Labour’s candidate, Justin Madders has praised the work of local campaigners from across Neston for their ongoing campaign for improved rail services.
Following work in partnership with local residents and the Town Council, Madders claims that a half-hourly service now looks likely, something that he says would, “provide a huge boost to local commuters and act as a stepping-stone towards our eventual goal of electrification.”
“This has been the result of team-work, both in Neston and in Parliament. I delivered a petition of almost 700 signatures to the Department for Transport, which was the result of a lot of hard work, not just by me, but by a large number of Neston residents.
“We established a new Parliamentary Group for the Mersey Dee area, which has been hugely significant in breaking down some of the cross-border issues that have held back progress for so long.
I have also raised the issue on a number of occasions in Parliament and have met with Ministers in both the UK and Welsh Governments.”
Madders also hit back at accusations from his Conservative opponent, who accused him of “shouting from the side-lines and failing to deliver,” saying that:
“When he makes these statements, he’s not just attacking me, he’s decrying the hard work of residents from across Neston. I really think that we can do without these kind of personal attacks.”
“The fact is that since I was elected, a huge amount of progress has been made with this issue and it has been achieved by bringing people together.”
Labour’s candidate, Justin Madders has praised the work of local campaigners from across Neston for their ongoing campaign for improved rail services. Following work in partnership with local residents and...
Justin Madders was joined by Labour's Deputy Leader Tom Watson and a number of activists and campaigners to officially launch his campaign office today, at 1a Cambridge Road, Ellesmere Port.
Speaking at the event, Tom Watson praised Justin's impact in Parliament during his two years in Parliament:
"I remember coming here two years ago when Justin was a new candidate and since that time he has risen to national prominence. He has built a reputation as one of the hardest working MPs in the country."
Madders pledged to continue to work hard and to put the needs of Ellesmere Port & Neston residents ahead of anything else. He said:
"Since I was elected, I've been the kind of MP that you don't only see when the election comes around. I've organised street surgeries, litter picks, petitions and coffee mornings all across Ellesmere Port and Neston; as well as supporting community events including job fairs, Christmas dinners for pensioners and foodbank collections.
"I haven't just turned up for the election asking for your support. I grew up in the constituency, raised a family here and served as a local Councillor for 17 years before I became an MP. This area is my home and so I will always put the needs of local people ahead of everything else.
"As we have seen with the recent uncertainty surrounding Vauxhall, we need an MP who is willing to fight for local jobs and employment. I worked tirelessly to get assurances on jobs from the Government and the new owners about the future of the plant until around 2021.
"I am proud of my record and I look forward to speaking with as many local people as I can in the coming weeks."
Justin Madders was joined by Labour's Deputy Leader Tom Watson and a number of activists and campaigners to officially launch his campaign office today, at 1a Cambridge Road, Ellesmere Port....
Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has welcomed the decision by Taylor Wimpey to apologise to leaseholders facing doubling ground-rents and to set aside £130m in compensation.
In a statement issued at its AGM, Taylor Wimpey said that a review of contracts, in which the ground rent doubles every 10 years, found that they were legal but “not consistent with our high standards of customer service”.
However, while he has described the decision as “a significant victory” for the campaign against unfair leasehold practices, he has also warned developers that the “battle for justice is far from over.” He has expressed concerns that statement indicates that it is only those who bought direct from Taylor Wimpey that will be helped, excluding many who found that their freehold had been sold onto an investor.
Commenting, Justin said:
“This is a significant victory, as it establishes clearly an important principle, which is that the developers rather than the purchasers are at fault and that as such, the purchasers need to be compensated.
“What is now needed is for all developers to immediately stop selling houses on a leasehold basis and to recognise their responsibilities to the thousands of people who are disadvantaged. We also need to see any ground rent increases immediately frozen until this takes place.
“The battle for justice is far from being over, but I am more hopeful than ever than our campaign will be successful.”
Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has welcomed the decision by Taylor Wimpey to apologise to leaseholders facing doubling ground-rents and to set aside £130m in compensation. In a...