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