• GP appointments

    I am absolutely appalled that 2,596 patients in St Helens borough had to wait more than 28 days for GP appointments in the last year.

    Delays in initial appointments increase emergency appointments as untreated conditions worsen over time, and problems become harder and more expensive to treat. It is bad for the NHS, bad for the public purse and bad for the patients.

    Cuts to NHS funding are a false economy – the Tories must properly fund our NHS now.

  • mandatory life sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving

    I spoke in the House of Commons to support my colleague Marie Rimmer MP and the petition presented to Parliament on behalf of the family of Violet-Grace Youens.
    It calls for mandatory life sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving. I fully support the Youens family, as do the people of St Helens.

  • fundraising for Racing to School’s

    I was delighted to support Racing to School’s fundraising dinner in Westminster which raised over £35,000 for the charity. The APPG for Racing & Bloodstock – which I co-chair with Laurence Robertson – took on Racing to School as our nominated charity.
    This fantastic cause delivers outdoor learning activities for young people at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country. Last year I joined them for a day long programme with young people at Haydock. They also work with young people with special educational needs and those from inner city, rural and deprived areas.
    Initiatives to introduce disadvantaged young people to racing are really important to me, and I was delighted to be involved in supporting this worthy cause.

  • new Heritage Centre proposed for Rainford

    I was excited to see the proposal for the new Heritage Centre at Bridge Farm, Rainford, which will celebrate Rainford’s history, community and industries – past and present.

    I met with Ray Waring, chairman of the Heritage Society, and representatives of the Rainford Heritage Society to discuss the proposal. The Heritage Society plan to open a new centre located within the grounds of Bridge Farm – a family-run campsite with a lovely café and nursery attached. It will be a place for the local community to celebrate its history and industry.

    There is still much to do, but support from the local community and the enthusiasm and ambition from the society members are helping to realise this great project.

  • Adoption UK’s new report, Adoption Barometer

    I was delighted to host the official launch of Adoption UK’s new report, Adoption Barometer, in Parliament.
    Politicians, adoptive parents and a range of professionals gathered to discuss Adoption UK’s report on modern-day adoption. It looks at the Government’s performance on support for adoptive families, education for adopted children, and provides insight into all stages of the adoption journey.
    St Helens borough has significantly more ‘looked after children’ than the North West and England as a whole.
    Adoption can be a rewarding and life-changing experience for all involved, and this excellent report from Adoption UK is a great resource for all those considering adopting.

  • 180th anniversary of Rectory Church of England Primary School

    It was great to join celebrations marking the 180th anniversary of Rectory Church of England Primary School.
    I joined with the children, parents, clergy, parish and district councillors and the wider Garswood community for an outdoor church service followed by an afternoon of games and activities, a maypole and music from Trinity Girls Brass Band.
    Thanks and well done to everyone involved.

  • Sir Kim Darroch

    Sir Kim Darroch’s forced resignation as British Ambassador to the US is outrageous & unprecedented.
    At today’s urgent session of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I asked the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office how damaging the consequences are for diplomatic relations with the United States.

  • Armed Forces Day in Newton le Willow

    I joined the Armed Forces Day ”Picnic in the Park” Event in Newton last weekend alongside local Labour councillors from Newton and Earlestown; Cllr David Baines, Leader of the Council; our local PCSOs, and Armed Forces veterans and cadets.

    Organised and supported by members of the local community, sports clubs, and Park Rangers, the celebration has become a real highlight in the Newton-le-Willows annual calendar. A parade down Newton High Street was led by Valley Brass Band followed by the picnic in the park and other family activities.

    It was fantastic to see the many different parts of our community together and so many families enjoying themselves in the Willow Park sunshine.

  • WE DID IT!

    The Government *will* introduce Helen’s Law.
    Thank you to everyone who backed our campaign, particularly the people of Billinge & St Helens who have stood by the McCourts for over 30 years.
    A victory for victims, families, justice & decency – but most of all for my inspirational friend & constituent, the amazing Marie McCourt.
    A bittersweet day. But a good day.

  • visiting ‘The Loving Arms Dementia Group’

    I had a wonderful time visiting ‘The Loving Arms Dementia Group’ at the Gerard Arms in Windle. The group gives people with dementia the opportunity to play games, reminisce, catch up with friends, and receive advice and support.
    I was really impressed with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere – although there were a few tense moments as I called a quite competitive game of bingo!
    The group provides support for people to live well with dementia. It meets on Friday mornings and is run by Marie Smith and a dedicated team of volunteers – the group has gone from strength to strength with over 70 people regularly attending.
    It was clear to see how much this group means to those with dementia – it is making a real difference to the lives of all those who attend. I want to thank the organisers and team of volunteers who give up their time to make it happen.

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