• Conor nominates local chef for Parliamentary pub food award

    Rainford pub not sidewaysConor McGinn has nominated Phillip Smith the Chef at Rainsford’s Junction Pub for the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group pub chef of the year award.

    The prestigious award encourages all MPs to recognise pub chefs in their constituency renowned for their great food, and aims to encourage young chefs towards a career in the pub trade and help promote job opportunities in the pub industry.

    Commenting Conor said

    “The Pub Chef of the Year nomination provides an opportunity to recognise great local pubs like The Junction, and the important role they play in our communities.

    I have visited The Junction a number of times and I have always enjoyed the fantastic food there. It’s a great pub that offers tasty food made with the best local produce.”

     

     

  • Conor visits St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School for pupils’ Q&A

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    Conor McGinn visited St Cuthbert’s High School on Friday to meet head teacher Mrs Twist and the school’s Student Senior Team. At the school he spoke to students about his role as their local MP, and why he became involved in politics.

    The students took the opportunity to question Conor on a wide range of issues including dealing with confrontation, funding cuts to mental health and his hobbies.

     Speaking after the visit Conor said:

    “It was great to meet the students today, they asked some interesting questions. It was important to hear about the issues and concerns they have, as well as learning more about what they do.

    “It is evident from my visit that Mrs Twist and the whole school are working hard to raise both the aspirations of the pupils and their attainment levels. I look forward to visiting again in the future.”

     

     

  • Conor supports local arts and culture venture

    Arts cafeConor McGinn stopped by the Pop up Café Hunt and Darton for a bite to eat and to enjoy entertainment from the artists. Whilst there he met Holly Darton and Jenny Hunt, who run the café.

    The café has come to St Helens as part of the Heart of Glass project and mixes food with performance art, an eclectic mix of poetry and dance.  

    Conor was joined for lunch by Patrick Fox the director of the Heart of Glass project. Heart of Glass is an arts commissioning project which supports work made with, for and about St Helens. The initiative aims to get more people involved in the arts.  Commenting after the visit Patrick said “It’s really fantastic that Conor popped by to see us, showing support and recognising the transformative power of arts and creativity across our communities”

    Conor added:

    “It was an interesting and entertaining lunch today, and just one of the many projects being delivered through the Heart of Glass.

    “Projects like this are important to help increase participation in the arts and support existing local artists in their work.”

     

  • Conor responds to the announcement of tax office closure

    Responding to the announcement from HMRC of the planned closure of St Helens tax office, Conor said:

    “This announcement is the latest blow to St Helens. The Tory Government seems determined to obliterate public services and destroy public sector jobs.

    “When taken alongside proposals to close our courthouse and fire station, and with huge cuts to local policing and the local authority’s budget, people will justifiably draw the conclusion that this Tory Government wants to diminish the status of St Helens as a major town and borough in the North West, and in doing so remove the associated economic benefits from our area.”  Further details of the announced closure.”

    Further details about the planned closure can be found at the link below.

    http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/14029504.Tax_office_to_close_under__modernisation__plans/

     

  • Conor addresses St Helens College Graduation Ceremony

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    On Saturday Conor addressed St Helens College Graduation Ceremony.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “It was a special honour to address the University Centre St Helens Graduation Ceremony, and to have an opportunity to recognise the achievements of St Helens College. The graduates of all ages and from all backgrounds are a testament to the work being done to widen access to education and I pay tribute to everyone associated with the University Centre. 

    “The Class of 2015 are a credit to our St Helens community and they should be proud of what they have achieved. I congratulate them on receiving their awards and wish them and their families well for the future.”

  • Conor appears on Sunday Politics North West

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    Conor was on Sunday Politics North West this week talking about tax credits, broadband access and devolution to Merseyside. You can watch it below (from 34 minutes in).

    http://bbc.in/1MsYaN0

     

  • Conor McGinn MP gets First Class experience as he turns postie for the day in St Helens North

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    Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, experienced the challenges involved in delivering the post when he joined local postie, Ryan Cunliffe, on his delivery round in St Helens North.Conor is one of a number of local Members of Parliament being invited to go out with postmen and women across the UK to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to deliver the post.

    The purpose of the visits is to give Members of Parliament a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.

    Stephen Norris, Delivery Office Manager at St Helens North, who briefed Conor before he set off on his walk said: “We’re delighted that Conor McGinn MP is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.

    “The visit gave us the opportunity to show Conor how we are modernising and transforming the organisation. We are investing in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “Postmen and women not only deliver the mail, but play an important part in the local communities across the St Helens North.

    “I joined local postman Ryan, and it provided a real insight into the hard work posties do week in and week out.

    “They deliver a fantastic service, often in poor weather conditions, and I would like to thank Ryan and other postmen and women for the invaluable work they do.”

    Royal Mail is currently transforming its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to increase efficiency.

  • Conor met SAMS to discuss work they undertake to help veterans

    Conor met with Sam Thompson and Vicky Owen of SAMS, a community interest company established to offer support and guidance to those who have left the armed forces and their families.

    At the meeting Conor discussed with the the work SAMS undertakes, including the recently launched veteran’s breakfast club. The breakfast club gives an opportunity for former forces personal to meet, chat and find out about the services and support on offer.

    Sam and Vicky also spoke about how those leaving the services could be better supported, and the implementation of the review last year into the transition between military and civilian life.

    Commenting Conor said:

    ‘It was good to meet representatives from SAMS and hear about the invaluable work they are doing.

    “It is only right that we properly support those who have served our country. SAMS and other community groups are doing a great job and are running some excellent programmes.

    “However, it is vital that the government also plays a leading role in supporting veterans across UK.”

  • Conor congratulates schools on shortlisting for the Educate Awards 2015

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    Conor McGinn has congratulated schools in St Helens North on being shortlisted for the Educate Awards 2015. The awards celebrate the achievements and best practice of schools and colleges within the Liverpool city region, Lancashire and Cheshire.  

    Out of hundreds of schools entered for this year’s awards six schools from St Helens North have been shortlisted, and Cowley International College has been nominated in three categories.

    And on Friday, Conor visited one of the shortlisted schools, Rainford C of E Primary School to pay tribute to pupils and staff on their achievements.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “I’d like to congratulate all the schools nominated, but especially those in my constituency who I know do excellent work.  

    “It was great to meet Mrs Richardson and the pupils involved in the fantastic “Dragon’s Den” project, which has seen the school shortlisted for an award to recognise and encourage learning about business and finance.

    “It’s great to see our schools being recognised in this way.

    “From innovation in literacy, to sports, the arts and enterprise there is a lot of inspirational teaching and learning in our community, and its right that we take the time to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of pupils, teachers, staff and parents.”

    The full shortlist can be found below.

    Shortlisted Schools  

    Most Inspirational Primary School

    Eldon Primary School

    Halewood C of E Primary

    Sacred Heart Catholic Primary

    Barnton Community Primary

    Leamington Community Primary

     

    Most Inspirational Secondary School

    Clare Mount Specialist Sport College

    Wellfield High School

    The Observatory School

    Formby High School

    Sir John Thursby Community College

     

    Community Partnership Award

    Bishop David Sheppard Primary School

    Gateacre School

    North Liverpool Academy 

    All Saints Catholic Primary

    St Vincents School for Sensory Impairment 

     

    Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School

    All Saints Catholic Primary School

    Billinge St Aidens C of E Primary School

    Childwall C of E Primary

    St Cecilias Catholic Junior School

     

    Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School

    Archbishop Blanch C of E School

    Cowley International College

    St Margarets Academy

    Rainford High Technology College

     

    Eco School Project of the Year

    Bishop David Sheppard Primary School

    Liverpool Life Sciences

    Cowley International College

    St Francis Xaviers College 

     

    Communication Award

    Calderstones School

    Leamington Community School

    St Margarets Academy 

    The Liverpool Blue Coat School

    Whitefield Primary

     

    Teacher of the Year

    Beth Harris, Archbishop Temple School

    Peter Fearon, Bebington High Sports College

    Mr O’Keefe, The Belvedere Academy 

    Mr Maloney, Holly Lodge Girls’ College

    Zoe Smith, Wellfield High School

     

    Spirit of Enterprise Award

    Birkdale High School

    Liverpool Life Sciences

    Rainford C of E Primary School

    St Margarets Academy

    Cowley International College

     

    Innovative and Creative Literacy Award

    Archbishop Blanch C of E School

    Bishop David Sheppard Primary School

    Gateacre School

    The District CE Primary School

    Whitefield Primary School

     

    SEND Provision Award

    Lakeside School

    Rainford C of E Primary School

    Springwood Heath Primary

    The Observatory School

    Whitefield Primary School

     

    Science Project of the Year

    Bishop David Sheppard Primary School

    Gateacre School

    Liverpool Life Sciences

     

    Outstanding Arts in Primary School

    Faith Primary School

    Netherton Moss Primary

    St Oswalds C of E Primary

     

    Outstanding Arts in Secondary School

    Archbishop Temple School

    Holly Lodge Girls School

    The Belvedere Academy

    North Liverpool Academy

     

    Career Aspiration Award

    Archbishop Blanch C of E School

    Bebington High Sports College

    Calderstones School

    ESLA

    Notre Dame Catholic College

     

    WOW Recognition Award

    Faith Primary School

    Gateacre School

    Netherton Moss Primary School

    New Park Primary School

    The Observatory School

     

    Leadership Team of the Year

    Bishop David Sheppard Primary

    Formby High School

    Kilgarth School 

     

    Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills

    Archbishop Temple School

    Bebington High Sports College

    Evelyn Community Primary

    St Oswalds C of E Primary 

      

    Innovation in Education Award

    Archbishop Blanch C of E School

    Bebington High Sports College

    Flakefleet Primary School

    The Observatory School

     

     

  • Conor urges St Helens residents to make their voice heard and register to vote

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    Conor McGinn, Labour’s MP for St Helens North, responding to the news that changes in the electoral registration system mean around one million people will lose their votes, said:

    “The Tories have rushed through changes to the electoral registration system, and now around one million people are set to lose their votes.

    “There are major local elections here in St Helens next year. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain stays in the EU. But if people aren’t on the electoral register, they will not be able to vote and have their say. They could even face an £80 fine and find it harder to get a credit card or a mobile phone contract.

    “It is important that everyone in St Helens registers to vote. It’s quick and easy – you can register in just three minutes by going to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

     

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