MP’s column with Alison McGovern

Hes Alison McGovernI’d like to wish everybody living in Heswall a very Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2017.

In my previous article for the magazine I focused on the Heswall Ice Business festival. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank those who held events in Heswall over the Christmas period. I enjoyed my time at the Ice event which showcased local businesses. I would like to thank organisers for hosting the successful event. It was great to meet the Whitfield Business team behind the event last year.

As I reflect on 2016 there is one particular political event that sticks out in my mind and that is the referendum on our membership of the European Union.

Wirral voted to remain but the country opted to leave. I campaigned to remain in the union as I believed it was best for Britain to do so. In 2017 I will be monitoring the implementation of the process of leaving the EU and how the Prime Minister is handling this. I want a divided Britain and not an undivided one. I have worked with local ethnic minority groups as I have been concerned about divisions following the referendum and in 2017 I will continue to hope for a undivided Britain and play my part by continuing to liaise with ethnic minority groups.

As we enter a New Year I am also keeping the citizens of Syria in my thoughts. Following the death of my friend and colleague Jo Cox I became the Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Friends of Syria.

Jo’s shoes are a big pair to fill but I have and will continue to do my best to work for the people of Syria. Last year there were a number of Parliamentary debates on Syria which I was involved with. This year I will continue my work on speaking up for those facing daily persecution in Syria.

I look forward to another year assisting my constituents and meeting local businesses, community groups and charities. As ever please do contact me if you need my assistance or want me to visit you organisation in Heswall.