Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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The address to send it to will be on your postal vote. 

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Postal Voting

How do I vote by post? If you have applied for a postal vote, you should receive your ballot in the next week.  Once you have received it, mark your...

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On Monday 24 April we kicked off our campaign in style.

ally_office_opening.jpgOur brand new office, opened especially for the duration of the campaign, was filled with enthusiastic volunteers who are ready and willing to get out onto the streets of Wirral South and make sure we hold it for Our Alison.

Alison gave a warm welcome to the volunteers who will be helping to re-elect her on June 8th, thanking them for their support over the coming weeks, and all the hard work they would put into ensuring her re-election as the MP for Wirral South. We celebrated with cake before everyone went out on the doors to meet voters and spread the word about Alison's campaign.

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Alison's supporters came from the local area and all over Wirral, because they understand how important this election is in protecting our community from the Tories. We have already seen the havoc this Tory government will cause, putting our jobs and services at risk and failing to provide the funds we need to keep our schools and hospitals running as they should. This is clearer than ever after the New Ferry explosion, which highlights the disregard the Tories have for our local communities as they postpone action for the election.    

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It is never too late to offer your support in any capacity that you are able to. The campaign office is based at 57 New Chester Road in New Ferry.  If you want to knock on doors, phone or leaflet to canvass support for Alison then you can do so by attending the sessions which will be held at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, and 6pm daily and will run from the newly launched campaign office.  You can give the campaign a call on 07711128036.

The support that has already been shown has been amazing and Alison looks forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. Come and join us. 

 

 

Campaign office now open!

On Monday 24 April we kicked off our campaign in style. Our brand new office, opened especially for the duration of the campaign, was filled with enthusiastic volunteers who are...

The community of New Ferry is continuing to pull together following the explosion on March 25.

The amount of financial and material donations has been fantastic and I want to thank all those who have offered help. I also want to thank those who have organised fundraising events. The fundraising success has been something to be very proud of.

I know that people are still coming to terms with what happened and the damage that has been done to their homes and businesses but there has been some progress made.

With the police cordon now removed the council have been able to access the site to assess the damage that has been caused to buildings. Where possible people have been returned to their homes and businesses have re-opened. However the recovery is obviously ongoing and there is still much to be done to support New Ferry after what happened.

I recently met with the charity PHAB whose building was sadly destroyed in the explosion. They have now moved into the Co-Op building on New Chester Road that has been closed since the Co-Op branch in New Ferry closed down. I accompanied PHAB representatives to a visit to the Co-Op and it is great to see the building being used in such a positive way for the community. The charity supports people of all abilities to enjoy their life and they offer a range of activities for people to get involved in.

My thoughts are with those who are still suffering the effects of what happened especially those who sustained injuries.

Following my question to the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions asking what support the government can offer I have now met with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Discussions were positive but because of the announcement of a snap general election the government cannot take any decisions. I will be making sure everyone knows New Ferry regeneration must go ahead.

The election that the government have just called is an important one for our country. In the aftermath of the EU referendum Britain needed a period of stability and unity for people to come together and to plan for the future outside the European Union.

Instead Theresa May has chosen to divide the country, first by pursuing a divisive hard Brexit and now by calling a divisive general election. This election is about the short term political objectives of the Conservative Party, not the long term interests of Britain or the people of Wirral South.

It has been an honour to represent the people of Wirral South for the last seven years in parliament and I will be fighting to continue to serve them in the general election.

The people of Wirral South need an MP who puts them first, who fights for their public services and who has the experience to champion them in parliament.

 

New Ferry continues to pull together following explosion

The community of New Ferry is continuing to pull together following the explosion on March 25. The amount of financial and material donations has been fantastic and I want to...

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I have been honoured to represent you over the last seven years, and am so proud of all that we have achieved together. But now it's time to make sure we can continue our work fighting for Wirral's future, and we have just 6 weeks to do it. This will undoubtedly be an incredibly close run election in Wirral South, and if we are going to win this seat for Labour we will need all of your help over the coming weeks. 

So, that means knocking on doors, making phone calls and delivering leaflets to constituents.

Every day from 25th April to polling day, we will have door-knocking, phone-banking, leafleting and letter-stuffing sessions running from the new campaign office at 57 New Chester Road. I will be at as many of these sessions as I possibly can, so I look forward to meeting people on the doors in our neighbourhood with you.

They will run at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6pm

Finally, if you would like to help but are unable to campaign with us, you can donate to help fund our efforts here:  
I am so grateful to have all of you ready and willing to help elect a Labour MP for Wirral South once again. It is always close here, but now more than ever we need to work as a team to speak to as many people as we can, it is by far the best way to win and make sure Wirral's voice is heard in parliament. 

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Very best,

Alison 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Promoted by Jennifer Dodd on behalf of Alison McGovern both at 57 New Chester Road Wirral CH63 4RA

Promoted by Jennifer Dodd on behalf of Alison McGovern both at 57 New Chester Road Wirral CH63 4RA

Let's win again

I have been honoured to represent you over the last seven years, and am so proud of all that we have achieved together. But now it's time to make sure we can continue...

You will be aware that Theresa May has now gone back on her repeated promises not to call a General Election and said that on June 8, the country will go back to the polls.

In Wirral South we have a strong, mobilised membership who speak to our residents on the doorstep or telephone, deliver leaflets, and carry out lots of other hard work every election, which has kept Wirral South Labour since 1997, defying the national swing.

And I have to ask for your help again. Only together can we make sure this country has a Brexit plan that benefits the whole country. Only together can we let the people of Wirral South know that we have a plan that will give opportunities to the young people of our area. With your help, we can let the Government know that they have to back local businesses, from Unilever and Vauxhall Motors to small businesses on our high streets, and not cut us off from our most important trading partners.

We’ll be running campaigning sessions four times a day at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6pm from Tuesday April 25. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time, someone will be there to explain how it all works. 

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The shocking events of the night of Saturday 25 March are still being absorbed by the community of New Ferry.

An explosion caused injuries to those who were in the vicinity of the incident, people’s homes have been affected which left residents unable to access their belongings and local businesses have had to come to terms with the damage caused to the their buildings which they rely on to trade.

As I live in New Ferry, I was on the scene during the night and witnessed the destruction and the horror that the explosion caused. I want to praise the emergency services for their rapid response to the incident and their continued work on the site.

In the days that followed came an overwhelming response of kindness from people who donated items to those who were left displaced from their homes.

People have also been donating money in response to the terrible event. To all those who have helped and continue to do so I want to say thank you.

What I have seen in the last week has been an inspiring community spirit and people pulling together during this challenging time.

Since the incident there have been meetings held for the traders and residents to provide them with updates and there have been advice hubs set up for those affected which offer advice on various matters.

Whilst some normality has been restored to New Ferry with some people now being able to access their homes and businesses obviously there will be a lot of work needed to be done in the future to rebuild the town centre as some of the buildings have been badly damaged.  

I have asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s questions what help the government can offer to help with the process of rebuilding New Ferry and she has offered to assist. A meeting has been arranged for myself and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local government.

My thoughts continue to be with those injured and the residents and businesses that have been affected.

The whole community response has been something I am very proud of. 

Inspiring community spirit shown in New Ferry

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Funding for Sure Start Centres has been slashed by under the current government. Reacting to the revelation that Sure Start Centres have been closed across the country Alison said:

“The government are letting Wirral’s families down by cutting funding for children’s centres. A child’s start in life is vital for their development but the Conservative government are showing a total disregard for this by slashing the amount of  Sure Start Centre provision across the country.

Sure Start Centres were announced as a Labour initiative in 1998 designed to advise families on parenthood in the early stages of a child’s life. Intervention in the early years of a child’s life can make the world of difference to their future. 

 

Tories slash funding for services designed to give children the best start in life

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In a few months’ time people living in the Wirral will have the opportunity to elect a new Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region.

The elections will be taking place on the 4 May 2017 and Labour’s candidate is Steve Rotheram who is currently the MP for Liverpool Walton. The post of Metro Mayor is a new post and it will give those elected for the post new devolved powers.

Wirral is within the Liverpool City Region so whoever is elected will represent the Wirral along with other local authority areas including Liverpool.

The Bus Services Bill which is currently going through Parliament would give the new Mayor powers over the bus systems which operate in the region that they represent. This means they would be able to regulate more.

When the Bus Services Bill becomes law this will mean that the Liverpool City Region would be able to franchise their own bus services.

In terms of where the Bill is currently up to it has had its second reading on the 1 March. The Bill passed without a division. It will now move on to Committee Stage in the House of Commons.

Steve has made clear how important connectivity and transport is for our local economy during his campaign and has pledged that he will re-regulate the buses if he is elected.

The issue of the deregulation of buses has been around for a long time. In the 1980s the bus industry was de-regulated by the Conservative government except in London.

I am a huge supporter of the devolution of powers. To make, for example, buses really work well for everyone in a particular area needs an understanding of the area. Steve definitely has this understanding of the needs of our area.

 If an elected Mayor is given the powers to regulate as part of a devolution process then I welcome this approach.

Bill going through Parliament for new devolved powers for Liverpool City Region bus services

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As regular readers of my column will know I am a proud supporter of the WASPI campaign for pension equality.

The campaigners have done a brilliant job in making WASPI a household name. The term is an abbreviation for Women Against State Pension Inequality.

Whilst they have made the campaign fun with excellent slogans and a vibrant approach the campaign is actually a very serious one. Women born in the 1950s have had their planned retirement snatched away from them.

Women who have been working hard for many years thought that they would retire at 60 but because of pension age changes based on life expectancy this was increased to be equal to the same state pension age of a man to 65 and it will continue increase in line with the male state pension age. The date you can claim your state pension will depend on the date of your birth.

The objective of the group isn’t actually against the state pension age for women being brought into line with and increasing at the same rate as the state pension age for men. The campaigners are calling on the government to make fair transitional arrangements because of the poor notification they received about the changes. They effectively planned for a retirement which would become robbed from them. This has resulted in financial hardship and a great deal of stress for the woman in this age group and their families.

I continue to have women contact my office with their own personal stories of the hardship this has inflicted on them. The government need to offer these woman the justice they deserve and have been fighting so hard for.

With the Chancellor delivering the budget on the 8 March the group are taking the fight to Parliament on budget day to make another loud and clear statement to the government to give them this justice and to consider them in the budget. I will continue to support the campaign and I won’t stop pressing the government until they do the correct thing.

 

 

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Alison McGovern MP responds to this morning's news regarding the Vauxhall takeover deal

"I have visited the Ellesmere Port site many times. It is an incredible and very productive site with a dedicated and highly skilled workforce, who will be working on the current model until 2021. That is not changed by today's news. What is important now is the long-term future of the site in terms of employment, pensions and investment. 

Vauxhall is a crucial employer in Wirral which employs many of my constituents. There will be understandable concern following this latest news. I do share this concern but I am focusing on the discussions which have already started with the Business Secretary Greg Clarke about the Ellesmere Port plant, alongside Unite the union, and these will obviously continue. I am will be working with local politicians including the MP for Ellesmere Port Justin Madders and others to protect the future of this site, whoever the owning group.

The Government must demonstrate that whatever the Brexit deal, the automotive sector has a strong future. I will be holding them to account for the commitment they have made to my constituents.”

 

 

Statement on Vauxhall Ellesmere Port

Alison McGovern MP responds to this morning's news regarding the Vauxhall takeover deal "I have visited the Ellesmere Port site many times. It is an incredible and very productive site...

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