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Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has called for action after it was revealed that Neston station has the 15th most unreliable service in the whole country, with 14.5% of trains delayed by more than ten minutes or cancelled. The analysis looked at the 1,884 stations in England with more than ten services each day.

In addition to being unreliable, the hourly service in Neston is also far less frequent than other areas and requires changes to reach locations like Liverpool and Chester, resulting in lengthy journey times.

Since being elected, Madders has campaigned for improvements at the station, calling for half-hourly services when the new Borderlands Line franchise is introduced, with the eventual goal of securing electrification of the line. He has also called for Transport Ministers to intervene after pointing out that Neston residents pay higher fares than those in neighbouring areas for similar journeys.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“People in Neston have had to put up with a second class rail service for too long. It is completely unacceptable that Neston has less frequent, less reliable and more expensive rail services than neighbouring areas.

“The substandard rail service isn’t just hugely inconvenient, it also reduces the career opportunities available for Neston residents who do not have access to a car. Those who do use the services available now run the risk of being significantly late, particularly as there is only a 6 minute changeover at Bidston for people travelling on to Liverpool.

“I will continue to fight for the improvements that people in Neston deserve and I will do everything I can do ensure that the introduction of the new franchise is not a missed opportunity.”

Justin demands action over unreliable Neston service

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has called for action after it was revealed that Neston station has the 15th most unreliable service in the whole country, with 14.5%...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, and Shadow Health Minister, supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and encouraging others to do the same.

The charity’s UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness that feeling out of breath doing everyday tasks could be a sign of lung disease.

Justin said:

“Completing the BLF’s online ‘breath test’ is a really easy way of checking your lung health. I’d encourage everyone to try it. It’ll either give you peace of mind or start you on a path to help manage your breathlessness.

“There are thousands of local people with a lung condition, but not everyone’s aware they have one. You really should ‘listen to your lungs’ if you feel breathless.

“Together we can ensure that those people who are suffering with an undiagnosed lung condition seek help and get the support they need. If you’re even slightly worried a loved one has been feeling increasingly short of breath – please make sure they take the online breath test or visit their GP."

“Are you feeling breathless?”

  Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, and Shadow Health Minister, supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to a new ivory surrender initiative launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade.

Members of the public are being invited to surrender their own ivory which will be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save this iconic species from the threat of extinction.

Justin said:

“With elephant populations facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis which is killing at least 20,000 elephants each year, I am very pleased to support this important IFAW initiative which enables members of the public to make a real difference for elephants and their future survival.

“The legal ivory trade often provides a smokescreen for more illegal killing of elephants and by donating unwanted ivory pepole can make a positive contribution to elephant protection. I would encourage any of my constituents who have unwanted ivory to support IFAW’s ivory surrender which will help ensure that ivory is only valued on a live, wild elephant, where it belongs.”

Anyone wishing to donate ivory items is asked to post them to: Campaigns Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD. For queries or large items, email info-uk@ifaw.org or call 020 7587 6700.

Justin Madders MP backs UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to a new ivory surrender initiative launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help protect...

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders and Little Neston & Burton Councillor, Louise Gittins have expressed their disappointment after a meeting with Barclays ahead of the closure of its Neston branch in October did not lead to any concessions from the banking giant.

When Barclays closes its doors, Neston will be left without any banking facilities, something the local politicians claim could harm local businesses, as well as isolating older people who are unable to use online banking. 

The cash point will also be removed when the branch closes, despite concern being expressed by a number of local residents. 

Commenting, Councillor Louise Gittins said:

“While the representatives from Barclays appreciated the difficulties that their existing customers could face in getting to the next-nearest facility in Heswall, their only solution was using Internet banking or the Post Office. We responded that not everyone is able to access internet banking and that while the Post Office provides an excellent service, it does not offer a full banking service and already has very large queues at peak times.

“Barclays told us that there are 188 customers who only bank there in person and I am told that they are being contacted to arrange a face to face chat about the opportunity for 'tea and training' on how to use online banking.  

“However, after the meeting Justin and I had a walk around the market, where we met a Barclays customer who had not yet contacted. If you are a customer, I would advise you to contact the branch if you would like to access their online banking training.”

Justin Madders MP added:

“During the meeting, we suggested that Barclays explore the idea of creating some sort of banking hub, where banks worked together to provide a joint facility, as I understand that this has been achieved elsewhere. The Barclays team did agree to look into this; however, I'm not optimistic that progress will be made. 

“It was clear throughout the meeting that Barclays were only paying lip service to our suggestions and were not going to change their decision.  Most frustratingly they wouldn’t even confirm if the branch was losing money which rather suggested to me that their primary motivation was increasing profit rather than providing a service to customers.  Neston has been badly let down by the big banks and local people are right to be disappointed.”

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders and Little Neston & Burton Councillor, Louise Gittins have expressed their disappointment after a meeting with Barclays ahead of the closure of its Neston branch in October did not lead to any concessions from the banking giant.


When Barclays closes its doors, Neston will be left without any banking facilities, something the local politicians claim could harm local businesses, as well as isolating older people who are unable to use online banking.

 

The cash point will also be removed when the branch closes, despite concern being expressed by a number of local residents.

 

Commenting, Councillor Louise Gittins said:

 

“While the representatives from Barclays appreciated the difficulties that their existing customers could face in getting to the next-nearest facility in Heswall, their only solution was using Internet banking or the Post Office. We responded that not everyone is able to access internet banking and that while the Post Office provides an excellent service, it does not offer a full banking service and already has very large queues at peak times.

 

“Barclays told us that there are 188 customers who only bank there in person and I am told that they are being contacted to arrange a face to face chat about the opportunity for 'tea and training' on how to use online banking. 

 

“However, after the meeting Justin and I had a walk around the market, where we met a Barclays customer who had not yet contacted. If you are a customer, I would advise you to contact the branch if you would like to access their online banking training.”

 

Justin Madders MP added:

“During the meeting, we suggested that Barclays explore the idea of creating some sort of banking hub, where banks worked together to provide a joint facility, as I understand that this has been achieved elsewhere. The Barclays team did agree to look into this; however, I'm not optimistic that progress will be made.

 

“It was clear throughout the meeting that Barclays were only paying lip service to our suggestions and were not going to change their decision.  Most frustratingly they wouldn’t even confirm if the branch was losing money which rather suggested to me that their primary motivation was increasing profit rather than providing a service to customers.  Neston has been badly let down by the big banks and local people are right to be disappointed.”

Neston “let down by Barclays” say local politicians

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders and Little Neston & Burton Councillor, Louise Gittins have expressed their disappointment after a meeting with Barclays ahead of the closure of its...

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is encouraging local charities and community groups to apply for a share of a massive £3 million funding pot.

People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund is looking for charities to apply for funding to bring their dream project to life. It encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance an idea they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to develop.

Justin said:

“This is an opportunity not to be missed!

“If you’ve got an idea or a project that you think is a little bit different then this is the chance for you. Applications for the Dream Fund are welcome from projects that fit within one or more of the charitable purposes which include: supporting families; improving people’s lives through animals; green communities and increasing life chances for young people.

“This is an exciting opportunity for charities across Ellesmere Port and Neston to work together to develop their dream project and I hope many local organisations will be successful.

“The closing date for applications for the Dream Fund is Tuesday, 22 August and winners will be announced in January, 2018. For more information visit www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk.”

Justin Madders urges local charities to apply for share of £3 million fund

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is encouraging local charities and community groups to apply for a share of a massive £3 million funding pot. People’s Postcode Lottery’s...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined Parliamentary colleagues to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation, supported by blood cancer charity and stem cell register Anthony Nolan, held the event to mark the progress made by the transplant community in the past year.

Justin said:

“It’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate the achievements made in the fight against blood cancer and I am delighted that Ellesmere Port and Neston already has 738 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I hope that more local people will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer. To find out more about joining the stem cell donor register visit www.anthonynolan.org”

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The charity uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to patients in need of stem cell transplants. It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success, and supports patients through their transplant journeys. Every day Anthony Nolan gives three people a second chance at life.

Justin Madders celebrates community’s efforts to cure blood cancer

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined Parliamentary colleagues to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors. The All Party Parliamentary Group on...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has pledged to work alongside charity Arthritis Research UK to represent the thousands of local people living every day with the pain of arthritis.

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country and the pain, fatigue and lack of mobility it causes affects every aspect of a person’s life. The treatment of arthritis, together with other musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, currently costs the NHS £4.8 billion a year and the illnesses are the cause of one in five working days lost in the UK.

Justin said:

“Arthritis Research UK’s new Prevent, Transform, Cure manifesto recognises that there needs to be a public health approach focusing on preventing arthritis, transforming services and finding a cure for the 10 million people affected by this devastating condition.

“I’m proud to champion Arthritis Research UK’s policy and committed to making a difference. We need to put the issues affecting people with arthritis at the forefront of Parliament’s agenda; together we can fight this painful condition that has such a huge impact on people’s lives in Ellesmere Port and Neston.”

Justin Madders pledges to become a local Arthritis Champion

  Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has pledged to work alongside charity Arthritis Research UK to represent the thousands of local people living every day with the...

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has expressed his disappointment after being contacted by constituents who have been notified that their ground-rent will be hiked in the near future, despite an offer being made by Taylor Wimpey to prevent unfair increases.

When they announced a £130m compensation scheme, the housebuilder acknowledged that the contracts were “not consistent with our high standards of customer service and we are sorry for the unintended financial consequence and concern that they are causing”.

The residents were informed of the increases by the current freeholder, E&J Estates. When they queried the planned rise, drawing attention to the Taylor Wimpey offer, E&J told them that they have not yet been contacted, so the increase would still be going ahead.

If implemented, the increase would not only impact on the annual amount repayable, but also on the value of the freehold of the property and the likelihood of a resale. Madders called on Taylor Wimpey to act urgently to prevent already disadvantaged leaseholders from losing out once again.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

“I am extremely disappointed that Taylor Wimpey have done nothing to help my constituents since announcing their compensation scheme several months ago.

“Taylor Wimpey have acknowledged that they got it wrong and seriously let down people who bought their homes in good faith. The fact that leaseholders are still facing huge increases adds insult to injury and is completely unacceptable.

“We need to see urgent action to address this issue. How many times do leaseholders need to be let down before Taylor Wimpey get a grip of the problem?”

“Leaseholders are being let down again by Taylor Wimpey” says MP

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has expressed his disappointment after being contacted by constituents who have been notified that their ground-rent will be hiked in the near future,...

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has written to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening to demand action after the University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port received its second ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted inspection in four years.

He has called for responsibility for the school to be removed from the University of Chester Academies Trust and returned to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“I am extremely disappointed that parents and children in Ellesmere Port have been failed yet again following a second ‘Inadequate’ report in just four years.

What concerns me most is the fact that the University of Chester Academies Trust has shown itself to be completely incapable of turning struggling schools around. I do not believe that they have learned anything at all from a succession of poor reports into the schools that they lead and I am left with no confidence in their continued leadership of the Academy in Ellesmere Port.

“I know that there are a number of excellent and very committed teachers at the school, who are working extremely hard and doing their best for the children that they teach. Sadly, they have been let down by frankly indefensible failings in leadership. We were very fortunate to receive significant investment in a newly built school, but modern buildings are not enough if standard of teaching within it is not up to scratch.

“Enough is enough –children in Ellesmere Port deserve better- I believe that the time has come for the Government to intervene and oversee some significant changes in the way that the school is led, including returning it to the Local Authority.”

MP calls for action following ‘Inadequate’ Academy report

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has written to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening to demand action after the University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port received its...

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Labour’s Justin Madders, a Shadow Health Minister learned about life on the front-line in the NHS when he shadowed a Receptionist at the Great Sutton Medical Centre on Tuesday 30th May.

While he heaped praise on the staff, who he said dealt with “an incredible level of demand,” he also again called for greater investment in primary care, claiming that “GP services are being stretched to breaking point.”

The GP Forward View (GPFV) published in 2016 promised 5,000 more GPs by 2020, but the number of GPs overall is falling. Nationally, 92 practices closed in 2016, up 114% on GP surgery closures in 2014. The number of GPs fell by more than 400 between October and December 2016 alone.

As well as calling for greater investment in General Practice, Madders also called for a Community Pharmacy services to be strengthened, including providing a wider range of services.

Commenting, Ellesmere Port & Neston Labour Candidate, Justin Madders said:

“During my time at Great Sutton Medical Centre, I saw extremely hardworking staff dealing with incredible levels of demand.

“It is clear that urgent action needs to be taken, both to reverse the falling numbers of GPs that we are seeing under this Conservative government and also to strengthen Community Pharmacies. Both of these services have been undervalued for too far long – if Jeremy Hunt spent some time on the front-line, he’d learn that for himself.

“I am always keen to spend time on the job seeing the reality of the situation that our public servants face and trying to better understand how we might make improvements.”

“GP services stretched to breaking point” says Labour’s Justin Madders

Labour’s Justin Madders, a Shadow Health Minister learned about life on the front-line in the NHS when he shadowed a Receptionist at the Great Sutton Medical Centre on Tuesday 30th...

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