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

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