Contact David (Constituents Only)

If you wish to contact me in my role as a Health Minister, you can do so here

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.

If you do not wish your comments to be published on this page, please make sure you check the "Don't post this publicly" box.

Showing 762 reactions

  • commented 2017-01-26 09:11:17 +0000
    Hi David,

    Just read that the government has u-turned on the Mersey Gateway toll. The consequence of this is that Warrington will now be gridlocked for most of the day. I now do all of my shopping etc in Northwich, because I) it is easier to get to Northwich ii) parking is free (note Northwich’s enlightened stance this on verses Warrington where Lymm and Stockton Heath get 15 mins of free parking!). So even though I live in Warrington, I choose to shop and spend my money in another town – that cannot be good for Warrington. With the introduction of the toll this will gridlock will get worse, and my expectation is that many more people will limit their journeys, both north and south if it means crossing the Mersey, spending their money outside of the Warrington area. This is likely to impact the town centre (as people like me do our shopping in Northwich) and Stockton Heath (and people north of the Mersey will find another village to shop/dine in). Please do everything you can to get the government to stick to the promises it made.
  • commented 2017-01-25 20:27:13 +0000

    This is in response to Great Sankey High School’s proposed admission changes as part of the Omega Multi Trust Academy proposal, which will disadvantage pupils from a number of local primary schools if they do not join the MAT.

    I am absolutely disgusted at the proposed changes to the admissions policy for Great Sankey High School.

    For many years, St Philip’s pupils have transferred to the high school (St Philip’s being the second highest primary ‘feeder’). In fact, the vast majority of pupils from the primary school have attended. Great Sankey is our local high school and the relationship between the two schools has always been strong. How sad that this relationship should be broken down so abruptly and our pupils denied access to their local school due to this new initiative. Surely this goes completely against the reasonable statement in the Admissions Code, as it is completely unreasonable to deny local pupils access to their local high school. This initiative will render St Philip’s pupils disadvantaged in the whole process.

    I am aware that the documentation states that there will be sufficient places for our pupils, however, with admissions numbers increasing in many local named primaries, I believe that it is unlikely that this will be sustained over time, particularly with the supposition that, “perhaps… (there will be) 85 places to accommodate their primary school pupils outside of the group” and this, “should cater for all wishing a place”. Certainly not concrete enough for my peace of mind.

    Moreover, it is morally and ethically wrong that children should have to travel beyond their local, chosen school because they have been denied access, due to no other reason than the primary school they have attended. Your consultation document states that, “We do not wish to disadvantage local pupils based on which primary school they attend.” Isn’t this precisely what is happening?

    Your document states that, “The Omega MAT has offered access to all schools locally.” This may be true, however, due to the fact that St Philip’s is a Church of England school and in being so, is actually unable to join the MAT, there was never an opportunity for St Philip’s pupils to have the same advantage that other schools’ pupils have. I do not possibly see how this situation can possibly be lawful. This is discrimination.

    The whole consultation document appears to make assumptions, many of which seem to be unsubstantiated. For example, “The most likely reality is that not all existing students in the six schools will transfer…” How could you possibly know this? We cannot possibly rest assured, as parents, that there might be places for our children, as long as some children choose to attend an alternative high school. This provides absolutely no security or reassurance for our children’s future and it is completely unacceptable.
  • commented 2017-01-24 20:19:45 +0000
    The governments u turn on the Mersey Gateway Bridge toll is a disgrace, especially as they plan to charge the same toll on the Silver Jubilee Bridge also. We either have to incur over £1000 a year to cross the river of further add to the congestion in Warrington which is already a break point. How do you expect to encourage business and residents to Omega when these sorts of barriers to mobility are raised
  • commented 2017-01-24 15:14:15 +0000
    Hi David,

    I would like you to vote against the the parliamentary bill soon to be raised regarding the triggering of Article 50 to leave the EU. I believe you campaigned against leaving in the referendum and I believe you should carry on trying to secure our place within the union.

    I understand that a majority of MPs will see the narrow victory in the referendum for leaving the EU as an indication that they should vote against their own conscience – but I don’t believe that it represents any sort of coherent mandate for a process that will weaken the UK, weaken Europe and lead to a resurgence to far-right politics.

    If we leave the EU and the single market it will hurt employment prospects across the country for every level and sector. It will diminish opportunities for every worker, student and traveller.

    Please vote against triggering Article 50 and show the world that the UK is an inclusive forward-thinking country which can work with others to achieve freedom, peace and prosperity.

    thank you,
  • commented 2017-01-24 10:52:14 +0000
    I will never vote conservative again if you allow all these remainers to veto article 50 I will vote UKIP
  • commented 2017-01-20 14:00:29 +0000
    NHS – 38 Degrees Campaign

    Dear Mr Mowat,

    Have you read the email I sent earlier this week , as part of the above campaign, regarding the under-funding and the consequent under-resourcing of the NHS. If so, I and am sure many other constituents, would like to know of the Governments response to this (to quote the RED CROSS) “humanitarian crisis”
  • commented 2017-01-19 13:26:45 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowat,

    I write to raise my concerns about education funding and to ask that you raise this issue in Parliament and with the Secretary of State for Education.

    The Government is imposing real terms funding cuts on schools by freezing per-pupil funding while inflation and the cost of employer pension and national insurance contributions increase. This affects all schools and academies alike. It might help you to understand my concerns if you consult a list giving the basic allocation of funding per pupil in each local authority and then ask the Secretary of State for Education to explain why the numbers vary so much. The proposed new funding formula will not solve these funding shortages. Indeed, the proposal fails to address the primary issue that the current allocation per pupil is manifestly unfair. Figures from the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers & Lecturers, using Government statistics, show that even after a new funding formula 98% of schools would face budget cuts over this Parliament, with an average budget cut of 9.5% in primary schools and 8.7% in secondary schools.

    It is clear that schools are already struggling with their finances. Do you want to be a party to the children in this country missing out on being taught a full curriculum in a school that has sufficient teachers and support staff to give children the attention they need to make the best of their education? The current Government was elected on a manifesto that promised to protect school funding. It is clear that this pledge is not being honoured. I hope you will press the Chancellor to use the Budget to announce increased education spending.

    I look forward to hearing your response.

    Yours sincerely,

    Geoff Weston
  • commented 2017-01-18 11:49:42 +0000
    I have viewed with mounting dismay the manner in which a slim majority to leave the EU has become the Will of the People for a hard Brexit. It is plain that the exercise cannot be carried out in a 2 years and that the Brexiteers are whistling in the dark, glibly assuming something will turn up and everything will be alright. It seems lunacy that the Government is entangled in the enormous costs and risks of Brexit when there are far more pressing problems eg the NHS, the uncertain global economic future and housing.

    We should go for the softest Brexit we can get- this is probably the only option that can be completed in 2 years, and has the least economic risk, particularly in such such difficult times. I hope you agree with me and will push for this, not least for the sake of our children ( who voted for remain).
  • commented 2017-01-15 11:53:00 +0000
    I work in dementia health care, as our minister for health you are letting us down badly. Where is the back up and support? How do private care homes and the government get away with financial abuse. Please study two recent cases James Bryant ( war hero) and Fred Cannon (war hero) James is now dead (mail on sat) Fred has had his war pension raped and has £10 wk to live on (f/book) I have ideas on how to improve our system, willing to talk? Regards Kate
  • commented 2017-01-13 16:21:41 +0000
    Dear David

    Re: CLL Support Association drop-in event, 3-5pm, 24th January, Room C 1 Parliament Street

    I am writing to you as a member of the CLL Support Association (CLLSA) to ask if you will attend a drop-in event in the House of Commons to find out more about the impact of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) on your constituents.

    CLL is the most common type of leukaemia in adults, with around 30,000 sufferers in the UK and around 3,000 new cases diagnosed each year. 75% of people who are diagnosed with CLL are over the age of 50, although it can occur in young people. I was diagnosed six years ago and although I have been treated, live with the constant worry of relapse. Support at diagnosis is very important and not always available. Access to different drugs is also vital and again not always available to all CLL patients.

    The CLLSA is a UK wide organisation aimed at supporting patients with CLL. Their activities include running patient meetings around the country; advocacy within the NHS; raising the profile of CLL within parliament; producing information leaflets and seeking to reach new patients.

    The event will be an opportunity to meet people currently living with CLL and find out more about the important challenges the CLLSA needs to tackle. These include ensuring access to new drugs which can improve and extend life for CLL patients, and ensuring better access to advice and support on diagnosis.

    The CLLSA will provide photographs and press releases for local use, as well as follow up materials.

    I’d be most grateful if you were able to go along on 24th January and meet representatives from the CLLSA – Please can you could confirm if you are able to make it so I can let the CLLSA know. Do let me know if you have any questions.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Marshall
  • commented 2017-01-02 22:23:59 +0000
    Hi David, about the Government smokers abuse! The cheap tobacco I have to smoke now comes in a black pack with a image of a dead unborn baby and a warning of 70 substances said to cause cancer!!! (What doesn’t have a potential to give us cancer David) I’ve had enough! I’m buying the smuggled imported tobacco! Do you really think moist of the criminal eliminate who smoke care? More victims, More police resources, more court time, more prison expenses! I beginning to want to see the end of your peoples comfort zone! Down with Government.
  • commented 2017-01-01 12:50:32 +0000
    Dear Mr. Mowat,

    I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to send you my report on our problems with direct payments in Warwickshire. ( I wonder if you could provide an alternative email address please?

    Kind regards,

    Roger Pratt
  • commented 2016-12-31 12:24:14 +0000
    Morning David,

    I live in Higher Walton and am very concerned about the 900 new home to be built in South Warrington. Before building new homes firstly the infrastructure, roads, schools and doctors surgeries should be in place before the house building starts. As it is, our schools are full, have you tried to get a doctors appointment and more significantly the roads are a mess, continuous lines of traffic to get into Warrington on a normal day, if there are problems on the motorway network or the canal bridge is off, chaos.

    As a health minister you should be well aware of the huge problems created by sugar in our diet, obesity, diabetes even in children, which taking a large part of our NHS budget. Why has Theresa May scrapped a bill to reduce advertising of sugary drinks for children and replaced the bill with very much watered down version? How much do the food lobby contribute to the Tory party budget?

    On a slightly different subject, our International Aid budget should be slashed, why have we spent £285 million on a airport in St Helena when it is too windy to land? Most of our aid goes to countries like, according to David Cameron, Afganistan and Nigeria, two of the most corrupt states on the planet. Spend the aid budget in deporting foreign criminals in our overcrowded prisons to their home countries. Why do we have so many EU citizens in our prisons? why are they not deported to serve their term in EU jails?

    Sorry to rant on, but I fail to understand some of your governments actions.

    Can we also have a Hard Brit exit from the EU.


    Brian Potter
  • commented 2016-12-28 09:18:26 +0000
    Dear Sir,

    My husband and I are visiting London for 3 days commencing 20th August 2017, could you possibly arrange for us to visit the Houses of Parliament during this time, would you also inform us of any other historic visits that you are able to arrange for us.

    Yours Sincerely

    Susan Courtney (Mrs)
  • commented 2016-12-26 23:34:33 +0000
    Evening David,

    Would it please be possible to have a short Meeting with your self in early January – middle January,at your convenience, there is just an issue I would like to discuss with you and hear your views if this would be possible.

    I sometimes think it is easier to discuss an issue in person than it is by email etc.

    I would be very grateful if you could please let me know,

    Best Regards,

  • commented 2016-12-26 19:30:01 +0000
    Hi David

    What is your email address.
  • commented 2016-12-21 22:20:17 +0000
    David doesn’t read Constituents mails or comments any more! He’s far to important now. Vote Labour.
  • followed this page 2016-12-21 22:10:31 +0000
  • followed this page 2016-12-21 17:20:19 +0000
  • commented 2016-12-21 17:19:32 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowat

    I contacted via email a couple of weeks ago regarding problems I am having with my NHS employer. I am enquiring as to whether you received my email. If not I could resend to you

    Kind regards

    Miriam Coady
  • commented 2016-12-20 22:27:30 +0000
    Down with Government…
  • commented 2016-12-20 22:24:07 +0000
    Help! My MP is bias! About outrageous smoking tax and golden gates housing trust disputes…
  • commented 2016-12-20 19:31:05 +0000
    Please read this. Can you confirm you can employ my four staff who will be made redundant in April if this madness goes ahead.

    I’m happy to come over from my office at the Whitehouse to discuss it with you at anytime.
  • commented 2016-12-20 07:04:11 +0000
    Please read this. Can you confirm you can employ my four staff who will be made redundant in April if this madness goes ahead.

    I’m happy to come over from my office at the Whitehouse to discuss it with you at anytime.
  • commented 2016-12-19 02:02:04 +0000
    Dear David, I have been waiting in anticipation for the latest in the Police sex abuse complaints! 300 complains in two years, it’s only a few the Police spokesman said on tv, I make it one every two days! I think that’s shocking, I was in the Police cells not long ago and no charge but that didn’t stop the night officer coming in my cell (I DON’T LIKE YOU) He said in an attempt to provoke me!
  • commented 2016-12-18 23:16:33 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowat

    I am writing to you to bring to your attention the appalling condition of the current Personal Independence Payment (PIP hereafter) assessments. I am currently a volunteer with the Warrington Citizens Advice Bureau, and have dealt with many clients recently who have run afoul of overly difficult, penalising, and often traumatic assessments for their PIP. These are disabled people who have been claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA herafter) for years, but due to the current government’s efficiency plans, they have been migrated to this new scheme.

    I’m not sure how much of the procedure you are aware of, as your work is in the Ministry for Health rather than the Department for Work and Pensions. Put simply, the old DLA scheme required up-to-date medical records, so as to assess the claimant’s needs in two categories: care and mobility. These two categories were graded, and the claimant would receive an amount deemed appropriate for the level of their need. This system ran for decades, and everyone I’ve spoken with was satisfied with it.

    However, the new PIP system attempts to be far more discerning about what is and is not paid for. The idea behind it was, I’m sure, well-intentioned: it makes sense for those claiming disability to receive the amount which they require for daily living. However, the result is untenable. The claimant is first of all made to fill in forms which I personally find impossible to fill in (I believe that is relevant, considering I have a 1st class honours degree in law, and if I can’t understand them I can’t fathom how someone with severe disability is supposed to), and which no claimant I have met has done so successfully. Once this form is completed, the claimant proceeds to an assessment.

    The assessment is my real reason for contacting you. The assessment entails the claimant being asked how best they can take care of themselves ‘on their best day’. I will be blunt with you: I am someone who has struggled with a lower level of disability. And so allow me speak from experience when I say that my best day is not the day that best represents my capabilities. For many disabled people, a ‘best day’ is once in a blue moon. It is a rarity. And yet, these assessments decide the value of claimant’s long-term PIP support based on that criterion. This means that the majority of my clients have found themselves in receipt of far less PIP support than they actually need, because they made the mistake of taking their assessor at their word.

    By way of example, one of my clients requires a mobility car – formerly supplied by her DLA – in order to work three hours a day. This work, I would stress, is vital to her mental health and sense of belonging in her community. The current government is rightfully very keen on getting low-income and disadvantaged people into work, and into the community. And yet, my client’s ability to plan her journey and to perform such low-level community work resulted in her being deemed too healthy to receive her necessary support. This seems self-defeating.

    Furthermore, of the clients I’ve spoken to about this experience, the majority have reported bursting into tears at some point in the interview, due to the stress of it. I would stress that these were mostly grown adults, whose disabilities were more physical than mental. Another of my clients, an elderly lady with severe physical mobility issues, was offered a tissue in her interview when she cried. Her ability to use that tissue to wipe her eyes, not reliant upon her husband to do so for her, was a mark against her receiving her former level of support. It was this incident that has prompted me to write to you: I cannot stomach the thought of a benefits system where this occurs.

    It is due to these assessments, and to a lesser extent the preceding forms, that my clients have felt penalised and punished by the PIP system. They have felt as if they have been tricked into incriminating themselves, by answering loaded questions with honesty. And it is heartbreaking to hear their stories, to hear them come to the Citizens Advice Bureau for help, and to know that in order to help our clients empower themselves and receive the support they need, we are placed at odds with the very state system that is supposed to help.

    From my experience, it appears that these claimants are not told at the outset that the CAB can help them navigate this system successfully. And, indeed, we are perhaps the only free agency that can. We are able to help fill in forms, to explain the process, and to give clients guidance on what the interview will require, and how to best represent their true abilities and needs. If more claimants were aware that this service exists, perhaps this letter wouldn’t be so necessary.

    PIP at its bones is a good idea, but the interviews need to be conducted with compassion and sensitivity, and the onus needs to be on assessing the true needs of the claimant. The forms need to be simple enough that the average person can understand what is really being asked of them, without the help of trained experts. And if nothing else, claimants need to know that help is available, and be encouraged to seek it.

    The focus needs to be on helping the most vulnerable in our society to reach their full potential, rather than on cost-saving.

    I’m writing to you so that you know that people in your constituency are suffering from this. I am asking you to please try to help, in any way you can. This is a health issue as much as a constituent issue, and so I know you will consider it with the care it deserves.

    Yours sincerely,

    Helena Kerkham
  • commented 2016-12-18 12:44:44 +0000
    Hi David, I watched you in Parliament the Accelerated Access Review, it was OK until the end when you become a little flustered in my opinion, I had no idea what you was ranting about but after a number of one sided correspondnce I found it interesting. My critical outlook is the growing number of charities invading our homes on tv, Cancer research for instance endless donations then the drugs are to expensive for the NHS
  • commented 2016-12-17 02:21:12 +0000
    Dear David

    I am greatly saddened by the awful suffering of the Syrian refugees. I would like to offer my small house to one or two of them. Please let me know if this is of use.

    Kind regards

    Dr Andrew Winter
  • commented 2016-12-16 22:21:11 +0000
    David the Government needs to hang its head in shame for allowing the legal system, I suspect at the tax payers expense to pursue British Service personnel for serving their country around the world. This current witch hunt regarding Northern Ireland and Marine A is a disgrace these incidents were investigated and soldiers cleared. Terrorist dont abide by the Geneva Convention they are murdering cowards and deserve all they get. This country is spiralling into madness, for gods sake help stop it now and get behind the military who obey you and put themselves in harms way to achieve your poloitical aims around the world.
  • commented 2016-12-16 08:58:45 +0000
    The amount of extra money to fund social care needs cannot realistically be found by saying that local and national government should somehow find more money from general or local taxation. Alternative ways to find the extra resources need to be examined, putting the extra resources released into the social care budget. Some ideas are:

    Firstly, reducing the overgenerous triple lock on state pensions.

    Secondly, re-examining expenditure on pensioner benefits such as free bus travel and TV licenses.

    Thirdly, payment of National Insurance contributions by people over pension age.

    Finally, by increasing the expected contribution that pensioners who have benefitted from years of house price inflation make towards their care costs from these windfall benefits.