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Church hosts Brexit discussion

Thank you to St Barnabas’ Church in Liverpool Church ward for hosting my latest coffee morning and to everyone who came along. In particular, thank you to our two local police and community support officers who do such a great job in our community. Once again, as with all my previous community engagement events, Brexit …

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Action to tackle fuel poverty

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today is an urgent reminder that too many people struggle to keep themselves warm without falling in to debt. Fuel poverty affects over 3.5 million people across the country, almost 400,000 in the North West. Numbers are increasing. Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices and energy inefficient …

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Why I’m backing the CASA

The Community Advice Services Association (CASA) does amazing work in supporting people who are struggling to negotiate the complexities of the benefits system. I know from the work we have done together to support constituents, that they offer a personal service that helps people take back control of their lives. It was good to see …

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Fabulous day at school

I had a fabulous day visiting four schools in the constituency to award certificates and book tokens to the runners up of my Christmas card competition and to answer some great questions from the students too.   Congratulations to: Adnan, Nicole, Alita and Alina from Smithdown Primary, St Sebastian’s, St Clare’s and St Hugh’s – and, …

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Award-winning Radio City host Mick Coyle used his 100th Mental Health Monday show to highlight the human cost of childhood suicide in the most moving way. The radio station came together with national support group Papyrus during Children’s Mental Health Week to lay out over 200 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of St …

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Wavertree ward coffee afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came to my latest coffee afternoon at The Cricketers social club in Liverpool Wavertree ward, including our three ward councillors Clare McIntrye, Angela Coleman and Dave Cummings, and our two local police and community support officers. Once again, there were serious concerns about the impact Brexit is likely to have …

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Helping to build sound minds

I was pleased to join young people and Action for Children in Parliament to hear more about the importance of building better mental and emotional wellbeing.   The meeting took place on the eve of this week’s Children’s Mental Health Week – and it is clear that we have a long way to go before children …

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Let’s start a conversation about mental health

Conversations about mental health can change lives. I’m pleased to have the chance later today on Time to Talk day to get into conversation with staff at communications firm Vodafone at the launch a new Mental Health First Aid initiative. Wherever you meet people today – in the gym, over tea and cake, on the …

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Important backing for new long-term rail plan

The government should respond positively and urgently to Transport for the North’s new strategic investment programme that sets out an achievable long-term plan to bring the region’s dire rail infrastructure up to scratch. The £70 billion plan to transform the North’s transport infrastructure over the next 30 years is backed by Liverpool City Region and …

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Ending poverty pay

Shopworkers across the country are this week pressing the case to end poverty pay. The Time For Better Pay campaign is calling on the government to strengthen workers’ rights to tackle in-work poverty. Too many people working in retail are paid too little, with too few guaranteed hours and too much uncertainty about their regular …

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