• SUPPORTING THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

    The shocking decision of Jaguar Land Rover to cut up to 500 jobs at their factory in Halewood is a crushing blow for workers across our communities, for the manufacturing economy in Merseyside and for the North West’s automotive sector.
    Employees and their families here in St Helens will be devastated by this news which is why, alongside regional Labour colleagues, I’ve signed and supported Maria Eagle MP’s Early Day Motion (EDM) which implores the Government to urgently step in and ensure the viability of the car manufacturing industry in the North West.
    I’ll keep working closely with my Labour colleagues in Parliament, with Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, union representatives and Labour councils to back our local workforce and urge the Government to get behind them.
    You can read the EDM, in full, here: https://edm.parliament.uk/…/job-losses-at-jaguar-land-rover…

  • CELEBRATING OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY

    I was delighted to lead a Parliamentary debate on the immense contribution of the UK’s music industry to both the economy and society.
    The British music industry is worth a staggering £5 billion to the national economy, employing nearly 200,000 people. It’s a story of success that contributes something of real value to every town and city across Britain.
    Merseyside, of course, is synonymous with world-leading British music, and I paid tribute to our region’s great variety of diverse performers, venues, festivals and local studios, each of which helps to fuel the kind of talent that makes UK music the envy of the world. It was also nice to be able to read about local artists, venues, organisations, bands and choirs in Hansard – the official House of Commons report.
    But big challenges remain, which is why Ministers must do more to acknowledge the life-changing impact music has on our communities, all the while helping those already working in the industry to flourish.

  • Tackling Knife Crime

    I fully support Our Merseyside’s new #BladeFree campaign and wider efforts by the police, schools and local communities in St Helens to tackle knife crime and keep our young people safe.
    Sadly, many in our region know only too well the untold levels of pain, distress and suffering the scourge of knife crime can inflict upon the friends and families of those drawn into it. By providing support and new opportunities through local activities, #BladeFree aims to throw vulnerable young people a real lifeline and help them steer well clear of this horrific violence.
    I commend local campaigners whose hard work made this excellent initiative a reality. Together, we can build a #BladeFree society where the devastation of knife crime is eradicated once and for all.

  • Northern rail

    at the start of the new year I was at Newton-le-Willows station,  talking to local commuters, alongside the Chair of Merseytravel, Liam Robinson, and local Labour councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron.
    Passengers across St Helens North in Newton, Rainford, Earlestown and Garswood are putting up with cancelled and delayed services every day, alongside increasing fares and overcrowding.
    I’m glad that the government has finally bowed to pressure by suggesting it will strip Northern of the franchise. Passengers, campaigners, our Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and MPs like me have been telling them for a long time just how bad a deal our constituents get from expensive and unreliable rail and bus services.
    But this is only the first step. Public transport needs investment and must be run in the interests of passengers, not private profit.