• 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.

  • Government’s slow responce to Covid-19

    As Keir Starmer said at Prime Minister’s Questions today, there is growing concern about the Government’s slow progress on Covid-19 testing and PPE, the lack of a coherent strategy for the next phase of the fight against coronavirus and coming out of lockdown, and the real disparities we’re now seeing between Ministers’ words and actions.
    Throughout this emergency, Labour as a constructive Opposition has rightly recognised the responsibilities we have to work collaboratively with the Government; backing it where it is right, in order to save both lives and livelihoods, but also holding it accountable and scrutinising its decisions.
    As our brave NHS staff, key workers and the wider public continue to make such huge sacrifices to ensure our communities remain safe, Ministers must now do their jobs and provide the clarity, leadership and action needed for us to move forward in this unprecedented national emergency.

  • supporting Merseyside Police’s vital work

    Earlier this week, I spoke with Chief Constable Andy Cooke about Merseyside Police’s vital work during the current Covid-19 pandemic, and raised shared concerns over a minority of individuals who continue to recklessly ignore social distancing guidance.

    The police have my full backing to deal robustly with this issue, and I fully support the Chief Constable and his recent statement urging people in St Helens borough to adhere to the Government’s instructions.

    These are unparalleled times, and I extend my gratitude to the vast majority of local people who are sacrificing so much by staying at home and doing the right thing. Sadly though, some people are consistently and flagrantly ignoring the rules, jeopardising our collective efforts and putting both themselves and others at risk.

    I know it is really hard, but I would ask all local residents to please continue to stay at home, protect our NHS, and save lives as a result.

  • St Helens is open

    I’m fully supporting ‘St Helens is Open’ which celebrates and supports our local businesses in the borough who’ve diversified, innovated and found new ways to stay open and trade safely during the Covid-19 crisis.

    Whether it’s through no-contact deliveries, online sessions or other alterations, I’ve been astounded by the sheer creativity of local businesses, who as usual have gone the extra mile to ensure local residents are always well served.

    By thinking and shopping local, we all can play our part in ensuring they emerge from these perilous times as strong and vibrant as ever.

  • Sadeq Elhowsh

    I was deeply saddened this week to hear of the tragic news that Sadeq Elhowsh, a much-admired orthopaedic surgeon at Whiston Hospital, has passed away, having tested positive for Covid-19.
    The outpouring of grief and messages of condolence from those who worked with him, his patients, and indeed all who knew him, are a true testament to his unrelenting dedication to his field, his skills as a surgeon, and his popularity within the NHS and our wider community.
    Sadeq was a hard-working and valued member of the team for all who knew him at Whiston, but above all else he was a devoted husband and father. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this exceedingly difficult moment.
    Whilst those that worked alongside Sadeq continue to battle Covid-19, his passing is a stark reminder of the dedication of countless individuals within our NHS, and they all have our gratitude and thanks for their tireless work.

  • a thank you to our schools and those who work in them

    People across our communities are pulling together, in tough circumstances, to play their part in defeating this virus and keeping us all safe. Our incredible local schools are no exception, and I know from contacting our local head teachers and teaching unions in St Helens North that they are working day-in, day-out to support staff and pupils, and keep schools open for the children of frontline key workers.
    I want to thank and offer my full support to all staff in our local schools: from cleaners, caretakers, cooks, office staff, as well as midday supervisors, learning support staff and our wonderful teachers as they each continue to go above and beyond what is asked of them at this difficult time.

  • help needed for rugby league

    Last week, me and Marie Rimmer MP wrote a joint letter to Rishi Sunak MP, the Chancellor, calling for swift and decisive action to help Rugby League clubs financially weather the coronavirus crisis.
    Rugby League clubs are the beating heart of communities in the North of England, including here in St Helens borough, and they all play a vital part in each of them beyond match-day. With fixtures firmly on hold and revenues dwindling, we’re deeply concerned that the game stands at risk.
    The need for urgent support is both real and overdue, and as St Helens MPs we’ll pull out all the stops to ensure the game of Rugby League can come out of this testing moment as strong as ever.

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