• Carr Mill redevelopment proposals

    I had a productive meeting alongside Moss Bank Labour councillors listening to residents’ views and concerns over proposals for the redevelopment of the Carr Mill Café and Laffak Road site.

    The site has been an eyesore for too long and is in dire need for redevelopment – but this cannot come without involvement from those who already live there.

    I will be taking forward the concerns raised and working with local councillors and the community to ensure the development delivers a positive outcome for all.

  • Knowsley & St Helens Combined Schools football team now be allowed to continue to play

    I am delighted to see that the Knowsley & St Helens Combined Schools football team will now be allowed to continue to play as one team until at least the end of the season.

    Alongside council and parliamentary colleagues from Knowsley and St Helens, I raised concerns with the English Schools FA about the decision to abruptly stop recognising the joint team, thereby depriving young people from our boroughs of the chance to play competitive sport. While it is a disappointment that they are still unable to play in this year’s national competition, it is good news that the boys can continue to play together at a local level. I will be lobbying the English Schools FA to allow the team to continue on a fully recognised basis into the future.

    Grassroots football – particularly at youth level – is vital to the future of the game, so this decision is good news and I would like to pay tribute to all the local players, schools, clubs and parents who championed the young footballers’ case which led to this u-turn.

  • opening the new rail station and transport interchange at Newton-le-Willows

    I was delighted to open the new rail station and transport interchange at Newton-le-Willows today alongside Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram.

    Newton-le-Willows has a proud history as a pioneering railway town. It’s at the heart of the North West and the gateway between the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester. The redeveloped rail station, new routes and plans for increased capacity confirm the town’s status as a key North West and Northern region transport hub.

    This significant investment in the station will hugely improve the facilities for passengers and better connectivity will help bring jobs, and growth to St Helens borough.

    I want to congratulate all the people involved in bringing this ambitious and impressive project to fruition and well done to everyone involved in the opening, particularly the Mayor of St Helens Borough, local councillors, Newton and Earlestown Community Group, and thanks to the Riddling Rack for providing refreshments.

  • Edge Hill University

    I was hugely impressed by the politics undergraduate students I met on my visit to Edge Hill University.

    Their enthusiasm and challenging questions show what an asset they are to the local area – and they gave me a tough workout!

    Many students at Edge Hill University are from St Helens borough, and we are proud of our close link with such a great institution.

  • Racing post article

    I was delighted to write for the Racing Post and highlight the challenges facing British horseracing.

    As Chair of the APPG for Racing and MP for Haydock Park, I will continue to champion this hugely important industry which contributes to our local community and economy here in St Helens Borough, and across the country.

  • Investment in St Helens North

    I visited UK Power Reserve’s site in Newton Le Willows. Their £10m investment is a strong vote of confidence in St Helens borough as the best place in the North West for businesses to locate. The gas-fired facility will provide enough power for the equivalent of 20,000 homes.

    UK Power Reserve is one of the leading providers of low carbon electricity to the UK energy market. This site is generating power for local businesses and communities to meet their energy needs.

    UK Power Reserve employees Alessandra, and Stephen took me on a tour of the site. We spoke about the benefits that the company’s multi-million-pound investment will have in St Helens borough and how this can strengthen ties with the local community, ensure a balanced and resilient electricity system and boost businesses.

    This significant investment in St Helens North shows the confidence the business sector has in our local economy and workforce.


  • Clickworks, St Helens’s new digital hub

    I visited Clickworks – St Helens Chamber’s new digital hub – to see it in action following its recent opening. It was great to see the place is buzzing with activity from local businesses making the most of the facilities and equipment. I spoke to apprentices and students on a digital marketing course and was hugely impressed with their knowledge about the changing face of marketing, and the impact technology is having on the workplace and society.

    Technology is revolutionising the way we work and live. Liverpool City Region has one of the UK’s fastest growing hubs for digital companies with around 26,000 people employed in the digital and creative sector. It was fantastic to meet young people from St Helens borough who are ready to make the most of these opportunities.

    Clickworks is an incredible resource and represents the bright, confident future we have in St Helens.

  • Saints kick off new season

    The Super League kicks off tonight as Saints face our arch-rivals Wigan in the first game of the season.

    Good luck to Justin, James and the team for the season and let’s hope we get off to a winning start.

    But even before a try has been scored, we have started the new year on a positive in St Helens with the news that our town and borough has been chosen to host three games at the 2021 Rugby World Cup. This is testament to the hard work of Eamonn and everyone at the club, supported by St Helens Council and the entire local community, particularly our grassroots rugby league clubs, volunteers and supporters.

    Being a World Cup venue will not only bring economic benefits to the borough but will delight local fans who will be looking forward to seeing some of the best teams in the world at the best ground in the country.

    But before then we have plenty to look forward to and I wish Saints all the very best for what will hopefully be another memorable – and winning! – season.

  • A honour and a privilege

    It was a humbling privilege to present 93-year old Moss Bank veteran Dave Greenall with his Légion d’Honneur, awarded by France for his Royal Navy service during the Battle of the Atlantic & on D-Day. Dave continued his commitment to public service after the war by becoming a local teacher.

    It was an honour to show our community’s appreciation and thanks to Dave and his generation by presenting him with France’s highest distinction in the presence of friends and neighbours.

  • Investment in the st helens north

    I was delighted to officially open Pyroguard’s new manufacturing facility in Haydock, producing premium quality fire safety glass for international and domestic markets. The operation of the company’s second St Helens-based facility will create skilled jobs in the borough and demonstrates how the manufacturing sector plays a vital role in our local, regional and national economy.

    I welcome comments from Pyroguard’s CEO Neil Tilsley recognising the talent we have in this borough and region and his commitment to manufacturing here. Our proud history of manufacturing and our locations marks us pit as one of the best places in Britain for investments such as this.

    I want to thank Pyroguard for their 30-year association with St. Helens and this vote of confidence in our borough.


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