• Conor questions Defence Secretary about UK involvement in Syria

     

    The text of question and response from the Defence Secretary can be found below.

    Conor McGinn (MP for St Helens North): It is good that the Government have invited the Leader of the Opposition and my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) to tomorrow’s National Security Council meeting to discuss these important issues—and I very much welcome that. In the same spirit of co-operation and in the national interest, will the Secretary of State commit to a comprehensive, transparent strategic defence and security review with full parliamentary scrutiny?

    The Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon: We are committed to a full and comprehensive strategic defence and security review. It is already under way, and at Question Time last month I invited any Member to contribute to it, and we will invite other stakeholders with interests in defence matters to make a similar contribution.

  • Conor exposes lack of Government funding for St Helens pupils

    Conor McGinn has challenged the Government over the level of funding St Helens receives per pupil.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, Conor noted that funding per pupil in St Helens is set to be over a £150 less than the average across England. He added that in the same period his local authority was facing further cuts of £23 million from its budget.

    Conor called on the Minister to listen to the concerns of schools in St Helens North.

    Commenting Mr McGinn said:

    “Statistics from the Department of Education show that schools in my constituency will receive over £150 less funding per pupil than the average across England this year.

    “At a time when local authority budgets are already under pressure, and my local authority is being asked to cut a further £23 million, how can this be fair?

    “The gap in funding and the policies of this Government have put real pressure on schools in my constituency and their ability to help children, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, is being hindered.

    “Every child deserves the right to a good quality education and this disparity in funding is highly questionable.

    “I urge the Minister to listen to the concerns of schools in my constituency and act to ensure that we have a fairer allocation of funding in the future.”

  • Conor expresses support for equal marriage and LGBT rights

    In the House of Commons, Conor McGinn called on the Leader of the House to allow time for a debate, so that Parliament could show solidarity with lesbian and gay people throughout the world who are denied the right to marriage and many other freedoms.

  • Conor calls for local control over bus fares and routes

    Conor McGinn has told Parliament that greater power should be devolved to communities to control bus fares, set routes and integrate the services.

     Speaking in the House of Commons, McGinn noted that in the North West, 121 bus routes have been cut over the last 5 years and that there are 21 million fewer annual miles of local bus services. He added that bus fares in the North West have also risen 25% on average since 2010.

     Commenting McGinn said:

     “This government’s transport policy is not working for people who live in the North West of England.

     “Not only has the Government cancelled work on the electrification of the railways, in the North West region a staggering 121 bus routes have been cut since 2010. This has left many vulnerable people who live in rural constituencies like mine isolated.

     “At a time when people’s cost of living has increased and buses are often the only transport available, bus fares have also rise by 25 per cent on average since 2010.

     “Transport in the North West should be accessible and affordable for those who use it. It’s high time the Government devolved real power to communities so they can control bus fares and routes and integrate services.”

     

  • Conor on the Foreign Secretary’s statement on nuclear negotiations with Iran

    In the House of Commons, Conor welcomed the Foreign Secretary’s statement, but raised concern over Russia’s role in the process.

  • Conor meets local apprentice in Westminster

    Conor attended a reception organised by ADS to recognise apprenticeships in the aerospace and defence industry. He met Anna Schlautmann from Newton-le-Willows who is a business apprentice with MBDA.

     

  • Conor’s response to constituents about the vote on the Hunting Act

    Dear constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me recently regarding the Hunting Act.

    I am proud of the Labour’s strong record on animal welfare and I do not want to see the Hunting Act 2004 repealed.

    I believe that the vast majority of the British public also support the ban on hunting. Indeed, a recent Ipsos MORI survey showed that 80% of people support the ban.

    As you are aware, however, the Conservative Party’s election manifesto included a commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote. The Government has recently confirmed it is committed to fulfilling this pledge.

    I believe that holding a vote on repealing the Hunting Act distracts from the real issues that are facing many rural communities, including low wages, the shortage of affordable housing and the need to improve infrastructure and protect public services. I also believe the Government should be focusing on tackling rising energy prices and protecting rural bus services.

    I will oppose this attempt to repeal the Hunting Act.

    Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views.

    Yours sincerely,

    Conor McGinn

    MP for St Helens North

     

     

  • Conor calls for comprehensive and transparent Strategic Defence and Security Review

    In the House of Commons, Conor challenged the Defence Secretary about progress being made on the next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

  • Conor McGinn MP responds to the Budget

    “People in St Helens North are used to Tory con tricks, and this budget is just the latest one.”

    “The Chancellor has made much of his commitment to a Northern Powerhouse. But the government has cancelled work on the electrification of the railways and major infrastructure projects have stalled, while growth and wages in the North West lags behind other regions.

    “It’s clear that the Tory idea of a Northern Powerhouse is little more than a ruse to pass the buck on cuts and pass the blame for decisions already made.

    “The government also says it plans to increase the minimum wage, claiming it will introduce a new national living wage. But the same government is proposing to scrap tax credits which will affect millions of families. This sleight of hand won’t fool working parents in St Helens.

    “I do, however, welcome the promise to scrap permanent non-dom status, as well as the commitment to defence spending remaining at 2% of GDP. As always, though, we need to wait and see whether the government’s actions match its words.”

     

  • Conor shows support for Trussell Trust foodbank collection at Tesco

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    Conor McGinn visited Tesco in Haydock on Friday to meet staff and volunteers as they collected donations for local foodbanks.

    The initiative is run in partnership with the Trussel Trust and collects the food for St Helens foodbank.

    The latest figures show that since opening in 2012 over 12,200 people in St Helens have been fed by the foodbank and in the last 12 months alone over 2000 children.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “I would like to pay tribute to the amazing work those Trussell Trust and local foodbanks do. And I want to say thank you to Tesco and local staff for supporting this important initiative. If it was not for the generosity of local people I dread to think what would happen to those who need this support.

    “It is not right that so many people are having to rely on foodbanks to feed themselves and their children.

    “It is high time the Government recognises the impact cuts are having on families in my constituency and across the UK. More needs to be done to ensure that working families can afford to feed themselves.” 

     

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