• Conor’s statement on the EU referendum result

    “I respect the result of the referendum, both nationally and in St Helens. Naturally, I am disappointed with the outcome and worried about what it means for our country’s future.

    “Our people and the country are divided. Therefore, all of us in positions of responsibility and leadership now have a duty to pull together and do what is right for the country and the people we represent.

    “The UK now faces a period of uncertainty and unprecedented challenge. It will affect every person, every family and every community, including here in St Helens.

    “My priority is continuing to work hard doing the job I love and am so proud to have, representing all of the people of St Helens North as their Member of Parliament.”

  • Conor officially opens St Helens College’s STEM Centre

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    St Helens College recently proudly unveiled the newly refurbished STEM Centre at the Technology Campus.

    The STEM Centre will help contribute towards the achievement of St Helens College’s STEM strategy, to foster a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise and develop areas including: advanced engineering, robotics and smart utilities.

    The event was well attended by local councillors, employers and businesses from across the region as well as College employees who have contributed to the development.

    Conor who officially opened The STEM Centre said “I’m really impressed with these state of the art facilities. It’s clear to see how St Helens College are aligning to meet the needs of the economy. Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are key disciplines for bolstering industrial competitiveness. Preparing the next generation of STEM-educated workers should be a priority for the Government and must feature heavily in any future regional growth strategy.”

    Jette Burford, College Principal added “STEM is such an important priority for us and as a College we continue to invest STEM facilities. We are currently working towards obtaining STEM assured status which will help us to ensure that we are responsive to an ever evolving marketplace by diversifying the curriculum that we offer in order to meet the demand from industry.”

    The STEM Centre received a substantial £5million investment and was part-funded by the Skills Funding Agency. It now boasts a brand new dining area, internal courtyards, entrance piazza, remodelled workshops and classrooms plus a new library space complete with study suites and PC zones.

    The new STEM Centre will enable St Helens College to lead the way in STEM areas such as low carbon technologies and sustainable

  • Conor congratulates motor vehicle department on prestigious award

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    St Helens College’s motor vehicle department was recently presented with an award from The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Recognised Employer Award, demonstrating their impressive professional standards within the automotive industry.

    The award, which is held by less than 60 employers in the UK, forms part of the IMI Employer Recognition Scheme, developed in response to the growing demand for ethical conduct and quality within automotive businesses.

    The presentation coincided with the unveiling of the College’s £5million STEM Centre at the Technology Campus and was well attended by local councillors, employers and businesses from across the region.

    Business Development Manager at the Institute of the Motor Industry, Michelle Barrett, said, “It was a great honour to present the motor vehicle department at St Helens College with such a prestigious award. They have shown themselves to be among the elite of motor industry professionals and this will have a positive impact on the local businesses they serve.”

    Conor, who was also in attendance during the event, said, “It’s such a great accolade for St Helens College to receive this award which reassures the public that the services on offer are of the highest professional standards.”

    St Helens College’s automotive hub offers a unique experience to its motor vehicle students, enabling them to learn and practice their skills, under close supervision of industry specialist tutors.

    The College also offers a full garage service to the general public, including MOTs, car service and body repairs, paintless dent removal and smart repairs.

  • Conor talks business with Chair of International Business Festival


    With the international Festival for Business in Liverpool fast approaching, Conor met with Liverpool Vision Chief Executive and Chair of the IFB, Max Steinberg, to talk about the festival, its success in previous years and what the festival is looking to achieve this year.

    Thousands of delegates are expected to attend the International Festival for Business between 13 June and 1 July, coming from all over the world to do business and develop links to boost the local economy.

    Conor said:

    “It was good to meet Max today and it was a great opportunity to talk about the festival and the aspiration for what it can and will achieve.”

    “It was also a chance to talk about St Helens place in the economy of Merseyside and how St Helens can benefit from the festival and the opportunities to encourage investment and growth in our area.”

  • Taking to the streets for young people in Newton

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    Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North, joined over 100 Newton and Earlestown residents and supporters of the local charity, Business for Youth, as they took part in their 4th Big Walk around Newton-le-Willows.  The challenge being to walk down every street in the town.  After hours of walking the route was completed with plenty of sore feet and money raised for local good causes.

    Conor met up with the group to give a few words of encouragement and to wish them well before walking with them for part of the route.

    “It was great to see so many people give up their Saturday to raise money for young people in their local community”

    “Terry and the team have done a great job yet again in organising the walk.  He and all those that took part should be congratulated for a fantastic effort and for once again showing what a community can achieve when it pulls together.”

  • Conor visits Haydock Band

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    Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North call into Grange Valley Youth Centre in Haydock, to meet with the Musical Director of The Haydock Band, Mark Quinn and fellow band members to talk about their recent success at the regional championships and their plans for the future.

    The Band which can trace its history in Haydock back to 1849, when Lord Gerard established a band for his militia unit before it became the Haydock Colliery Band.  Throughout this time the history of Haydock and the band have been intertwined with, for example, many band members’ connection to the Wood Pit explosion of 1868 to the regular concerts the band play in Haydock.

    Conor said:

    “I wanted to come down and meet the Band to offer my congratulations on their continuing success and hear from them how they want to play an even bigger role in the local community.”

    “Brass band music is at the heart of our communities, its rich history and links to the industries that made our area help it continue to play an important role in our culture and heritage.  That’s why I am keen to see our local bands succeed and be given every opportunity to build links in the community.”

  • The UK and Ireland have a close relationship within the EU & our joint membership has brought mutual benefits to both countries – Hilary Benn & Conor McGinn

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    Conor joined Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, in speaking at an event at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies alongside Ireland’s Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan TD.

    Hilary said:

    “The UK and Ireland have a particularly close relationship within the European Union, and our joint membership has brought mutual benefits to both countries.

    “Ireland is our nearest neighbour and close partner. We share unrivalled business and tourism links, with trade between the UK and Ireland estimated at €1bn a week, and Dublin-London is the world’s second busiest international air route.

    “The peace process in Northern Ireland has brought about a transformation and it was nurtured between our two governments within the EU. North-South co-operation on the island of Ireland has brought dramatic improvements to people on both sides of the border. We want to enhance and improve those links, not put them in jeopardy. We would put at risk all the progress that has been made if the UK were to leave the EU.

    “The decision in this referendum about UK’s future is one that will be made by people in the UK. But we should listen carefully to the views of our allies and closest international partners, from the USA to Ireland, who want Britain to stay in the EU.”

    Conor, who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, said:

    “Hundreds of thousands of Irish people in Britain are entitled to vote in the forthcoming referendum and will have a say in the most important decision this country has taken in a generation.

    “Irish people have made an enormous contribution to all aspects of society here. Many of us have made Britain our home, while still retaining our ties to Ireland. We share a special pride in the close relationship between the UK and Ireland and have played a key role in developing those strong links over the last number of decades.

    “The Irish in Britain are a vibrant, outward-looking and civic-minded community. We represent the best of both of our countries. Britain is safer, stronger and better off within the EU, and the Irish in Britain are too.”