• Dissolution of Parliament

    As Parliament has been dissolved, Conor is no longer the MP for St Helens North.

    Strict electoral rules mean that his constituency office will therefore only be dealing with urgent casework.

    If you need assistance with any issues such as benefits, debt etc. you may find help at St Helens Citizens Advice, please check their website to see what help they can offer: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

    For council related issues, please contact St Helens Council. Contact details can be found here: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/contact-us/ or contact your local councillors: http://moderngov.sthelens.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

    If you wish to contact Conor McGinn’s campaign, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ConorMcGinnMP/

  • ‘WASPI women’

    It is incredibly disappointing that a recent court ruling means that the ‘WASPI women’ (Women Against State Pension Inequality) will not be receiving compensation.
    Many women in St Helens and some 3.8 million women nationwide have been impacted by the loss of their pensions because they were subject to discriminatory employment and pension laws. This has had a profound negative impact on them, including increased poverty, deteriorating health, and homelessness.
    I have met with local women affected and have also given my support to a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to enact a temporary special measure, as permitted by international law, to provide restitution to women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions because of the impact of the rise in retirement age.

  • the Towns Fund

    It is good to see that St Helens has been invited to develop proposals for the Towns Fund which could see an investment of up to £25 million in transport, digital, skills and culture in the borough.
    Alongside St Helens Council, I have worked constructively with Ministers in the Department of Housing, Communities & Local Government to increase recognition of the rich history and future potential of our Northern towns, and to ensure that St Helens was included in this funding round and the future development of the Northern Powerhouse.
    Boosting growth and regeneration has always been one of my top priorities. We have suffered almost a decade of cuts to public services, and this funding won’t undo that. It’s clear that we now need a proper Northern Budget for infrastructure and services.
    But this is a step forward. I am keen to see the development of these proposals and St Helens borough starting to receive the investment it deserves which help make us the best place to live, work and visit in the North West.

  • the suspension of Parliament

    Many constituents have been in touch about the suspension of Parliament.
    I share their deep concern that the people’s democratic institutions are being deliberately shut down at a time when the country is facing political and potentially economic and constitutional crises, and solely because the Prime Minister hasn’t got a majority in the House of Commons and wants to force through a no-deal Brexit.
    Regardless of anyone’s views on Brexit and whatever the arguments about what people did or didn’t vote for in 2016, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to allow this abysmal and potentially dangerous state of affairs.
    A no-deal Brexit flies in the face of what the Leave campaign said throughout the referendum campaign. It would have a hugely detrimental impact here in St Helens and on people, businesses and communities across the country. Already, St Helens Council is making contingency plans to ensure sick and elderly people can access medicines and kids can get school meals.
    I will continue to work closely with MPs from across the House of Commons in the next number of weeks to try and stop prorogation, and also unapologetically and unequivocally continue to oppose a no-deal Brexit.

  • Maria Eagle MP’s Public Advocate Bill

    I was proud to co-sponsor my Merseyside Labour colleague Maria Eagle MP’s Public Advocate Bill. In public disasters it would give bereaved relatives access to independent advocacy to help them get answers and justice.

    Public disasters with tragic consequences, such as the Grenfell fire and Hillsborough inflict such trauma and distress for the bereaved family and friends. This bill will offer voice to the bereaved when dealing with officials – helping them gain truthful and meaningful results.

  • a new deal for leaseholders

    I support Labour’s new deal for leaseholders.

    It is estimated that between 4.3 and 6.6 million properties in England are owned on a leasehold basis – this means that one in four homeowners own the right to live in the property but not on the land it sits on.

    If charges are unfairly increased, it is a finically crippling situation for many leaseholders – including hundreds of people in new build properties across St Helens borough. The structure of this system needs to be much more transparent, and fundamentally change.

  • St Helens Council losing a further £8.8 million

    It is unacceptable and unfair that St Helens Council is losing a further £8.8 million of central Government grant support for the next two years, while at the same time having to cope with increased demand on services.

    Councils provide essential services from education and social care to waste disposal and road repair. These Tory cuts mean it is increasingly difficult to provide these services and this will have a negative impact on residents in St Helens borough.

    The Government needs to reverse these cuts that are damaging our schools, communities and essential infrastructure, and instead invest in our communities.

  • visiting the NATO Baltic air-policing mission

    I joined a cross-party Parliamentary delegation to Estonia to visit the NATO Baltic air-policing mission, currently led by the Royal Air Force. It was good to see at first hand the important work being done to uphold international law, security and democratic values.

    We also spent time with the UK Ambassador in Tallinn and at the Estonian Ministry of Defence.

    As always it was good to meet servicemen and women from St Helens and the North West, all of them missing home and their families but doing a vitally important job.

  • mandatory life sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving

    I spoke in the House of Commons to support my colleague Marie Rimmer MP and the petition presented to Parliament on behalf of the family of Violet-Grace Youens.
    It calls for mandatory life sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving. I fully support the Youens family, as do the people of St Helens.

  • fundraising for Racing to School’s

    I was delighted to support Racing to School’s fundraising dinner in Westminster which raised over £35,000 for the charity. The APPG for Racing & Bloodstock – which I co-chair with Laurence Robertson – took on Racing to School as our nominated charity.
    This fantastic cause delivers outdoor learning activities for young people at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country. Last year I joined them for a day long programme with young people at Haydock. They also work with young people with special educational needs and those from inner city, rural and deprived areas.
    Initiatives to introduce disadvantaged young people to racing are really important to me, and I was delighted to be involved in supporting this worthy cause.

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