• Helen’s Law, at Second Reading

    Last week, MPs passed the Bill we have all come to know as Helen’s Law, at Second Reading.
    For decades, Marie McCourt has shown dignity, tenacity and sacrifice in persevering with this campaign, even after her own daughter’s killer was released just weeks ago.
    Because the Government has introduced the Bill itself, Helen’s Law will now make swift progress and become law. This rare step is testament to Marie McCourt’s character, the strength of her love for Helen, as well as her determination to do right by her memory.

  • Primodos

    I am supporting calls for the Prime Minister to ask for a public review of Primodos, the controversial hormone-based pregnancy drug.

    Of the 1.5 million women who took the drug in the 1960s and 1970s, many gave birth to babies with deformities, miscarried, or had stillbirths. Yet, early official warnings about Primodos were delayed, or ignored altogether by some doctors. Even today, previously commissioned medical reviews of the drug remain shrouded in secrecy.

    I have worked with some of those affected who live in St Helens. My constituent Elaine Pennington and others like Marie Lyon deserve answers, and I’ll do all I can alongside my colleagues in Parliament to support their campaign for more information and greater transparency from the Government.

    Follow the link to read the EDM’s text in full: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53505/primodos-hormone-pregnancy-drug-test

  • #HeartUnions week

    I’m fully supporting the TUC and affiliate unions this week as they celebrate #HeartUnions week.

    I’m a lifelong trade unionist and proud to champion the efforts of activists and members especially here in St Helens and the North West. I encourage all workers to join a union and I’ll keep working with the trade unions to shine a light on issues faced by working people locally and across the country.

  • All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Liverpool City Region

    I’m delighted to have been re-elected as Secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

    The group brings together over 20 MPs and members of the House of Lords to work with Mayor Steve Rotheram, local council leaders, as well as representatives from the private and voluntary sectors, all with the aim of maximising opportunities for jobs, growth and investment in St Helens borough and across our city region.

    Find out more about the APPG’s work here: https://appglcr.org.uk/

  • National Apprenticeship Week

    This week is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) and I fully support the excellent efforts of the North West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, a local group of employers who work with business leaders, students and parents to connect them with our region’s world-class apprenticeships.

    The NAW is an incredible opportunity for young people to explore the wide range of apprenticeship pathways on offer locally, and I would encourage all those interested to get involved with the many fantastic events taking place in St Helens borough during the week.

  • my article for The House magazine on the music industry

    I was delighted to lead a Parliamentary debate on the immense contribution of the UK’s music industry to both the economy and society.

    To find out more about music’s role in national and local life, the challenges faced by the industry, the work of UK Music, and why I proposed the debate, you can read my article for The House magazine:

    https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/economy/house/house-magazine/109151/conor-mcginn-mp-uk-music-industry-boosts-our-economy-and

  • CELEBRATING OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY

    I was delighted to lead a Parliamentary debate on the immense contribution of the UK’s music industry to both the economy and society.
    The British music industry is worth a staggering £5 billion to the national economy, employing nearly 200,000 people. It’s a story of success that contributes something of real value to every town and city across Britain.
    Merseyside, of course, is synonymous with world-leading British music, and I paid tribute to our region’s great variety of diverse performers, venues, festivals and local studios, each of which helps to fuel the kind of talent that makes UK music the envy of the world. It was also nice to be able to read about local artists, venues, organisations, bands and choirs in Hansard – the official House of Commons report.
    But big challenges remain, which is why Ministers must do more to acknowledge the life-changing impact music has on our communities, all the while helping those already working in the industry to flourish.

  • Helens Law – lets get this done

    The first letter I’ve sent on being re-elected as an MP is to the Secretary of State for Justice, to ask him to press the Government to include a Bill for Helen’s Law in the Queen’s Speech again this week.
    We came so close in the last Parliament. And Conservative, Labour & the Lib Dems all pledged their support during the election.
    Let’s get this done for Marie McCourt & all the other victims & families.

  • ‘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.

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