Conor McGinn MP – a strong voice for St Helens North
Conor McGinn was elected as the MP for St Helens North in 2015.
Conor has a reputation as a campaigning and community-focused MP, speaking up in Parliament for his constituents and fighting for increased funding for our NHS, schools, police and local transport. He has attended hundreds of community events across St Helens North and his full-time constituency office has helped thousands of local people resolve issues from housing, social and health care, to universal and pension credit, and the impact of anti-social behaviour.
He has worked tirelessly to attract jobs and investment to St Helens, as well as supporting local businesses. He currently sits on the St Helens Town Deal Board to drive local regeneration, and help make St Helens borough the best place to live, work, visit and do business in the North West.
Conor has a lifelong connection to the trade union movement and has fought for justice for miners’ pensions. He is a patron of the St Helens Workers’ Memorial Trust.
He has been a strong supporter of the campaign for Helen’s Law, introducing a Private Members Bill and successfully getting the Government to commit to introducing tougher penalties for murderers who refuse to reveal the location of their victims’ remains. Conor also successfully changed the law to extend equal marriage for LGBT people to the whole of the UK.
Before entering politics, he worked in mental health, public health and as the Director of a charity working with prisoners and their families, and ran a small public affairs business.
He has held positions as Shadow Minister without Portfolio, Deputy National Campaign Coordinator for the Labour Party and Shadow Security Minister. He has also served as an Opposition Whip on the Commons’ Defence Select Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee since being elected. He has also been a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Conor has chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ireland and the Irish in Britain, and is Co-Chair of the APPG on Horseracing. He has previously held this position for the APPGs on Coalfield Communities, and Darts. Conor is Honorary Secretary to the APPG on Music, an Executive Committee member of the British-American Parliamentary Group, as well as a Member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
He and his family live in Newton-le-Willows.