Justin Madders

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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...

• Hydraulic Fracturing (“fracking”) could wipe up to seven per cent off local house prices according to a Government report.
• Widespread concerns have been expressed about the environmental impact of the practice.
• Labour’s 2017 manifesto sets out a commitment to ban fracking.
• The Conservative manifesto will force fracking on communities, even in where there is strong opposition.

Labour’s Candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston, Justin Madders has slammed proposals to remove power from Councils to oppose fracking. Describing the Conservative manifesto as a “Charter for Frackers.”

Madders has confirmed his support for a ban on fracking, citing concerns about damage to the environment and the impact on local house prices.

Labelling Conservative support for the controversial practice as “shocking,” Madders has pledged to continue with his opposition to local fracking plans and confirmed that he would back a national ban in Parliament.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“This Tory Manifesto is a Charter for Frackers, which all but rolls out the red carpet for companies to drill for shale gas around Ellesmere Port & Neston. If the Conservatives get their way, these companies will be able to ride roughshod over our communities and there will be nothing that we can do.

“People in this area expect there to be a planning system in place that listens to their views. These shocking proposals would remove any prospect of that once and for all when it comes to fracking.”

“The choice could not be clearer in Ellesmere Port & Neston –only a vote for Labour can stop these plans.”

“We need a Government which would throw its support behind the next generation of renewable energy, which would in turn generate large numbers of high-quality jobs in our local science and manufacturing sectors.”

“I back a ban on fracking” confirms Labour’s Justin Madders

• Hydraulic Fracturing (“fracking”) could wipe up to seven per cent off local house prices according to a Government report. • Widespread concerns have been expressed about the environmental impact...

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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.”

Justin praises Neston rail campaigners

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...

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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.

Campaign office officially launched

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.”

“The battle for justice is far from over” says MP after “significant victory” in leasehold campaign

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...

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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.”

Senior Labour team pledge to support Vauxhall during visit

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.

Justin said:

“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.

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“Bowel cancer screening so important” says Justin

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...

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