Securing a better future for Warrington
I'm want to share my plan for a better future for Warrington with you.
Over the past 4 years I've been campaigning on the issues that matter to people like you. I've successfully campaigned FOR a new Driving Test Centre in Warrington and major investment in flood defences and I've campaigned AGAINST the Arpley Landfill Site.
Our town is doing well, with 5,800 more people in work than in 2010. But I believe we can do better. These are my priorities for the next 5 years:
Creating jobs for people in Warrington - so that more people can provide for their families
Over the last 5 years my Jobs Club has helped over 300 people get jobs or start a business, with a success rate of 85%. 2,100 people have attended one of my annual Jobs Fairs. I will continue both if I'm re-elected.
Deliver TWO new bridges in Warrington - to help ease chronic congestion in the town
I've already secured funds for a Bridge Foot bypass. Now I'm in the process of securing even more cash to fund a new high-level crossing to help solve some of the problems caused by traffic on the Manchester Ship Canal.
Attract business investment - to secure skilled jobs for our children and grandchildren
I've used my experience in business to help Warrington attract over £430m of private investment since 2010. I'll continue to lobby for road and railway improvements to make Warrington an attractive place to do business.
Lobby for more cash for our NHS - so that families always have access to a world class serviceI've campaigned to get Warrington its fair share of NHS cash and last year we received the biggest percentage increase in the north of England. I’ll carry on fighting for funds to protect the services we all rely on.
Champion investment in skills - so that young people have the skills needed to get on in life
I've lobbied for funding for a University Technical College and a Studio School in the town. Warrington has seen 2,080 people start an apprenticeship this year and I’ll continue to champion this investment in young people.
Extra money for our schools - so that our children have the best possible start in life
This year I secured an additional £400,000 of funding to balance Warrington's historic funding issues. But we need to go further. I’m campaigning for a national funding formula for schools so that money reflects need.
Two other priorities I have are:
Bring a new station to west Warrington - so that residents can access faster rail services
Commuters in West Warrington deserve the same quality of service that commuters in Birchwood receive. I've alreadysuccessfully lobbied the Department of Transport to bring a Driving Test Centre back to Warrington.
Fight against the Wigan Spur of HS2 - to safeguard green space to the east of Lymm village
While I support the construction of a new line from London to Manchester, the section from High Legh to Wigan is costly and unnecessary. I'm fighting to get this section of the route removed from the Phase 2 plans.