Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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At the weekend Port Sunlight River Park hosed an event to celebrate one year having passed since it opened to the public.

Thanks to the volunteers and organisers the event was a success and reflected the community spirit that has been shown towards the park in its first year.

The range of exhibits on the day included an owl display, a stall providing information about the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a bike that makes smoothies as people peddle it and Bebington Soroptimists were in attendance to talk about the work that they do.

There were also opportunities for learn more about the Friends Group representing the park and a raffle for people to participate in.

Bromborough Fire Station provided a fire engine and people enjoyed stepping inside of it and having their photographs taken whilst learning about the vital work that they do in the community.

Volunteers were also kind enough to produce and serve refreshments to sell to raise funds for the park.

Luckily the weather was on side and people in attendance could enjoy their picnic in the sunshine as they listened to live music and watched Wirral’s Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Pat Hackett cut the birthday cake to officially mark the occasion.

I know a lot of effort went into organising the day and I’d like to pass on my thanks to all involved for hosting what was a great community event for all ages to enjoy. The event relied on the good will of volunteers to plan the event and work on the day to keep people entertained and safe.

I’m looking forward to working alongside volunteers over the next year to build on the success of the River Park and seeing what opportunities arise for the park’s development. 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Community pull together to celebrate one year since opening of Port Sunlight River Park

At the weekend Port Sunlight River Park hosed an event to celebrate one year having passed since it opened to the public. Thanks to the volunteers and organisers the event...

You might know that the Red Cross charity works in Merseyside to provide lots of help to people who need some extra support. I recently met up with them to understand more about the challenges they face. 

I spoke to people who help with responding to emergencies, people who support those who need a bit of extra help that they are unable to get from the NHS or council, and those who work with refugees.

The work that the Red Cross do for refugees is vital, given the scale of the refugee crisis happening at the moment around the world. The conflict in Syria has caused people to have to flee their home, profoundly disrupting their life at best, and often risking their life. It is a situation many of us find hard to imagine

We are all concerned about what is happening in Calais. The impact of this crisis on those individuals concerned, and also all the businesses, hauliers, and travellers affected is really damaging. The Government must get control of the situation.

It still takes us too long to assess people who are already here. Meanwhile, in other areas of Europe, too, where people seeking refuge are arriving in southern countries such as Greece and Italy which may struggle to cope.

As a country we have helped fewer vulnerable refugees than others, so back in June I questioned the Prime Minister about Britain’s role in assisting child refugees. We are still waiting for action.

Harriet Harman rightly pointed out the need to control our ports and get a normal situation back for the businesses who depend on cross-channel routes. 

Meanwhile, this week Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond used the word “marauding” to describe African people. I find the language used by the government concerning, and with the crisis in Calais ongoing I would urge the government to get a grip on the situation. Everyone affected - from whenever in Britain or the world - is an individual who wants to get on with their life. Governments should work together to make that happen.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Learning more about the vital work of local Red Cross services

You might know that the Red Cross charity works in Merseyside to provide lots of help to people who need some extra support. I recently met up with them to...

I would like to begin my column this week by congratulating New Ferry Butterfly Park on its 20 year anniversary.

 

To mark the occasion there will be a community BBQ this Sunday, August 9, at noon. Attractions will include garden and environmental games and a display on the development of the park over the last 20 years. Lord Lyndon Harrison, who opened the park in 1995 will be in attendance.

New Ferry Butterfly Park is a great community asset and contributes to all that the local area has to offer, including the successful Farmers Market held at New Ferry Village Hall on the second Saturday of every month and shops that have won the You and Yours best food retailer of the year category in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming awards.

However, there are still too many derelict buildings and not enough diversity in the use of the buildings in New Ferry, which is of concern to business owners and residents alike. Yet there is little or no help from the Conservative government.

This is why I have secured a debate in Parliament on September 8 on regeneration as I believe the government need to do more.

I have raised the issue of regeneration in the House of Commons on previous occasions. The cuts to our local authority budget and the ending of the North West Development Agency have hindered regional growth and the development of our area.

I believe the government should take action and I will be making the case for the need for regeneration, not just in New Ferry but across Wirral as well.

It is important that the Government understand how the restraint on regeneration has impacted on local areas and residents.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Congratulations to New Ferry Butterfly Park on 20 year anniversary

I would like to begin my column this week by congratulating New Ferry Butterfly Park on its 20 year anniversary.   To mark the occasion there will be a community...

It has been a very successful first year for the park and it will be an opportunity to not only celebrate the one year anniversary but also the success the park has achieved since it opened.

Over the last year the park has won a Land Trust award for most improved space, and hosted events such as a viewing day during the arrival of the Three Queens on the River Mersey.

I’d like to thank the Wirral Autistic Society and all the volunteers who have helped over the last year, but also appeal for new volunteers for the first anniversary event who feel they could spare some time on the day to help.

This is very much a community space and local people have played a big part in its success so far.

I would also like to thank the Port Sunlight River Park Friends Group and the park’s committee for all their commitment and hard work, and the park’s ranger Anne Litherland who has done a fantastic job.

If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer and helping with the anniversary event please contact Anne Litherland at Anne.Litherland@wirral.autistic.org

People attending the anniversary celebrations are encouraged to bring a picnic. The event will run from noon-4pm, before which there will be a 5k run starting at 9.30am.

Additional disabled-only car park spaces are available if pre-booked at the Mersey View car park.

You can a book your space by contacting Anne as above.

Event to be held to celebrate one year anniversary of Port Sunlight River Park

It has been a very successful first year for the park and it will be an opportunity to not only celebrate the one year anniversary but also the success the...

On Monday, the Welfare Reform Bill had its second reading. The bill has in it some very serious clauses, including changes to tax credits which will be really bad for Wirral families. And effective removal of the child poverty target that I believe our country must aim to meet. But the Government chose also to include legislation on full employment, apprenticeships, and loans for mortgage interest which I agree with.  It is a bizarre approach to put a commitment to helping everybody to get a decent job right next to clauses that stop ordinary people gaining the benefits work bring.  But I have learnt that you cannot rely on George Osborne to use common sense, unfortunately.

The second reading of a bill is a debate on the general principle of a bill. You can't pick and choose elements of the bill at this point.  After the second reading vote, the bill is scrutinised in detail with a vote on each separate part of the bill. And then is given its final third reading before going to the Lords for further scrutiny.

We clearly need some big changes to this bill.  It's outrageous that the Government think they can get rid of child poverty by just renaming it, and that they can undermine the ability of families to earn a living and make work pay.  That's why I voted in support of the amendment that would have stopped the Government abolishing targets for reducing child poverty. This amendment also would have prevented the restrictions to tax credits.

We lost the vote on our amendment. Because of the conflicts within the bill - on the one hand calling for full employment, on the other damaging the very tax credits that make work pay for families - I abstained on its second reading.  Now our challenge is to work with any one in parliament who cares about making sure ordinary families do well in order to change this bill.  Work must pay, and that should be our aim.

As an aside, I'd like to thank the hundreds of constituents that wrote to me recently about fox hunting.  I agree that it would be a terrible backwards step to bring it back, and am pleased David Cameron backed down.  Instead of wasting our time debating this issue again, we need to be focused on the issue above: how can we make sure that people who are working really hard to provide for their families feel the benefit of doing so, and have a better chance of getting on?

By Alison McGovern MP 

Response to government's Welfare Reform bill

On Monday, the Welfare Reform Bill had its second reading. The bill has in it some very serious clauses, including changes to tax credits which will be really bad for...

Ahead of the one year anniversary of the Port Sunlight River Park’s opening ceremony in August Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South is pushing for investment in New Ferry.

Speaking about her calls to regenerate the area Alison McGovern MP said: “I am currently involved with the one year anniversary plans for Port Sunlight River Park. In New Ferry we have many great community assets such as the River Park, the New Ferry Butterfly Park, a hugely successful Farmer’s Market and award winning butchers Edge and Son.

“It is very important that we build on these successes by regenerating New Ferry. I know from speaking to my constituents how much they want to see New Ferry become the lively town centre it once was.”

She added: “We have some really positive things going for the area but we do need to build on this and this is why I have been calling for regeneration here since my election and why I have been working alongside people who live and work in the area.

I have met with the council and developers many times to push for regeneration and discussions are ongoing. I know this is a significant issue for local residents and business owners and I will continue to talk to them about their thoughts on the issue.”

 

Alison McGovern MP continues to push for New Ferry regeneration

Ahead of the one year anniversary of the Port Sunlight River Park’s opening ceremony in August Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South is pushing for investment in New Ferry. Speaking...

It was a pleasure to visit staff and year 10 pupils at St John Plessington last Friday. As ever, it was not entirely surprising to see how engaged and enthusiastic the pupils are about issues that affect them in the local area, and we covered a number of issues ranging from the range of retailers in Birkenhead Market to the financial situation in Europe.  

It’s was an exceptionally busy week in Parliament last week as George Osborne delivered the first Tory only budget since 1996 to the House of Commons.

The Chancellor claimed that the Conservative budget was for working people but I am afraid that it is anything but what he has claimed. Over 3 million working people will be hit by the cuts to tax credits.

With Wirral residents already seeing their local Authority budgets slashed because of government cuts this budget doesn’t offer enough to help working people in Wirral.

One of the headlines from the budget was the announcement of a national living wage. but the Government has not really announced a Living Wage, it's a bit of a con. This is because at the same time they are cutting working families' tax credits, which is like reverse-tax to take account of the extra costs of having children. Plus, the new rate when it’s introduced will be lower than the Living Wage this year.

The measures in the budget have created a scenario of giving with one hand and taking with the other and have proven that the Chancellor is - whatever the spin - not on the side of ordinary working people.

A Labour budget would have put working people first with tax cuts focussed on low and middle incomes, not cutting the tax credits working people rely on.

We would also support firms to become more productive with delivery of infrastructure, not re-announcements of future projects, and high quality training and apprenticeships, not a rebadging of existing qualifications.

Tackling the root causes of welfare spending – low pay and high housing costs is needed to bring down government spending in a sustainable way but the Chancellor is making working people worse off. It's not the right plan for our country. 

 

By Alison McGovern MP

For Wirral News 

Conservative budget is not on the side of hard working people

It was a pleasure to visit staff and year 10 pupils at St John Plessington last Friday. As ever, it was not entirely surprising to see how engaged and enthusiastic...

I received a very warm welcome when I visited Wirral Hospitals’ School in Claughton last Friday.

I went along to take part in a question and answer session to mark the schools International Week in which the students explored and learned about the different countries and cultures around the world. I was shown some of the work that they produced as part of their learning during the week.

I talked to the school about my role as a British politician and how democracy works in this country and I was asked some great questions about both local and national politics.

Wirral Hospitals’ School provides much needed support to young people who for a variety of reasons would find it difficult to attend a mainstream school and I was very impressed with all the students and the staff that I met.

It’s clear that the right environment has been created for students to flourish and I was very happy to be asked to come and learn more about their school and see some of the student’s work. The school provides education and support to students who live across the Wirral.

This Wednesday I will be in Parliament to watch the Chancellor deliver the first budget since the election. It will also be the first budget that George Osborne has announced under a majority Conservative Government so I will playing close attention to what the announcements will mean for people living in Wirral.

I was delighted to be joined by volunteers recently to resume door knocking sessions in Wirral South following the election to hear the thoughts of my constituents and look forward to talking to more people in the coming weeks and this Friday I am looking forward to engaging with the pupils at St John Plessington to hear their suggestions of how to get more young people involved with politics.

 

 

Thank you to Wirral Hospitals' School for warm welcome

I received a very warm welcome when I visited Wirral Hospitals’ School in Claughton last Friday. I went along to take part in a question and answer session to mark...

I wanted to ask for your comments on the traffic crossing on Spital Road, and the crossing between the nearby junctions.

As I’m sure you are aware, this crossing has been in place since 2012, and I would be grateful if you could let me know if you think this crossing has been successful. Does the crossing make it easier for you to travel into the village, has there been a noticeable build-up of traffic in the area that you feel needs addressing? I am aware there has been 2 serious accidents nearby to the site, but if you knew of any other accidents that had happened in the area, possibly as a result of the amount of traffic using the site, I’d appreciate your comments.

Once I have heard from residents, I intend to bring your comments to the council to address any issues that are raised, and perhaps arrange a meeting afterwards so that residents and council officers are able to discuss the crossing and ways to improve the site.

You can contact me via my constituency office based at 99 New Chester Road, New Ferry, Wirral CH62 4RA, by telephoning 0151 645 6590 or emailing alison@alisonmcgovern.org.uk 

 

Please share your views with me about the traffic crossing on Spital Road

I wanted to ask for your comments on the traffic crossing on Spital Road, and the crossing between the nearby junctions. As I’m sure you are aware, this crossing has...

I am very much looking forward to taking part in an abseil this coming Saturday 4 July to raise money for Birkenhead Priory.

I will be joining others to participate in the abseil down St Mary’s Tower.

It promises to be a great day with the event being promoted as a “Picnic in the Priory Day” for all the family to come along and enjoy. The abseil itself will be a 22m drop but you don’t need to abseil to come along and take part in the celebrations.

Birkenhead Priory is of great importance to Wirral’s heritage and The Friends of the Williamson and Wirral Museums are a voluntary organisation with a remit to fundraise for the Gallery and Birkenhead Priory.

The event will run from 10 AM until 6 PM and I look forward to seeing people showing their support for the Priory whilst having what is sure to be an enjoyable day. It is free entry and people are encouraged to bring along their own picnics. Live music, a vintage tearoom and Vintage vehicles will be just some of the attractions provided on the day.

The event has a fundraising website if you wish to donate and this can be found at www.justgiving.com/friendsofthewilliamson

More information about the history of the Priory and the event itself can be found on the Priory’s website www.thebirkenheadpriory.org

I would like to wish the other people taking part good luck with their abseils.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Join me in supporting Wirral's heritage by coming along to picnic in the priory day at Birkenhead Priory

I am very much looking forward to taking part in an abseil this coming Saturday 4 July to raise money for Birkenhead Priory. I will be joining others to participate...

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