Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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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...

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Wirral Council on its new Living Wage initiative announced last week to offer discounted business rates to those businesses who pay their staff the Living Wage.

Back in 2012 Wirral Council became the first local Authority on Merseyside to make sure that its own employees were paid the Living Wage so this latest step by the Council really demonstrates the Labour led local authority’s commitment to improving pay for local workers.

As an MP it is really important to me to see local businesses being supported and to see local workers receiving a decent wage to provide for themselves and their families so this news is something I very much welcome.

As Leader of Wirral Council Cllr Phil Davies has pointed out paying staff a living wage can enhance their quality of work and decrease absenteeism.

I believe it is really important that workers feel valued in their jobs and that their pay reflects this. The result of this has benefits for both staff and businesses.

Wirral Council are really leading the way when it comes to paying staff the Living Wage. Larger firms in Wirral could save as much as £5,000, with varying discounts for smaller companies who pay adult employees £7.85 an hour. 

I know that low pay, insecure work and the cost of everyday living remains an issue for many people living in Wirral South and this is why I support Wirral Council in their efforts to both emphasise and demonstrate the importance of paying the Living Wage by offering such incentives.

A report on the Living Wage discount for businesses will be discussed by Cabinet on June 29th 2015 as part of a debate on non-domestic rates. 

By Alison McGovern MP

For Wirral News 

Welcome news about Wirral Council's new Living Wage initiative

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Wirral Council on its new Living Wage initiative announced last week to offer discounted business rates to those businesses who pay...

Working for: Alison McGovern MP (Wirral South) and John Woodcock MP (Barrow and Furness)

Job title: Parliamentary assistant

Location: London

Salary: £27,000-£30,000

Job details: John and Alison are looking for a full-time parliamentary assistant to assist in their shared office. Working for both MPs we are looking for someone who is extremely organised and able to divide their time between two busy MPs

The successful applicant will;

Ensure the smooth running of a busy shared office

Take overall responsibility for organising both MPs including diary management, organising meetings and complex travel arrangements

Ensure both MPs are fully briefed at all times, including research and preparation of briefing documents 

Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure both MPs are accurately informed on key issues

Demonstrable experience of advising on policy issues

Act in a supervisory capacity within the office

Working for two MPs is a challenge and this role requires someone with meticulous organisational and diary management skills

Working for: Alison McGovern MP (Wirral South) and John Woodcock MP (Barrow and Furness)

Job title: Researcher

Location: London

Salary: £23,000

Job Details: John and Alison are looking for a full-time junior researcher to assist in their shared office. Working for both MPs we are looking for someone who is motivated and able to divide their time between two busy MPs

The successful applicant will;

Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure both MPs are accurately informed on key issues

Develop and maintain knowledge of bills, early day motions, legislation and debates etc

Develop knowledge of advising on policy issues

Research and prepare briefing document for both MPs on a variety of subjects

Ensure both MPs are fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the house

Assist in general administration and office tasks

Assist in diary management

Assist in casework and social policy responses

This junior research role would suit someone who wants to start a career in the political field and is keen to develop their skills.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).

Closing date 24th June 2015

Interviews week commencing 29th June 2015

To apply please send a CV and a covering letter to curtissmithc@parliament.uk

Job opportunities to work for Alison McGovern MP in London

Working for: Alison McGovern MP (Wirral South) and John Woodcock MP (Barrow and Furness) Job title: Parliamentary assistant Location: London Salary: £27,000-£30,000 Job details: John and Alison are looking for...

Last Friday I was delighted to officially become the first female member of the Eastham Home Guard Club. This is a result of the club opening up their membership for the first time to women. The decision was taken at the club’s 70th AGM in April.

I would like to congratulate the club on their decision and thank them for welcoming me along to their premises to receive my certificate to mark the momentous occasion. The decision to allow women members to join coincides with the clubs 70th anniversary celebrations.

The club is still keeping the community spirt and comradeship that helped people during the Second World War alive 70 years on.

Historically during the Second World War the Wirral was defended by the 21st Battalion Cheshire Home Guard and responsibility for the defence of Bromborough and Eastham fell to “D” Company, based at Mendell in Bromborough.

The Eastham Home Guard Club keeps the comradeship of the Second World War and the “D” company alive and it plays an important role in developing community cohesion.

It was set up by volunteers at the time who wanted to keep this comradeship going following Home Guards nationwide receiving the “stand down” order.

I hope to see this community spirit being built on even more now that it is open to all members of the community.

I would really like to see more female members joining me in becoming members. If you are interested in joining the social club you can contact the Secretary Phil Gould on 0151 327 2728.

 

Written by Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Delighted to become first female member of the Eastham Home Guard Club

Last Friday I was delighted to officially become the first female member of the Eastham Home Guard Club. This is a result of the club opening up their membership for...

I have recently met with Rebecca and Chas Knight, a couple from Port Sunlight. They talked to me about their daughter, Pip, who they sadly lost just before Christmas to Patau Syndrome (also known as Trisomy 13) – one of a number of the lesser known syndromes that affects families every year.

There is no cure for Patau, nor will there ever be, and it only affects a tiny percentage of babies – it occurs in about one in 16,000 newborns. Due to the presence of several life-threatening medical problems, many infants with Trisomy 13 die within their first days or weeks of life. Only 5% to 10% of children with this condition live past their first year, and sadly Pip was one of the children that had this.

The Knights only discovered this when they attended their 20-week scan. Sadly they received news that no parent would ever want to hear. The staff at Arrowe Park did everything they could to comfort them, but sadly there wasn’t a dedicated quiet room for them to come to be in.

While the scan of your unborn child can be a momentous occasion for many families, it’s important to remember that there are medical reasons behind the scan also, and unfortunately sometimes this can be news of the worst kind.

It’s really important that we have well trained staff and good facilities to help people in the early stages of this kind of shock and distress.

That’s why the Knights are holding a Day for Pip, on June 20 between 11.30am and 5pm at the Lyceum in Port Sunlight to raise money to furnish a bereavement room at Arrowe Park Hospital.

That’s so parents who receive this kind of news have a quiet room where they can try to understand, and to train a bereavement midwife for these kind of circumstances as sadly there isn’t one yet in the Women and Children’s ward.

There is a page on Facebook with more details and I’ll be there.

I hope you can join us.

Written by Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Event to be held in Port Sunlight to raise money for Patau Syndrome

I have recently met with Rebecca and Chas Knight, a couple from Port Sunlight. They talked to me about their daughter, Pip, who they sadly lost just before Christmas to...

I would like to start my column this week by saying a massive thank  you to every single volunteer who made Bank holiday Monday's Port  Sunlight River Park event such a great success.

People in their thousands turned up at the park to view the Cunard  Three Queens cruise liner fleet from across the River Mersey. It was  the biggest event held there since the park's opening last year and it was  great that the sunny weather turned out for the occasion.

The day wouldn't have been made possible without the hard work of the  volunteers who kept people safe and helped serve some lovely  refreshments.

I would like to also congratulate the park again on winning the Land  Trust award for most improved space. I personally congratulated the  Friends of the park and the park's ranger Anne Litherland at the  meeting I chaired last week. It's been a great week for the River Park.

This week I will be in Parliament to hear the Queen deliver her speech  for the State Opening of Parliament. It will reveal the government's  plans for the coming year and will set out the scene for what we can  expect from the new government, as an opposition MP it is my job to  scrutinise these plans and focus on the impact they will have on my  constituents so it is an important occasion as well as being a  traditional and very grand event.

I very recently joined the Shadow Treasury as City Minister which  means I have moved from my previous Shadow Ministerial role as Shadow  Minister for Children and Families. I look forward to getting stuck  into this role as the new Parliamentary business commences.

Written by Alison McGovern MP

for the Wirral News

Huge thank you to every person who helped make Three Queen's viewing day a success

I would like to start my column this week by saying a massive thank  you to every single volunteer who made Bank holiday Monday's Port  Sunlight River Park event such...

I know many people in the Wirral shared my shock and dismay at the election results last week, but that many will also share my determination not to sit back, but to continue the fight for a fairer Britain. Since the polls closed, 20,000 people nationally have joined the Labour party, including many here in the Wirral. I’m very happy that so many people have reacted to the shock of defeat in this way, and hope many more will choose to do so. In the months ahead Labour will be choosing a new leadership team to tackle the task of reconnecting the party with the British people and putting us in a position to challenge the Tories at the next general election.

If you would like to be part of making that decision, we’d love to have you on board. You can join at www.labour.org.uk. If you’re a member of a union that is affiliated to the Labour party, your union is likely to be contacting you shortly to ask if you’ll become an affiliated supporter, which also gives you voting rights. To vote in the leadership election, you’ll need to have signed up by noon on the 12 August.

Candidates for the leader and deputy leader will need the support of 35 Labour MPs to get on the ballot paper – but in the election itself, everyone’s vote is equal, whether you’re a party member, union member, or even an MP. So if you do sign up, your vote could really make a difference. The winners will be announced on 12 September.

If you’re a Labour supporter, please do consider joining up – we need your voice to help us make the choices that can remove this government at the next election.

 

Written by Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

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Alison McGovern MP to hold next Friends Group Meeting for Port Sunlight River Park  

Following her re-election Alison McGovern is set to hold a meeting for the Friends of the Port Sunlight River Park and will be extending an invitation to the meeting for any new potential volunteers who would be interested to find out more about opportunities to get involved.

Alison said: “It is a privilege to be re-elected as the MP for Wirral South and I would like to say thank you for the support that has been shown to me during the election campaign.  Now I want to get stuck in to my constituency work here in my hometown and continue with my involvement with our wonderful river park. The meeting will be a chance to discuss what we have been working on so far and to hopefully recruit more volunteers. We already have a dedicated team who work hard to look after the site but we always welcome more people to come together as a community and get involved with the site’s development. We have an exciting event coming up on Merseyside with the arrival of the Three Queens and the River Park provides a great viewing spot. I look forward to talking about this and more at the meeting.”

If you would be interested in attending then please RSVP to helen.dodd@parliament.uk or call 0151 645 6590.

The meeting will be held at the Lyceum in Port Sunlight at 7PM on the 21 May. 

New volunteers welcome to come along to Port Sunlight River Park Friends meeting on 21 May

Alison McGovern MP to hold next Friends Group Meeting for Port Sunlight River Park   Following her re-election Alison McGovern is set to hold a meeting for the Friends of...

THREE QUEENS VIEWING DAY

As the Three Queens cruise liners sail along the Mersey on bank holiday Monday, spectators can watch from a distance amongst celebrations at Port Sunlight River Park.

As part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary, the park is inviting people to view the special event from a natural viewing platform that’s even higher than the tower of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park will be hosting a Viewing Day from 10am to 4pm, offering visitors an opportunity to find out more about the River Park, which is a wildlife haven  enjoyed by the local community as well as a number of walking, running, dog walking and wildlife groups. 

The Bebington Sea Cadets have kindly volunteered their services for the event and will be controlling and marshalling the park gates on the special day.

Spaces are limited for drivers and blue badge holders can access the Mersey View River Park Car Park located on the dockside of the Mersey Estuary, but must book in advance.

United Utilities has granted special access to their access road leading to the car park, which is adjacent to the public toilets and can be accessed via the main Dock Road North entrance.

 The park features a great picnic venue, with benches and tables, offering some of the best views in Merseyside. 

Throughout the day, The Friends Group will be on hand to offer information about the local wildlife as well as advice on volunteering and provide refreshments on sale.

Alison McGovern MP, Chair of the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park said: “The River Park is a brilliant new amenity for local communities and its success to date is underpinned by the network of fantastic volunteers who help to physically maintain, enhance and fundraise.

I am delighted that we are able to offer vehicle access for disabled visitors on such a special day celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the famous shipping line.”

Port Sunlight River Park Ranger, Anne Litherland added: “Visitors should bring binoculars with them to watch The Three Queens on the River Mersey and also the bird life at the River Park, which is establishing itself as a great home for wildlife.”

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, which has been managing and restoring the park since August 2014, said: “We’re a national land management charity that protects and enhances green spaces, providing opportunities for healthy living, education and social events for the community.

“We’re proud Port Sunlight River Park has been chosen for this event, highlighting the transformation of this magnificent park for the benefit of the public.”

Blue Badge holders are advised to book their parking spaces by contacting –Anne Litherland on 07587 550060, or email Anne.Litherland@wirral.autistic.org

To avoid parking congestion all other visitors are advised to travel on foot or by public transport.

The nearest Railway Station is Port Sunlight, the nearest bus stop is New Chester Road used by services 1, 2, 41, 41a and 42.

Pedestrians can also access PSRP through the Shorefields entrance off Shorefields Nature Park.

Press release courtesy of Alison Kelly on behalf of the Friends of Port Sunlight River Park.

 

Come along and enjoy views of the Cunard Three Queen's Fleet from the Port Sunlight River Park

THREE QUEENS VIEWING DAY As the Three Queens cruise liners sail along the Mersey on bank holiday Monday, spectators can watch from a distance amongst celebrations at Port Sunlight River...

I am delighted to be writing this column as the re-elected MP for my hometown. Thank you so much for all your support. It is a privilege to continue to represent the residents of south Wirral. I would like to thank everyone who has shown me support during my campaign for re-election, and for great kindness - whoever you voted for.

Now the election is over I am getting ready for the next meeting of the Port Sunlight River Park Friends meeting. Since its opening the park has been a wonderful asset to the area and the work that goes on there by dedicated volunteers is to be applauded.

However we will always be grateful for any new volunteers who want to get involved on the site and I would like to extend an invitation to this meeting to anyone who would like to come along to find out more about the possibility of volunteering.

You can RSVP by telephoning 0151 645 6590 or emailing helen.dodd@parliament.uk

The event takes place on the 21st May at The Lyceum in Port Sunlight starting at 7PM. If you would like to join a healthy activity at the park you can join the health walks which are now held there. The health walks run on Tuesdays between 10.30-11.30AM and Wednesdays between 5.30-6.30PM. For further information you can contact Anne Litherland on 07587550060 or email anne.litherland@wirral.autistic.org

 The meeting place is the car park on Dock Road North and you are asked to arrive 10 minutes earlier to register.

 By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News

Calling volunteers for next Friends of Port Sunlight River Park meeting

I am delighted to be writing this column as the re-elected MP for my hometown. Thank you so much for all your support. It is a privilege to continue to...

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