• Conor speaks out against tax credits in Parliament

     

     

    Conor McGinn has criticised the governments proposed changes to tax credits in Parliament. He spoke of the impact the cuts would have on working families with children in his constituency.

     

    The text of the intervention in full and link to Hansard can be found below.

    Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is an inherent contradiction in the Government’s policy? The parents of a young family who came to see me in my constituency last week told me that they work hard, pay their way and are trying to do the right thing to set an example for their children. Should the Government not be supporting them, rather than punishing them?

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151027/debtext/151027-0001.htm#15102736000008

     

  • Conor urges St Helens residents to make their voice heard and register to vote

    Missing millions

    Conor McGinn, Labour’s MP for St Helens North, responding to the news that changes in the electoral registration system mean around one million people will lose their votes, said:

    “The Tories have rushed through changes to the electoral registration system, and now around one million people are set to lose their votes.

    “There are major local elections here in St Helens next year. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain stays in the EU. But if people aren’t on the electoral register, they will not be able to vote and have their say. They could even face an £80 fine and find it harder to get a credit card or a mobile phone contract.

    “It is important that everyone in St Helens registers to vote. It’s quick and easy – you can register in just three minutes by going to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

     

  • Conor calls on government to scrap planned changes to tax credits

    Conor McGinn, Labour’s Treasury Whip, was on the frontbench today for a debate calling on the Government to reverse its decision to cut tax credits.

    The Government plans to cut the income threshold for Working Tax Credits from £6,420 to £3,850 a year.

    IFS analysis has also shown that the proposed ‘National Living Wage’ will only account for account for a quarter of the losses working families will face as a result.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “These changes will hit many working families hard and at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. The cuts to tax credits amount to a ‘work penalty’ and will hit families on middle and lower incomes – more than 3 million working families will be on average £1,300 worse off next year.

    “In the North West 417,800 families may suffer as a result and 5100 families will be affected in my constituency, St Helens North. This is simply unacceptable, we should not be making life harder for working families.

    “This is yet another broken promise from David Cameron who promised not to cut tax credits before the General Election. Even a former Tory Minister is calling for the plans to be tweaked. 

    “Today I call on David Cameron and George Osborne to reverse their decision to cut tax credits. If this does not happen then the next Labour Government will reverse them.”

     

  • Conor presses Charity Minister to save Newton Community Centre

  • Conor says devolution must work for St Helens North

    Conor McGinn MP spoke at Fabian Society event on the Northern Powerhouse at Labour Party Conference.

    Speaking at the panel event, McGinn spoke of the importance of a strong relationship between MPs and local authorities. He praised the work done by St Helens Council in the face of unprecedented cuts.

    McGinn said further devolution to a Merseyside City Region should be the right fit and take into account local identities and priorities.

    He also argued that for the north to truly be considered a powerhouse, economic equality in region would have to be addressed.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “The Labour Party should be at the forefront of the devolution agenda and promoting economic prosperity in the North West. We are in danger of the letting the Tories dominate the devolution space despite their commitment to a Northern Powerhouse being much more about style than substance. So far, all we’ve seen is the electrification of railways cancelled and local police forces and councils facing huge cuts.

    “Councils like St Helens do a tough job in ensuring critical services are maintained despite the scale of the cuts they face. Barrie Grunewald and his Cabinet team have my full support in continuing the work they are doing.

    “I want to see evidence and a commitment that any devolved arrangements for Merseyside work for people in St Helens North. We need to ensure communities here are not left behind, and that they receive the same level of representation and provision as anywhere else on Merseyside.”

    The discussion in full can be watched at the link below:

    http://www.fabians.org.uk/listen-again-northern-powerhouse-spin-or-substance/

  • Conor attends Labour Party conference

    A link to coverage in the local paper can be found below.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/st-helens-mp-jeremy-corbyn-10163528

  • Conor appointed to Labour’s Frontbench team

    Conor McGinn MP has joined Labour’s Shadow Ministerial team as an Opposition Whip.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “I’m honoured to be joining Labour’s Frontbench team and look forward to playing my part in helping to hold the Government to account and to getting Labour’s message across in Parliament.

    “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the Whips Office to work as part of a committed team of colleagues under our Chief Whip, Rosie Winterton MP.

    “I’ll continue to speak out and stand up for my constituents and St Helens North in Westminster, and keep working hard to bring about a Labour Government which people in communities like ours so desperately need.”

  • Conor votes against cuts to tax credits

    Conor McGinn MP has voted against cuts to tax credits proposed by the Government in parliament.

    The IFS estimated that the cuts would lead to 3 million families losing over £1000 a year.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “These changes to tax credits will hit many working families hard at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet.

    “Some 4,000 families in St Helens North alone will be over £1000 a year worse off because of these cuts.

    “The Tory Government claims that their so-called national living wage will offset these changes, but the latest report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies rubbishes this.

    “This is the latest attack on workers’ rights and pay from the same old Tories.

    “Although we lost this vote, I will continue to stand up in Parliament for St Helens North and won’t shy away from taking on the Government on these issues.”

  • Conor welcomes Irish Guards affiliation to the GAA

    Conor McGinn MP, Chair of the All Party Group on the Irish in Britain, commenting on the news that a team from the Irish Guards has affiliated to the GAA in London, said:

    “This is a hugely positive development and underlines how far we have come.

    “The difficult history between the GAA and the British Army is well-documented, and so this is a significant moment both for the Irish in Britain and for relations between Britain and Ireland.

    “The GAA has once again shown its commitment to building peace and reconciliation within and between these islands.  

    “I pay particular tribute to my friend Noel O’Sullivan, the Chairman of the London GAA County Board, for his leadership and courage.

    “As a lifelong member of the GAA, and an MP who sits on the Defence Select Committee, I wish the Irish Guards team every success and look forward to watching them play against my own club, Éire Óg, in the future.”

     

  • Conor votes against Assisted Dying Bill

    Conor McGinn MP has voted against the Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament.

    An overwhelming majority of 330 voted against and the Bill was defeated.

    Commenting McGinn said:

    “After much consideration I decided that to vote against the bill to legalise assisted dying in the UK. This is for a variety of concerns and reasons. 

    “The introduction of this assisted dying bill risked denigrating the role and position of disabled and vulnerable people in society, and could have ultimately have led to external pressure on those who are vulnerable in society to end their lives. Effectively by allowing people to choose to die, others could inadvertently be harmed.

    “The Bill has also been widely opposed by medical professionals. The British Medical Association, Royal College of Surgeons and many independent groups of Doctors and individuals had all written to MPs urging to vote against the Bill.

    “I believe there needs to be improved care for those with terminal illnesses, more support for their carers’ and improved facilities offering specialised care. High quality palliative care services should be widely available to those who need it, for many patients this would alleviate suffering and allay worries about the process of dying.“

     

     

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