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Conor & Labour: free school meals for all primary school children in St Helens

Conor McGinn MP has welcomed the Labour Party’s pledge that the next Labour Government will provide free school meals for all primary school children, a change that could benefit 7,986 children in St Helens. Labour will fund the policy by introducing VAT on private school fees, it is estimated this will raise £1.5billion. The House […]

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Conor welcomes talks over ex-miners’ pensions

Conor McGinn has welcomed news that talks will be held to get a better pension deal for former miners. The trustees of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (MPS) have written to Labour MPs from coalfield communities agreeing to their demand for a meeting. The MPs called for the meeting to review an arrangement that has deprived […]

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Conor backs International Women’s Day

Conor McGinn MP has backed International Women’s Day and called for the Chancellor to deliver a Spring Budget that works for women. International Women’s Day, held on 8 March, marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women. This year the 2017 Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day and Conor […]

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Conor McGinn steps up campaign to get a better deal for St Helens ex-miners

Conor McGinn, St Helens North MP, is demanding a far better deal for former mine workers from St Helens and across the region. He has joined Gloria DePiero MP in writing to the trustees of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (MPS) to call for a meeting to review an arrangement that has deprived ex-miners of billions […]

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Conor backs law change to tackle police assaults

Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, has co-sponsored a Bill which would put in place measures to protect police officers, fire and rescue service workers, paramedics, doctors and nurses. The Crime (Assaults on Emergency Service Staff) Bill is led by the Labour MP for Halifax Holly Lynch and sponsored by Mr McGinn and nine […]

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Conor calls for real living wage

One of the great legacies of the last Labour Government is the National Minimum Wage. Introduced in the teeth of opposition from the Tories, it raised the wages of millions of workers and helped improve living standards for families across the country. In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all […]

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Conor’s statement on the EU referendum result

“I respect the result of the referendum, both nationally and in St Helens. Naturally, I am disappointed with the outcome and worried about what it means for our country’s future. “Our people and the country are divided. Therefore, all of us in positions of responsibility and leadership now have a duty to pull together and […]

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The UK and Ireland have a close relationship within the EU & our joint membership has brought mutual benefits to both countries – Hilary Benn & Conor McGinn

                  Conor joined Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, in speaking at an event at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies alongside Ireland’s Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan TD. Hilary said: “The UK and Ireland have a particularly close relationship within the European Union, and […]

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Conor’s comments on saving community pharmacy in the Sunday Express

Conor was quoted on page 2 of the Sunday Express in a story about the campaign to save community pharmacies. The article in full and link to the story online can be found below.                                             http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/665967/Million-sign-UK-largest-health-petition-save-high-street-pharmacists

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Conor leads Parliamentary debate on dementia with Lewy bodies

Conor McGinn MP today led a Westminster Hall debate on securing recognition and increased awareness of dementia with Lewy bodies, and support for those suffering from it and their families Above is a clipping of his speech and below is article he wrote on the issue which originally appeared on the Politics Home website. Conor: Dementia with […]

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Conor: Let England Celebrate Its National Day Too

As a son of the Emerald Isle, I know about having good craic. But when it comes to enjoying a day off, why should the Irish and our Scottish friends have more fun than everyone else? Anyone fortunate enough to live in Northern Ireland gets ten Bank Holidays a year, including days off for St […]

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Commons first as Conor wishes the Queen a Happy Birthday as Gaeilge

In what is thought to be a first in the House of Commons, Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, wished the Queen a Happy Birthday in Irish during a debate to mark the occasion. Conor noted the important role the Queen had […]

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Conor appointed as an Ambassador for the Lewy Body Society

                  Conor has given his support to a charity battling to get recognition for a debilitating ilness affecting over 100,000 people in Britain. Conor is to become an Ambassador for the Lewy Body Society after meeting with the organisation’s Chief Executive, Jacqueline Cannon. Dementia with Lewy bodies […]

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Conor’s article on 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising

In this week that marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, I was reminded of the old cliché about Anglo-Irish relations; that what the English can never remember, the Irish can never forget. The Easters of my childhood in a staunchly Catholic and nationalist community were duly informed by the unchallengeable facts that, […]

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Conor says £3.8m of EU investment show St Helens North is Stronger In

Analysis published by the Stronger In campaign today shows projects across St Helens North benefit from £3.8m of EU investment each year. A vote to leave the European Union would mean that St Helens North would lose access to the funds that support its communities. These statistics highlight the significant benefits of Britain’s membership of […]

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Conor: a failing Budget from a failing Chancellor

Conor responding to the Budget delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today said: “The Chancellor talks a good game but in reality, this was a budget of failure.   “The OBR has revised down its growth predictions and the Chancellor has failed to meet his own fiscal targets. The economy is smaller than predicted and […]

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Conor says focus should be on effects of poverty not blaming families

Conor McGinn MP has criticised the Government for increasing levels of poverty and its impact on family stability. After a Tory MP asked the Work and Pensions Secretary how family stability affected poverty levels, McGinn turned the question around to ask the Government to explain how increasing levels of poverty under his government are affecting […]

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Conor calls for musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House

Conor McGinn MP is supporting musicians and film-makers from St Helens North by calling for local artists to enter Parliament’s two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House. The competition, now in its fifth year, offers the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers […]

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Conor votes to ‘Keep Sunday Special’

Conor today voted against new Sunday trading laws sneaked in by the Government under the Enterprise Bill. The new proposals will relax rules on Sunday trading and devolve new powers to authorities to take decisions on Sunday trading. The move may lead to retail workers having to work on Sundays instead of spending quality time […]

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Conor and Linda Robson ‘get behind the daffodil’ for Marie Curie this March

Conor  and actress and presenter Linda Robson have joined forces to ‘get behind the daffodil’ this March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness. Conor and Linda were pictured together with Marie Curie Nurses, Leonie Christian and Elisabeth Goze, at a parliamentary event in Westminster to […]

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Conor welcomes mental health taskforce report and calls for swift implementation

Conor McGinn MP has urged the Government to implement the recommendations of the mental health taskforce report. Speaking in Parliament, Conor welcomed the taskforce’s comprehensive report, and urged the Government implement all of the recommendations in full. The taskforce report, The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, was published earlier this month. The report […]

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Conor: police cuts affect police officers as well as the public

Conor McGinn MP has raised concerns over the impact that cuts to police budgets have had on the morale of police officers. Speaking in Parliament, McGinn noted that a survey towards the end of last year undertaken by the Police Federation found that more than three-quarters of police officers suffered from low morale and did […]

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Conor is joining with Citizens Advice to help people in North West save money

Conor McGinn MP is encouraging people living in North West to be one step ahead with their finances by getting help from Citizens Advice. Conor met people from across the charity’s network at an event in Parliament on Tuesday 2 February. He heard about how local Citizens Advice are working with people across England and […]

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Conor: We will keep up the pressure on Government to introduce Helen’s Law

              Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, today accompanied Marie McCourt and her family to a meeting with the Victims Minister and then to Downing Street, where he helped deliver a petition to the Prime Minister calling on him to introduce Helen’s Law, which has been signed by […]

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Conor stands up to Tory Minister to defend jobs and services in the North of England

Conor McGinn MP has criticised Business Minister, Anna Soubry, for her comments on public service and jobs in the North of England. Speaking in Parliament after Labour MPs demanded Tory Ministers came to the House of Commons to answer questions about the closure of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse office in Sheffield, McGinn criticised the Minister […]

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Conor calls for progress on transport smart ticketing system

Conor McGinn MP asked Transport Minister to provide an update on progress towards the introduction of a smart ticketing system for the North. Speaking in Parliament, McGinn raised concerns that many of his constituents who live in the MerseyTravel area but travel to work outside pay more because of travel area boundaries. Commenting Conor said: “Many […]

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Conor says Chancellor’s cuts put 2675 supported homes in St Helens North at risk

This week Conor and fellow Labour MPs called a vote to halt Conservative plans to cut housing benefit support for thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the country, which could put at risk 2675 homes in St Helens North. Supported housing provides specialist care for groups including the elderly, the homeless, disabled people, veterans, […]

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Conor: Closing St Helens Courthouse would be “illogical and inefficient

Conor McGinn MP has criticised the Government for being hypocritical and wasteful regarding the proposed closure of St Helens Courthouse. Speaking in Parliament, McGinn noted that the Ministry of Justice spent £1.7million refurbishing St Helens Courthouse in 2012 declaring it as ‘efficient and logical’, but are now considering its closure only 4 years later. In […]

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Conor McGinn MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week Conor McGinn signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. By signing the book Conor has pledge his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Wednesday 27th January will […]

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Conor backs local firm and slams Government for betrayal of renewable energy

  Conor McGinn MP has backed a local firm and slammed the Government for betraying them and Britain’s renewable energy sector. Speaking in Parliament, McGinn raised concerns about the effect cuts to feed-in-tariff and a proposed increase in VAT for residential solar could have upon solar energy firms, including St Helens firm and Saints sponsor […]

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Conor appeals to Ministry of Defence to reconsider veterans funding decision

Conor McGinn MP raised the issue of funding for the North-West based veterans Commando Joe’s in Parliament, winning a commitment from the Government to review the decision to end its funding of the organisation’s schools projects. Commando Joe’s works in more than 500 schools across the country, placing veterans in classrooms to share skills and […]

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Conor and Labour fighting Tory plans to scrap student maintenance grants

The government are planning to scrap maintenance grants for students from poorer backgrounds, replacing them with additional loans. This change would mean that the poorest 40% of students going to university in England will graduate with debts of up to £53,000 from a three-year course, will impact on students studying at further education colleges. These […]

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Conor urges renewed focus on Ukraine and strongly backs the UK’s role in NATO and the EU

Conor McGinn MP, has asked the Foreign Secretary for an update on the ongoing political and military conflict in Ukraine. Speaking in Parliament, McGinn asked about the progress of work undertaken by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Under the Minsk agreement the OSCE has been given responsibility for monitoring ceasefire arrangements […]

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Conor slams Govt over rail fare rise

Local commuters in St Helens North are now paying 25 percent more for their train fares under the Tories, because of yet another year of rail fare hikes. The announcement that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers have been hit by a cost increase of 25 per cent since 2010. […]

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Conor calls for priority payments to North West farmers affected by flooding

  Conor McGinn MP, has called on Government to ensure that North West Farmers affected by flooding receive payments before Christmas.   The National Union of Farmers recently reported that many farmers in the North West have been informed by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) that they will not receive payments until February.   Commenting […]

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Conor supports local farmers and champions ‘shopping and eating local

  Conor McGinn MP, has called on the Government to do more to support local farms and local produce.   Speaking in Parliament, Conor spoke on behalf of the many farms in his constituency which play an important role in the community.   He also urged the government to do more to promote shopping and […]

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My statement on the extension of British airstrikes against ISIL to Syria

I have taken the difficult decision to vote to support the extension of British airstrikes against ISIL to Syria. I know that many people hold strong views on this and I fully understand that there will be many people who disagree with me. I completely respect their view, and despite reaching a different conclusion I […]

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Conor responds to Autumn Statement

Labour’s St Helens North MP Conor McGinn, responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in Parliament today, said: “George Osborne’s u-turn on cuts to policing is welcome. But let’s not forget that the Merseyside force has already been subjected to huge reductions in funding under this Tory Government. “Likewise, the decision not to cut tax credits […]

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Conor challenges Prime Minister on Army numbers

  Conor McGinn MP challenged the Prime Minister on army numbers following the Government’s statement on the Security and Strategic Defence Review (SDSR). Speaking in Parliament, Conor directly questioned the Prime Minister’s commitment to increasing the number of deployable armed forces by 20,000 by 2025 given simultaneous plans to cut the Regular Army by 20,000 […]

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Conor raises concerns about impact of Brexit on British-Irish relations

Conor McGinn MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, has highlighted concerns about the potential impact the UK leaving the EU could have on British-Irish relations. McGinn’s intervention in Parliament followed the issue being raised by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at a meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing […]

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Conor exposes Govt betrayal of 100,000 pensioners

Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, has exposed government’s betrayal of over 100,000 pensioners after delays to implement social care reforms. The Government pledged to introduce a cap of £72,000 on the amount people have to pay towards their care in old age by April 2016, however, this has now been delayed until 2020. […]

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Conor appears on Sunday Politics North West

Conor was on Sunday Politics North West this week talking about tax credits, broadband access and devolution to Merseyside. You can watch it below (from 34 minutes in). http://bbc.in/1MsYaN0  

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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Conor presses Charity Minister to save Newton Community Centre

Conor McGinn has backed the campaign to save Newton-Le-Willows Family & Community Centre, and has written to the Charity Minister requesting he look into the situation as a matter of urgency. Links to coverage in the local papers can be found below. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/ http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/13791730.Community_centre_faces_axe_unless___10_000_can_be_raised_by_end_of_October/

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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APPG meets Irish Foreign Minister

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain met the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, this week. At the meeting the cross-party group of MPs discussed the APPG and the Irish government’s role in supporting the Irish community in Britain, British-Irish relations with the EU, and the current political […]

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Conor urges Government to invest in St Helens

  Conor McGinn has called on the Government to invest in St Helens North. Speaking in a House of Commons debate about the regeneration of towns and cities in England, McGinn noted that St Helens had seen huge cuts to local government and plans for investment delayed. He argued that this lack of capital funds […]

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Conor publishes Parliamentary Report

Conor McGinn MP has published a Parliamentary Report detailing his work in Parliament and St Helens since he was elected in May. In it, the St Helens North MP gives a flavour of his activities in the local community, including some of more than 30 events he has attended in every part of the constituency from visits […]

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Conor questions Defence Secretary about UK involvement in Syria

  The text of question and response from the Defence Secretary can be found below. Conor McGinn (MP for St Helens North): It is good that the Government have invited the Leader of the Opposition and my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) to tomorrow’s National Security Council meeting to discuss these important […]

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Conor exposes lack of Government funding for St Helens pupils

Conor McGinn has challenged the Government over the level of funding St Helens receives per pupil. Speaking in the House of Commons, Conor noted that funding per pupil in St Helens is set to be over a £150 less than the average across England. He added that in the same period his local authority was […]

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Conor expresses support for equal marriage and LGBT rights

In the House of Commons, Conor McGinn called on the Leader of the House to allow time for a debate, so that Parliament could show solidarity with lesbian and gay people throughout the world who are denied the right to marriage and many other freedoms.

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Conor calls for local control over bus fares and routes

Conor McGinn has told Parliament that greater power should be devolved to communities to control bus fares, set routes and integrate the services.  Speaking in the House of Commons, McGinn noted that in the North West, 121 bus routes have been cut over the last 5 years and that there are 21 million fewer annual […]

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Conor meets local apprentice in Westminster

Conor attended a reception organised by ADS to recognise apprenticeships in the aerospace and defence industry. He met Anna Schlautmann from Newton-le-Willows who is a business apprentice with MBDA.  

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Conor’s response to constituents about the vote on the Hunting Act

Dear constituent, Thank you for contacting me recently regarding the Hunting Act. I am proud of the Labour’s strong record on animal welfare and I do not want to see the Hunting Act 2004 repealed. I believe that the vast majority of the British public also support the ban on hunting. Indeed, a recent Ipsos […]

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Conor McGinn MP responds to the Budget

“People in St Helens North are used to Tory con tricks, and this budget is just the latest one.” “The Chancellor has made much of his commitment to a Northern Powerhouse. But the government has cancelled work on the electrification of the railways and major infrastructure projects have stalled, while growth and wages in the […]

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Conor elected to House of Commons Defence Select Committee

Conor has been appointed to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. He will serve as one of four Labour members on the Committee and will play a key role in scrutinising the Government’s defence policy and holding the Government to account. Commenting Conor said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the Defence Select Committee. “In a […]

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Conor supports Parliamentary motion to recognise St Helens legend Wello

Conor has supported a Parliamentary motion to recognise St Helens legend Paul Wellens. Commenting Conor said: “This Early Day Motion in Westminster recognises Paul’s achievements on the field and his legendary status in St Helens. Saints is at the heart of our community and in turn Paul has been at the heart of the club […]

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Conor calls for debate on the crisis in local government funding

Conor McGinn challenged the Government on cuts to local government funding for St Helens and called for a debate on the impact the cuts could have.  Speaking in the House of Commons, Conor noted that St Helens is set to have a further £23 million cut from its budget over the next two years. Conor called on […]

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Conor challenges Duncan Smith on support for working families

Conor McGinn challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on support for working families and child poverty levels in his constituency. Speaking in the House of Commons, he told MPs that child poverty in St Helens North is higher than the national average. Conor called on the Minister to consider the effect cuts to […]

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Conor challenges Government on rip-off rail fares in St Helens North

Conor McGinn, MP for St Helens North, challenged the Secretary of State for Transport over the large increase in rail prices in his constituency. He noted that the cost of a rail season ticket for commuters from Garswood, Rainford, Earlstown and Newton-le-Willows had risen by up to 25% since 2010. McGinn called on the Secretary […]

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