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.
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.... Read more
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...
Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders, Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern and Wallasey MP, Angela Eagle joined Shadow Cabinet members on a tour of the Vauxhall plant on Monday (24th April). During the visit, Madders set out the importance of the facility to Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Kier Starmer MP and Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP.
During the uncertainty following the takeover of Vauxhall by the PSA group, Madders won plaudits for his work to obtain assurances from the new owners and the Government on the future of the plant.
Commenting, Justin said:
“Vauxhall, its supply chain and the rest of the automotive sector could not be more important to the future of the economy. Following the news of the PSA takeover, I worked tirelessly to obtain assurances in the short-term and the next step is to make a long-term case for the future of the sector.
“I was delighted to welcome my colleagues to the factory, where they could see for themselves what an excellent facility it is and just how committed the workforce are.
“They were clear that a Labour Government would seek the best possible outcome for Vauxhall as part of the Brexit negotiations and that they would pull out all the stops to support this vital industry.”
Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders, Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern and Wallasey MP, Angela Eagle joined Shadow Cabinet members on a tour of the Vauxhall plant on Monday...
It’s ‘Bowel Cancer Awareness Month’ and Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening.
“More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer; but it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
“Bowel cancer screening can save lives but in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it.
“I would urge everyone in Ellesmere Port and Neston who is sent a bowel cancer screening test to use it. Taking part in screening is the best way to get diagnosed early. If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, remind the people over 60 in your life to take the test.
“Early diagnosis really can save lives!”
For more information visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk.
It’s ‘Bowel Cancer Awareness Month’ and Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer...
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, attended a thank you event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan, in recognition of his support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.
Justin backed the ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign after NHS England announced it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses, effectively denying patients a cure.
Following Anthony Nolan’s hugely successful campaign NHS England has announced new funding for second transplants.
“I am proud to have played my part to ‘Defend Second Transplants’. Thanks to this campaign people with blood cancer and blood disorders, whose disease relapses, have been given another chance of life.”
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, attended a thank you event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan, in recognition of his support for the blood cancer charity’s successful...
Ellesmere Port & Neston’s Labour MP, Justin Madders has said that he will be proud to defend his record of working hard on local issues ahead of the snap General Election called on 8th June.
He also slammed the Prime Minister for “putting her own interests ahead of what is best for the country” by calling an early Election.
Since being elected two-years-ago, Justin has made an impact as one of the country’s most active MPs in Parliament. In terms of the number of debates he has spoken in, as well as the number of parliamentary questions asked he ranks highly compared to others.* He has also responded to over 11,000 constituent cases from every corner of his Ellesmere Port & Neston constituency.
Commenting, Justin said:
“I am proud to defend my record of being a hard-working local MP, living in the constituency and always putting Ellesmere Port & Neston ahead of anything else.
“I am disappointed that Theresa May has put her own interests ahead of the interests of the country by calling another divisive election. I hope that local people will see through this for the political game playing that it is. Our schools and hospitals are struggling and we need a Labour Government to reverse that.”
“Since being elected two years ago, I have been out speaking with local people every single week, taking up the issues that matter to them. From standing up for Vauxhall, fighting for rail improvements in Neston or calling on the Government to deliver the investment that our road network and town centres need, I have always put my constituents first.
“On a whole host of local issues, there is much I have been working on that is unfinished business. I hope that the people of Ellesmere Port & Neston will give me the opportunity to complete the job.”
Ellesmere Port & Neston’s Labour MP, Justin Madders has said that he will be proud to defend his record of working hard on local issues ahead of the snap General...
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.
‘Dying to Work’ was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
“It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs then their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that have been earned through a life-time of hard work.
“That is why I am pleased to support this campaign and call on the Government to ensure that workers with a terminal illness receive the protection and support they deserve.
“I also encourage local businesses to do their bit now, and sign up to the TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter to ensure that their employees get the support and protection they need when times are toughest.”
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally...
Welcome to my third e-newsletter of the year. If you want to know more about what I am up to, please follow me on Facebook, Twitter and check for updates on my Website.
As ever, if you have any queries, or if there is anything that I can do to assist you with any issues that you have, please do not hesitate to contact me.
This month sadly saw Parliament and our democracy come under attack in events which tragically led to the deaths of Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes and Andreea Cristea. It also led to serious injuries to many others along Westminster Bridge, many of whom are still in hospital. The tragedy didn’t end there as PC Keith Palmer was murdered trying to stop the terrorist accessing the Parliamentary estate. PC Palmer’s bravery led to him making the ultimate sacrifice and the incident has given us all cause to reflect on the selflessness of those whose duty it is to protect democracy. My thoughts are with all of the victims and those who are close to them.
I would like to thank the many constituents who have enquired after my welfare as a result of the incident. Although I was close to where the attacker entered around 30 seconds or so before he arrived, I was heading straight to the voting lobbies by the chamber which were sealed very shortly after I arrived. Clearly we were anxious for a period after this as it wasn’t clear what was happening other than there was an attack, but as time wore on we realised that there were not going to be any further attacks at which point it was simply a case of letting the authorities do their job until they were confident it was safe to let people out. In the circumstances being locked in the Chamber for four hours was no hardship at all.
Parliament has now adjourned for Easter, which gives me the chance to spend much more time in the constituency holding surgeries, organising community events, visiting local groups and business. I have a packed diary which will see me in visiting every part of the community.
The biggest political event this month was the start of Britain’s formal negotiations to exit the EU with the triggering of Article 50. This is the start of a process that could take two years to finalise the terms of our exit. The most important issues from my perspective for the constituency are trying to get the same benefits as we currently have as members of the single market and the customs union in order that our industries are able to continue to export freely and competitively. A Brexit that secures Britain’s future cooperation with the EU, a strong economy, managed and fair migration, fundamental rights, national security, and the distribution of power and opportunity across the country are all major elements of what I want to see achieved. You can be sure that as your MP I will hold the Government to account every step of the way to fight for our best interests.
This month also saw the final Spring Budget, with all future budgets now taking place in the Autumn. It will be most remembered for the chaos that surrounded the u-turn over planned National Insurance increases for self-employed people, with the incompetent Chancellor failing to realise that this would breach his own party's manifesto. However, unfortunately there was less attention drawn to the fact that planned cuts to local school budgets also breach the Conservative manifesto, which promised to protect the funding that follows each pupil.
Every school in Ellesmere Port & Neston is facing a cut, which head teachers tell me will lead to fewer pupils, bigger class sizes and some subjects being withdrawn. Across Cheshire West & Chester, schools stand to lose £4.2 million in 2019/20, rising to £6.4 million beyond that. At the same time, while schools in Ellesmere Port & Neston are being cut, many Tory areas are actually going to see an increase, with West Sussex getting an extra 1.9% and Hampshire 0.7% and Surrey 1.7%.
I'm fighting these disgraceful cuts every step of the way. I've spoken up in Parliament on several occasions and this month I raised local concerns personally with the Minister, along with Chester MP, Chris Matheson and the Council's Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, Cllr Nicole Meardon. The Consultation has now closed and I will be watching closely to see whether the Government listens to the concerns of thousands of local parents.
I am also continuing to campaign on range of other issues, which the Chancellor also chose to ignore in his Budget. The first of which is the fact that thousands of policyholders have still not been adequately compensated for the regulatory failings that led to the Equitable Life scandal. I spoke up on the issue in a Parliamentary debate and raised the fact that approximately 895,000 people who were caught up in the scandal have received only 22% of their losses, including a number of my constituents who have contacted me.
The second is the ongoing WASPI campaign, in support of women hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, a change which began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011. The women were not given sufficient notice, which left them with no time to make alternative retirement plans, with extremely serious consequences. In Ellesmere Port & Neston, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 4,070 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone.
The leasehold scandal campaign has continued to gather momentum, as thousands of homeowners discover that their properties were sold to them on a leasehold basis, with ground-rents that are set to increase significantly in future, in some cases doubling every ten years. The freeholds to the properties have in many cases been sold on to private investors, despite assurances being given to the residents that they would be given the first opportunity to purchase them.
I have been speaking up inside and outside of Parliament to make the case that there is no reason for houses to be sold on a leasehold basis, other than to allow developers to make more profit. I recently joined a protest outside the new Redrow development in Little Sutton, calling for all new houses to be sold only on a freehold basis.
In my role as a Shadow Health Minister, while it did not grab many headlines; it was extremely disappointing that a House of Lords amendment, which would have seen more patients able to access life-saving innovative medicines without delay was voted down by the Conservatives. I spoke in support of the proposed changes to the Government’s Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill, which I have been leading on for Labour.
Through both their failure to back this amendment and their recent changes to NICE, which could further delay access to new medicines, the Government is presiding over a system which leaves increasing numbers of patients in the heart-breaking situation of being unable to obtain innovative treatments which could save or extend their lives. It is also worth pointing out that this directly breaks the Conservative party’s 2015 manifesto promise to speed up the introduction of cost-effective medicines into the NHS.
Last week, even more promises were broken, as the new NHS England Plan, "Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View" confirms that the NHS does not expect to meet the A&E target, to see 95% of patients within 4 hours, which Jeremy Hunt described as being “critical for patient safety,” for at least the next year. It also sets out plans for another round of rationing of treatments and the abandoning of the 18 week waiting target for surgery.
Of course all of this leads up back to where I began with the fact that only an adequate financial settlement can deliver the health and social care service that we all want to see.
I continue to speak up in Parliament as much as I can, to highlight local and national issues. In the weeks since my last update, I have spoken on the following issues (please follow the links to read my contributions in full):
- Improving access to new and innovative medical treatments
- Access to careers in the arts for working-class people
- Calling for action following recent reports of illegal fox hunting in Cheshire
- The NHS winter crisis and delays in A&E
- Support for Vauxhall and the automotive sector following Brexit
- Justice for Equitible Life policy holders
- The need to improve social mobility and access to leading professions
- Tackling the exploitation caused by bogus self employment
- Calling on the Government to tackle the leasehold scandal
I also raise a number of Written Questions to Ministers each week, which you can keep up with here. I have asked nearly 650 since I was elected, so it would take up too much space to include a full list!
Of course, this is just a snapshot of what I got up to this month and if you want to know more, you can follow me on social media or keep up to date with my website or send me an email.
I hope that you enjoyed reading.
Welcome to my third e-newsletter of the year. If you want to know more about what I am up to, please follow me on Facebook, Twitter and check for updates on my Website. As ever,...
Since last autumn, hundreds of children have taken part in Voice Box – the joke-telling competition for schools in England, Scotland and Wales. Twenty made it through to the final at Speaker’s House, Westminster in London on 29 March. One of them was local schoolgirl Mayzie Manning from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Mayzie, age 8, who attends Acorns Primary School and Nursery in Warrington, delighted the packed audience of politicians, parents and children with her joke:
Did you know about the guy who invented the 'knock, knock' joke?
… He won the no-bell prize!
Mayzie, who was presented with a Voice Box finalist certificate, said she was “really, really, really excited” to take part in the competition final.
When asked what she would like to be when she grows up, Mayzie replied: “I want to be a teacher who reads books out to people.”
Voice Box is an annual competition, organised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and partnered by The Communication Trust. It aims to remind people that there are children in every classroom who need support to help them speak and understand what is being said to them.
Nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives.
Seven per cent of children aged about five years have specific speech and language impairment and a further 1.8% have speech, language and communication needs linked to other conditions, such as learning disability, cerebral palsy, and autism spectrum disorders.
John Bercow, Speaker of The House of Commons, said: “I am delighted to be able to host this wonderful event for the third year running. It is extremely important that children with speech, language and communication needs receive the support they require to reach their potential.”
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Nelson, who attended the event, added: “I am delighted to support Mayzie Manning at Voice Box. It has shown me how critical communication skills are in determining a child’s life chances. As a politician, speaking and listening is a vital part of my life and I really value the work done by teachers and speech and language therapists to enable others, including children, to communicate more easily.”
RCSLT Chief Executive Officer Kamini Gadhok MBE said: “Speech, language and communication difficulties are the most common type of special education need in 4 – 11 year-old children. However, with the right help and support, children can improve their social skills, peer relationships and self-confidence, and access education which is vital to improving their life chances.”
Since last autumn, hundreds of children have taken part in Voice Box – the joke-telling competition for schools in England, Scotland and Wales. Twenty made it through to the final...