• support for The beauty industry

    The beauty industry contributes nearly £30bn to our economy, so it is understandable that many in the industry here in St Helens borough are angered by the disparaging comments made by the Prime Minister this week.

    Whilst hairdressers and barbers are set to open from tomorrow, beauty salons, spas and other wellness facilities are left in the dark, unable to open with no certainty or clarity as to when they can re-open their doors to their communities.

    We know coronavirus increases inequalities for women and that the current public health emergency will likely have a disproportionate economic impact for women, who often work in service industries hit hard by Covid-19, including the beauty industry.

    It therefore adds insult to injury that the Prime Minister appears to be mocking one of the industries that is dominated by women. The Government must take the concerns of this industry seriously and get a plan to re-open these important businesses.

  • Far-right extremism

    I have written an article for The Times about the menacing rise of right-wing extremism, hooliganism & terrorism, which are growing at alarming rates.

    Far-right extremism isn’t simply an ugly stain on our society, but it’s a rising and serious threat to our security – one we must urgently face up to.

    Read my article in full  https://conormcginn.tumblr.com/post/622650450911576064/this-article-was-originally-published-on-friday-19

  • our party’s overriding priority is to protect the British public

    As Labour’s security spokesperson, I reiterated in Parliament our party’s overriding priority to protect the British public, including by working with our most trusted international partners to identify and swiftly bring dangerous criminals to justice.
    Yet, the Government’s woeful lack of progress on future security arrangements with the European Union risks jeopardising this – and time is running out.
    Criminals don’t respect borders and law enforcement need to work across them to combat crime and keep our communities safe.

  • Government’s U-turn on ending free school meals

    I strongly welcome the Government’s U-turn on ending free school meals for 1.3 million vulnerable children this summer holiday, a move which would have affected nearly 5000 children here in St Helens borough.

    Manchester United player Marcus Rashford has done an inspirational job in showing leadership and generating support for the Covid Summer Food Fund, and it is only thanks to him, local & national campaigners and action in Parliament by Labour MPs that Ministers changed course.

    St Helens North has seen a 72% rise in unemployment since March, indicating the growing burdens Covid-19 has forced on households across our communities. For countless families feeling the squeeze, free school meals are a real lifeline – ensuring many of our children don’t go hungry.

    It’s only right this isn’t taken away from those who need it most.

  • Post Office Horizon scandal

    The revelations exposed by last week’s BBC Panorama programme, which uncovered the Post Office Horizon scandal, are deeply shocking, and now we must see swift answers provided for all those who were unjustly wronged.

    For years, sub-postmasters tragically had their lives ruined by being falsely accused, pursued and imprisoned due to a faulty IT system, all whilst Post Office bosses refused to accept computer glitches were causing problems, and spent tens of millions of pounds defending its position.

    This appalling scandal has had a profound impact on many Post Office workers, and sadly I know some in St Helens North were affected. Clearly, a thorough investigation and compensation are urgently needed to restore public confidence and ultimately deliver justice.

  • Government’s slow responce to Covid-19

    As Keir Starmer said at Prime Minister’s Questions today, there is growing concern about the Government’s slow progress on Covid-19 testing and PPE, the lack of a coherent strategy for the next phase of the fight against coronavirus and coming out of lockdown, and the real disparities we’re now seeing between Ministers’ words and actions.
    Throughout this emergency, Labour as a constructive Opposition has rightly recognised the responsibilities we have to work collaboratively with the Government; backing it where it is right, in order to save both lives and livelihoods, but also holding it accountable and scrutinising its decisions.
    As our brave NHS staff, key workers and the wider public continue to make such huge sacrifices to ensure our communities remain safe, Ministers must now do their jobs and provide the clarity, leadership and action needed for us to move forward in this unprecedented national emergency.

  • help needed for rugby league

    Last week, me and Marie Rimmer MP wrote a joint letter to Rishi Sunak MP, the Chancellor, calling for swift and decisive action to help Rugby League clubs financially weather the coronavirus crisis.
    Rugby League clubs are the beating heart of communities in the North of England, including here in St Helens borough, and they all play a vital part in each of them beyond match-day. With fixtures firmly on hold and revenues dwindling, we’re deeply concerned that the game stands at risk.
    The need for urgent support is both real and overdue, and as St Helens MPs we’ll pull out all the stops to ensure the game of Rugby League can come out of this testing moment as strong as ever.

  • Sport England’s new Community Emergency Fund

    Last week, I wrote a letter of support and thanks to many of the incredible sports and physical activity groups in St Helens North, many of whom are urgently seeking security, funding and clarity, in response to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on their existing revenue streams.
    I wanted to draw their attention to Sport England’s new Community Emergency Fund, a £20 million initiative which can provide awards of between £300 to £10,000 and over, specifically helping struggling grassroots groups to meet their fixed cost obligations. It’s a real lifeline in these most perilous of times.
    I would encourage all our fantastic sports and physical activity groups facing hardship to find out more and apply for funds if they meet the criteria, which can be done by visiting their website

    https://www.sportengland.org/…/our…/community-emergency-fund

    As the local MP, I will keep doing whatever it takes over the coming weeks and months to support grassroots sport; ensuring that it can thrive once again in the future.

  • appointed shadow security minister

    It is an honour to have been appointed by Keir Starmer as Labour’s Shadow Security Minister.
    I am really looking forward to joining our Home Office team under the new Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, and working with a great team of colleagues.
    The safety and security of the country and our citizens will always come first, and the incredible people working 24/7 to protect us will always have my and Labour’s support.

  • the need for government to use BSL

    After being contacted by the Deafness Resource Centre in St Helens, I’ve asked the Prime Minister to introduce British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters – as well as more precise, timely subtitles – for all the Government’s televised coronavirus updates, to ensure the UK’s 87,000 Deaf BSL users get proper information during the current crisis.
    From my ongoing work with the Deafness Resource Centre, based on Dentons Green Lane in Windle, I know decisive action on this issue is long overdue, and making such a simple adjustment to include BSL interpreters would significantly improve knowledge and understanding for so many Deaf people, while also promoting an important sense of inclusivity and self-worth.
    Clear, accurate and up to date information should and must be available to every person throughout our communities, none more so than at this unprecedented and precarious time.

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