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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, supported Organ Donation Week and an appeal for constituents to talk about organ donation at a recent Parliamentary reception.

33,278 people in Ellesmere Port and Neston are on the NHS Organ Donor Register but hundreds of lifesaving transplants are being missed around the country every year because families don’t know what their relative wanted.

NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.

Justin said:

“I’m proud to support this lifesaving appeal and it’s really easy for everyone to take part – just have a chat.

“If you want to be a donor, your family’s agreement is still needed for donation to go ahead, even if you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register, so it’s important that they know what you want in advance.”

“I met Joanne Roberts from Ellesmere Port at the Parliamentary event and it was extremely interesting to be able to talk to someone who really knows how important organ donation is.

“At least one person dies every day whilst waiting for a kidney transplant and of the people on the transplant waiting list locally, around 90% of them are waiting for a kidney. You are more likely to need a transplant than to be a donor so please take a few minutes to have a think about what you would do if you needed a transplant, and have that life-saving chat with your family so they know your wishes.

“Families who agree to donate say it helps with their grief and that they feel an enormous sense of pride at knowing their relative gave others the chance of a new beginning.”

Local MP supports appeal for families to have a lifesaving talk about organ donation

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, supported Organ Donation Week and an appeal for constituents to talk about organ donation at a recent Parliamentary reception. 33,278 people in...

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Animal lover Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, met with the RSPCA and their inspectors at the House of Commons to highlight the importance of animal welfare.

Justin said:

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and the work that their inspectors do to protect animals on the ground in Ellesmere Port and Neston. It was fantastic to meet some of their hard working inspectors and to thank them on behalf of the animal lovers in our area for all that they do.

“I know how important animal welfare issues are to my constituents and it is something that I intend to take up on their behalf in this Parliament. I am looking forward to working with the RSPCA to ensure that animal welfare is also a key part of the Brexit debate and that the protection of the idea that animals are sentient beings continues to be enshrined in UK law after we leave the EU.”

Since being founded in 1824, the RSPCA has established itself as the leading organisation on animal welfare in England and Wales and its influence has spread world-wide. Their work encompasses companion animals, farm animals, wildlife and animals used in research, and includes education and campaigning, as well as enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation.

In 2016 alone, the RSPCA received over 1.1 million calls to its cruelty line and investigated just under 160,000 complaints of animal cruelty.

Justin meets RSPCA inspectors in Parliament

Animal lover Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, met with the RSPCA and their inspectors at the House of Commons to highlight the importance of animal welfare. Justin...

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has raised concerns with a senior Cabinet Minister, after licences were granted by the Government allowing badger culling take place on land in Cheshire East.

Addressing the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom MP, Madders urged the Government to withdraw the controversial proposals and to instead look at rolling out a programme of vaccination.
“The scientific evidence is that a vaccination process would be much more effective, yet the Government insist on carrying out this cruel and barbaric practice,” he said. Responding, Andrea Ledsom refused to halt the practice, claiming that the “the science is actually not entirely clear.”

Professors John Bourne, Rosie Woodroffe and Ranald Munro carried out a £50m trial of badger culling in 2007, which found that culling could “make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain.”

In a letter to Prime Minister, Theresa May in June 2016, the scientists said, “we urge you to review the considerable evidence that culling badgers is a risky, costly, and inhumane tool in the fight against bovine TB. We submit to you that expanding this unpromising programme would fly in the face of scientific evidence. We publicly call on you at this time to halt – not expand – the failed badger cull.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/badger-cull-expansion-flies-in-face-of-scientific-evidence)

After taking office the Labour Administration in Cheshire West & Chester banned badger culling on land owned by the Council.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“It is deeply concerning that this barbaric and inhumane practice will be taking place in Cheshire.

“All of the available scientific evidence states that the culling of badgers is not an effective way of tackling TB and that the vaccination of badgers and cattle is a much more effective alternative.

“I welcome the tough stance that Cheshire West and Chester Council has taken, but sadly it can only control what happens on land in its ownership. It’s time for the Government to face up to the facts and finally halt this discredit programme.”

MP raises concerns after badger cull reaches Cheshire

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has raised concerns with a senior Cabinet Minister, after licences were granted by the Government allowing badger culling take place on land in...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, dressed in pink in Parliament to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Justin is encouraging the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston to join him, and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

Justin said:

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in Ellesmere Port and Neston to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20 October. It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.

“Breast cancer affects many people in our area, so as a ‘Breast Cancer Now Ambassador’ I am proud to take part in wear it pink to raise awareness of the impact of the disease locally and to support for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research. I hope that everybody will join me and turn our towns and villages pink on Friday 20 October!

“To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org/2017 for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.”

Justin poses in pink to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, dressed in pink in Parliament to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands...

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The Houses of Parliament have been awarded the National Autistic Society’s prestigious Autism Friendly Award.

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined colleagues at the award ceremony and made a pledge to improve understanding of autism by agreeing to raise issues affecting autistic people and their families in Parliament.

Justin said:

“Parliament has led the way with this achievement, but we all need to make sure we are working to better support autistic people and their families in our local communities.

“That’s why I am very pleased to pledge my support to take action to benefit my autistic constituents. If we all work together at community level to increase autism understanding, we have the potential to transform the lives of the 700,000 autistic people and their families across the UK.”

Justin pledges to raise issues affecting autistic people in Parliament

The Houses of Parliament have been awarded the National Autistic Society’s prestigious Autism Friendly Award. Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined colleagues at the award ceremony and...

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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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