Last Wednesday marked Holocaust Memorial Day and I was invited to Wirral Grammar School for Girls to view an Anne Frank exhibition hosted by the school.

It is so important for younger generations to learn about the intolerance, hatred and racism that lead to the persecution of so many during one of the worst periods in history.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day focussed on not standing by when such horrific acts towards fellow human beings are taking place.

As a former pupil of the school I was so proud of the girls and I was honoured to be guided around their exhibition. We must never forget the lessons of the past.

I have been pushing recently for a meeting with the Minister who takes a lead on business rates. David Gauke is the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and he has finally agreed to meet with me after initially turning down my request to meet to discuss this important issue.

My request came about after I met with a local business who raised concerns about business rates.  I am regularly contacted by business owners across South Wirral telling me that they are really struggling and not getting any relief from the Government to help them to continue trading. 

I am pleased that the Minister has now agreed to a meeting and I want to give the opportunity to local business to contact me about their experience with business rates and the impact they are having so I can raise them directly with The Treasury.

I can be contacted by phone, email or letter or if you are a business operating in my constituency I would welcome a meeting in person to hear about your experience.


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