• 2017 Educate Awards

    Congratulations to St Helens schools The District CofE Primary School and Rainford High on winning awards, and to Hope Academy for being a runner up at the 2017 Educate Awards in Liverpool.

    The District CofE Primary School in Newton-le-Willows won the Innovative and Creative Literacy award for its pioneering ‘Reading is STEMsational’ project, while Rainford High was awarded for its Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School.

    Rainford has taken part in over 200 fixtures so far during 2017 and has achieved significant team success in football, athletics, basketball, rugby and netball. The school also has a number of highly successful individuals including Jacob Kelly, who has just made the GB tumbling team.

    Conor has visited, supported and worked with both these schools, and their fantastic staff and pupils are a credit to the outstanding teaching in St Helens.

     

  • Animal testing for cosmetics and Early Day Motion 437

    The humane treatment of all animals should be a benchmark for any civilised society and I have long believed that the UK must lead the world on high animal welfare standards and in the fight against global animal cruelty.

    I am proud that in 1997 the UK Government banned the testing of cosmetics on animals. In 1998, this was extended to cosmetic ingredients. After 2009, other EU countries adopted a near-total ban on the sale of products tested or containing ingredients tested on animals for cosmetic purposes, with a complete ban on the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing in place since 2013. This applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on animals takes place.

    While the UK has shown strong leadership on this issue, as you know there are a number of countries around the world where cosmetics animal testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics are still permitted.

    I am aware that Cruelty Free International is calling on the UK Government to press the United Nations to develop an international agreement to end cosmetics animal testing everywhere. I believe that national governments have a duty to work together to fight animal cruelty across the world and I would like to see the UK do more to encourage other countries to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

    I hope that the UK Government will consider and respond to the issues that have been raised by organisations such as Cruelty Free International about the continued practice of cosmetics animal testing.

     

  • Conors views on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration

    I believe it is right to commemorate this historic anniversary and to recognise the relationship that we have with the state of Israel. However, it is clear that there is more to do, and that Balfour’s promise that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine” remains unfulfilled.

    As we rightly reflect on the last 100 years, I believe we have a shared duty to look towards the future and to the next generation of young people growing up in Israel and Palestine today. At present, that generation knows nothing but division and violence.

    I am committed to pressing for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a viable state of Palestine. Both sides must avoid taking action that would make peace harder to achieve. It must mean an end to the blockade, occupation and settlement construction.

    The legacy of Balfour reminds us that the words and actions of politicians can make a difference, and I hope politicians on all sides will use the time that they have to take decisive action in the Middle East – to advance the cause of stability, security and peace.

    This is why the Labour Party is committed to recognising the state of Palestine and supporting Israel, and why I hope the Government will do so too while continuing to press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations.

     

  • Haydock Cottage Hospital Memorial

    Conor joined the local community, ward councillors and Mayor Joe Pearson in Haydock for the dedication and unveiling of a memorial to Haydock Cottage Hospital.

    The hospital, which was part funded by local miners making donations from their wages, was opened 120 years ago following the Haydock Wood Pit disaster in 1878 in which over 180 people when killed. At the ceremony, music was played by Haydock Brass Band, as indeed it was at the opening of the hospital in 1886.

    The dedication of the Memorial is a fitting reminder of the hospital and the people who received its care, in particular the many miners from the area, who were working in such dangerous conditions.

    Thanks to Councillor Martin Bond for securing the memorial once the decision had been made to redevelop the hospital site, and then arranging the commemoration event.

    Across the borough of St Helens, there is a proud mining heritage, and Conor is working closely with organisations like the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to preserve and protect these proud traditions as well as investing in our communities for the future.

  • Take a Break Interview On Helen’s Law

    Conor has been interviewed by Take a Break Magazine about the campaign for Helen’s Law, and the need to get a no body, no parole rule onto the statute book.

    Constituent Marie McCourt’s daughter Helen was murdered nearly 30 years ago, and her killer Ian Simms could soon be released from prison – despite never revealing where Helen’s body is buried.

    Helen’s Law is needed to ensure that family members like Marie do not face the added trauma of seeing a victim’s killer walk free while the location of the body remains undisclosed.

    In addition to the thousands who have signed the petition calling for Helen’s Law, over 6,000 Take a Break readers have sent in “coupons” to support the campaign.

    It’s over a year since Conor introduced a Bill for Helen’s Law to the House of Commons and MPs from all Parties have since backed the rule change. It’s high time the Government acted and put Helen’s Law on the statute book.

  • Conor’s response To The Budget

    St Helens North MP Conor McGinn has criticised the Government’s budget for a lack of action to tackle falling wages and rising costs for communities in St Helens and across the North West.

    Figures obtained by Mr McGinn from the UK Statistics Authority show that average weekly earnings for workers in St Helens North was £411.50 last year – down from £435.80 in 2010, a decrease of 5 per cent.

    At the same time, the Government is presiding over a five year high inflation rate, pushing up the price of goods and services, and the botched rollout of Universal Credit is pushing many families into poverty.

    On top of this, the Government has slashed the grant for St Helens Council from £127 million in 2010 to just £53 million last year – a drop of nearly £75 million.

    And the Government has broken its own promises to protect funding for schools and the police, with per pupil funding falling and police budgets set to be cut by £500 million in real terms by 2020.

    Mr McGinn and Labour are calling for the Government to properly fund our public services, fully remove the public sector pay cap, introduce a housing programme that properly meets demand and invest properly in the infrastructure in the North West.

    Commenting, Mr McGinn said:

    “Under this Tory Government, we’ve had seven years of austerity and cuts to vital public services that families in St Helens and the wider region depend on.

    “Wages are falling and prices are rising for my constituents and our local services are being hollowed out on this Government’s watch. The Government must get a grip by pausing the botched rollout of Universal Credit and properly invest in our public services.

    “And the Government is breaking its own promises to protect schools and policing, with per pupil funding falling and half a billion pounds set to be axed from the police by the end of the decade.

    “The Government had a chance in this budget to ease the squeeze on our communities, but instead it is pressing on with the same failed austerity policies that make life harder for people in St Helens North.”

  • Dame Lorna Muirhead

    I was delighted to table a parliamentary motion paying tribute to Dame Lorna Muirhead for her outstanding public service, after 12 years as the Lord Lieutenant in Merseyside.

    Dame Lorna came to Liverpool in 1965 and worked as a midwife for 40 years, spending most of the time at the Liverpool Maternity Hospital and the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

    She was elected to the council of the Royal College of Midwives in 1994, becoming president of the organisation in 1997. She served for seven years as a National and International Ambassador for midwives.

    Dame Lorna’s dedication to helping others and her contribution to civic life makes her a fine role model.

    Along with Merseyside MP colleagues, I wish her a happy retirement and also send my best wishes to the new Lord Lieutenant Mark Blundell.

  • Inter Faith Week

    Inter Faith Week is a chance to show the good work that comes from positive relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs in St Helens and across the country.

    The annual Inter Faith Week, which is now in its ninth year, aims to strengthen the bonds and understanding between different faiths at all levels.

    Conor recently attended an interdenominational Remembrance Sunday service at St Aidan’s Billinge, to remember those from the Parish who died during both World Wars.

    It was heartening to see so many members of the community from different faiths coming together for a shared purpose.

    Earlier this year, Conor also attended the fifth annual ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbour” at The World of Glass, to promote good inter-community relations and I met with the Jewish Leadership Council in the North West to support the local Jewish community in the fight against anti-Semitism.

    You can find out more about Inter Faith Week here: https://www.interfaithweek.org/

  • St Helens sees wages fall

    Under this Tory Government, workers in St Helens have seen wages fall and prices rise.

    Figures Conor has obtained from the UK Statistics Authority show that average weekly earnings for workers in St Helens North was £411.50 last year – down from £435.80 in 2010. That’s a drop of £24.30.

    At the same time, inflation has consistently pushed up prices, and new figures out today show the inflation rate is at a five year high of 3%, meaning higher prices on the weekly shop for families in St Helens.

    This Government is failing workers and families who deserve a fair wage and fair prices in the shops.

  • Fighting The Tory Power Grab

    Conor is fighting attempts by the Government to use Brexit to give Tory Ministers more powers to make decisions without proper Parliamentary scrutiny. These are the Ministers that have presided over seven years of cuts that have had a devastating impact on St Helens and our public services.

    Now they are seeking a free pass on crucial decisions for St Helens and Merseyside, in what their own backbenchers have labelled an “unprecedented and unnecessary power grab”.

    It’s a cynical move that fools no one. Just this week in Parliament, they voted against maintaining equalities, health and safety and consumer rights, workers’ rights and environmental protections.

    And instead of an orderly exit from the EU, this Government is risking crashing out with no deal, which would be bad for growth, jobs and businesses in St Helens – with up to 300 exporting businesses across the borough set to be hit by new tariffs and extra red tape.

    The UK’s withdrawal from the EU has a fundamental impact on Britain’s place in the world and the future of our democracy. Ministers must get a grip and put communities like ours in St Helens North first.

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