for crisis loans, the mandatory paying back of £150 in three lump sums of £50 adds a further strain on individuals who are already in a difficult financial situation. Overall, the rigid nature of this approach can exacerbate the debt of those in receipt of UC.

The current timetable will cause our residents severe hardship over the months which are most financially difficult. We urge David Gauke, secretary of state for work and pensions, to instruct his department not to roll this system out in November and December, but look to a date later in 2018.

Alison joins group of MPs to urge the government to delay the rollout of universal credit

Alison has joined a group of 30 other MPs to urge the government to delay the rollout of universal credit in a letter to the Guardian newspaper. The letter from...

You will be aware that in 2011, your predecessor made changes to the state pension entitlement for a group of women born in the 1950s. The IFS have recently estimated that this means an average household income of women aged 60-62 is £32 per week lower as a result.

Women born in the 1950s began their working life at a time when gender discrimination was legal, married women were routinely turfed out of the work force, and when maternity rights were non-existent. These women have now been punished again, just as they have reached retirement age. This is not just a question of material deprivation. The short notice given in 2011 represents a breach of trust in the government, and an injustice to women who have fought for fairness all their lives.

This breach of trust is problematic for two reasons.

First the public will lose trust in pensions if such changes, done at short notice, are allowed to stand. But secondly, there is the problem of fairness to those who have worked hard to change women's place in British society. Women of my generation have stood a platform built by women in the 1950s. We owe them a debt of gratitude, and it is because of that debt I write to you now.

I am asking you to consider establishing a non-partisan commission investigating how this injustice can be remedied. Millions of women are affected, all with unique circumstances. They have been treated from both a financial and administrative point of view. A substantial consideration of the facts is required, leading to policy proposals on how to remedy the injustice caused by the 2011 changes.

Your Autumn Budget would be the perfect opportunity to announce such a commission. It could then report in the spring, in time for consultation on the proposals ahead of next year’s budget.

I would be grateful for your consideration and reply on these points.

With kindest regards

Alison McGovern MP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter to the Chancellor calling for WASPI justice

You will be aware that in 2011, your predecessor made changes to the state pension entitlement for a group of women born in the 1950s. The IFS have recently estimated...

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...

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