2015 will be an important year for us all as we are now in the year of the next General Election and this week Ed Miliband delivered his first speech of the year, here in the North West.
Rather than the old-fashioned ways of politics – expensive billboard adverts for example – I know from my conversations in Wirral that the best way to listen to residents is to get out and speak to people directly. With help from local volunteers, I’ve spoken to thousands of my constituents, and I’m sure that’s the right way to represent people.
This is the only way politics can work properly to understand the changes our country needs. For example, in Wirral we need to make sure that work really pays, that we see a rising minimum wage and where possible living wages. This affects many of my constituents who work in care, a sector that has seen low wages dominate for too long.
I’ve also heard lots of concern recently about our NHS, and the need to protect our walk-in centre in Eastham, as well as making sure people can get timely GP appointments.
In the up and coming months I will continue to knock on my constituents’ doors all around South Wirral. I’m always pleased by how many people have views and thoughts to share, and no subject is ever off the agenda. We won’t always agree as a community – that’s only right in a democracy. But the way to change politics for the better is to talk to one another, and to use everyone’s contribution to find the right way ahead.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News