Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders used his Maiden Speech to the House of Commons to pay tribute to his predecessor, Andrew Miller, who he said, “served the constituency with distinction for 23 years.”
He went on to heap praise on former stalwart Councillors Reg Crimes, Fred Venables and Derek Bateman, who served for a combined 151 years and who he said helped to teach him about “respect, loyalty and basic decency – qualities that are too often forgotten in modern politics.”
Commenting after the speech, Mr Madders said, “I was extremely fortunate to work with three of the most respected councillors that the country has ever produced. Everything that I hope to achieve for the area will build upon their work and so it was a privilege to be able to mention them in my first speech.”
Speaking in the EU Referendum debate, he went on to call on the Government to bring forward the vote, warning that a prolonged period of uncertainty could represent a risk to major local employers such as Vauxhall and Airbus. He said, “I welcome the opportunity for the country to have its say, but let us have a swift decision and give everyone certainty for the future.
Mr Madders went on to highlight his key interest of employment rights, following on from his career as an employment Solicitor. He set out his concerns about the 80% drop in employment tribunal claims since fees were introduced by the Government and of the impact that this has had on many people who have suffered at the hands of poor employers. “I recall speaking to five women who had all worked in the same shop over a few months. They had been denied their pay for periods ranging from between one and six weeks, but not one of them could afford to proceed with an employment tribunal claim. Our rights are only as good as only as good as our ability to exercise them.”
He concluded by saying, “the challenge for us is to value the quality and security of work as much as the creation of the job itself. So I intend to spend my time here standing up for the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston, but also fighting for a fairer and more secure workplace for everyone in the country.”