• ‘WASPI women’

    It is incredibly disappointing that a recent court ruling means that the ‘WASPI women’ (Women Against State Pension Inequality) will not be receiving compensation.
    Many women in St Helens and some 3.8 million women nationwide have been impacted by the loss of their pensions because they were subject to discriminatory employment and pension laws. This has had a profound negative impact on them, including increased poverty, deteriorating health, and homelessness.
    I have met with local women affected and have also given my support to a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to enact a temporary special measure, as permitted by international law, to provide restitution to women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions because of the impact of the rise in retirement age.

  • solidarity with the Kurdish people

    I signed this cross-party letter to the Foreign Secretary, in solidarity with the Kurdish people and in opposition to the appalling and wanton destruction being inflicted upon them.
    Britain and the international community must stand with those who sacrificed so much for our safety and security in the fight against ISIS.

  • Wythburn Crescent shops

    I am incredibly frustrated at the lack of progress following the fire at Wythburn Crescent late last year.

    Following the fire, I immediately met with residents who were understandably concerned at what this would mean for the shop keepers and the local community. I also met with Torus, who own the shops, and other agencies, who held a community meeting.

    But since then progress slowed to the point that only now tenants are being informed that demolition will take place.

    This is obviously not good enough for a community – particularly older people – who need local Post Office facilities shops and services available to them. And now we have the added uncertainty around the shops at Bassethwaite Avenue.

    The agencies involved assure me they want to see restored facilities in the area, but they need to act far more quickly.
    I was out in the community speaking to local residents last week, alongside local Labour councillors and activists. We will keep up the pressure to ensure that the needs of local people are met and the community gets the facilities it needs and deserves.

  • Merseyside Jewish Representative Council

    I met with Howard Winik and Michelle Hayward from the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, who represent a community of around 2,500 people across the city region, as well as four synagogues.

    We discussed challenges faced by the Jewish community, including the scourge of antisemitism. I was delighted to learn about the excellent work the JRC do – interfaith projects, support for the older people and community care and education through King David’s school.

    The richly diverse Jewish community on Merseyside make a fantastic contribution to our region.

    I will continue to stand with them in confronting racism and supporting the important role played by Jewish people in the civic, cultural, social and economic life of the Liverpool City Region.