• Conor congratulates motor vehicle department on prestigious award

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    St Helens College’s motor vehicle department was recently presented with an award from The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Recognised Employer Award, demonstrating their impressive professional standards within the automotive industry.

    The award, which is held by less than 60 employers in the UK, forms part of the IMI Employer Recognition Scheme, developed in response to the growing demand for ethical conduct and quality within automotive businesses.

    The presentation coincided with the unveiling of the College’s £5million STEM Centre at the Technology Campus and was well attended by local councillors, employers and businesses from across the region.

    Business Development Manager at the Institute of the Motor Industry, Michelle Barrett, said, “It was a great honour to present the motor vehicle department at St Helens College with such a prestigious award. They have shown themselves to be among the elite of motor industry professionals and this will have a positive impact on the local businesses they serve.”

    Conor, who was also in attendance during the event, said, “It’s such a great accolade for St Helens College to receive this award which reassures the public that the services on offer are of the highest professional standards.”

    St Helens College’s automotive hub offers a unique experience to its motor vehicle students, enabling them to learn and practice their skills, under close supervision of industry specialist tutors.

    The College also offers a full garage service to the general public, including MOTs, car service and body repairs, paintless dent removal and smart repairs.

  • Conor talks business with Chair of International Business Festival

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    With the international Festival for Business in Liverpool fast approaching, Conor met with Liverpool Vision Chief Executive and Chair of the IFB, Max Steinberg, to talk about the festival, its success in previous years and what the festival is looking to achieve this year.

    Thousands of delegates are expected to attend the International Festival for Business between 13 June and 1 July, coming from all over the world to do business and develop links to boost the local economy.

    Conor said:

    “It was good to meet Max today and it was a great opportunity to talk about the festival and the aspiration for what it can and will achieve.”

    “It was also a chance to talk about St Helens place in the economy of Merseyside and how St Helens can benefit from the festival and the opportunities to encourage investment and growth in our area.”

  • Taking to the streets for young people in Newton

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    Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North, joined over 100 Newton and Earlestown residents and supporters of the local charity, Business for Youth, as they took part in their 4th Big Walk around Newton-le-Willows.  The challenge being to walk down every street in the town.  After hours of walking the route was completed with plenty of sore feet and money raised for local good causes.

    Conor met up with the group to give a few words of encouragement and to wish them well before walking with them for part of the route.

    “It was great to see so many people give up their Saturday to raise money for young people in their local community”

    “Terry and the team have done a great job yet again in organising the walk.  He and all those that took part should be congratulated for a fantastic effort and for once again showing what a community can achieve when it pulls together.”

  • Conor visits Haydock Band

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    Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North call into Grange Valley Youth Centre in Haydock, to meet with the Musical Director of The Haydock Band, Mark Quinn and fellow band members to talk about their recent success at the regional championships and their plans for the future.

    The Band which can trace its history in Haydock back to 1849, when Lord Gerard established a band for his militia unit before it became the Haydock Colliery Band.  Throughout this time the history of Haydock and the band have been intertwined with, for example, many band members’ connection to the Wood Pit explosion of 1868 to the regular concerts the band play in Haydock.

    Conor said:

    “I wanted to come down and meet the Band to offer my congratulations on their continuing success and hear from them how they want to play an even bigger role in the local community.”

    “Brass band music is at the heart of our communities, its rich history and links to the industries that made our area help it continue to play an important role in our culture and heritage.  That’s why I am keen to see our local bands succeed and be given every opportunity to build links in the community.”

  • The UK and Ireland have a close relationship within the EU & our joint membership has brought mutual benefits to both countries – Hilary Benn & Conor McGinn

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    Conor joined Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, in speaking at an event at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies alongside Ireland’s Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan TD.

    Hilary said:

    “The UK and Ireland have a particularly close relationship within the European Union, and our joint membership has brought mutual benefits to both countries.

    “Ireland is our nearest neighbour and close partner. We share unrivalled business and tourism links, with trade between the UK and Ireland estimated at €1bn a week, and Dublin-London is the world’s second busiest international air route.

    “The peace process in Northern Ireland has brought about a transformation and it was nurtured between our two governments within the EU. North-South co-operation on the island of Ireland has brought dramatic improvements to people on both sides of the border. We want to enhance and improve those links, not put them in jeopardy. We would put at risk all the progress that has been made if the UK were to leave the EU.

    “The decision in this referendum about UK’s future is one that will be made by people in the UK. But we should listen carefully to the views of our allies and closest international partners, from the USA to Ireland, who want Britain to stay in the EU.”

    Conor, who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, said:

    “Hundreds of thousands of Irish people in Britain are entitled to vote in the forthcoming referendum and will have a say in the most important decision this country has taken in a generation.

    “Irish people have made an enormous contribution to all aspects of society here. Many of us have made Britain our home, while still retaining our ties to Ireland. We share a special pride in the close relationship between the UK and Ireland and have played a key role in developing those strong links over the last number of decades.

    “The Irish in Britain are a vibrant, outward-looking and civic-minded community. We represent the best of both of our countries. Britain is safer, stronger and better off within the EU, and the Irish in Britain are too.”

  • Conor steps up fight to protect disabled drivers

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    Conor has stepped his campaign to tackle rogue drivers who park in bays reserved for disabled motorists.

    He invited Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, to St Helens on Friday (May 13) to discuss the problem.

    The move was part of St Helens North MP Mr McGinn’s efforts to deal with the menace of selfish drivers who misuse disabled bays in the town.

    Conor said: “It was great that Debbie Abrahams could come to St Helens to see the problem at first hand.

    “As Shadow Minister for the Disabled, she has a key role in helping drawing up Labour’s policies so her involvement in my campaign is invaluable.

    “We will be working together to try to find solutions to this problem and help make the lives of disabled people in St Helen’s a little easier.

    “We must not allow the selfish actions of a small minority of motorists make life needlessly hard for disabled drivers when they visit shops and other venues.”

    Debbie Abrahams said she backed Conor McGinn’s campaign and said it could be rolled out nationwide, if it proved a success in St Helens.

    She said: “It’s really important that we highlight not just the inconvenience and upset that inconsiderate use of parking spaces allocated for disabled people can cause, but the real difficulties as well.

    “Life is tough enough for anyone with a disability and the convenience of being able to park easily near to shops and other public buildings is just one simple way we, as a society, can help ease the difficulties they may face.

    “I’m sure the issue isn’t just happening in St Helens but it will be interesting to see if a campaign here can have an effect and, if it does, we may be able to roll it out across the UK.

    “Most people are considerate, of course, and don’t use these spaces. But we need to do something to get the message across to the minority who don’t act considerately that it’s an unacceptable and anti-social thing to do.

    “Conor and the residents who are tackling this problem should be congratulated for bringing it to light and doing something about it.”

    Mr McGinn begin his campaign after hearing about the plight of local residents Kelly Hayes and Lisa Brennan, who are regular visitors to Parr Swimming and Fitness Centre.

    They have both faced problems caused by motorists who have parked in the spots reserved for disabled drivers with blue badges.

    Mr McGinn said the problem was worse in off-street car parks – such as council or supermarket car parks – which are often not covered by road traffic rules.

    In such car parks, spaces, disabled drivers usually have to rely on the consideration and courtesy of other car park users.

    Among those backing Mr McGinn’s campaign is war veteran Andy Reid.  Triple amputee Mr Reid has described the misuse of disabled parking bays in St Helens as a “massive problem

  • Conor welcomes new Haydock Medical Centre

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    The new Haydock Medical Centre located on Woodside Road has started on site with a “Sod Cutting” ceremony which took place on Friday, 13May. A joint venture between PPE Construction and MAC Construction Solutions, this design and build project will provide a new two storey medical centre including doctors’ surgeries, pharmacy, offices, reception area, changing facilities and washroom facilities. PPE will also undertake all associated parking and landscaping works. The building works are expected to complete in February 2017.

    With over 30 attendees, the Sod Cutting ceremony was undertaken by Conor. He was accompanied by Councillor Martin Bond and the medical price was represented by Chris Williams, Pharmacist.

    Conor said: “This new medical centre will make a hugely positive difference to health provision for the local community in Haydock. I’ve been supporting GP Dr Breach and local pharmacist Chris Williams in moving the plans forward and I was delighted to be asked to join with local constituents to take part in the event to mark the beginning of work on site.

    “The team from Platinum Projects Europe and MAC Construction Solutions are doing a great job in transforming what was a real eyesore. And I look forward to returning early in the New Year to see the new building completed and the medical centre providing services to the local community.”

     

  • Conor meets with local nursery representatives

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    Conor McGinn met with local representatives of the National Day Nurseries Association to discuss childcare and issues affecting local providers

    The meeting took place at Moss Bank Porticos Nursery and was organised by Nicole Politis, director of Porticos Nurseries as an opportunity for local private and voluntary child care providers to talk to Conor about their worries that the Government will not be able to provide adequate funding to meet their promise of providing 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

     After meeting with the local providers, Conor said: “As a dad with a young child, I know that access to high-quality and affordable child care is important to parents. The Government’s promise to extend provision of free childcare has to be matched by properly funding to enable local nurseries to continue to provide and expand the services they deliver.”

     

     

  • MPs back Saints’ autism campaign

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    Shadow Minister for Disabled People, Debbie Abrahams MP, has joined MPs, Marie Rimmer, St Helens South and Whiston, and Conor McGinn, St Helens North, in backing Saints’ campaign to raise funds for St Helens Autism Support. 

    Saints have launched a one off replica shirt for Rugby League’s Magic Weekend and the special edition kit will be worn in Newcastle when they play Huddersfield Giants on 22nd May.

    Debbie Abrahams, who is MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, explained why she’s backing the campaign, saying: “What Saints’ campaign demonstrates is how sports clubs can help raise the profile of important issues because they are so well integrated into their local communities. 

    “I’ve come along today to talk to Mike about how we can take the example of this campaign and share it with other clubs across all sports.

    “If all clubs worked in this way just think how quickly and effectively we could disseminate messages about all sorts of key issues that affect society, especially around disability issues.

    “Having autism, or having someone with autism in your family, can be a very isolating situation when so few of us really understand the condition. But when a club like Saints takes the time to raise the profile of an issue it can help us to talk more openly about it and start to break down the barriers.

    “So, I would encourage all Saints fans to be in that number and support a great cause at the same time!”

    Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, said: “This campaign will raise awareness of the condition in St Helens and across the rugby league world, whilst raising funds for a local charity and I’m pleased to be supporting it.

    “Saints are the heart and soul of our community and this latest initiative in support of a local charity is further tribute to Eamonn, Mike and everyone associated with the club. 

    “In choosing to raise awareness of autism in this innovative way, St Helens RFC and St Helens Autism Support have made an impact far beyond our borough boundaries. 

    “I am delighted that Debbie has recognised the hard work being done locally on this and other disability issues in St Helens, and I hope the fantastic work being done here will serve as an example and give encouragement to those campaigning across the country.”

    Mike Rush, CEO of St Helens RFC, said: “We were delighted to welcome Debbie, Marie and Conor to the club today to demonstrate why our campaign to raise awareness of autism is very important.

    “Since launching the shirt we have received support from all over the world and across all sections of sport, TV and music.

    “We estimate that well in excess of eleven million people have had access to information about our shirt thanks to social media.

    “That is doubly pleasing for me as not only has it already had a positive impact on people in our local area but it is raising funds for a cause very close to my heart.

    “I have a close understanding of autism and the difficulties it can present to families not only in St Helens but across the country.

    “I am proud of the Board of Directors and the Club for backing a local charity and for all those fans from St Helens and other clubs who have bought shirts.

    “With support from the three MPs who came to the club today, the awareness of this cause can only get bigger.”

    Marie Rimmer, MP for St Helens South and Whiston, said: “I’m very proud to see Saints launching these limited edition shirts in support of such a fantastic cause.

    “Autism needs to be better understood by all of us. There are so many autistic people who have great skills, abilities and potential but face barriers to fulfilling it because of a lack of knowledge and understanding from others.”

    Each replica shirt also carries the logo of St.Helens Autism Support, a local group making a massive difference in the area by helping raise awareness of the condition and aiding people, particularly children, with all levels of autism.

    The players’ matchday shirts will also be signed and auctioned off for the charity.

     

  • Conor welcomes Merseyside bus fare bonus for St Helens residents

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    Conor has welcomed a boost for local commuters with the introduction of a new flat bus fare for St Helens.

    St Helens bus users will save up to 30p per journey after the 1st May saw an extension of the single flat fare to cover all of Merseyside and the Liverpool Plus ticket area.

    The change comes about after consistent campaigning for Fair Fares by Labour MPs, local authorities and councillors across Merseyside.

    In welcoming the announcement Conor said:

    “St Helens residents deserve good quality public and affordable public transport. For too long my constituents were hit by a double-whammy, paying for two bus journeys to make one trip, when other parts of Merseyside had a single fare to get you from A to B even if you had to change buses.

    “I welcome this announcement brought about by Labour elected representatives applying pressure on the bus companies, and I hope to see further measures introduced to keep public transport affordable and accessible for people in St Helens North.”

    Chair of Merseytravel, Labour’s Cllr Liam Robinson added:

    “Affordability and making bus fares better value is a key issue that Labour controlled Merseytravel constantly raises with bus companies. Whilst there is still more to do, we are pleased the fare cuts Arriva are making are a good first step in the right direction”

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