• Primodos

    I am supporting calls for the Prime Minister to ask for a public review of Primodos, the controversial hormone-based pregnancy drug.

    Of the 1.5 million women who took the drug in the 1960s and 1970s, many gave birth to babies with deformities, miscarried, or had stillbirths. Yet, early official warnings about Primodos were delayed, or ignored altogether by some doctors. Even today, previously commissioned medical reviews of the drug remain shrouded in secrecy.

    I have worked with some of those affected who live in St Helens. My constituent Elaine Pennington and others like Marie Lyon deserve answers, and I’ll do all I can alongside my colleagues in Parliament to support their campaign for more information and greater transparency from the Government.

    Follow the link to read the EDM’s text in full: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53505/primodos-hormone-pregnancy-drug-test

  • #HeartUnions week

    I’m fully supporting the TUC and affiliate unions this week as they celebrate #HeartUnions week.

    I’m a lifelong trade unionist and proud to champion the efforts of activists and members especially here in St Helens and the North West. I encourage all workers to join a union and I’ll keep working with the trade unions to shine a light on issues faced by working people locally and across the country.

  • St Helens Town Deal Board

    I recently attended the inaugural meeting of the St Helens Town Deal Board, a new body which brings together local representatives of the public and private sectors with the goal of helping our local authority deliver economic regeneration here in St Helens.
    I was encouraged to see all attendees demonstrate such passion and enthusiasm for our area, along with a real willingness to each play their part in driving St Helens towards a deliverable town investment plan.
    I was also surprised to be mentioned in the House of Commons by the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse! As I have always said, I will work with him and the Government to get this funding for the town and our community.

  • All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Liverpool City Region

    I’m delighted to have been re-elected as Secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

    The group brings together over 20 MPs and members of the House of Lords to work with Mayor Steve Rotheram, local council leaders, as well as representatives from the private and voluntary sectors, all with the aim of maximising opportunities for jobs, growth and investment in St Helens borough and across our city region.

    Find out more about the APPG’s work here: https://appglcr.org.uk/

  • National Apprenticeship Week

    This week is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) and I fully support the excellent efforts of the North West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, a local group of employers who work with business leaders, students and parents to connect them with our region’s world-class apprenticeships.

    The NAW is an incredible opportunity for young people to explore the wide range of apprenticeship pathways on offer locally, and I would encourage all those interested to get involved with the many fantastic events taking place in St Helens borough during the week.

  • viaduct violets

    Viaduct Violets Women’s Institute, based in Newton-le-Willows, have been taking part in the Green Hearts campaign to raise awareness of how individual actions can benefit the environment.

    I met with their President Linda Harrison, along with Vice President Jill Rigby, who told me about some of the measures we can all take to protect the planet, from car sharing to recycling more. They even gave me my own locally-made green heart, which I’ll proudly be wearing in Parliament.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • victory for NHS workers

    I was proud to stand with our local NHS workers in St Helens, and their trade union Unison, throughout their dispute with Compass, and I’m prouder still that they have won.
    They took on a multi-national outsourcing giant and won a significant increase in hourly pay, improved unsocial hours payments and better sick pay schemes.
    It is a victory for rights, decency and dignity at work, as well as unity and solidarity in our NHS.

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