Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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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.

Building a Britain that rewards hard work

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...

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.

Alison McGovern: Your local candidate standing for re-election in the constituency where she grew up

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...

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.

NHS in crisis in Wirral due to social care failure

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....

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."

Building a strong economy to get Wirral working

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...

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.

A Labour government will balance the books

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...

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."

 

 

Alison McGovern says no to Hydrodec plant at Eastham

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...

Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit, he lost our credit rating, and debt is barely falling, and he’s added £200billion to our nation’s debt. Despite the most severe cuts to Wirral seen in generations, he has failed in the objective he set himself.

George Osborne sounded triumphalist when he was delivering his budget speech with claims that people are better off, but I know families living on the Wirral will find such claims hard to understand.

Wirral Council has had to respond to the deep cuts imposed on their budget so when George Osborne makes overblown claims about a northern powerhouse, he doesn’t mention the cuts he has inflicted across the North West of England on local authorities.

Instead, Labour will close the budget gap in the right way. We will make the right investments – on infrastructure and education – that protect our country’s future.

And we will help parents by increasing free childcare for three and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours. We’ll also increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.

And given that the NHS is something that matters so much to my constituents, I was surprised not to hear plans for the NHS in this year’s budget.

Labour have already pledged investment to save and transform our NHS. We will invest in a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care Fund which will pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and a guarantee of cancer tests in one week.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

My verdict on the chancellor's last budget before the general election

Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit,...

Responding to the report Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: 

“Improving rail and road links between the northern cities is vitally important to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity, but sadly an unfunded wishlist without any firm timescales published just weeks before an election isn't going to cut it. Labour has ambitious plans to deliver the devolution of power and resources to all northern councils so that real improvements to our transport networks can get underway swiftly – from the Tories we just get half-baked promises of jam tomorrow.

Connecting the big cities better is important, but that doesn't excuse the complete absence of ambition for improving the Wirral’s transport links in this plan. We’ve had five years of warm words from this government about improving services and getting electric trains on the Wrexham-Bidston line through Heswall, but with nothing to show for it – and it doesn’t so much as warrant a mention in this strategy. Wirral deserves better than this airbrushing.”

Alison McGovern responds to the Northern Powerhouse report on a transport strategy for the north of England

Responding to the report Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said:  “Improving rail and road links between the northern cities is vitally important to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity, but...

Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne's budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local hospitals, schools, social care and councils.

Responding to the chancellor's speech, Alison said: "In the Commons today, George Osborne sounded triumphalist, which I don't think will please Wirral families. On average, they are more than £1,100 a year worse off than when this government came to power, they have seen services in the local area hit by cuts three times higher than the south east and huge growth in zero-hour contracts and low pay. This simply isn't the budget that people need.

Given the huge pressures that our local NHS is under, after the worst winter for the health service in more than a decade, local people will have been astonished that in an hour-long speech, George Osborne didn't mention the NHS once - nothing on the extra resources needed to increase the number of nurses, GPs and doctors and getting waiting times under control, just a promise of still faster, deeper cuts to social care placing still greater pressures on the NHS. Nothing on protecting education funding; nothing on making childcare more affordable."People in Wirral need a Labour government and a Labour budget, that will provide the funding the NHS needs through a mansion tax, will give the parents of three and four year olds twenty-five hours free childcare, protect schools funding, increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.

Alison McGovern MP reacts to today's budget

Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne's budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local...

Last Saturday Ed Miliband launched Labour’s election pledge card which lays out our priorities for the country and the promises that we are making to the electorate as we approach the general election.

He was speaking at a pre-election rally of more than 1,500 party members and supporters in Birmingham about our promises and how they are all based on one fundamental belief that Britain only succeeds if working families succeed.

I had the pleasure this week to visit St John Plessington and address an audience of sixth form students to talk about these pledges and what the Labour party can offer them. It was good to hear about the issues that matter to them as young people about to embark on their own careers.

Topics that were raised included tuition fees, apprenticeships, youth employment and mental health. All of these things can impact on young people and I enjoyed being given the opportunity to engage with them about my views but also to listen to theirs.

I was also asked by one student about zero hour contracts and our pledge to scrap exploitative zero contracts is one that appears on our pledge card as part of our plan to achieve higher living standards for working families.

Other pledges that we have made include building a country where the next generation can do better than the last by supporting students with a reduction in tuition fees to £6,000 and guaranteeing an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades.

Employment opportunities and education were obviously something I was asked a lot about at the event and the young people were really engaged with how policy in these areas would impact on them. I’d like to thank them for their well-researched questions.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Thanks to St John Plessington sixth form students for engaging political question and answer session

Last Saturday Ed Miliband launched Labour’s election pledge card which lays out our priorities for the country and the promises that we are making to the electorate as we approach...

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