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As of 3rd May, Parliament has dissolved and therefore there are no Members of Parliament until a new Parliament is elected on June 8th. Parliamentary rules prevent me from taking on any new casework or acting as an MP. Warrington South will elect a new MP on June 8th.

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  • commented 2015-07-09 18:05:23 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowat

    Please do not back a repeal of the Hunting Bill. Hunting is barbaric and has no place in modern society. We are no longer hunter-gatherers, hunting for ‘sport’ is despicable and deserves to be consigned to history.

    I understand the rationale behind the decision to give members a free vote. It is simply to appease a small minority of Conservative voters, whom also happen to be members of the Countryside Alliance. However, think of your constituents. Think about where you are. Warrington is not noted for its hunting and since you are paid to represent the values and interests of the Warrington electorate, I hope that you bear this detail in mind.

    Here’s hoping you do the right thing.

    Yours sincerely

    Joanne Brown
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  • commented 2015-07-09 17:31:57 +0100
    I understand that next week there will be a vote in Parliament to bring back hunting with dogs. There is a reason why this ban came into force in the first place, as there is no place in a modern society for this barbaric and cruel ‘sport’ (how it can be called that I don’t know). Please consider your decision carefully before you vote, especially as you represent a constituency which has no involvement in the hunting business.
  • commented 2015-07-09 17:13:39 +0100
    Please do not support the vote to bring back legally hunting foxes! It’s a barbaric sport!
  • commented 2015-07-09 17:11:01 +0100
    Please do not support the vote to lift the ban on fox hunting. You have gone quiet on Arpley tip so let your voice be heard against this travesty
  • commented 2015-07-09 16:54:52 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowat,

    please do not back a repeal of the Hunting Bill. Hunting is barbaric and has no place in modern society. We are no longer hunter-gatherers, hunting for ‘sport’ is despicable and deserves to be consigned to history.

    I understand the rationale behind the decision to give members a free vote. It is simply to appease a small minority of Conservative voters, whom also happen to be members of the Countryside Alliance. However, think of your constituents. Think about where you are. Warrington is not noted for its hunting and since you are paid to represent the values and interests of the Warrington electorate, I strongly recommend that you bear this detail in mind.

    Here’s hoping you do the right thing.

    Yours sincerely,

    Andrea Taylor Kong
  • commented 2015-07-09 16:14:38 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowat,

    As you know, the government is planning a free vote on Wednesday, 16 July, to amend the Hunting Act.

    I am writing to urge you to vote to keep Britain humane by keeping the Hunting Act – and to resist any attempts by the government to weaken the existing legislation. Amending the existing rules to increase the number of dogs who are allowed to flush out wild animals would, for all intents and purposes, make fox hunting legal again. Hunting terrified animals and allowing dogs to rip them apart for “sport” has no place in modern Britain.

    There is majority support for the ban across all parties and social grades and in both urban and rural areas. In a recent survey, eight out of 10 people said that they support the ban on fox hunting, and even more support the ban on stag hunting and hare coursing, all of which are currently banned under the Hunting Act.

    Chasing and killing wild animals with dogs is cruel and has nothing to do with wildlife management. There is no credible evidence that fox numbers have increased since the ban or that more foxes are being killed by other means. Moreover, hares are a declining species in Britain and classified as a conservation priority.

    Please represent the views of the British public by attending Wednesday’s vote and voting against amending or repealing the Hunting Act.

    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Kind regards,
  • commented 2015-07-09 14:36:59 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowat I would like to know how you will be voting next week on the 16th July regarding the possibility of bringing Fox Hunting with Dogs back. This would in my opinion a travesty to animal welfare. It would be appreciated if you could responded as soon as possible.
  • commented 2015-07-09 13:15:18 +0100
    Mr Mowat.

    Would you please advise as to your opinion & which direction you will be voting on the open vote on hunting with dogs?

    Personally, hunting with dogs is something I wholeheartedly disagree with. I believe it to be antiquated & barbaric – an activity that has no place in our modern society.

    I urge you not to vote for a change in legislation.

    I thank you for your time, & as my MP I thankyou for your assistance in this matter.
  • commented 2015-07-01 13:23:24 +0100
    Hi David,

    Any idea when you’ll get an update on the yes/no HS2 Golborne spur?


  • commented 2015-07-01 12:28:14 +0100
    Dear David Mowat,

    I notice from Hansard you recently raised a question on broadband access to new estates. I thought you might be interested in this news article I found recently. Perhaps BT may not need to be involved if this were rolled out as quickly as is anticipated. Indeed, developers may be minded to persuade ISPs to push this as a USP for their new estates.

    Yours sincerely

    Tom Parish

    NB: also sent by email
  • commented 2015-06-25 18:07:20 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowat,

    Some time ago I contacted you to ask why the oldest canal in the country has not been considered for re opening, pointing that I believed if this historical canal had been located in the south of England it would have been allocated money long ago. Is there any possibility of any EU grants being available for this purpose,

    Best regards, Dave Eaton.
  • commented 2015-06-25 14:06:37 +0100
    I live in the village of cuerdley at present we have gas from lpg but British want to put a main in but Warrington council will not let them use the green to put the main pipe across the green so that means. That we can not have mains gas can you help us
  • commented 2015-06-25 13:25:10 +0100
    Regarding the news today about postponing the electrification of the Manchester to Leeds trans pennine services. Very dissapointed that yet again public transport in the North West has been canned yet there is no sign of stopping any investement in London and South. So much for investment and support for the North. We really need to be able to rely on our MP’s to fight the corner for the North and get our fair share of investment.
  • commented 2015-06-23 13:14:54 +0100
    I tried to get my son an appointment with our local GP after being sent home from school. On the day is down to timing as they may not have any appointments left. The earliest when you call at 8am, can be 3.30pm sometimes. It is very frustrating as a full time working mum timing is important, especially if you need to book time off work. Even follow up appointments are frustrating as you cannot pre book a convienient time slot. Your only option is to phone on the day and then you need to be able to leave work to get there.

    I have since heard on the news that Mr Hunt is proposing opening GP surgeries 7 days a week and extending the hours. This is all well and good, but we currently have a shortage of GPs and this also effects families and quality of life.

    Instead, as a full time working mum, why not propose more family friendly hours. Offer working GP mums or dads, more suitable hours, 10-2, for example, Use this time to see as many people like the elderly or people who don’t work. This would then free up appointments for working people who prefer early or late time slots.

    This way you are tapping into or keeping a resource who are possibly finding it hard to juggle the work life balance or just don’t want to work full time, There must be a wealth of poeple who give up working in the health sector as it does not fit into family life. I know there are a lot of nurses who give up work for this reason.

    Industry is slowly waking up to this and trying to offer more flexible working hours. Why can the NHS not lead to way as one of the biggest employers?
  • commented 2015-06-22 12:31:52 +0100
    I would like an appointment if possible to see you in a surgery could you please list available dates.
  • commented 2015-06-20 09:59:50 +0100
    I am contacting you about the proposal to close Cotebrook House in Lymm.

    Cotebrook House provides twenty four hour care for physically disabled adults. It has a number of permanent residents and also provides respite and day care to people in the area. It is a registered charity, run by a volutary management committee, and supported by volunteers who help to raise funds and provide a range of activities in the day centre. Staff and volunteers work together to ensure that residents enjoy a quality of lfe, which goes beyond basic physical care. Volunteers over the years have included students at Lymm High School, who have found the experience useful, for instance, when applying to university.

    Cuts in funding have resulted in losses, and the committee has announced that it will probably be forced to close in October this year. I would like to ensure that everything possible is done first to explore alternative solutions.
  • commented 2015-06-16 08:56:59 +0100

    Can I ask if you will raise objection to the planning application for a solar farm on farm land off station road in penketh ? the farm land is greenbelt has a public right away right through the middle and has great views across the mersey. Many dog walkers use the path , local bee keepers have hives in the field it is a sight of great beauty that will be destroyed by such a inappropriate development. Between the main road and this field we have already seen greenbelt land taken and given up for the fiddlers ferry driving range and golf course as well as the new fire station. The power station as brownfield site has lots of excess land that such a solar field could be located on.

    As a nation that is incapable of feeding itself should we not be taking steps to work with farmers to reverse the loss of agricultural land and to become more self sufficient for food rather than less , nothing green about shipping food half way around the world nor fair about using third world slave labour to provide our food.

    Have you ever been to Iceland and seen its energy generation ? the field in station road is within 100 yards of the mersey why ohh why can we not as a nation invest in HYDRO power, the upfront capital cost may be higher but its cost over life is lower , greener and far more reliable than wind or solar ??

    Finally with regards your facebook post about MP’s pay , as a collective you should all be ashamed at the collective sitting on hands and buck passing , IPSA is not fit for purpose at times of austerity leadership is needed and the collective failure of MP’s to show any on this matter will haunt your Government for the full term , the unions will strike and use it as a stick for the next five years and honestly who can blame them , If Mp’s can not man up and do the right thing for the country how are we ever going to sort nation’s finance’s out.

    The public sector unions are holding back this country and stopping change and in failing to act as a Group MP’s are setting the country up to lose.

    Ps I happen to think MP’s should be paid more just not now and not without reducing number of MP’s and slashing MP’s pension which i believe is most generous.

    If MP’s take pay rise by hiding behind IPSA the country will suffer at hands of the trade unions .
  • commented 2015-06-16 07:34:43 +0100
    I wonder if there is anything you can do to help me,Approx 18 years ago when the disabled extension was built onto our council property my husband fitted a kitchen as the one the council was putting in wasn’t sufficient for our needs, they knew he was doing this but they have lost the relevant paper work work and are saying as we fitted a kitchen without permission they are not responsible for the problem I have now.

    Last year they came to inspect my kitchen as it was time to upgrade and I was told I didn’t need one as mine was sufficient although I pointed out how “tatty” it was and damaged after so many years but alas I didn’t get a new kitchen. I have had to upgrade myself and pay for new cupboard doors, drawer fronts, worktops and sink. I am paying a kitchen fitter to do this. It came to turning off the stop tap to do the sink and it wouldn’t turn off, so I got in touch with the council, a man came out and because of where it is I am having to sign a deceleration to say I am responsible for any damage the council may cause whilst accessing the tap. The tap is in the same place as when we moved in, there was already a cupboard in the same place, all we did all those years back was add on some units. To mend the tap they are gioing to have to remove the worktop and cupboard unit, and its the unit I want to keep as I cannot afford a new base unit I was retaining that and putting new doors on. I feel I am being penalized for trying to keep my property in good repair and good decor, I love my property and want to look after it and I am only in this situation because the council didn’t replace my kitchen when it was on the scheme last year, all I am asking for is if they damage the base unit can I be compensated for a new one, I am made to feel like a criminal in not getting permission 18 years ago which I know they were aware of.

    I do hope you can help my housing officer is coming on Wednesday so I can sign the declaration and I will have to do that because at the moment I am living with boxes and long lengths of work top around and it hard to manoeuva a wheel chair around the property safely.

    Yours Sincerely

    Janet Linley
  • commented 2015-06-15 14:20:44 +0100
    I am horrified to learn that whereas the EU, USA, France and Sweden have all called upon King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to rescind the barbaric sentence given to Raif Badawi, the UK government has not done so. This country has special links with Saudi Arabia and should be using its particular influence to persuade the government there to stop this inhumane punishment. Please add your voice to those of the protesters.
  • commented 2015-06-11 20:31:17 +0100
    Are you supporting the Watchdog campaign to reclassify children’s fancy dress costumes from toys (where they escape more stringent fire safety tests) to be subject to regulations similar to pyjamas? It would be good to see your name associated with the call for parlimentary debate and law change on this – this current classification needs to be changed.
  • commented 2015-06-10 19:07:57 +0100
    are you attending any local mp surgeries in the very near future?
  • commented 2015-06-05 10:14:45 +0100
    Like Harry Courtney-Smith I too would like to know if you will be accepting the pay rise offered.

    Jim Park.
  • commented 2015-06-05 10:14:15 +0100
    Like Harry Courtney-Smith I too would like to know if you will be accepting the pay rise offered.

    Jim Park.
  • commented 2015-06-05 10:14:00 +0100
    Like Harry Courtney-Smith I too would like to know if you will be accepting the pay rise offered.

    Jim Park.
  • commented 2015-06-03 22:23:29 +0100
    Hi David,

    Could you let me know if you will be accepting the pay rise that has been offered to MPs?


  • commented 2015-06-03 11:34:33 +0100
    I got a letter from HIghview Parking and the two pictures is of my car alright,but the pictures are of my vehicle moving in the Hospital Roadway

    They are asking for £75 which is a charge for “parking.” the term parking means


    Parking is the act of stopping and disengaging a vehicle and leaving it unoccupied. Parking on one or both sides of a road is often permitted, though sometimes with restrictions. So how could I be parked when the evidence they

    have is of my car moving.My wife could have dropped me off for my appointment and then picked me up when my appointment was over.

    I also have a Blue Badge but it seems to cut no ice with these Jokers!

    Warrington Hospital should be ashamed of the anger this has caused.

    Could something be done about it ?


    John Dooley
  • commented 2015-06-02 19:25:07 +0100
    David we have never been introduced I am Warrington South resident.

    A brief respite – I am professionally qualified and highly regarded in the city of London financial district working in the insurance markets for a global broker.

    I have hit an impasse which is to be resolved through legal representation. The matter is surrending my children’s passports to their mother so that she may engage in a holiday.

    Ultimately I understand my children’s welfare is paramount which in part my concern.

    In my opinion my former wife is bucking the system. Under family law the children reside with their mother, though I have talked with my solicitor about permanent residency in the former family home in which I reside.

    Under the system working the minimum hours, my former wife is eligible for generous welfare payments for the provision of the children. She has chosen with her adulterer to live in a rented ground floor flat, whilst my teenage children share a single bedroom sleeping in bunk beds.

    Here is my concern, surely any considerate parent would want to aspire to more comfortable surroundings? Achievable by the welfare system and my financial agreement.

    Perhaps here is a question for yourself. Is it acceptable given today’s financial crisis that tax payers cash should be spent on an expensive forgiven holiday rather contribute to a better living standard for the children?I know my opinion which am sure would be shared by others likeminded people.

    I recognise that legal matters must be settled individually and would not counter representation in this matter. Equally though I would be interested in your views and guidance. Bryan
  • commented 2015-06-02 10:34:51 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowatt

    I am contacting you as a concerned local resident. I recently came across a report regarding development of the disused railway north of station road in Latchford, details of tbe report can be found on the following link:
  • commented 2015-05-30 14:29:07 +0100
    Dear Mr. Mowat,

    I am writing to you today as a constituent of Warrington South concerned about a number of policies that the Conservative government wish to enact within the next parliament, and though I may have political views that differ a tad from yours (I’m a bit of a Green myself), I was wondering if I could enquire as to the position you may be taking in regards to both the EU Referendum and the Hunting Act 2004?

    I’m currently involved in student politics in Newcastle (my student residency and place of education), and have recently become involved in a campaign for ‘votes at 16’ in the EU referendum, spearheaded by my party’s youth branch – the Young Greens. The prime minister has stated the other day that he does not believe in lowering the voting age for the referendum, which I believe to be a huge shame as this will be a decision that will affect their generation for years to come. To lock this group of people out of the referendum would be an indictment of the huge political turnout we saw during the Scottish Referendum campaign, which saw a massive 85% of the electorate head to the polls on another matter of significant national importance.

    Our only Green MP Caroline Lucas has today tabled an early motion in parliament for the EU referendum to include votes at 16, and it has been supported by not just Labour, Lib Dem and SNP MPs alone, but by Conservative backbenchers as well. I would be absolutely elated if you could get behind the motion, especially considering the unique makeup of Warrington’s electorate. With there being over three colleges located within the borough, a decision to neglect 17 year olds in particular would be especially damaging to the area itself.

    The motion:

    My apologies for cramming in another matter in here as well – I was going to write earlier but studies popped up!

    I don’t really think this matter needs much explanation. The Hunting Act is in place to protect a species that offers great biodiversity to Britain’s natural habitats, and they’re an absolute delight to see frolicking carelessly in their natural habitat. To upset this by repealing an act that disabled the torture of foxes by being ripped to pieces by a pack of hounds would be absolutely callous – it is not sport, it is animal cruelty plain and simple. I know a fair number of Conservative MPs are for the Hunting Act to stay in place, and I hope you are too.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! I know you must be awfully busy with parliament raging ahead, but it does mean a lot to me.

    Kind regards,

    Ewan Paterson