• Prayer150

    As St Helens continues celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary, Conor met with Phil Fell, Pastor of St Helens Christian Life Centre, to hear about Prayer150 – an initiative by St Helens churches to join the celebrations and look to the future of our borough.

    Prayer150 is a year-long prayer campaign for St Helens, organised through St Helens Church Leaders Hub, which will provide prayer materials and ideas for praying creatively for every aspect of St Helens life through video, social media, our website and prayer cards both for individuals and churches.

    Each month the project will focus on a different aspect of life in St Helens, with February focusing on health and social care.

    Churches in the constituency and across the borough play a vital role in St Helens, and Conor is supporting Prayer150 as an opportunity to celebrate our strong faith communities.

     

  • Conor meets local early education and child care providers in westminster

    Conor meet with Nicole Politis, director of Portico Day Nurseries, which operates in Moss Bank and across St Helens, in Parliament to discuss what more the Government can do to support families who need childcare.

    Conor is Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Child Care and Early Education, it is vital that children get the best possible care that doesn’t break the family bank.

    But this Tory Government is not doing enough to support high quality childcare, with more than 1,000 early years providers closing down since 2015.

    On top of this, the Government’s promised 30 hours of free childcare a week is only available for 38 weeks of the year, meaning less flexibility and higher prices for families.

    That’s why the next Labour Government will properly fund childcare and high quality early years education for all 2 to 4 year olds, supporting young families and giving children the best possible start in life.

  • Glass Futures

    St Helens Borough has a world leading reputation and a proud industrial history in the production of high quality glass, with Pilkington leading the way.
    Conor celebrated this and the future of the industry at the Glass Futures event in Parliament and to promote St Helens as a new centre of excellence for research & development, innovation and training.
    Conor is working closely with British Glass, the local authority, government and other sectors to ensure that we can build a new economic success story of glass in St Helens at the cutting edge of technological change in the years to come.

     

  • End Hunger UK campaign

    Conor is backing a campaign by End Hunger UK and Labour colleague Emma Lewell-Buck MP to measure ‘hidden hunger’ and fight food poverty in St Helens and across the country.

    New figures have shown that more than one in ten adults and more than a quarter of parents with children under 18 are skipping meals because of a lack of money.

    Throughout the North West, more than 170,000 three day emergency food parcels were distributed to people in need last year – up from just 7,400 five years’ ago.

    Despite this, food insecurity is not properly measured across the UK – meaning there is no quality national data to quantify the scale of the problem. Hardworking volunteers and organisations do excellent work feeding those in need across our borough, but they can’t be properly supported if the Government doesn’t measure their work.

    This is absolutely unacceptable in 21st Century Britain. The Government has a duty to tackle food poverty and must act to properly measure the scale of food insecurity so we can end hunger for good.

     

  • 1918 Representation of the People Act

    Today marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act – 100 years since women won the right to vote.

    Conor celebrated this important milestone in Parliament, with colleague Harriet Harman and the more than 200 women MPs now elected to the House of Commons leading events today.

    The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the right to vote to all men over 21 and the first women, making this one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history.

    That’s why Labour have launched a year-long campaign that will celebrate the great achievements of the women suffrage movement and map out the next steps to achieve full equality for women.

    Conor is  also supporting the Vote 100 programme of events and activities in Parliament to commemorate the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality, and Conor be working with the House authorities and others to ensure that in December we also properly mark the centenary of the election of Countess Markievicz, the first woman MP.

    Throughout the year there will be a major exhibition in Parliament – “Voice and Vote” – as well as an exciting programme of talks and tours in Parliament. Schools and community groups from across St Helens North who wish to take part can find out more by contacting my office on conor.mcginn.mp@parliament.uk.

  • Station clean up

    Well done to the members of the Network Rail North West communications team who travelled to Earlestown from Manchester and Birmingham to help clean up the station.

    Network Rail allow staff a number of days to do something positive in the community, and the team chose to volunteer at Earlestown station.

    They spent the day clearing litter from the platforms and cutting back some of the overgrown pathways, helping commuters on their journeys and making the station and its surroundings look much better.

  • Congratulations to Haydock Band

    It is fantastic news that Haydock Band have won the Butlins National Championship Trophy – their first accolade of 2018 after a very successful year in 2017 – and a great start to the St Helens 150th anniversary year.

    Brass bands like Haydock and Valley Brass in our borough are immensely talented and the dedication of band members is a testament to the excellent grassroots music scene in St Helens.

    But bands in St Helens are facing financial difficulties that mean the groups often have difficulty finding permanent homes and storing instruments – and local bands have lost out on Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery grants.

    Conor written to the head of Arts Council England calling for alternative funding streams to be put in place for our local brass bands, making sure that our communities can benefit from them in years to come

  • Conor elected to Council of europe

    Conor McGinn, St Helens North MP, has been elected to represent the UK at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a key international body that promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

    Mr McGinn vowed to use his new position to fight to protect the rights of workers in St Helens and across the UK.

    He was elected to serve on the influential Politics and Democracy Committee and the European Social Charter Committee.

    The Council of Europe is a 47-member international organisation that aims to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe.

    Mr McGinn’s role on the Politics and Democracy Committee will see him involved in dealing with urgent political situations and crises in the organisation’s member states which include the UK.

    His work on the European Social Charter Committee will give him the chance to continue his efforts to protect the hard-won rights of British workers – a key issue ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU next year.

    Mr McGinn will be the whip for the 18-member Labour delegation, which is now the second largest delegation within the Socialist Group on the Council of Europe.

  • School funding crisis

    Conor met with secondary and special school headteachers from across the borough to hear about the impacts of the schools funding crisis in St Helens.

    The meeting, which was hosted at St Cuthbert’s School, was also a chance to catch-up about local developments in education, and to hear about some of the great achievements of our schools and young people.

    But the Government’s refusal to properly fund our schools is having a direct impact on teaching and learning, with a number of teachers facing redundancy and class sizes being increased.

    As a result of the Government’s failure to raise the pupil premium, there are now fewer subjects on offer at some schools.

    The frustration of our local headteachers and teachers – who work hard and want pupils to have the best education – is clear to see. The Government needs to act now and ensure schools in St Helens are properly funded.

  • State of Mind working to improve mental health

    I met with Simon Barbour and Phil Cooper from charity State of Mind to discuss their excellent work improving the mental health and wellbeing of rugby league players, supporters and their communities.

    Simon, who is the Chief Executive of the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust, and Phil, a co-founder of the charity, do excellent work across St Helens in raising the profile of mental health Issues.

    NHS figures show that one in four people will experience a mental health condition at some point in our lives, so education and awareness is key.

    State of Mind is a fantastic programme and a testament to the positive effect Rugby League has on our communities across St Helens – you can find out more about their work here http://rugbyleague.stateofmindsport.org/areas/st-helens/

     

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