• Blackbrook Royals JRLFC

    St Helens bid to be a host borough and venue for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup had support for our communities and grassroots sport as a top priority.
    I am delighted therefore to hear that the Blackbrook Royals JRLFC have been awarded £11K by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 capital grants programme to refurbish their shower and changing room facilities.
    The club and its volunteers and members do excellent work in Blackbrook and beyond, particularly in introducing young people to sport, and this is well deserved.
    Rugby League has a hugely positive impact on our community and this funding will help it continue to thrive.

  • supporting workers at Whiston Hospital

    I addressed a rally in support of workers from St Helens and Whiston Hospitals to show my solidarity with them and the industrial action they have taken in their dispute with a private contractor, who refuses to match NHS pay and conditions.
    These men and women are being paid less than their colleagues who are employed directly by the NHS. Some of those I met are amongst the lowest paid in the NHS, doing the vital jobs that are needed in our health service, such as porters, security, cleaners and catering staff.
    It was clear that these workers, with strong backing from their union, UNISON, are resolute and determined. They have my full support and I am calling on the company, which made almost £2bn profit last year, to provide the small increase – just 82p an hour in some cases – to ensure that in our NHS workers get equal pay for equal work.

  • the Towns Fund

    It is good to see that St Helens has been invited to develop proposals for the Towns Fund which could see an investment of up to £25 million in transport, digital, skills and culture in the borough.
    Alongside St Helens Council, I have worked constructively with Ministers in the Department of Housing, Communities & Local Government to increase recognition of the rich history and future potential of our Northern towns, and to ensure that St Helens was included in this funding round and the future development of the Northern Powerhouse.
    Boosting growth and regeneration has always been one of my top priorities. We have suffered almost a decade of cuts to public services, and this funding won’t undo that. It’s clear that we now need a proper Northern Budget for infrastructure and services.
    But this is a step forward. I am keen to see the development of these proposals and St Helens borough starting to receive the investment it deserves which help make us the best place to live, work and visit in the North West.

  • No More Knives

    After the shocking recent stabbings in Parr and Haydock, I welcome Merseyside Police action this week to publically demonstrate the work it is doing to tackle knife crime and to ask for your help in sharing important messages and having conversations with those most at risk.
    During this week you may see the police carrying out stop searches, open land searches and weapon sweeps. High visibility patrols will be using knife arches or wands at key times in busy locations and officers will link in with door-staff and licensed premises.
    Our community in St Helens is clear: “No More Knives”.

  • windle island

    Anyone who has driven through the new Windle Island junction can see what a difference the £7m investment has made. It has significantly improved one of our busiest road junction’s safety and ability to cope with 43,000 people passing through each day.
    Along with local Labour councillors, I have long campaigned for improved infrastructure, and so I was delighted that Labour-run St Helens Council and the Liverpool City Region backed the scheme.
    Thanks to local residents and businesses for their patience during the work.
    I will continue to push local, regional, and national government to invest in our road and rail network.

  • out and about in the constituency

    Over the past few weeks, following Parliament being prorogued, I’ve had the chance to be out and about in the constituency meeting the many organisations and individuals doing so much good in our community. I’ve also been able to spend time in my busy St Helens office, where much of the unseen work done by MPs and our dedicated staff takes place.
    Since I was elected in 2015, my office has helped thousands of individuals across St Helens North. Helping constituents navigate the universal credit system, access appropriate NHS treatment, get proper educational support and opportunities, have their housing needs met or get their pension and social care entitlements is part and parcel of what we do every day.

  • Cranio Awareness Month

    September is Cranio Awareness Month, and I’m supporting Headlines Craniofacial Support in their efforts to improve public understanding of craniosynostosis.
    One baby is born with some form of craniosynostosis every day in the UK, including here in St Helens borough but hardly anyone has ever heard of it. We need to support parents, young people and children who are affected by the condition to feel included and encouraged, and we can only do this with the right information and research for diagnosis and post-diagnostic support. You can find out more here: www.headlines.org.uk/index.asp