• 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.

  • 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.

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