Posted by: westlancashirerecord | October 22, 2018

The Work Of An MP

Rosie Cooper  has informed us about her recent work here in West Lancashire and in Parliament.

“A busy summer of work was followed by a short return to Parliament in early September before breaking for the Conference Recess which allowed me to carry out extra constituency visits as well as dealing with more of the local issues. I am continuing to meet with Councillors and Council Officers on key projects including Skelmersdale Town Centre and Railway Station, Beacon Park Golf Course, leisure facilities and local housing. Policing and crime has been another key concern for many constituents and I’ve been speaking with the Police regularly and ensuring they have clear strategies in place to tackle the recent spike in knife crime.

“The very top of the agenda remains the fight for our local NHS  and protection of our health and social care services from the increasing threats to it by this Conservative Government and their relentless drive for further privatisation. An issue I am addressing through my role as Member of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee, and also through meetings with key Ministers, NHS Leaders both nationally and at our local hospital trust. We have a long fight on our hands to retain our services but we must continue to resist privatisation and ensure the future provision of healthcare in West Lancashire be it at Ormskirk Hospital or on a new site within West Lancashire.

“Universal Credit remains one of the biggest issues for West Lancashire residents and it has been great to see Labour strengthen its opposition to the scheme which has brought misery to millions across the country and hundreds here in West Lancashire. In Parliament, Ministers have bowed to pressure to further delay the full rollout of Universal Credit. Our Shadow Chancellor’s recent statement that it “has got to be scrapped” is welcome, and under a Labour Government that is something we should set about doing from day one.

“And our local West Lancashire Borough Council has been busy since the May elections, with three by-elections held! My heartiest congratulations to Cllr Gareth Dowling and Cllr Ron Cooper elected in Knowsley and Tanhouse respectively. Congratulations also to the campaign teams and volunteers that worked so hard to make both elections a success.

“Finally, one of the biggest issues this summer which continues to rage on as it has done for years is Fracking. I was delighted to be able to bring Shadow Secretary Barry Gardiner to the fracking sites at Altcar here in West Lancashire  and to Preston New Road to meet and speak with local Labour members, residents and activists concerned and angry with plans to frack in these areas. Campaigners welcomed the promise that when we get a Labour Government, Fracking will be banned and everyone has plenty of notice of that”.

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