• Conor meets with Edgehill University Students Union and NUS representatives

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    Conor met with the Edgehill University Students Union Chair and representatives from the National Union of Students. He discussed the challenges that many students face and the negative implications the cut to maintenance grants will have on St Helens students.

  • Conor meets with Merseyside Police Federation

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    Conor met with the Merseyside Police Federation to discuss the challenges to local policing, and the huge spending shortfall the Merseyside Force face.

  • Conor appointed to Labour’s Frontbench team

    Conor McGinn MP has joined Labour’s Shadow Ministerial team as an Opposition Whip.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “I’m honoured to be joining Labour’s Frontbench team and look forward to playing my part in helping to hold the Government to account and to getting Labour’s message across in Parliament.

    “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the Whips Office to work as part of a committed team of colleagues under our Chief Whip, Rosie Winterton MP.

    “I’ll continue to speak out and stand up for my constituents and St Helens North in Westminster, and keep working hard to bring about a Labour Government which people in communities like ours so desperately need.”

  • Conor votes against cuts to tax credits

    Conor McGinn MP has voted against cuts to tax credits proposed by the Government in parliament.

    The IFS estimated that the cuts would lead to 3 million families losing over £1000 a year.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “These changes to tax credits will hit many working families hard at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet.

    “Some 4,000 families in St Helens North alone will be over £1000 a year worse off because of these cuts.

    “The Tory Government claims that their so-called national living wage will offset these changes, but the latest report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies rubbishes this.

    “This is the latest attack on workers’ rights and pay from the same old Tories.

    “Although we lost this vote, I will continue to stand up in Parliament for St Helens North and won’t shy away from taking on the Government on these issues.”

  • Conor welcomes Irish Guards affiliation to the GAA

    Conor McGinn MP, Chair of the All Party Group on the Irish in Britain, commenting on the news that a team from the Irish Guards has affiliated to the GAA in London, said:

    “This is a hugely positive development and underlines how far we have come.

    “The difficult history between the GAA and the British Army is well-documented, and so this is a significant moment both for the Irish in Britain and for relations between Britain and Ireland.

    “The GAA has once again shown its commitment to building peace and reconciliation within and between these islands.  

    “I pay particular tribute to my friend Noel O’Sullivan, the Chairman of the London GAA County Board, for his leadership and courage.

    “As a lifelong member of the GAA, and an MP who sits on the Defence Select Committee, I wish the Irish Guards team every success and look forward to watching them play against my own club, Éire Óg, in the future.”

     

  • Conor votes against Assisted Dying Bill

    Conor McGinn MP has voted against the Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament.

    An overwhelming majority of 330 voted against and the Bill was defeated.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “After much consideration I decided that to vote against the bill to legalise assisted dying in the UK. This is for a variety of concerns and reasons. 

    “The introduction of this assisted dying bill risked denigrating the role and position of disabled and vulnerable people in society, and could have ultimately have led to external pressure on those who are vulnerable in society to end their lives. Effectively by allowing people to choose to die, others could inadvertently be harmed.

    “The Bill has also been widely opposed by medical professionals. The British Medical Association, Royal College of Surgeons and many independent groups of Doctors and individuals had all written to MPs urging to vote against the Bill.

    “I believe there needs to be improved care for those with terminal illnesses, more support for their carers’ and improved facilities offering specialised care. High quality palliative care services should be widely available to those who need it, for many patients this would alleviate suffering and allay worries about the process of dying.“

     

     

  • APPG meets Irish Foreign Minister

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    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain met the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, this week.

    At the meeting the cross-party group of MPs discussed the APPG and the Irish government’s role in supporting the Irish community in Britain, British-Irish relations with the EU, and the current political situation in Northern Ireland.

    The meeting came after Conor McGinn MP, Chair of the APPG, attended the first Global Irish Parliamentarians’ Forum in Dublin last week.

    The forum brought together Irish-connected political representatives who serve in national parliaments and state assemblies in Australia, Canada, France, the U.K. and the U.S.A.

    Commenting Mr McGinn said:

    “It was a great pleasure and honour to welcome the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Westminster and I look forward to productive working relationship between Irish Government and the APPG.

    “The first Global Irish Parliamentarians’ Forum was a great opportunity to meet, connect and form working relationships with Irish parliamentarians across the world. I and my colleagues from the APPG, look forward to developing these in future.”

     

  • Conor urges Government to invest in St Helens

     

    Conor McGinn has called on the Government to invest in St Helens North.

    Speaking in a House of Commons debate about the regeneration of towns and cities in England, McGinn noted that St Helens had seen huge cuts to local government and plans for investment delayed.

    He argued that this lack of capital funds and withdrawal service provision denigrates the status of St Helens and discourages business and constituents.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “With the huge cuts to local government, the proposed closure of the fire station in Parr, plans for a new police station in Newton-le-Willows stalled and now the possibility of the town’s court house closing, it’s clear that Government policies are having an adverse effect on St Helens and its people and will not help our borough thrive.

    “We need to see investment from Government is to provide much needed jobs and growth, as well as the retention of key public services in St Helens so that our town does not see its status diminished within the North West region.”