Petition & Campaign Responses

Puppy Smuggling

Thank you to my constituents who have contacted me recently about puppy smuggling. I share your concerns about the illegal importation of puppies into the UK and I pay tribute to Dogs Trust for its crucial work on this issue. I have long believed that more should be done to block wholesale puppy imports that are abusing […]

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NHS Long Term Plan and Cancer

Thank you to my constituents who contacted me about the cancer workforce and the NHS Long-Term Plan. More than 360,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year and that figure is expected to rise to more than half a million by 2035. I sympathise profoundly with anyone who is affected, and I pay […]

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Brexit Update

During the 2017 General election I made it clear that I would respect the result of the referendum and that I believed we had to secure the best possible deal. The exact words I used in my Election Address, in my commitments to you were “The majority of Halton people voted to leave the EU and […]

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Childrens’ Services Cuts

Thank you for contacting me about funding for children’s services. Children’s services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families in our area and across the country. However, local authorities have experienced unprecedented cuts to funding since 2010. Indeed, analysis by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, the Children’s Society and the National Children’s […]

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Widnes Vikings

I am bitterly disappointed that Widnes Vikings have gone into administration, like all Widnes supporters I was hoping that a buyer would have come forward and prevented the Club from going into administration. I hope it is possible that Widnes can quickly get back to playing competitive Rugby League again soon – clearly the only […]

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Brexit Deal Vote Tuesday 15th January 2019

I believe the Brexit deal the Prime Minister has agreed with the EU is deeply flawed and represents a complete failure of her approach over the last two years. The Prime Minister’s deal will not protect jobs, workplace rights or environmental standards. It will not ensure frictionless trade for UK businesses. The lack of a […]

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Cammell Laird Jobs – Letter to CEO

  Mr John Syvret CEO Cammell Laird Campbeltown Road Birkenhead CH41 9BP Dear John, As the Member of Parliament for Halton, I am contacting you with deep concerns regarding the recent reports that a significant number of Cammell Laird’s staff are at risk of losing their jobs. I have a number of constituents currently employed at […]

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Halton’s Government Funding Cuts

Derek has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of the Leader of Halton Borough Council, Cllr Rob Polhill’s, call for a reversal of the planned cuts to Halton’s government funding, to urgently address the £5.8 billon gap in funding that council’s face by 2020 and to provide Halton and other councils […]

Petition & Campaign Responses

End of Life Care

Thank you to Halton constituents for contacting me recently about end of life care and the related campaign by Marie Curie. Each year around 500,000 people die in England and Wales and half of those deaths occur in hospitals. The palliative care workforce works extremely hard to provide good care for people nearing the end […]