• ‘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.

  • solidarity with the Kurdish people

    I signed this cross-party letter to the Foreign Secretary, in solidarity with the Kurdish people and in opposition to the appalling and wanton destruction being inflicted upon them.
    Britain and the international community must stand with those who sacrificed so much for our safety and security in the fight against ISIS.

  • Wythburn Crescent shops

    I am incredibly frustrated at the lack of progress following the fire at Wythburn Crescent late last year.

    Following the fire, I immediately met with residents who were understandably concerned at what this would mean for the shop keepers and the local community. I also met with Torus, who own the shops, and other agencies, who held a community meeting.

    But since then progress slowed to the point that only now tenants are being informed that demolition will take place.

    This is obviously not good enough for a community – particularly older people – who need local Post Office facilities shops and services available to them. And now we have the added uncertainty around the shops at Bassethwaite Avenue.

    The agencies involved assure me they want to see restored facilities in the area, but they need to act far more quickly.
    I was out in the community speaking to local residents last week, alongside local Labour councillors and activists. We will keep up the pressure to ensure that the needs of local people are met and the community gets the facilities it needs and deserves.

  • Merseyside Jewish Representative Council

    I met with Howard Winik and Michelle Hayward from the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, who represent a community of around 2,500 people across the city region, as well as four synagogues.

    We discussed challenges faced by the Jewish community, including the scourge of antisemitism. I was delighted to learn about the excellent work the JRC do – interfaith projects, support for the older people and community care and education through King David’s school.

    The richly diverse Jewish community on Merseyside make a fantastic contribution to our region.

    I will continue to stand with them in confronting racism and supporting the important role played by Jewish people in the civic, cultural, social and economic life of the Liverpool City Region.

  • Blackbrook Royals JRLFC

    St Helens bid to be a host borough and venue for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup had support for our communities and grassroots sport as a top priority.
    I am delighted therefore to hear that the Blackbrook Royals JRLFC have been awarded £11K by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 capital grants programme to refurbish their shower and changing room facilities.
    The club and its volunteers and members do excellent work in Blackbrook and beyond, particularly in introducing young people to sport, and this is well deserved.
    Rugby League has a hugely positive impact on our community and this funding will help it continue to thrive.

  • supporting workers at Whiston Hospital

    I addressed a rally in support of workers from St Helens and Whiston Hospitals to show my solidarity with them and the industrial action they have taken in their dispute with a private contractor, who refuses to match NHS pay and conditions.
    These men and women are being paid less than their colleagues who are employed directly by the NHS. Some of those I met are amongst the lowest paid in the NHS, doing the vital jobs that are needed in our health service, such as porters, security, cleaners and catering staff.
    It was clear that these workers, with strong backing from their union, UNISON, are resolute and determined. They have my full support and I am calling on the company, which made almost £2bn profit last year, to provide the small increase – just 82p an hour in some cases – to ensure that in our NHS workers get equal pay for equal work.

  • 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.

  • No More Knives

    After the shocking recent stabbings in Parr and Haydock, I welcome Merseyside Police action this week to publically demonstrate the work it is doing to tackle knife crime and to ask for your help in sharing important messages and having conversations with those most at risk.
    During this week you may see the police carrying out stop searches, open land searches and weapon sweeps. High visibility patrols will be using knife arches or wands at key times in busy locations and officers will link in with door-staff and licensed premises.
    Our community in St Helens is clear: “No More Knives”.

  • windle island

    Anyone who has driven through the new Windle Island junction can see what a difference the £7m investment has made. It has significantly improved one of our busiest road junction’s safety and ability to cope with 43,000 people passing through each day.
    Along with local Labour councillors, I have long campaigned for improved infrastructure, and so I was delighted that Labour-run St Helens Council and the Liverpool City Region backed the scheme.
    Thanks to local residents and businesses for their patience during the work.
    I will continue to push local, regional, and national government to invest in our road and rail network.

  • out and about in the constituency

    Over the past few weeks, following Parliament being prorogued, I’ve had the chance to be out and about in the constituency meeting the many organisations and individuals doing so much good in our community. I’ve also been able to spend time in my busy St Helens office, where much of the unseen work done by MPs and our dedicated staff takes place.
    Since I was elected in 2015, my office has helped thousands of individuals across St Helens North. Helping constituents navigate the universal credit system, access appropriate NHS treatment, get proper educational support and opportunities, have their housing needs met or get their pension and social care entitlements is part and parcel of what we do every day.

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