• Conor visits Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College


    Speaking after the visit, Conor said:

    “I was impressed with the fantastic work and atmosphere at Lansbury Bridge when I met some of the staff, pupils and governors. And, I was glad to get the chance to talk to one of the students, Ben Smith, who touched everyone after his mother, Gail Twist, posted online the inspirational letter sent to her autistic son Ben by his teacher Mrs Clarkson. She talked about how 11-year-old Ben from St Helen had made fabulous progress and how he had a range of talents beyond his SATs results.

    “I enjoyed my visit to the school and would like to thank headteacher Jane Grecic and the Chair of Governors Christine Tyler for welcoming me and showing me around.

    “It was a pleasure to meet the students and learn from them about their experiences at Lansbury Bridge. The letter to Ben is just one example of the excellent teaching in schools across the constituency. But we need to make sure that, once young people have benefited from a good education, they have the right life chances after leaving school.

    “I have raised a number of issues with Government ministers over special educational needs provision, including what more can be done to improve workplace opportunities for students leaving Lansbury Bridge and other similar schools.”

  • Conor urges young people to take up meningitis vaccine


    Conor McGinn is encouraging young people to protect themselves from a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis.

    He has backed calls from Meningitis Now after a worrying increase of 809% in meningococcal (group W) meningitis cases in the past five years.
    The government launched a vaccination programme to protect young people aged 14-15 through schools, and those aged 17 to 18 through their GP.

    But, despite the introduction of this vaccine, and the increased risk to students and young people, the uptake of the Men ACWY vaccine remains very low, with just 10.5 % of 17 and 18-year-olds within Merseyside taking up the vaccine, and 17.4% across England.

    Young people and particularly first year university students are at an increased risk from meningococcal bacteria which can cause meningitis and septicaemia. Early signs can go undetected, and in young people can be put down to a bout of the flu, or even a hangover.

    Conor said:“I’m supporting the important work that Meningitis Now is doing in raising awareness of this serious issue.

    “The news recently of a death of a student at the University of Northumbria shows just how dangerous meningitis can be.

    “The rapid increase in the amount of cases and that vaccination levels are so low in Merseyside is worrying.

    “I strongly encourage young people to take up the free vaccinations for Men ACWY, which are on offer through GP practices, to ensure they are protected.”

  • Conor & St Helens Labour support national education campaign day


    St Helens Labour activists will be in Church Square, St Helens between 11.00am and 1.00pm tomorrow Saturday the 1st of October as part of Labour’s campaign to oppose Tory plans to bring back grammar schools.

    Conor is pictured here with Cllr Andy Bowden, St Helens Council Cabinet Member for Education. St Helens Labour opposes the reintroduction of grammar schools and supports education for all, not selection for a few.

  • Conor demands action after shock figures show Merseyside children lose out on Government education cash

    Conor has slammed the Government after figures he obtained revealed less money is spent on educating young children on Merseyside than the rest of the country.


    Conor is demanding action from Education Secretary Justine Greening after the shocking findings emerged in parliamentary questions he asked.


    Across England, an average of £4.56 per hour in central Government cash is spent on the education of three and four-year-old children.


    However, according to the information obtained by Labour MP Mr McGinn, far less is spent on the early years education of children across Merseyside.


    The replies to Conor from Education Minister Caroline Dinenage revealed all five Merseyside boroughs get below the national average of £4.56 per hour spent on each child.


    In the worst case, the figures showed Halton will get just £3.54 per hour to spent on three and four-year-olds this year – almost £1 an hour less than the national average.


    St Helens gets just £3.61 per child per hour from central Government towards the education of three and four-year-olds.  The figure is 95p per hour below the national average of £4.56.


    In Knowsley, central Government funds amount to £4.49 per hour for the borough’s three and four-year-olds.  Sefton receives £4.03 per child per hour – just ahead of Wirral which gets £4.02.


    In her parliamentary answer to Conor, Ms Dinenage said the national average hourly rate paid in 2016-17 by the Department of Education to local authorities in England is £4.56 for three and four year olds and £5.09 for two year olds, including the early years pupil premium.


    Commenting Conor said:


    “For all their talk of a Northern Powerhouse, the Government is still short-changing Merseyside when it comes to education.


    “It’s a disgrace that in some areas almost £1 an hour less is spent on educating young children on Merseyside compared to the rest of the country. That is unfair and unjust.


    “The figures that I have obtained show Tory Ministers are betraying a generation of young pupils in Merseyside by starving local authorities of the funds they need to drive up education standards.


    “We need a level playing field where children on Merseyside get the same opportunities and as much Government funding as children in the rest of the country.


    “Theresa May and her Education Secretary Justine Greening should end their obsession with reintroducing selection in education with new grammar schools and focus on properly funding schools across Merseyside.”