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.