• Clatterbridge Cancer Centre officially opens

    I was delighted to see the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre officially open last week in Liverpool.

    The state-of-the-art centre will excellently serve residents here in Merseyside and Cheshire by helping to tackle the devastatingly high rates of cancer seen across our area. As the centre of an extensive network of treatment centres across Liverpool City Region, it will transform cancer care for the better and deliver a world-class service for St Helens North residents facing difficult times.

    From my discussions with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, North West health officials and patients, I know the centre’s opening will be a huge boost to outcomes in our health service, and this success will be testament to the hard work and vision of all those working in our NHS locally.

  • 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

  • further easing of lockdown restrictions

    From tomorrow, we will see a further easing of lockdown restrictions in our hospitality, leisure and retail sectors, which are vital to the livelihoods of many in our community.

    However, this is not risk-free move and it is crucial that the action taken is phased, managed, carefully planned and properly communicated.

    Our excellent local businesses have spent much time and money preparing to operate under the new rules. As we see customers return, I hope the Government continues to give additional support to them where necessary, and stick to its commitment to provide “whatever it takes”.

    The Government is also increasingly passing responsibilities for managing the pandemic down to a local level, but here their messages are confused and many businesses and constituents are understandably asking when their businesses and groups can undertake activities.

    I have been working alongside St Helens Council, to support businesses and help them prepare. I know a lot of hard work is being undertaken to ensure social distancing can be retained when outlets reopen, and I want to thank local business hubs and St Helens Chamber, alongside council officers, for providing valuable support and advice on how to both meet the new requirements and to plan for the future.

    Coming out of lockdown brings with it many challenges, but if we all continue to act with caution and follow the advice to prevent the spread of infection, we will hopefully see life slowly return to normal.

  • concern as Universal Credit (UC) numbers in St Helens North have rocketed

    I’m hugely concerned that Universal Credit (UC) numbers in St Helens North have rocketed by a starling 65% since March – making clear yet again the deep-felt consequences of this pandemic for low-income families.

    There were 9,400 people in our communities on UC in May 2020, which includes those both in and out of work. This is a sharp rise of nearly 4,000 since March.

    We in St Helens borough know how long-term unemployment, in-work precarity and poverty can devastate livelihoods in communities like ours.

    It’s why we need a Back to Work budget; one focusing on jobs, decent wages and measured support, so that local people are not plunged further into hardship by this crisis.

  • 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.

  • Armed Forces Day

    Today is Armed Forces Day, and while this year’s events in Newton-le-Willows and St Helens sadly cannot take place as usual, I know everyone across the borough will want to acknowledge the Armed Forces community and their service.
    Our communities here have strong connections and associations with the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, and today on behalf of everyone in St Helens North I want to thank all serving personnel, their families and the many veterans locally.

  • help me identify groups and individuals who deserve recognition

    In these challenging times, many local people are doing great things: helping others, leading their communities, putting their own needs aside for the benefit of their neighbours and going that extra mile to make St Helens borough a better place.

    That is why I am asking for your help to identify groups and individuals who deserve recognition – whether it’s actions during the COVID-19 crisis, a record of volunteering, an enterprising local business, a charity or sports group or an individual who has made a significant contribution to our borough.

    If you know would like to put forward an individual or organisation please let me know. I do not need you to provide a great level of detail, just names, contact details and a short paragraph on why you are suggesting them.

  • the Daniel Fox Foundation

    I was delighted to meet Dawn Jones from the Daniel Fox Foundation to discuss the charity’s positive work in educating, raising awareness and transforming outcomes for local young people in relation to the devastating consequences of knife-crime.

    Set up in 2017 to commemorate Daniel’s life, following his tragic murder in St Helens Town Centre, the Foundation’s focus remains on tackling the causes and effects of knife-crime, such as discouraging carrying weapons, better targeting resources, tackling perpetrators, and meeting victims’ needs. Their commendable efforts have seen them establish close working relationships with local schools, colleges and St Helens Council.

    I want to thank all those at the Foundation and St Helens Community Policing for the real difference they make in tackling the scourge of knife-crime from roots to branch. I fully support their work and will be raising their campaigns with Ministers and colleagues in Parliament.

  • The Great Get Together

    Today marks the start of this year’s Great Get Together, which I’m fully supporting in memory of my dear colleague, the late Jo Cox MP.

    All this weekend, communities like ours right across the country are safely coming together to celebrate all we have in common; helping to build a brighter, kinder and more compassionate society for everyone.

    As ever, during this crisis I have truly been amazed by the kindness, generosity and compassion of local people in our proud St Helens communities. This weekend, our get togethers – whether big or small – remind us once more of all the many things that unite us.

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