Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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Think that 'we don't make things in Britain anymore'? When it comes to Wirral, that could not be more wrong. Which is why I had a great time visiting the Cereal Partners factory in Bromborough last Friday.

During my tour I met with staff and trade union representatives there and learnt about the production process. The factory is part of the global organisation which makes a range of breakfast cereals - cornflakes and beyond. In fact, they produce a huge amount of the breakfasts that are consumed in the Uk every day. Made in Britain, and eaten in Britain.

It is always good to meet local businesses and see first-hand the work that they do. 

Not least because government policy has not always been friendly to manufacturing. The Tories have delayed a review of business rates that is crucial to small business and manufacturing alike. Every time a manufacturer invests in new technology, their rateable value, and therefore their tax bill, goes up. Compare that to big services companies who have seen multiple corporation tax cuts. 

So I welcome the chance to talk about any concerns companies may have. This week I will be meeting with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke to discuss concerns about business rates system how these taxes are affecting businesses in our region.

Meanwhile, I and many others are showing their appreciation for trade unions during Heart Unions week this week.

Trade Unions are more important than ever but the Government is trying to undermine the unions with the Trade Union Bill.

Unions have been campaigning to defeat the Trade Union Bill and they have my full support. Trade unions are fundamental to the UK workforce who do crucial work for our country.

You can sign the Trades Union Congress petition to protect the right to strike here https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/david-cameron-don-t-threaten-the-right-to-strike.

Heart Trade Union Week is a chance to show your support for unions and speak up against the government’s assault on them. 

Celebrating the great work of our unions

Think that 'we don't make things in Britain anymore'? When it comes to Wirral, that could not be more wrong. Which is why I had a great time visiting the...

Last Wednesday marked Holocaust Memorial Day and I was invited to Wirral Grammar School for Girls to view an Anne Frank exhibition hosted by the school.

It is so important for younger generations to learn about the intolerance, hatred and racism that lead to the persecution of so many during one of the worst periods in history.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day focussed on not standing by when such horrific acts towards fellow human beings are taking place.

As a former pupil of the school I was so proud of the girls and I was honoured to be guided around their exhibition. We must never forget the lessons of the past.

I have been pushing recently for a meeting with the Minister who takes a lead on business rates. David Gauke is the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and he has finally agreed to meet with me after initially turning down my request to meet to discuss this important issue.

My request came about after I met with a local business who raised concerns about business rates.  I am regularly contacted by business owners across South Wirral telling me that they are really struggling and not getting any relief from the Government to help them to continue trading. 

I am pleased that the Minister has now agreed to a meeting and I want to give the opportunity to local business to contact me about their experience with business rates and the impact they are having so I can raise them directly with The Treasury.

I can be contacted by phone, email or letter or if you are a business operating in my constituency I would welcome a meeting in person to hear about your experience.

 

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 with Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Last Wednesday marked Holocaust Memorial Day and I was invited to Wirral Grammar School for Girls to view an Anne Frank exhibition hosted by the school. It is so important...

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern is asking for local business owners to get in touch with her and tell her about the problems that the changes to business rates have caused them and the impact on them so she can raise them directly with The Treasury.

Ms McGovern said “I am regularly contacted by business owners across South Wirral telling me that they are really struggling, and not getting any relief from the Government to help them continue trading. At the same time, the Chancellor is calling the amount that multinationals are finally offering to pay a ‘great success’. I want to show the Government that while this is a small step in the right direction, it doesn’t help the dozens of local traders that are just keeping their businesses open.”

Anyone with issues or comments should contact Alison at alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk or call her office on 0151 645 6590.

MP asks for Wirral South local businesses to get in touch with tax concerns

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern is asking for local business owners to get in touch with her and tell her about the problems that the changes to business rates have...

This year will see many new exciting developments at Port Sunlight River Park as the park and the associated Friends group both continue to go from strength to strength. One major development will be the installation of a memorial to the four training ships RS Akbar, RS Clarence, H.M.S. Conway and TS Indefatigable that were based in the River Mersey in the late 19th and early 20th century. The memorial will be dedicated to the memory of the 45,000 young seafarers who trained on the river and in particular to those who lost their lives in peace and war while serving their country.

In 2015 the Indefatigable Old Boys Association, the Conway Club and the Friends of HMS Conway established a charity to progress the creation of a memorial with installation targeted for late 2016. The Trust has now launched a public design competition for an imposing and individual public memorial to the Mersey training ships. A prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner(s) and their name(s) will appear on the memorial. The closing date for design proposals is 31st March 2016. The competition is open to everyone as individuals and/or in groups. Local art, design, landscape architecture and architecture apprentices, trainees and students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

The design brief is for a striking and individual design that reflects the four ships and the boys’ nautical training, positively attracts and engages people, exploits its prominent position overlooking the river and integrates the view of the Sloyne, the part of the Mersey where the ships were moored. It must also be robust, especially given its elevated and exposed waterside position. Further details about the design competition, a poster advertising it and entry forms can be found by searching online for Mersey Training Ships Memorial.

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park always welcome volunteers who would like to help with the maintenance of the park during the regular volunteers’ sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Anyone wishing to join in so benefiting by being more active, making new friends and have the satisfaction of seeing the difference their work can make should contact the Park Ranger, Anne Litherland on 07587 550060 or by emailing AnneLitherland@autismtogether.co.uk

 

 

Public competition being held to find designer of a memorial being based at Port Sunlight River Park

This year will see many new exciting developments at Port Sunlight River Park as the park and the associated Friends group both continue to go from strength to strength. One...

Last Friday I met with local women campaigning for state pension equality.

I have met with constituents previously but wanted to give women from the Wirral a chance to attend a public meeting and discuss the issue. 

The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) is an action group campaigning against the unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950's.

They have done a great job in raising awareness and making their case. I applaud their efforts and I plan to meet again with women who are affected by this injustice. The WASPI campaign has gained a lot of momentum thanks to the campaigning efforts of the women who have been affected.

I spoke in a debate in parliament this month about this topic and I am calling on the government to recognise the unfairness of these changes and to make fair transitional arrangements.

My generation owe everything to those women who were born in the 1950s and who fought for the Equal Pay Act 1970 and for all the advantages that have given us any chance and I relayed this in the parliamentary debate.

There was a great turn out for the meeting held last week which doesn’t surprise me as I know how strongly people feel about this issue. I will continue to push for these women’s voice to be heard and I plan to hold future meetings with the women I met with on Friday. 

Meeting with WASPI campaigners

Last Friday I met with local women campaigning for state pension equality. I have met with constituents previously but wanted to give women from the Wirral a chance to attend...

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the team behind the This Girl Can campaign in Parliament.

You may have already seen the campaign as it has been widely advertised.

The campaign is developed by Sport England and is a celebration of active women up and down the country and supporting women to get involved with sport.

You can find out more about the campaign on their website www.thisgirlcan.co.uk

I think sometimes woman especially can be hesitant to get involved with sport because they worry about their ability and fear of judgement. This Girl Can was started in response to the gender gap that exists with sports participation. More men are involved with sport and exercise than women.

I am a big fan of the campaign and I would be very happy to connect any sports club in Wirral with the This Girl Can team to see how they can help with your club. You can contact my office or drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter if you are interested.

It was great to visit a sports club in my constituency recently which does fantastic work involving people at both ends of the age spectrum.For more mature people Soccerloco offers walking football for both men and women three times a week. Sessions take place between 10 and 11 am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Also between 3 and 4 pm on Thursdays.

Walking Football is a more manageable form of football as there is no stringency involved, based as it is around simply having fun with a ball and getting active. It allows people who thought their days of playing football were over to continue to participate in a sport they love. For young people coaching sessions for all ages and for both girls and boys are offered on a regular basis.

Soccerloco is based in Bromborough and you can visit their website here www.soccerloco.co.uk

It’s very important to get people of all ages and genders involved with sport. It offers many benefits both for physical and mental health and provides excellent opportunities for social interaction amongst all age groups. In London I have been very keen to get a women’s Parliamentary football team together and have been contacting female MP’s to see if they want to participate. There is already a men’s team in existence and FA rules don’t allow for mix teams so this is why I feel passionate about this. 

My inspiring meeting with This Girl Can campaign

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the team behind the This Girl Can campaign in Parliament. You may have already seen the campaign as it has been...

Alison McGovern MP today asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP about protecting employment in the renewables energy sector.

Ms McGovern’s question follows the Paris Climate Conference also referred to as COP21.

Speaking about her concerns Alison McGovern said “I have been contacted by people in my constituency who are concerned about a lack of support for the renewable energy sector from the government.

She added: “It is a timely issue following the conference in Paris. I want to keep pressing the government on this very important issue and wanted to keep the pressure on the Secretary of State about protecting renewable energy jobs. I have previously raised concerns for a local solar business in my constituency about the Feed-in Tariff consultation the government launched. The government’s rhetoric on climate change unfortunately differs from the reality.”

 

Wirral South MP challenges government minister about protecting the renewable energy industry

Alison McGovern MP today asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP about protecting employment in the renewables energy sector. Ms McGovern’s question follows the...

Alison McGovern MP spoke in Parliament today about the debt women of her generation owe to women born in the 1950’s.

Ms McGovern was speaking in a debate today focusing on the campaign Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) led by SNP MP Mhairi Black.

The campaign relates to unfair state pension changes affecting women born in the 1950’s.

Alison McGovern is calling on the government to recognise the unfairness of these changes and is asking them to make fair transitional arrangements.

The WASPI campaign has gained a lot of momentum thanks to the campaigning efforts of the women affected.

Speaking about the campaign Alison McGovern said: “It was very important for me to speak in the debate today given the amount of contact I have received from my constituents. I have met with women affected by these unfair changes and I will be chairing a public meeting on the 15 January to hear the personal experiences of those affected. The opposition benches were filled in the chamber for today’s debate reflecting the strength of feeling of MP’s constituents.”

The meeting will be held on 15 January 1-2PM at Bebington Civic Centre 

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern speaks in debate about the inequality of women’s state pensions

Alison McGovern MP spoke in Parliament today about the debt women of her generation owe to women born in the 1950’s. Ms McGovern was speaking in a debate today focusing...

I would like to wish everybody in Wirral a happy New Year and send my best wishes for the year ahead.

Before the Christmas period I was contacted by constituents who are part of the women against state pension inequality (WASPI) campaign. The group are campaigning against unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950s.

Thank you to those who have contacted me so far about their situation and concerns.

The group are an action group who are campaigning on social media and taking other action to raise awareness of their campaign.

There is a petition that has been set up and this can be found here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776. The petition has received over 100,000 signatures so far.

I have met with constituent’s invidually to discuss the issue but I would like to take it further by holding a public meeting for those who are affected.

If you are affected and want to come along to discuss the matter with me then please do get in touch with my office. You can phone the office on 0151 645 6590 or email me on alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk

The meeting is scheduled for the 15 January between 1-2PM. I will keep in touch with those who have contacted me and liaise with them about the arrangements.

There will be a backbench business debate tomorrow (7 January) taking place in the House of Commons chamber. SNP MP Mhairi Black will be leading the debate and I will ofcourse be monitoring how this debate goes.

This is an important issue and I hope if you are affected that you can come along to the meeting I am holding or alternatively book an appointment to come and see me. 

Public meeting to be held for the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign

I would like to wish everybody in Wirral a happy New Year and send my best wishes for the year ahead. Before the Christmas period I was contacted by constituents...

I would like to wish everybody across Wirral a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This year I was very honoured and proud to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Wirral South for a second time.

I would like to thank everybody for the support shown to me during the election in May.

I have been very concerned about the refugee crisis which has dominated the news headlines over the last year and I know there are thousands across Merseyside who share this concern.

Locally the Port Sunlight River Park which I opened last year continues to go from strength to strength and I have continued to push for the regeneration of New Ferry.

This year my constituents were worried by Tory proposals to cut tax credits but thanks to pressure from Labour and the public the Chancellor made a U-turn on this in the recent Autumn Statement. However I still have concerns about Universal Credit.

I will continue to monitor the Government’s approach to funding for the police and other emergency services, local authorities and their broader approach to the NHS given the situation involving junior doctors’ contracts and the calls for the proposed contract to be scrapped. This year I have supported junior doctors in these calls and if necessary will continue to do so.

Wirral Borough Council continues to deliver services under difficult financial conditions due to the funding cuts they have suffered. I will continue to press the Government on this issue as it affects all of us.

As ever if you wish to talk to me about any issue at all as we go into 2016 then please do get in touch with my office. I look forward to continuing to represent Wirral South in 2016.

My review of 2015

I would like to wish everybody across Wirral a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year I was very honoured and proud to be re-elected as the...

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