• Conor meets with Edgehill University Students Union and NUS representatives

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    Conor met with the Edgehill University Students Union Chair and representatives from the National Union of Students. He discussed the challenges that many students face and the negative implications the cut to maintenance grants will have on St Helens students.

  • Conor meets with Merseyside Police Federation

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    Conor met with the Merseyside Police Federation to discuss the challenges to local policing, and the huge spending shortfall the Merseyside Force face.

  • Conor publishes Parliamentary Report

    Conor McGinn MP has published a Parliamentary Report detailing his work in Parliament and St Helens since he was elected in May.

    In it, the St Helens North MP gives a flavour of his activities in the local community, including some of more than 30 events he has attended in every part of the constituency from visits to schools, charity collections, festivals, family fun days, promotions of local businesses and many other civic occasions.

    Conor’s published figures also show that his office has dealt with over 1000 queries from constituents since it opened just a week after he became an MP, with every piece of correspondence received acknowledged and replied to, the majority meeting his own target.

    He and his full-time constituency caseworker, a role he promised to have in his office prior to the election, has also directly worked with almost 70 constituents who have had particular problems or issues that required the MPs assistance or intervention. He has already held 6 constituency surgeries in Rainford, Parr, Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Billinge and Haydock, meeting his pledge to hold regular advice clinics throughout the local area.  

    On his role in Westminster, Conor has been appointed to the high-profile Defence Select Committee, where his role is to scrutinise the Government’s policies on defence, national security, the Armed Forces and veterans. He was also elected by MPs from all parties to serve as the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, a role which saw him meet the President of Ireland in Britain last month. 

    Conor says one of the most important things about his work in Parliament is the ability to raise local issues at a national level. He said:

    “In the short time I have been an MP, I have exposed the lack of government funding for pupils in St Helens compared to the national average, revealed the fact that no funding for homeless Armed Forces veterans has been made available to the North West, obtained figures that show energy bills on Merseyside have risen by 1/3 since 2010 and questioned Ministers about local transport costs, rising child poverty levels in the region and cuts to the local government budget in our borough. I will continue to stand-up and speak up for St Helens North.”

    “I have published this report so that my constituents in St Helens North can see what I’ve been doing locally in the community, how I’ve been helping people who ask my office for assistance and what I’ve been raising in Parliament at Westminster. I hope people find it useful and am happy to receive any feedback.”

    The report in full can be found here: Summer Report 2015

     

  • 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.”

     

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