Alison McGovern MP

Member of Parliament for Wirral South

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Last week, I appeared on the Daily Politics show to talk about why I am pleased Labour have announced plans for football fan representation at the most senior level at their football clubs.

We wouldn't have football clubs at all without the dedicated supporters who turn up at matches and offer their loyal support. As the saying goes, football without fans is nothing.

It therefore makes logical sense to me that they be given more power and more say in the clubs that they support. We have seen in Wirral the excellent work of the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust, for example. So it’s right that we offer properly constituted fans’ trusts more chance to be heard in the running of the game by appointing some of the directors, and getting a chance to buy up to a 10 per cent stake.

It is no big secret that I am a lifelong proud Liverpool FC supporter and I know that the club you support is part of your identity. You can’t just switch allegiances, as you would with any other business. I’m sure Evertonians, and fans of all clubs, would agree!

It is easy to think that football clubs in terms of big businesses nowadays with money and power but it is important that the connection between the clubs core supporters is not lost.

I personally believe that football fans deserve to have more of this power than they currently do and that they have the capabilities and knowledge to take on such roles and have more of a say in the main issues facing their team.

Labour’s plans would allow for accredited supporters’ trusts to appoint and remove up to a quarter and not less than two of a football club’s board of directors and to purchase up to 10 per cent of the shares when a club changes ownership, if they so wish.

The plans would give the fans more powers in terms of accountability. I believe these proposals are a positive step in transferring some power back to fans who have previously perhaps felt at times left behind in the direction of their club. This is something I have been wanting to see for a long time.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

I welcome Labour's plans to hand more power to football fans

Last week, I appeared on the Daily Politics show to talk about why I am pleased Labour have announced plans for football fan representation at the most senior level at...

I’d like to thank those who turned up to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Friday night to discuss how we take our new Port Sunlight River Park forward.

There was a great turn out and the meeting was very productive with some very useful questions being asked.

We will now aim to establish a committee and continue to meet to develop the park to address some of the issues already raised.

At the meeting I talked about the importance of community involvement and of forming a committee of willing people who can form a group to represent the park.

I know that local people really do care about its development and that there has been good use made of the park since it opened. We are still in a relatively new phase and that is why we now need a group of people to help move it forward.

It was lovely to see support in the form of offers to volunteer with the day to day running of the park and people putting themselves forward for a role on the committee. I will be organising a meeting for committee members shortly.

The community spirit around the park will be very important as we progress.

Remember if you couldn’t attend the meeting but you are still interested in a role in the park to contact my office on 0151 645 6590 or email alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Thanks to those who made Port Sunlight River Park Friends Group meeting a success

I’d like to thank those who turned up to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Friday night to discuss how we take our new Port Sunlight River Park forward. There...

Having supported Wirral Council in the introduction of the Ethical Care Charter - an agreement on reforming care for the better - I recently called in on Wirral’s Director of Adult Social Services to see how the changes are going.

The Ethical Care Charter sets out recommended standards of care for vulnerable people living in their own home, which will not only make life better for those being cared for but also seeks to end the all-too-frequent exploitation of those who are employed to provide care. Wirral is one of the first councils in the country to adopt the charter.

I was also invited to visit the council’s Independent Review Team based in New Ferry and the Wirral South Locality Team based in Eastham. At both locations I met hard working staff who are committed to ensuring those receiving care get the best possible service. Their dedication and expertise has been a credit to our borough.

There have been significant changes, including using fewer contracted care providers to improve standards with those the council does work with.

And also, we no longer ask people to put up with 15 minute calls. After all, it’s hard to see how good care can be given in just a quarter of an hour.

In signing up to the Ethical Care Charter principles, Wirral have demonstrated how a vision for better health care can be achieved.

An integrated health and social care system has the potential, through better support in the community, to meet the challenges of an ageing population and the requirements of increasing number of people with long-term conditions by preventing people’s needs escalating.

It also has the potential to save spending millions of pounds keeping people where they don’t want to be, in more expensive hospital and residential care, instead of living healthy independent lives in their own homes.

Put into action correctly an integrated system has the potential to be not only self-financing but will provide the opportunity to deliver health and care services that start from the point of meeting the needs of patients and their families rather than what is most convenient for the service provider.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Pleasing to see how Ethical Care Charter has improved care locally

Having supported Wirral Council in the introduction of the Ethical Care Charter - an agreement on reforming care for the better - I recently called in on Wirral’s Director of...

Alison McGovern MP to hold a Friends Group meeting for newly opened Port Sunlight River Park

Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South is inviting anybody with an interest in the park to come along to a meeting she is chairing to discuss a strategy going forward

Alison said: “There has been a lovely community response to the park so far and I want to invite anybody with an interest in its development to come together in one room to devise a strategy. The park will rely on community volunteers and I know that people are very positive in general about this new addition to our community given the number of people that turned out to attend the open day.”

Adding: “It is never too late to become involved but if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity coming along to this meeting would be beneficial. It will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out how together we can help sustain it for future generations and you will have the chance to officially sign up to join our Friends Group.”

The meeting will take place on the 10 October at 6.30PM in the Lady Lever Art Gallery café. It is important to RSVP attendance for this event.

You can do so by contacting my office on 0151 645 6590 or emailing helen.dodd@parliament.uk

 

 

Come and join me for Port Sunlight River Park Friends Group meeting

Alison McGovern MP to hold a Friends Group meeting for newly opened Port Sunlight River Park Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South is inviting anybody with an interest in the...

This week I will be at Labour Party conference in Manchester.

This year is an important conference for the Labour Party as it is the last conference before the General Election with Ed Miliband making his speech setting out Labour’s vision for a better Britain.

Ed Miliband spoke on Tuesday about how a Labour Government would bring about positive change for Britain for the majority of people and not just a few at the top.

It is our time to show Britain how we can build an economy where economic growth means that everyone feels the benefit. Ed can both inspire with this vision but more importantly together we as a party will be able to deliver and make it a reality.

One of the main announcements that has emerged from the conference so far is our plans for a £8 an hour national minimum wage by the end of the next Parliament.

We need to both improve living standards and give hard working people a fairer deal and it starts with our plans to strengthen the minimum wage. Hard working people are an average of £1,600 a year worse off under this Government.

People who do a hard day’s work should not be living in poverty and this is why we need to progress the minimum wage. Our plan would see this happen by 2020.

Introducing the National Minimum Wage was one of Labour’s proudest achievements but its value has declined under the Tories. Tackling low pay will be a priority for a Labour government as it fits in with our wider plans to improve people’s standard of living.

I was very pleased to see that Scotland decided to stay in the United Kingdom and now we must try to improve our country together and I believe Labour’s plan can and will do this.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Labour Party Conference is our chance to show people how we will make Britain better and fairer

This week I will be at Labour Party conference in Manchester. This year is an important conference for the Labour Party as it is the last conference before the General...

This week the people of Scotland will face a momentous decision. To stay together with the rest of the UK or to go it alone and vote for separation.

During the past few weeks I have been up to Scotland to speak to voters and to support a vote for the stay together option.

Many people living across the UK have Scottish family and friends. We have a strong shared and proud history. But more than that, what is needed today is the same, both sides of the border.

People in Glasgow want similar things to people living in Liverpool. A strong but fair economy, social justice and security. We want the economy to do better, and for all to feel the benefit.

This friendship between Scotland and the north west is the reason I’ve been coming to Scotland this week to show my love and desire for us to stick together. Not because everything in the UK is great – far from it. We are too Westminster-centric. And Westminster itself is too dominated by people who have not experienced ordinary life in Britain. I got into politics to help change that.

But still, we have more chance of achieving great things with the people of the north west and Scotland working as one rather than apart as we face similar challenges.

Scotland will decide its own future but I want to see them remain as part of a United Kingdom. United in many ways to achieve a fair deal for our communities and our future together. Our objectives remain the same for example to tackle the causes of poverty and build an economy where people aren’t left behind.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Scotland referendum: Why I think we are better together

This week the people of Scotland will face a momentous decision. To stay together with the rest of the UK or to go it alone and vote for separation. During...

Next Friday, parliament will debate a bill that will enshrine in law a requirement for governments to commit 0.7 per cent of national income to overseas development, fulfilling an internationally-agreed UN target. This was a commitment that was in the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos at the last election, but where the government has dragged its feet, leaving it up to an individual MP to bring in the bill.

I know that development and aid spending makes many people a little uneasy. Why should we be sending sums of this sort overseas when we face massive budget constraints here at home? I would argue that there are two different reasons why we are right to make this modest (in government spending terms) commitment.

Firstly, because as a rich nation, we should not walk by on the other side when we can do a little to help tackle crippling poverty, hunger, and disease.

Secondly, because we all benefit from a world where poverty reduction lessens conflicts and global tensions, or creates new markets for mutually-beneficial trade. Putting my cards on the table – I will support the bill to make 0.7 per cent legally binding, because the task of lifting the billion people who live in extreme poverty, and the more than two billion who live on less than $2 (£1.20) a day is too daunting for us to shirk our responsibility – but I also hope that I will see, in my political lifetime, a time when the world can agree that the 0.7 per cent target can be relaxed, because we are winning the battle.

The key to getting people across the developing world out of poverty is through trade – conducted equitably and fairly, creating jobs and sustainable livelihoods. Our development efforts must be focussed towards breaking down the barriers that prevent that from happening. That means investing in infrastructure that helps kick-start economies and get goods to market, but also supporting unglamorous things that we take for granted, like helping fragile states set up a tax collection regime, so that they can harness revenues from their economy to pay for schools, hospitals and social care. And we must work to support initiatives that ensure workers are paid a decent wage for their work and are employed under safe and fair conditions.

These are the building blocks for finally eradicating global poverty and bringing closer the day when we won’t need a development budget of our own. As a shadow international development minister, I couldn’t be more convinced of the importance of the job I have – nor could I be more convinced that my long-term aim, should I one day be lucky enough to hold that job in government, is to make myself redundant.

 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Why I will be supporting a spending commitment of 0.7% on overseas aid

Next Friday, parliament will debate a bill that will enshrine in law a requirement for governments to commit 0.7 per cent of national income to overseas development, fulfilling an internationally-agreed...

Last week concluded the end of my summer pub tour meeting my constituents.

I visited pubs and also a café in wards all around my constituency and had many interesting conversations and listened to points of concern.

 I was interested to hear views on a wide range of issues such as welfare, manufacturing, care, NHS, House of Lords, youth services, pensions and many more.

I set out to hear people’s perspectives on the issues that matter to them and the tour was certainly a success in terms of that.

I welcomed the opportunity to have open conversations and being able to respond directly in a casual setting.

I’d like to thank people for coming to meet with me during the past month.

It was clear from my conversations that the economy is one of the bigger concerns that people understandably have and I had a chance to put forward how Labour would tackle some of the issues that were discussed.

We have a number of pledges to address people’s standard of living and also address youth and long term unemployment. Some of these pledges were discussed during my tour.

It was a very worthwhile way of spending the parliamentary recess and I would like to do something similar in the future. During parliamentary term when I am able to I also travel round my constituency to meet with constituents and I find it a good way to meet a number of constituents at once.  

 

By Alison McGovern for Wirral News 

Reflection of my pub tour as it comes to an end

Last week concluded the end of my summer pub tour meeting my constituents. I visited pubs and also a café in wards all around my constituency and had many interesting...

The train journey from Liverpool to Glasgow is the most beautiful there is. After Lancaster, the peaks of the Lake District rise up around the tracks. And then between Carlisle and Motherwell, the mountains in the south of Scotland diminish all before them.

 

Scotland's Referendum

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Congratulations to students on the Wirral who received their A-level results and GCSE results recently and for those moving from school to work.

It is always a great pleasure visiting schools in my constituency to offer my support and congratulations to students, teachers and support staff.

It is a stressful time for students and their families as they wait to see if a place at university has been accepted.

Though it is also an exciting time marking a new chapter in many students’ lives as they get even closer to achieving what they want to do as a career and their aspirations.

Whilst this is to be celebrated we need opportunities for all our young people. It is important that no young person is left behind in having a chance to achieve their full potential.

I want to see more apprenticeships especially those that involve progression to higher level qualifications giving the person a better standard of technical expertise.

All young people deserve a chance of being skilled enough to enter the labour market and this includes the need for better technical expertise.

Labour’s shadow education secretary of state, Tristram Hunt, has also voiced concerns about losing the current structure of AS and A-levels.

We need rigorous exam testing but we should not remove helpful structures that help students understand their progress.

 

Congratulations to Wirral Students

Congratulations to students on the Wirral who received their A-level results and GCSE results recently and for those moving from school to work. It is always a great pleasure visiting...

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