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Prime Minister’s Statement: COVID-19 Update 23/11/20

23/11/20 Today I was selected to ask a question on the Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Update, however, I ended up having to ask it to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock as the Prime Minister was appearing virtually to the Chamber and developed audio problems. I stated that I was pleased that they had listened to mine […]

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Runcorn Town Deal Question

19/11/20 You may have seen that a bid is currently being put together to the government’s Town Deal Fund for £25 million of investment into Runcorn Town Centre. I have been an active member of the Town Deal Board since it formed in January to advise and help the council develop their bid to the […]

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

8/11/20 This Remembrance Sunday many people paid their respects in their own ways, on their doorsteps, with posters in their windows – we remember them. It was an honour to attend a simple service at the Cross of Sacrifice in Widnes Cemetery and then Widnes Cenotaph in Victoria Park with the Widnes Royal British Legion. […]

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Concerns About GCSE Students During COVID-19

5/11/20 Following my own concerns and that of constituents who have contacted me regarding Year 11 students and their GCSEs, I have raised a number of questions with the government. I will keep on raising these issues, the education of our young people is a top priority along with health and jobs during this crisis. […]

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Second Lockdown Debate

Due to the time I had to speak today being short, I wanted to share with you the full text of what I had prepared to say, you can read it below. Madam Deputy Speaker I want to set out my concerns about these Regulations. Primarily, because I feel they will inflict more economic pain […]

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Halton Patients & NHS Waiting Times

I am very concerned about the health of my constituents.  I have studied the latest NHS waiting times published by the government up to August this year. During the pandemic in Halton, there has been a huge reduction in the number of my constituents receiving NHS treatments within 18 weeks. In March 88.9% of my […]

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Fair Economic Support For Areas Facing Additional COVID-19 Restrictions Debate

21/10/20 This afternoon I spoke in the debate for fair economic support for areas facing additional covid-19 restrictions. I was restricted to four minutes and my main purpose was to get as many of my constituents’ voices heard as possible. As I said in my speech, I am finding it heart-breaking to see the way […]

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Gyms To Reopen In Halton

21/10/20 I am delighted that following my persistent interventions with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and meeting with him last night; that this morning the local Leaders have been informed that our gyms will be allowed to re-open. The legislation forcing them to be closed will be rescinded by the government tomorrow.

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Question at the COVID-19 Statement

20/10/20 This evening I questioned the Secretary of State for Health yet again on why gyms in Halton are closed, when they are allowed to stay open in the other Tier 3 Areas – Manchester and Lancashire. I asked him to either use government powers to re-open our gyms or give the power to re-open […]

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Question in the COVID-19 Update Statement

This evening I questioned the Secretary of State for Health on why gyms have been forced to close in Halton, while they have been allowed to remain open in the other Tier 3 area, Lancashire. I demanded that he allow the re-opening of our gyms as there is no evidence to support their closure. Yet […]