Alison McGovern

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I know many people in the Wirral shared my shock and dismay at the election results last week, but that many will also share my determination not to sit back, but to continue the fight for a fairer Britain. Since the polls closed, 20,000 people nationally have joined the Labour party, including many here in the Wirral. I’m very happy that so many people have reacted to the shock of defeat in this way, and hope many more will choose to do so. In the months ahead Labour will be choosing a new leadership team to tackle the task of reconnecting the party with the British people and putting us in a position to challenge the Tories at the next general election.

If you would like to be part of making that decision, we’d love to have you on board. You can join at www.labour.org.uk. If you’re a member of a union that is affiliated to the Labour party, your union is likely to be contacting you shortly to ask if you’ll become an affiliated supporter, which also gives you voting rights. To vote in the leadership election, you’ll need to have signed up by noon on the 12 August.

Candidates for the leader and deputy leader will need the support of 35 Labour MPs to get on the ballot paper – but in the election itself, everyone’s vote is equal, whether you’re a party member, union member, or even an MP. So if you do sign up, your vote could really make a difference. The winners will be announced on 12 September.

If you’re a Labour supporter, please do consider joining up – we need your voice to help us make the choices that can remove this government at the next election.

 

Written by Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

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Alison McGovern MP to hold next Friends Group Meeting for Port Sunlight River Park  

Following her re-election Alison McGovern is set to hold a meeting for the Friends of the Port Sunlight River Park and will be extending an invitation to the meeting for any new potential volunteers who would be interested to find out more about opportunities to get involved.

Alison said: “It is a privilege to be re-elected as the MP for Wirral South and I would like to say thank you for the support that has been shown to me during the election campaign.  Now I want to get stuck in to my constituency work here in my hometown and continue with my involvement with our wonderful river park. The meeting will be a chance to discuss what we have been working on so far and to hopefully recruit more volunteers. We already have a dedicated team who work hard to look after the site but we always welcome more people to come together as a community and get involved with the site’s development. We have an exciting event coming up on Merseyside with the arrival of the Three Queens and the River Park provides a great viewing spot. I look forward to talking about this and more at the meeting.”

If you would be interested in attending then please RSVP to helen.dodd@parliament.uk or call 0151 645 6590.

The meeting will be held at the Lyceum in Port Sunlight at 7PM on the 21 May. 

New volunteers welcome to come along to Port Sunlight River Park Friends meeting on 21 May

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THREE QUEENS VIEWING DAY

As the Three Queens cruise liners sail along the Mersey on bank holiday Monday, spectators can watch from a distance amongst celebrations at Port Sunlight River Park.

As part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary, the park is inviting people to view the special event from a natural viewing platform that’s even higher than the tower of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park will be hosting a Viewing Day from 10am to 4pm, offering visitors an opportunity to find out more about the River Park, which is a wildlife haven  enjoyed by the local community as well as a number of walking, running, dog walking and wildlife groups. 

The Bebington Sea Cadets have kindly volunteered their services for the event and will be controlling and marshalling the park gates on the special day.

Spaces are limited for drivers and blue badge holders can access the Mersey View River Park Car Park located on the dockside of the Mersey Estuary, but must book in advance.

United Utilities has granted special access to their access road leading to the car park, which is adjacent to the public toilets and can be accessed via the main Dock Road North entrance.

 The park features a great picnic venue, with benches and tables, offering some of the best views in Merseyside. 

Throughout the day, The Friends Group will be on hand to offer information about the local wildlife as well as advice on volunteering and provide refreshments on sale.

Alison McGovern MP, Chair of the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park said: “The River Park is a brilliant new amenity for local communities and its success to date is underpinned by the network of fantastic volunteers who help to physically maintain, enhance and fundraise.

I am delighted that we are able to offer vehicle access for disabled visitors on such a special day celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the famous shipping line.”

Port Sunlight River Park Ranger, Anne Litherland added: “Visitors should bring binoculars with them to watch The Three Queens on the River Mersey and also the bird life at the River Park, which is establishing itself as a great home for wildlife.”

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, which has been managing and restoring the park since August 2014, said: “We’re a national land management charity that protects and enhances green spaces, providing opportunities for healthy living, education and social events for the community.

“We’re proud Port Sunlight River Park has been chosen for this event, highlighting the transformation of this magnificent park for the benefit of the public.”

Blue Badge holders are advised to book their parking spaces by contacting –Anne Litherland on 07587 550060, or email Anne.Litherland@wirral.autistic.org

To avoid parking congestion all other visitors are advised to travel on foot or by public transport.

The nearest Railway Station is Port Sunlight, the nearest bus stop is New Chester Road used by services 1, 2, 41, 41a and 42.

Pedestrians can also access PSRP through the Shorefields entrance off Shorefields Nature Park.

Press release courtesy of Alison Kelly on behalf of the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park.

 

Come along and enjoy views of the Cunard Three Queen's Fleet from the Port Sunlight River Park

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I am delighted to be writing this column as the re-elected MP for my hometown. Thank you so much for all your support. It is a privilege to continue to represent the residents of south Wirral. I would like to thank everyone who has shown me support during my campaign for re-election, and for great kindness - whoever you voted for.

Now the election is over I am getting ready for the next meeting of the Port Sunlight River Park Friends meeting. Since its opening the park has been a wonderful asset to the area and the work that goes on there by dedicated volunteers is to be applauded.

However we will always be grateful for any new volunteers who want to get involved on the site and I would like to extend an invitation to this meeting to anyone who would like to come along to find out more about the possibility of volunteering.

You can RSVP by telephoning 0151 645 6590 or emailing helen.dodd@parliament.uk

The event takes place on the 21st May at The Lyceum in Port Sunlight starting at 7PM. If you would like to join a healthy activity at the park you can join the health walks which are now held there. The health walks run on Tuesdays between 10.30-11.30AM and Wednesdays between 5.30-6.30PM. For further information you can contact Anne Litherland on 07587550060 or email anne.litherland@wirral.autistic.org

 The meeting place is the car park on Dock Road North and you are asked to arrive 10 minutes earlier to register.

 By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

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Our economy – and our nation’s future – is built on the hard work of families like those across the Wirral.

''Helping make work pay is central to our plan to building a stronger economy, one where we make sure everyone who works can afford to live” said Alison McGovern.

We will raise the minimum wage to £8 and reward companies that sign up to pay a living wage with a business rates and tax cut.

We will back those companies that help build a fairer economy.

And for 24 million working people who are feeling the cost of living crisis, we will cut income tax by bringing back the 10p income tax rate.

Making sure all work pays a decent wage will make our economy stronger.

On Wirral our economy is supported by small businesses. We will make it easier to start and grow businesses.

We’ll create a British investment bank that will lend money to new and growing businesses and we'll support small businesses by cutting business rates for 1.5 million small firms and freezing their energy bills.

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Alison McGovern looks set to be the only candidate in the upcoming general election to hail from Wirral South.

Alison said “I went into politics because until I was 16 I never believed people in Westminster cared about us.”

''I want people from Wirral to go on and do great things and not have to leave our area to get the career they want.''

Alison was a former pupil at Brookhurst Primary and Wirral Girls Grammar School, before graduating from University.

She then worked for Network Rail, other national organisations and was Deputy Leader of a Labour Group before becoming an MP.

Alison works hard to represent our interests, She led campaigning to improve care and support for older people in the borough which resulted in an end to zero hours contracts and better training for staff.

''It is an honour to be Labour's candidate for Wirral South this May 7th and I look forward to continuing to serve the area where I was born and brought up'' said Alison.

The independent website They Work For You cites Alison as one of the hardest working MPs, saying that she speaks in more debates than the average Member of Parliament and asks more questions.

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Wirral hospitals are struggling under record pressure as thousands of patients arrive at A&E having failed to get an appointment with their family doctor, an official NHS England survey revealed.

And Health Watchdog Monitor has placed Arrowe Park on “the critical list” by launching an investigation into the finances of the Wirral University Hospital Trust that manages it.

Labour’s Wirral South candidate Alison McGovern said “In Wirral, around 1300 people went to an A&E department when they could not get to see a local GP – an increase of more than 20% over last year. Patients can’t get appointments with local doctors and are turning to hospital emergency departments as a last resort.”

The survey showed one in four patients waits a week or more for an appointment after the Government’s decision to abolish the 48-hour appointment guarantee after the last election.

Adding: “Many of my constituents have shared their frustration with me about having to phone their GP surgery day after day for an appointment only to be disappointed. But sadly too many people are forced to give up and go to A&E.''

“Labour’s promise to re-instate the 48-hour appointment guarantee, abolished by the Tories, and recruit 8,000 more doctors and 20,000 nurses nationally will make a difference at Arrowe Park and doctor’s surgeries across Wirral.” pledged Alison.

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Wirral families deserve better. “From Eastham to Heswall, families are saying energy bills, child care costs and prices are rising quicker than wages” said Alison McGovern. “And while runaway property prices in London may help the wealthy there -here on the Wirral we are paying the price for Tory economic failure. The cuts David Cameron told us we all had to suffer together haven’t helped: in fact they have made the situation worse for hard working families in Wirral, while tax breaks for millionaires went ahead.”

Adding:"'The Tories have failed to deliver on the promises they made in May 2010, but Labour will balance the books and build a stronger economy. We know there are tough decisions ahead, but only Labour is proposing clear, costed and practical steps to help hard-working families in Wirral."

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The last five years have seen the slowest economic recovery in over a hundred years.

As a result of the government’s failure the recent budget has seen them having to scramble around to find ways to plug the funding
gap because they were too scared to tackle hedge funds and big business’s offshore tax avoidance scams – they’re left having to look for deeper cuts.

George Osborne said he would sort the budget deficit in one Parliament but he has failed. He also failed to protect our country's credit rating and he's added £200bn to our country's debt.

“This is a Tory Government that can’t be trusted – it failed to balance the books in this Parliament and is now planning to double the cuts to the police, local services and the NHS again in the next couple of years” said Alison.

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Having listened to people in Eastham Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Wirral South Alison McGovern said “I am against these plans. I am very worried about the impact such a development will have on an area of natural beauty and the historical village of Eastham.”

Proposals to build an oil refining plant at Eastham Locks on land next to the QE2 Dock were unveiled by Hydrodec earlier this year.

As a nationally significant infrastructure project Hydrodec are required to present their plans to the National Planning Inspectorate. Further information  about the process the inspectorate follows can be found on their web site at  http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk

The process requires that representations from all interested parties be heard. “If re-elected to Parliament I will be working alongside Eastham residents in that process” said Alison McGovern.

"I am worried that such a development could risk the natural beauty of the area. Although Eastham has always had its industrial parts too - both historically and currently - such new sites should not be built without regard to the extensive use our community gets from the country park, and the needs of local residents.

"This part of the Mersey is unique. It has special views and natural features that should not be put at risk. It is important for our local visitor economy, and for the health and wellbeing of people in the south of Wirral."

 

 

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