• Conor welcomes the Planning Inspector’s decision to reject plans for a waste incinerator near Blackbrook

    Conor McGinn MP, responding to the news that the Planning Inspector has rejected plans for a waste incinerator near homes in Blackbrook, said:

    “This is a common sense decision by the planning inspector. The proposed location of the incinerator so close to peoples’ homes would have had a severe impact on hundreds of residents living between Hinckley Road, Chain Lane and Blackbrook Road.

    “I congratulate local residents and their Labour councillors Alan Cunliffe, Linda Maloney and Paul McQuade who successfully campaigned to oppose this development.

    “Added to the local concerns, the Planning Inspector also found that the proposed incinerator was not needed in terms of Merseyside’s waste strategy, and it is right therefore that for both these reasons it hasn’t gone ahead.”

    The link to the judgement made by Planning Inspector can be found here:

    https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?Caseid=2224529&CoID=0

  • Conor attends Liverpool Pride

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    Conor attended Liverpool Pride to celebrate and show support for LGBT rights.

    He marched with LGBT Labour North West and fellow Merseyside MPs Luciana Berger and Stephen Twigg.

  • Conor’s response to constituents about the vote on the Hunting Act

    Dear constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me recently regarding the Hunting Act.

    I am proud of the Labour’s strong record on animal welfare and I do not want to see the Hunting Act 2004 repealed.

    I believe that the vast majority of the British public also support the ban on hunting. Indeed, a recent Ipsos MORI survey showed that 80% of people support the ban.

    As you are aware, however, the Conservative Party’s election manifesto included a commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote. The Government has recently confirmed it is committed to fulfilling this pledge.

    I believe that holding a vote on repealing the Hunting Act distracts from the real issues that are facing many rural communities, including low wages, the shortage of affordable housing and the need to improve infrastructure and protect public services. I also believe the Government should be focusing on tackling rising energy prices and protecting rural bus services.

    I will oppose this attempt to repeal the Hunting Act.

    Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views.

    Yours sincerely,

    Conor McGinn

    MP for St Helens North

     

     

  • Conor shows support for Trussell Trust foodbank collection at Tesco

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    Conor McGinn visited Tesco in Haydock on Friday to meet staff and volunteers as they collected donations for local foodbanks.

    The initiative is run in partnership with the Trussel Trust and collects the food for St Helens foodbank.

    The latest figures show that since opening in 2012 over 12,200 people in St Helens have been fed by the foodbank and in the last 12 months alone over 2000 children.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “I would like to pay tribute to the amazing work those Trussell Trust and local foodbanks do. And I want to say thank you to Tesco and local staff for supporting this important initiative. If it was not for the generosity of local people I dread to think what would happen to those who need this support.

    “It is not right that so many people are having to rely on foodbanks to feed themselves and their children.

    “It is high time the Government recognises the impact cuts are having on families in my constituency and across the UK. More needs to be done to ensure that working families can afford to feed themselves.” 

     

  • Conor celebrates Independents’ Day in St Helens North

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    To mark Independents’ Day Conor McGinn MP visited local businesses in the constituency.

    Independents’ Day was launched in 2010 by People1st and celebrates the crucial economic and social contribution independent businesses make to communities. The aim is to make support for independent businesses a more permanent fixture and encourage people to shop at local businesses.

    Conor called in at number of business including:

    • Chouxchouxbedoos – a family run coffee shop & café on Newton High Street
    • Cooks of Rainford – a butchers which has served the local community for over 80 years
    • A180 Darts – a darts supplier based in Moss Bank, who supply some of the biggest names in darts and work to promote the next generation of darts players at St Helens Darts Academy

    Commenting Conor said:

    “Independents’ Day is a great opportunity highlight the importance of small business to our community and encourage people to support local businesses.

    “The businesses I met are just a few examples of the many small and medium size enterprises based in St Helens North, which are so important to our community.

    “These businesses contribute hugely to local economy by creating employment and making a huge contribution to the life of our local communities.”

  • Conor marks Armed Forces day in St Helens North

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    Conor McGinn joined the Mayor of St Helens, councillors, veterans and residents to celebrate Armed Forces day. He took part in a ceremony at the cenotaph and other community events across the constituency.

    On Friday 26th June in the evening, Conor joined local residents and councillors Jennie Bell, Dave and Jeannette Banks, and Seve Gomez -Asperon at St Johns Church in Earlestown to watch a concert by Haydock Male Voice Choir, led by musical director Dan Craddock. The event, supported by the Newton and Earlestown Community Group, was a great success and raised funds for Newton Sea Cadets.

    On Saturday 27th June, Conor began the day at Mill Street barracks, the home of St Helens Sea Cadets, where he met veterans and spoke with organisations such as Addaction, SAFFA, Former Forces Support, and the British Legion. He then took part in the ceremony at the cenotaph in Victoria Square.

    Newton and Earlestown also marked Armed Forces day with a picnic in Mesnes Park. Conor mixed with families and veterans who were enjoying the sunshine, listening to a brass band, and looking at the stalls and displays from the local cadet units and community groups.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “Armed Forces day provides an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to, and show support for our entire armed forces community. The men and women who serve our country make an invaluable contribution both at home and overseas.

    “It was an honour to take part in the ceremony at the cenotaph as we recognised and celebrated those who serve, and have served in our Armed Forces, and their families.

    “It was good to see so much public support being shown for those who serve in the military and for organisations who help those who have served our country and now need support and advice.”

  • Conor shows support for RugbyForce

    Conor McGinn called in at Liverpool St Helens Moss Lane ground over the weekend to meet with Club secretary Lynda Lane and other volunteers from the club as they took part in the NatWest RugbyForce program.

    The nationwide initiative involves hundreds of clubs across the country with the aim of improving Rugby Union Club facilities. At Moss Lane the volunteers were busy renovating the clubs changing rooms, and during a break in the work Conor chatted with them about the club, the work they were carrying out and plans for the future.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “It was good to meet those down at Liverpool St Helens taking part in the RugbyForce weekend.

    “RugbyForce plays an important role maintaining facilities, coaching players and providing the opportunity for people to play and watch the sports they love”

    “Sport plays an important role in our community. It’s great to see initiatives like this that demonstrate the important role volunteers play in helping our sports clubs keep up and running.”

     

  • Conor visits Helena Partnerships to mark Adult Learners Week

    Conor marked Adult Learners Week in St Helens North by paying a visit to Helena Partnerships offices on Newton Road.

    At the offices adult learners were undertaking a course on how to use IT and the ways it can be used to save money. 

    Conor chatted with those attending about how the course had helped them and the reasons why they had become adult learners.  

    Commenting Conor said:

    “Adult Learners Week has been a great opportunity to showcase the work of learners and their tutors in St Helens North.  

    “Improving the skills of adults is important to our community, what’s been delivered here in this constituency shows that. Many people are developing new skills, building confidence and creating new friendships.

    “Having spoken to one of the tutors Danny, it is clear that courses like these are not only rewarding for the adult learners, but the tutors as well.

    “I just hope the Government recognise the importance of learning in later life and do not impose further cuts to the funding of adult community learning”

     

  • Highways Agency respond to concerns raised by Conor McGinn MP

    After being contacted by a number of constituents over traffic delays at Haydock Island, Conor McGinn MP called an on-site meeting with senior Highways Agency managers to discuss the delays.

    At the meeting, he pressed for action to be taken to improve the situation and address the concerns of constituents.

    The Highways Agency has now set out the action they intend to take to ease the congestion and have apologised for the delays experienced.

    Speaking after the meeting McGinn said:

    “I’d like to thank the Highways Agency for responding so quickly to my request and meeting myself and local councillors on site to discuss the problems being faced by constituents.

    “I am pleased to say it was a positive meeting, and I hope the actions taken by the agency will now improve the situation and reduce the delays experienced by local residents. I shall be following progress closely.”

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  • McGinn celebrates National Fish and Chip Day at Haydock’s Crispy Cod

    Crispy CodTo celebrate the first National Fish and Chip Day on Friday 5th June, Conor visited the Crispy Cod at Haydock.

    He met the owner Michael, and staff as part of a new initiative to recognise fish and chips as the nation’s number one take away.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “The Crispy Cod is a great local chip shop. I called in at the Crispy Cod a few times during my election campaign and I wanted to drop in again to mark this new celebration of one of the country’s favourite dishes. It also provided an opportunity to congratulate them on recently receiving the Platinum Chip Fryer award from St Helens Council.

    “The Platinum Award recognises those local chip shops that produce a healthier and tastier chip through there cooking techniques.

    “National Fish and Chip Day is an ideal opportunity to recognise how important chip shops like the Crispy Cod are, not just as somewhere to get a good chippy tea but as small businesses, employers and a much valued part of our community.”

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