I always enjoy visiting local businesses in my constituency. Last Friday I was in Heswall to visit the Whitfield Business Hub.
They support business by offering them services. I visited them to hear about their business and to meet the staff but also to discuss an exciting project that is being organised by their
Director and newly elected Chairperson of the Heswall District Business Association Justine McLaughlin.
The project is called the Heswall Ice Business Festival and will showcase Wirral’s businesses.
The festival is described by organisers as being creative, interactive and educational and something that will bring the community together.
The festivals dates and times are as follows: Thursday 1st Dec – 4pm till 9pm, Friday 2nd Dec – 4pm till 9pm, Saturday 3rd Dec – 10am till 9pm and Sunday 4th Dec – 10am till 4pm.
The event will host stalls in traditional German market style including luxury wine tasting; premier BBQ Food, boutique clothing and children’s workshops.
I think this is a great initiative and you can donate to expand and develop the festival here. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Heswall-ICE-Christmas. You can find out more about
There will be live music at the event provided by Wirral Radio.
It looks set to be a great Christmas event for all the family and it would be lovely if you could make it to show your support for Heswall’s Town Centre and Wirral’s businesses.
If you have a Christmas event in Wirral South coming up let me know about it so I can help publicise and possibly attend.
I always enjoy visiting local businesses in my constituency. Last Friday I was in Heswall to visit the Whitfield Business Hub. They support business by offering them services. I visited...
Last Friday I was in Westminster for the second reading debate of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.
Usually on a Friday MPs would be in their constituencies but I, along with many other MPs, stayed in Parliament to show our support for this Bill.
The Bill has been introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman as a Private Members Bill and has cross-party support.
The central parts of the Homelessness Reduction Bill would strengthen the duties local councils have to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
It is welcome to have homelessness in the spotlight in the House of Commons and I believe this Bill is a positive step in the prevention of homelessness but for the Bill to work in practice the Conservative Government must commit to supporting local authorities by funding the extra duties placed on them and they must address the causes of the homelessness crisis that Britain is facing and not continue to worsen them with their policies.
Earlier last week I visited St Mungo’s Lodge in Central London to chat to people who have experience with homelessness. Becoming homeless is something that can happen to any of us and it strips a person of their dignity. It is heartbreaking to see people sleeping rough and feeling like the world has turned their back on them. Nobody deserves this to happen to them.
You can read the full debate by visiting this website link https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-10-28/debates/D25DDE1B-CE4D-4887-A9DD-A45F8D3890D6/HomelessnessReductionBill or by phoning my office to request a copy of it.
Last Friday I was in Westminster for the second reading debate of the Homelessness Reduction Bill. Usually on a Friday MPs would be in their constituencies but I, along with...
The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) have announced that they will launch a legal challenge against the government.
It is the latest development in the fight for justice for women born in the 1950s who have had changes made to their state pension age.
They have been calling for fair transitional arrangements to be made to correct the poor lack of notification of the changes to their state pension.
I along with many other MP’s have been supporting the WASPI campaigners. I am pleased that the group have reached their financial target for a legal challenge. They have raised £75,000 in under a week since launching their fundraising website.
They have been forced to take this route as the government has not listened to calls for them to act to correct the injustice.
Their fundraising website can be found here if you wanted to donate money to help them in their fight www.crowdjustice.org/case/waspi
Recently I handed in paper petitions into Parliament on behalf of the women in my constituency who are affected. The petition attracted a large number of signatures.
I am in the process of organising a local fundraiser for the WASPI campaign and will be able to share more details in a future column but if you are interested in coming along then do get in contact and we will keep in touch about the arrangements with you.
The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) have announced that they will launch a legal challenge against the government. It is the latest development in the fight for justice...
In the last few months people have had the opportunity to sign a paper petition in support of the WASPI campaign.
I have been speaking with my constituents and encouraging those affected by the pension inequality that affects women born in the 1950s to sign the petition.
My constituents have been collecting signatures in Wirral South and then delivering these to me. I received a good number of signatures in support of the WASPI campaign and this week I took them to Westminster with me.
Yesterday I formally submitted these petitions in the House of Commons chamber along with fellow MP’s. I was very proud to do this on behalf of the women in my constituency who are suffering due to the way the changes to women’s pensions were implemented.
WASPI campaigners recently travelled to Birmingham for The Conservative Party Conference to protest against the injustices they have faced.
I hope that the petitions and all of the other action that campaigners have taken forces the Prime Minister and Pensions Minister to take notice and make fair transitional arrangements for all of the women affected.
One thing is for sure and that is that the activists will continue in spearheading the campaign until this happens.
In the last few months people have had the opportunity to sign a paper petition in support of the WASPI campaign. I have been speaking with my constituents and encouraging...
In April of this year came the news that the Co-Op store based in New Ferry was set to close. Following the announcement, I joined the residents and shop owners of New Ferry to protest at the shutting down of this store which was central to the town.
This, along with the closure of the Lloyds branch on Bebington Road, came as a massive blow to the community and since the Co-Op closed its doors over the summer for the last time the building has remained empty and unused.
Since the announcement of the closure I have been in ongoing contact with the Wirral Borough Council, developers, and representatives of supermarkets and community groups to try and find someone to take advantage of this space in order to ensure it does not fall into ruin. The future of this building depends on a plan which is led by the Council, and I have urged them to explore what possibilities there are in order for this to happen. And I will continue to work with the local councillors to ensure this situation does not continue any longer than necessary.
I have been working with a strategy group to form plans to make the most of Bebington Youth Centre based in New Ferry so that we can take a holistic approach to New Ferry and make sure that we are making the most of all we have to offer here. I am also pleased about the meetings that have started in New Ferry to bring local people together to help the town. The meetings have formed New Ferry Town Team so that there can be a coordinated approach to looking at how to move New Ferry forward.
New Ferry has a number of empty shops and the closure of such a big space in the town just compounds all the challenges the area is already facing. A resolution to combat the hole left by the closure of the Co-Op needs to be found as soon as possible, and I will continue to lobby the council till one is found.
This is an urgent matter for our town centre and I implore the local authority to do everything in its power to find a solution. Residents and business owners in the area deserve better than seeing empty and unused buildings blighting the area.
In April of this year came the news that the Co-Op store based in New Ferry was set to close. Following the announcement, I joined the residents and shop owners...
Many of my constituents will recall that five years ago, the Tories imposed a huge top down re-organisation on our NHS. It cost £25million to implement- on Wirral alone.
And as Parliament sits this week, we have the turbulence of further strike action by junior doctors. Whilst immediate action has been called off, this dispute between the junior doctors and the Health Secretary shows no sign of being permanently resolved. It is distressing for doctors and patients alike.
But - devastatingly - there is further bad news for our NHS. I am troubled by the latest reports of Sustainability and Transformation plans.
Put simply, these plans are being set up to meet the Government's demands for funding cuts to the NHS.
Though, bizarrely, they imply yet more reorganisation, as the Government seeks to close parts of hospitals, and undermine existing arrangements. The plans by-pass the very commissioning bodies that the last Tory Health Secretary spent so much cash setting up. And crucially, all of this does absolutely nothing to get more cash in the one place we need it: social care.
Our A&Es are straining at the seams because the Tories have cut councils - who are charged with preventing unnecessary hospital admission - to the bone. We have older people in hospital too long because there is insufficient care budget to help them home.
But the Tories in power just don't seem to get this. Or maybe they are determined to run down our health service so people feel (if they can) they have to go private.
We don't yet know what exactly this will mean for us in Wirral.
But nonetheless I am keen to hear from constituents so I will be holding a meeting about these plans on the evening of Friday 23 September at 6pm and anyone with concerns is welcome to come along. Just call my office for more details on 0151 645 6590.
Many of my constituents will recall that five years ago, the Tories imposed a huge top down re-organisation on our NHS. It cost £25million to implement- on Wirral alone. And...
Over the last two weeks Wirral students will have collected their GCSE and A Level results.
This is of course a big occasion for students and their families. It marks the accumulation of years of studying for young people. Congratulations to all the students who can now celebrate their hard work and forget about the stress of exams for the time being.
I am in regular contact with our schools and I always feel proud at results day for all the hard work the staff and students do.
For those collecting their GCSE results it means also saying goodbye to their school years. For A Level students it means starting a new life at work or going off to university.
It’s a time of excitement and anxiety as people start the next chapter of their lives.
Results though never mark the end for anybody. They simply mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I want our young people to feel they have choices and that they can pursue whatever ambitions they have without any barriers.
This means having a range of good choices.
This means vocational opportunities and apprenticeships which are genuinely excellent in quality. It means equal chance for both those who want to go to university and those who wish to pursue a different route for their careers. All young people have potential and university isn’t the only way to reach your potential or ambitions.
But a huge congratulations to all those who have received their results this summer. And a massive thanks to parents and teachers who made it all happen.
Over the last two weeks Wirral students will have collected their GCSE and A Level results. This is of course a big occasion for students and their families. It marks...
Over the last few months I have been working closely with council officers, youth services, local football and other organisations focusing on Bebington Youth Centre based in New Ferry.
Together we have developed a group of people who have been working on a strategy for the future of the club. The aim is to build up the youth centre and encourage local people to get involved with it.
I have been having on going meetings with the group and things are looking very positive.
If you would like to be kept up to date or feel you would like to be involved in the future developments of the centre then please do just get in touch with me.
I am also pleased about the meetings that have started in New Ferry to bring local people together to help town. The meetings have formed New Ferry Town Team so that there can be a coordinated approach to looking at how to move New Ferry forward.
The Town Team is made up of local residents and businesses who are working with the Council and one of the priorities at the moment is to work together to try and get people involved with the New Ferry Residents Association. The association has been in existence for some time but the Town Team want to build on it to give New Ferry a bigger voice.
I am pleased to see a coordinated approach to helping New Ferry and I see this as a positive step forward both for the youth centre and for the area in general.
If you want to get involved with the New Ferry Residents Association please get in touch with my office so we can ensure you have all the details.
Over the last few months I have been working closely with council officers, youth services, local football and other organisations focusing on Bebington Youth Centre based in New Ferry. Together...
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern and the Mayor of Wirral Pat Hackett jointly cut the birthday cake at the event on Sunday.
Since the opening of the park two years ago volunteers have worked tirelessly on the community park including holding anniversary celebrations both last year and this year.
In the period since the park opened to the public it has both won and been nominated for a number of awards.
Speaking of the last two years since the opening of the park Alison said: “I feel very proud of this park having been involved with it since before it opened to the public when it was in the earlier stages of development. I remember the site when it was a landfill site and it is so lovely to see it as the beautiful public space it is now. I have no doubt that the awards the park has won and been nominated for is down to the extraordinary work of all the volunteers involved. This was demonstrated on Sunday when volunteers were working so hard to make the day a success and keeping everyone safe.
Adding: “I would also like to thank all the people who brought stalls and displays along including food and drink stalls, wildlife displays and the fire engine which has been along to the event two years in a row. It was a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the Port Sunlight River Park and I am very proud of everyone who has made the park’s development possible and to those who have made it go from strength to strength. It’s a great example of what a community can achieve when people come together.”
Wirral South MP and Mayor of Wirral join celebration marking two years of the Port Sunlight River Park
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern and the Mayor of Wirral Pat Hackett jointly cut the birthday cake at the event on Sunday. Since the opening of the park two years...
Last Thursday I was invited by Network Rail to a tour and briefing at Liverpool Central Station.
Having worked in the rail industry prior to becoming an MP and having a proud family history of working on the railways I have a long standing interest in train operations and I was excited to go along and be shown the underground section of the station.
I put on my hard hat and florescent orange protective gear and I was shown around and embarked on the tour which included exclusive access inside a rail tunnel.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the temporary closure of the Wirral line service. Essential track renewal work will be taking place between January and June 2017 and Network Rail delivered a briefing on the day about what the work will involve.
The work is part of an investment plan to provide passengers in the Liverpool City Region with faster, more frequent and reliable train services by 2019.
The benefits for passengers will include a bigger and better railway network with longer and faster trains, more reliable railway infrastructure and better facilities for passengers, especially at stations and increased capacity/additional services.
Whilst the work will mean temporary limitations to the Wirral line next year for a period of six months it's got to be done. There is no escaping the fact that we have the oldest of railways & it needs a lot of TLC.
I am already looking forward to seeing the finished result and if constituents need further specific information about the work then I am happy to ask Network Rail and get back to you.
Last Thursday I was invited by Network Rail to a tour and briefing at Liverpool Central Station. Having worked in the rail industry prior to becoming an MP and having...