Thank you to everyone who came to my latest coffee afternoon at King David High School in Liverpool Childwall ward. Thank you also to our two local police and community support officers and local Councillor Jeremy Wolfson for attending as well.
This latest of my long-running community engagement events once again threw up the issue of Brexit, which is clearly a significant concern for constituents across Liverpool Wavertree.
I voted against triggering Article 50 to begin what has proved to be an ill-prepared disastrous process. I made clear that I would never vote on anything that would compromise the Good Friday Agreement that has brought peace to Northern Ireland by backing a Brexit deal that creates a hard border in Ireland.
Indeed, there are many additional problems that need resolving, including trade, the economy and immigration, to name a few.
This is why I, along with 40 other MPs, voted to extend Article 50 for at least three months and why I support a People’s Vote that would give back the final say over Brexit to the entire country.
People were also concerned about the increasing difficulties of securing a doctor’s appointment, the quality of social care and the lack of funding for education.
Traffic congestion, road safety and safe parking are growing concerns in the ward which is a gateway from the motorway into the city.
Liverpool City Council’s efforts to support people hurt by a decade of cuts imposed by successive Tory governments, including making hardship payments from both the Mayoral Hardship Fund and the Liverpool Citizen Support Scheme, were recognised. However, too many people have been hit hard, including being made homeless.
I hold regular surgeries and if you want to speak to me or my caseworker Emma about community issues in your area or have other issues you want to raise, please book an appointment by telephoning 0151 228 1628 or emailing email@example.com.