• McGinn promises to work hard to bring jobs and investment to St Helens in Maiden Speech

    Conor McGinn, newly elected MP for St Helens North, made his maiden speech yesterday in the House of Commons.

    In his speech he paid tribute to his predecessor Dave Watts, raised his fear as to what five years of Tory rule will mean for our community, but promised to work hard every day for the people of St Helens.

    Speaking in Parliament McGinn said:

    “St Helens North has a distinguished history and great potential for the future, but I fear that things will not be easy in the time ahead.

    “My predecessor served the House and the people of St Helens North diligently for 17 years. Dave Watts is one of the finest men I know. He epitomises all that is noble about public service, and all that is good about politics. His work for his constituency, and his devotion to his constituents, are an example to us all.

    “I come to the House committed to representing my constituents, and determined to work hard for my constituency. I made the people of St Helens North a promise that I would do my best for them, and it is a promise that I intend to keep.”

    The maiden speech in full can be found here.

  • NHS and cost-of-living are key election issues

    Conor at Garswood Care Centre

    CONOR McGinn says the issues of the NHS and the economy are at the forefront of voters minds as he hits the campaign trail in the weeks leading up to the general election.

    The Labour candidate, regarded as the heavy favourite to take the seat in St Helens North vacated by Dave Watts, said: “While out in Newton I met an 18-year-old and asked him what issues concerned him expecting something like student loans or international development.

    “He told me he was an apprentice engineer who has a secure job but he was worried about the economy and wanted to own his own house. He was worried about the future and wanted his MP to be on his side.

    “I told him about policies to build 200,000 new homes but people are concerned about things relevant to them and they want an MP to fight their corner. I met a woman recently retired as a paramedic and was concerned about the NHS. I told her there would be no top down reorganisation under Labour. But I did tell her that there was a lot of work to do to undo the damage done by this coalition government.

    “When you get down to the nitty gritty there is a choice between Labour and Conservative. People have been giving me a tough line of questioning and have challenged me about policies.

    “I have found people are well informed about things and are engaged with the system. There is a scepticism about the ability of politicians to change things and I’m telling people I don’t have all the answers and may make mistakes but I will always work hard and do my best.

    The Northern Irishman, who has settled in Earlestown with his young family after winning the race to be the Labour candidate, added: “I feel as if I have put down roots here. I have a working class background so I have a good understanding about what people are going through. My son will go to school here so I care about what happens in our schools.”

    He said while he appreciates that both St Helens constituencies are seen as “safe Labour seats” he is “not going to insult anyone’s intelligence” by assuming his victory is assured.

    He added: “You have an opportunity to say this is what I think and what I believe. It’s about choice. About what sort of town you want your kids to grow up in.

    “I want there to be as much opportunity for a kid in Parr as in David Cameron’s constituency.”


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  • ‘Meet the Candidate’ – Conor in this week’s St Helens Star

    This week’s St Helens Star included a ‘Meet the Candidate’ profile with Conor, published on the day he was officially nominated as Labour’s candidate for St Helens North in the forthcoming election.

    Click the following link to read it: ‘Meet the Candidate’ – Conor in this week’s St Helens Star



  • Labour candidate Conor McGinn throws down challenge to other candidates in debate over MP’s second jobs

    LABOUR’S prospective parliamentary candidate for St Helens North, Conor McGinn, has pledged that he will be a full-time MP and won’t have a second job.

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