• Conor marks Armed Forces day in St Helens North

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    Conor McGinn joined the Mayor of St Helens, councillors, veterans and residents to celebrate Armed Forces day. He took part in a ceremony at the cenotaph and other community events across the constituency.

    On Friday 26th June in the evening, Conor joined local residents and councillors Jennie Bell, Dave and Jeannette Banks, and Seve Gomez -Asperon at St Johns Church in Earlestown to watch a concert by Haydock Male Voice Choir, led by musical director Dan Craddock. The event, supported by the Newton and Earlestown Community Group, was a great success and raised funds for Newton Sea Cadets.

    On Saturday 27th June, Conor began the day at Mill Street barracks, the home of St Helens Sea Cadets, where he met veterans and spoke with organisations such as Addaction, SAFFA, Former Forces Support, and the British Legion. He then took part in the ceremony at the cenotaph in Victoria Square.

    Newton and Earlestown also marked Armed Forces day with a picnic in Mesnes Park. Conor mixed with families and veterans who were enjoying the sunshine, listening to a brass band, and looking at the stalls and displays from the local cadet units and community groups.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “Armed Forces day provides an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to, and show support for our entire armed forces community. The men and women who serve our country make an invaluable contribution both at home and overseas.

    “It was an honour to take part in the ceremony at the cenotaph as we recognised and celebrated those who serve, and have served in our Armed Forces, and their families.

    “It was good to see so much public support being shown for those who serve in the military and for organisations who help those who have served our country and now need support and advice.”

  • Conor supports Parliamentary motion to recognise St Helens legend Wello

    Conor has supported a Parliamentary motion to recognise St Helens legend Paul Wellens.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “This Early Day Motion in Westminster recognises Paul’s achievements on the field and his legendary status in St Helens. Saints is at the heart of our community and in turn Paul has been at the heart of the club for 18 years. He is a great ambassador for the club, his sport and the town, and will be for many years to come. I’m glad to be able to recognise that in Parliament and wish Paul and his family well for the future.”

    The Parliamentary motion can be found here.

  • Conor shows support for RugbyForce

    Conor McGinn called in at Liverpool St Helens Moss Lane ground over the weekend to meet with Club secretary Lynda Lane and other volunteers from the club as they took part in the NatWest RugbyForce program.

    The nationwide initiative involves hundreds of clubs across the country with the aim of improving Rugby Union Club facilities. At Moss Lane the volunteers were busy renovating the clubs changing rooms, and during a break in the work Conor chatted with them about the club, the work they were carrying out and plans for the future.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “It was good to meet those down at Liverpool St Helens taking part in the RugbyForce weekend.

    “RugbyForce plays an important role maintaining facilities, coaching players and providing the opportunity for people to play and watch the sports they love”

    “Sport plays an important role in our community. It’s great to see initiatives like this that demonstrate the important role volunteers play in helping our sports clubs keep up and running.”

     

  • Conor calls for debate on the crisis in local government funding

    Conor McGinn challenged the Government on cuts to local government funding for St Helens and called for a debate on the impact the cuts could have.

     Speaking in the House of Commons, Conor noted that St Helens is set to have a further £23 million cut from its budget over the next two years.

    Conor called on the Leader of the House of Commons to have a debate in Parliament on the crisis in local Government funding and the impact it is having on critical services.

     Commenting Conor said:

     “My local authority area in St Helens is having another £23m taken from its budget, meaning it will have had a 50% reduction in funding by 2020 under this Government.

     “This leaves local people with real concerns about the impact this will have on the critical services my local authority provides.

     “I pay tribute to Cllr Barrie Grunewald and his Labour administration in St Helens for doing everything they can to mitigate against the huge impact of these cuts on council service.”

     “We need to have a proper debate about the crisis facing local government funding so that the Government is forced to come clean about the scale of the problems it is causing. It is vital we ensure that essential services local authorities provide are not put at risk.”

     

  • Conor challenges Duncan Smith on support for working families

    Conor McGinn challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support for working families and child poverty levels in his constituency.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, he told MPs that child poverty in St Helens North is higher than the national average.

    Conor called on the Minister to consider the effect cuts to in work benefits would have on the level of child poverty in his constituency.

    Commenting Conor said: 

    “In my constituency child poverty levels are almost 5% above the national average and recent statistics show that the number of children living in poverty is not decreasing. 

    “No child should have to live in poverty and the lack of progress is worrying. We should be working to address the root causes and ensure working families get the support they need”

    “Taking away support from working families will only make the situation worse for families in my constituency and across the UK. I hope the minister will take my concerns seriously and will fully examine the impact of any cut to in work benefits”

     

     

  • Conor visits Helena Partnerships to mark Adult Learners Week

    Conor marked Adult Learners Week in St Helens North by paying a visit to Helena Partnerships offices on Newton Road.

    At the offices adult learners were undertaking a course on how to use IT and the ways it can be used to save money. 

    Conor chatted with those attending about how the course had helped them and the reasons why they had become adult learners.  

    Commenting Conor said:

    “Adult Learners Week has been a great opportunity to showcase the work of learners and their tutors in St Helens North.  

    “Improving the skills of adults is important to our community, what’s been delivered here in this constituency shows that. Many people are developing new skills, building confidence and creating new friendships.

    “Having spoken to one of the tutors Danny, it is clear that courses like these are not only rewarding for the adult learners, but the tutors as well.

    “I just hope the Government recognise the importance of learning in later life and do not impose further cuts to the funding of adult community learning”

     

  • Conor challenges Government on rip-off rail fares in St Helens North

    Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, challenged the Secretary of State for Transport over the large increase in rail prices in his constituency.

    He noted that the cost of a rail season ticket for commuters from Garswood, Rainford, Earlstown and Newton-le-Willows had risen by up to 25% since 2010.

    McGinn called on the Secretary of State to explain this increase to his constituents.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “The cost of travelling to and from work for many of my constituents has risen by a quarter. This is simply unacceptable at a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet.

    “The Government has allowed blatant profiteering that is ripping off passengers and the Secretary of State has failed to justify why prices have been allowed to rise so quickly.

    “It is not good enough. More needs to be done to ensure that transport is affordable for the people who use it.”

     

     

  • Highways Agency respond to concerns raised by Conor McGinn MP

    After being contacted by a number of constituents over traffic delays at Haydock Island, Conor McGinn MP called an on-site meeting with senior Highways Agency managers to discuss the delays.

    At the meeting, he pressed for action to be taken to improve the situation and address the concerns of constituents.

    The Highways Agency has now set out the action they intend to take to ease the congestion and have apologised for the delays experienced.

    Speaking after the meeting McGinn said:

    “I’d like to thank the Highways Agency for responding so quickly to my request and meeting myself and local councillors on site to discuss the problems being faced by constituents.

    “I am pleased to say it was a positive meeting, and I hope the actions taken by the agency will now improve the situation and reduce the delays experienced by local residents. I shall be following progress closely.”

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  • McGinn celebrates National Fish and Chip Day at Haydock’s Crispy Cod

    Crispy CodTo celebrate the first National Fish and Chip Day on Friday 5th June, Conor visited the Crispy Cod at Haydock.

    He met the owner Michael, and staff as part of a new initiative to recognise fish and chips as the nation’s number one take away.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “The Crispy Cod is a great local chip shop. I called in at the Crispy Cod a few times during my election campaign and I wanted to drop in again to mark this new celebration of one of the country’s favourite dishes. It also provided an opportunity to congratulate them on recently receiving the Platinum Chip Fryer award from St Helens Council.

    “The Platinum Award recognises those local chip shops that produce a healthier and tastier chip through there cooking techniques.

    “National Fish and Chip Day is an ideal opportunity to recognise how important chip shops like the Crispy Cod are, not just as somewhere to get a good chippy tea but as small businesses, employers and a much valued part of our community.”

  • McGinn promises to work hard to bring jobs and investment to St Helens in Maiden Speech

    Conor McGinn, newly elected MP for St Helens North, made his maiden speech yesterday in the House of Commons.

    In his speech he paid tribute to his predecessor Dave Watts, raised his fear as to what five years of Tory rule will mean for our community, but promised to work hard every day for the people of St Helens.

    Speaking in Parliament McGinn said:

    “St Helens North has a distinguished history and great potential for the future, but I fear that things will not be easy in the time ahead.

    “My predecessor served the House and the people of St Helens North diligently for 17 years. Dave Watts is one of the finest men I know. He epitomises all that is noble about public service, and all that is good about politics. His work for his constituency, and his devotion to his constituents, are an example to us all.

    “I come to the House committed to representing my constituents, and determined to work hard for my constituency. I made the people of St Helens North a promise that I would do my best for them, and it is a promise that I intend to keep.”

    The maiden speech in full can be found here.