• Mental Health Awareness Week

    Today marks the beginning of a Mental Health Awareness Week like no other, where our collective efforts to stop, reflect, spread kindness and get the nation talking about mental health have never been so important.
    Although we can’t meet in person for now, no one should feel they are alone or without help. Whether it’s the Kind to Your Mind campaign, the OK to Ask initiative, or any of the other support networks available across St Helens borough, I want all local people to know that help is always on hand, no matter what, for those who need it.
    Now, kindness matters like never before, and it’s absolutely vital we each take the time to care for ourselves, our family, neighbours and friends during these extraordinary times and beyond.

  • International nurses day

    On the 12th May we celebrate International Nurses Day and the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

    I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all residents in St Helens North, to thank and pay tribute to all the amazing nurses in our NHS in St Helens and beyond for their heroic efforts to help, cure and care for us.

    More than ever before, they continue to go above and beyond what’s asked of them to keep us safe from the very frontline. Thank you for all you do!

  • the 75th anniversary of VE Day

    Today we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which commemorates the end of World War Two in Europe. It was a day of joy and deep emotions, where the whole nation came together to celebrate victory over tyranny, and remember the sacrifices made by those here in St Helens and beyond.
    A rich and diverse array of events were planned to celebrate this historic anniversary, from street parties to church services, all designed to bring local people together to honour a generation of men and women who gave so much for us all.
    Whilst the Covid-19 crisis has understandably meant some of these events can no longer take place as originally intended, many in our innovative community have found new, exciting and safe ways to mark this important holiday; from virtual meetings, decorating front windows, home concerts, to the ringing of church bells.
    This is a day for us to unite, to remember and to celebrate

  • fighting for the future of rugby league

    I welcome today the Government’s rescue package of £16 million to safeguard the immediate future of Rugby League. It’s great news and a good initial boost for the sport, which is doing so much to help people here in our St Helens communities and across the country.
    In early April, myself and Marie Rimmer MP, as St Helens MPs, wrote to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP to stress the cultural and economic force for good of Rugby League in Northern towns like St Helens, all while highlighting the danger to the game’s survival in light of the Covid-19 crisis, which has seen stadium doors close and revenue streams fall.
    Whilst it’s encouraging to see Ministers now addressing our concerns, it’s equally vital they keep this support under review going forward; responding to the evolving needs of local clubs and the Rugby Football League in order to truly guarantee the longevity of the game.