I don't want to alarm anyone, but it is a mere 12 weeks until Christmas. I know it only seems like summer ended very recently, but I have been thinking of a festive idea that I would love my constituents to be involved with.
I would like to give the opportunity to any budding photographers in the constituency to take a photograph that I could use as the design for my christmas cards this year.
It would be exciting for me to see the photography talent on offer in Wirral South. The only criteria is that the photograph is taken in Wirral South and has a festive feel to it. It doesn't need to be snowy, or feature Christmas decorations, just to have a seasonal air.
If you would like to take part in the competition please submit your designs to me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping them into my office at 99 New Chester Road, New Ferry, Wirral, CH62 4RA or by posting them to the same address. Photographs should be submitted by the 24 October.
It’s essential that the person who has taken the photograph is the same person who submits it.
Last week I visited the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port along with other MPs to see its new generation Astra. It was both a fascinating and a proud day as people living in my constituency are part of team who work at the plant.
Parliament has now entered conference recess following what was a busy few weeks in Westminster with debates on very important topics all of which my constituents have expressed concern to me about including the refugee crisis and the Government’s Trade Union Bill.
I voted against this bill but unfortunately it gained enough support to pass at second reading. I will continue to show my opposition to what I believe to be the biggest attack on trade union members in a generation.
We also got a new leader of the opposition following the vote which seen Jeremy Corbyn become Leader of the Labour Party. Last Friday I addressed an event for Labour supporters in Wirral South and this week I will be in Brighton to attend meetings and events at Labour Party Conference along with Labour politicians and supporters.
I don't want to alarm anyone, but it is a mere 12 weeks until Christmas. I know it only seems like summer ended very recently, but I have been thinking of...
I will be doing one of my regular supermarket surgeries this Friday 25 September. I will be at the Co-Op store on Church Road Bebington from midday-1PM to talk to constituents about anything that they want to raise with me. There is no need to let me know in advance if you are coming along. I look forward to meeting those who can join me.
I will be holding one of my regular advice surgeries this Friday 25 September at the Co-Op on Church Road Bebington. No need to book.
I will be doing one of my regular supermarket surgeries this Friday 25 September. I will be at the Co-Op store on Church Road Bebington from midday-1PM to talk to...
Last Thursday I challenged Government Ministers on their approach to cutting support for the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FiT).
The Secretary of State from the Department of Climate Change Amber Rudd and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom MP answered questions from MP’s about the scheme which offers financial incentives to those who generate their own electricity from renewable sources such as solar.
The consultation the government has launched closes on October 23rd and the review proposes a set of measures to cut costs to FiT.
During the session I made the point to the Ministers that green energy is vital to our economic future and urged them to think again.
I recently met with a solar installation company in my constituency who relayed their concerns directly with me.
Natural Energy Sources are based in Bromborough have real concerns about these government proposals.
The government are defending their review to look at cutting support for the feed in tariff scheme by saying that they want to reduce consumer bills but I worry that they haven’t fully looked at the impact on the threat to businesses and jobs in this industry.
Removing this support could have damaging consequences for the solar industry and it was important for me to raise the apprehensions of the business in my constituency who have real worries about the proposals and who have a very good understanding of the industry.
I know from the questions put to the government ministers last Thursday that many fellow MP’s share the concerns about the outcome of the review.
There is a parliamentary petition which can be signed by visiting here if, like me, you think the government should look again at their approach https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106791.
You can view the questions and answers from the parliamentary session here http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150917/debtext/150917-0001.htm#15091732000960
Last Thursday I challenged Government Ministers on their approach to cutting support for the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FiT). The Secretary of State from the Department of Climate Change Amber Rudd...
Readers will know that we have some serious dereliction problems in New Ferry. So last week as MPs returned to Parliament I held a debate about urban regeneration of our towns and cities. Prior to the debate which took place last Tuesday I asked my constituents to share their views with me and I want to thank those who contacted me.
Having had many conversations with people who live and work in New Ferry since my election about the need for a regeneration plan there I was keen to hear from my constituents ahead of the debate.
Marcus Jones who is the Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was the Minster who represented the government during the debate.
During the debate I relayed to the Minster the views of those people who contacted me ahead of the debate so that he could hear first-hand about how a lack of action on regeneration and dereliction impacts on residents.
I’m particularly concerned about access to capital investment and the government’s involvement with addressing these issues. Where there is market failures in our town centres we need intervention by the state.
He seems to think that money is not the only solution in addressing the issues affecting our town centres. However my response to that statement is that if you have no money to address the issues then regeneration simply cannot work.
It is clear the government need to do more and it was important for me to make this clear to the government and make sure they listened to what my constituents had to say.
I will continue to challenge the government on this and will also continue my efforts locally to push for regeneration whilst continuing my conversations with local residents and businesses about New Ferry and other areas that need development.
The government need to prove that they are really are serious about growing the economy in the North of England and I am sure there are people in New Ferry who look at their town centre and feel neglected by this government.
You can read the full Westminster Hall debate with all the contributions from myself and the other MPs who were present online here www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150908/halltext/150908h0001.htm by scrolling down to 4.30PM.
Anyone who would like a paper copy can contact my office to request one on 0151 645 6590 or email email@example.com
Readers will know that we have some serious dereliction problems in New Ferry. So last week as MPs returned to Parliament I held a debate about urban regeneration of our...
Sometimes people think that they can’t bring about change in politics but last week demonstrated how ordinary citizens can bring about a positive difference.
Last week hundreds of thousands of people signed a government petition calling on the UK government to accept more refugees in to the country.
I have also received a large amount of correspondence from my constituents who are concerned about the plight of refugees caught up in the current crisis.
The heartbreaking image of the lifeless body of a Syrian child washed up on a shoreline caused an outpouring of grief and my constituents have told me that the UK government have to act.
I believe that we have a responsibility to fellow human beings who share our world and it is clear by the overwhelming response to the tragic image that the British people agree.
The level of public opinion was clear and David Cameron announced that he would respond to the mood of the country and accept more refugees into Britain.
I have long been concerned about the refugee crisis and in June I questioned the Prime Minister in Parliament about vulnerable child refugees. David Cameron responded that he was convinced that we as a nation had fulfilled our moral obligations.
The inaction of our Government in the face of this tragedy shames our whole nation. As Yvette Cooper argued so strongly last week, this is simply not the British way.
As Parliament returns this week this is sure to be an issue high on the agenda and that is because the British public have spoken and now the government must respond to the wishes of the public.
Written by Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South
Originally published for the Wirral News
Sometimes people think that they can’t bring about change in politics but last week demonstrated how ordinary citizens can bring about a positive difference. Last week hundreds of thousands of...
It was revealed to us, and covered in national press, earlier this month that Bebington Central Library has been classified as a Grade II listed building.
Our local library is one of seven 20th century libraries given a Grade II listed status, presenting the best examples of such buildings throughout the country.
Bebington’s first free public library was established in 1866 by Joseph Mayer, a Liverpool goldsmith. However, the growing community meant that in 1965 the borough council commissioned local architects practice Paterson, Macaulay and Owens to design a new library.
Historic England has carried out extensive new research into post-war libraries and has identified the building as meeting the highly selective criteria for listing. According to experts, Bebington Central Library has ‘a bold, modernist style’.
However, since the election of 2010, Conservative cuts have severely reduced Wirral Council funding, meaning that it is so much harder for us to provide valuable funding to local libraries.
So our efforts to make the most of this Grade II listing are being hampered. You cannot expect councils to take such cuts, year after year, and be able to protect libraries and enhance them. It is just not possible.
Supplying a meeting place and an area to learn, the building is a credit to the volunteers who help out there.
I hope that local residents will support this listing and that this particular building will be admired by – or at least will intrigue – passers-by and visitors to Bebington for years to come.
And that in future, the Government will not choose to focus so much of its budget cuts on Wirral. It just isn’t fair.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South
It was revealed to us, and covered in national press, earlier this month that Bebington Central Library has been classified as a Grade II listed building. Our local library is...
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
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
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...
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
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...
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@
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.
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...