• 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

  • viaduct violets

    Viaduct Violets Women’s Institute, based in Newton-le-Willows, have been taking part in the Green Hearts campaign to raise awareness of how individual actions can benefit the environment.

    I met with their President Linda Harrison, along with Vice President Jill Rigby, who told me about some of the measures we can all take to protect the planet, from car sharing to recycling more. They even gave me my own locally-made green heart, which I’ll proudly be wearing in Parliament.

  • SUPPORTING THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

    The shocking decision of Jaguar Land Rover to cut up to 500 jobs at their factory in Halewood is a crushing blow for workers across our communities, for the manufacturing economy in Merseyside and for the North West’s automotive sector.
    Employees and their families here in St Helens will be devastated by this news which is why, alongside regional Labour colleagues, I’ve signed and supported Maria Eagle MP’s Early Day Motion (EDM) which implores the Government to urgently step in and ensure the viability of the car manufacturing industry in the North West.
    I’ll keep working closely with my Labour colleagues in Parliament, with Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, union representatives and Labour councils to back our local workforce and urge the Government to get behind them.
    You can read the EDM, in full, here: https://edm.parliament.uk/…/job-losses-at-jaguar-land-rover…

  • 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.

  • Tackling Knife Crime

    I fully support Our Merseyside’s new #BladeFree campaign and wider efforts by the police, schools and local communities in St Helens to tackle knife crime and keep our young people safe.
    Sadly, many in our region know only too well the untold levels of pain, distress and suffering the scourge of knife crime can inflict upon the friends and families of those drawn into it. By providing support and new opportunities through local activities, #BladeFree aims to throw vulnerable young people a real lifeline and help them steer well clear of this horrific violence.
    I commend local campaigners whose hard work made this excellent initiative a reality. Together, we can build a #BladeFree society where the devastation of knife crime is eradicated once and for all.

  • Northern rail

    at the start of the new year I was at Newton-le-Willows station,  talking to local commuters, alongside the Chair of Merseytravel, Liam Robinson, and local Labour councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron.
    Passengers across St Helens North in Newton, Rainford, Earlestown and Garswood are putting up with cancelled and delayed services every day, alongside increasing fares and overcrowding.
    I’m glad that the government has finally bowed to pressure by suggesting it will strip Northern of the franchise. Passengers, campaigners, our Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and MPs like me have been telling them for a long time just how bad a deal our constituents get from expensive and unreliable rail and bus services.
    But this is only the first step. Public transport needs investment and must be run in the interests of passengers, not private profit.

  • victory for NHS workers

    I was proud to stand with our local NHS workers in St Helens, and their trade union Unison, throughout their dispute with Compass, and I’m prouder still that they have won.
    They took on a multi-national outsourcing giant and won a significant increase in hourly pay, improved unsocial hours payments and better sick pay schemes.
    It is a victory for rights, decency and dignity at work, as well as unity and solidarity in our NHS.

  • 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.

  • thank you

    Thank you to people across St Helens North for electing me for the third time as your Member of Parliament.
    I’m indebted to my team of volunteers who came out in the cold, dark and rain to speak to thousands of people during the campaign.
    Kate and I are also really grateful to friends and neighbours in Newton who have been so supportive and helped with everything from childcare to leaflet delivery.
    I am so honoured to represent and be rooted in our resilient, proud and welcoming community.
    I will keep working day and night for all my constituents in every part of the constituency.

  • ‘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.

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