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Tuesday 9th September
Currently the FA’s revenue (which mostly comes from the England Football Team) is split 50:50 between “grassroots football” and the “professional game” – or in other words league football clubs.
Mr Mowat was one of a group of local businessmen who saved Warrington Town from bankruptcy in 2007 and he remains a director at the club.
David Mowat said:
“The Football Association has a surplus of about £80 million per annum, which basically comes from the England team. That money is given 50% to the grass roots and 50% to the professional game. There is absolutely no reason why it should not all go to the grass roots.
“Front Benchers on both sides of the House should be applying pressure on this. It would result in an additional £40 million for clubs like Warrington Town FC.”
|Friday 5th September|
Labour’s plans for benefit handouts of £54,000 are a slap in the face for hardworking taxpayers in Warrington
Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat has slammed Labour’s plans for a welfare system that could see people in London getting benefit handouts of up to £54,000 – paid for by hardworking taxpayers in Warrington.
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has said he will scrap the Conservatives’ benefit cap in favour of a new system that reflects higher housings costs in London.
New analysis of independent figures show that under this system, people in London could get benefit handouts of up to £54,000 per year. This would be more than double the current limit.
David Mowat commented:
“Labour want to take money from hardworking families in Warrington and use it to subsidise families living in expensive properties in London. It’s a slap in the face for the town’s taxpayers
“Most people I speak to in Warrington are amazed that the cap introduced by the Conservative-led Government is so high. Labour fought tooth and nail to prevent the cap and now they are trying to unpick it. It’s the same old Labour party.”
|Tuesday 2nd September|
My speech on HS2 and its effect on Warrington
Yesterday I made my Westminster Hall speech on HS2 and the effect that it will have on Warrington, particularly the piece of line which has become known as the Wigan Spur.
You can watch my a recording of my speech and the debate here or alternatively you can read a transcript of the speech here.
|Monday 1st September |
Jobs Club begins its 11th season
The Jobs Club founded 5 years ago by local MP David Mowat is due to begin its 11th season on 27th September.
Since it started in 2009, the club has helped over 200 residents in Warrington find a job or start their own business.
Participants can take part in workshops such as “the Hidden Job Market – using social media to find work”, “Interview techniques” and “Leadership & Management.” Those who complete the full 12 week course will gain an ILM Level 5 Qualification in Leadership & Management.
Details of how to book a place can be found on www.davidmowat.org
David Mowat said:
“I’m extremely proud of what my Jobs Club has achieved in 5 years. We have an 85% success rate and the club has spawned many new businesses.
“Creating jobs in Warrington is my top priority. I want to see more people with the security of a pay packet, able to provide for their families and plan for the future.”
Friday 22nd August
In his letter, the Secretary of State has asked the site’s operators to comment on three developments – a recent High Court case involving development on Green Belt land, Warrington Borough Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy (adopted since the appeal was heard) and a letter from local MP David Mowat.
Mr Mowat wrote to the Secretary of State in June to point out that keeping the site open was contrary to the Government’s landfill policy and that Halton Borough Council would not be using Arpley beyond the end of the year.
David Mowat said:
“I am delighted that the Secretary of State has decided to act on the information which I brought to his attention.
“There have been some significant developments since the Appeal was heard which I believe tip the balance decisively in favour of rejecting this application and they need to be taken into account.”
Thursday 21st August
The reasons for doing this are clear.
1) With the depletion of north sea reserves we have recently become an importer of gas. Currently most of this supply comes from Norway but contracts for future supply have also been signed with Russia. It is in our interests as a country to minimize these imports both on security and economic grounds.
2) Gas prices in Europe have continued to rise in recent years; more supply will mitigate or reduce the effect of rising prices which will reduce fuel poverty and increase industrial competitiveness. In the United States gas prices are about a third of those in the UK which has had a dramatic benefit for consumers and jobs.
3) More gas can make a significant reduction in our carbon emissions. Currently most of our energy comes from coal and oil which produce around double the emissions of gas. If we were able to replace all coal and oil usage with gas, we would reduce emissions by a massive 40 percent.
This is a prize worth securing as we increase renewables and nuclear for the longer term. (Currently renewables produce around six per cent of total energy and nuclear about 10 per cent). None of these reasons are valid however unless extraction is done safely and in places where the environmental impact is containable.
For example, there has been drilling in Cuerdley over the past two years in a way that has caused no problems however I realise there is considerable controversy about other locations in the town. I do not advocate producing shale gas in areas and where it is inappropriate to do so. Councils and local communities must be part of the decision making process.
I also fully support the need of ensuring that revenue is distributed to affected locations which could amount to communities receiving millions of pounds. It is conceivable that shale gas will be as important over the next two decades as the north sea has been over the last three.
I made the point in a recent debate that the three constituencies with the lowest unemployment in the country are not in London or the south east. They are in Aberdeen.
We have created many jobs in Warrington over the past two years but we need to create more. It would be wrong to turn our back on shale gas.
Thursday 7th August
Tempting, as it was to cover the potential demolition of Mr Smith’s, which will have a big impact on the look and feel of the town centre, I think that this week of all weeks we should reflect on the terrible events of 100 years ago. Nearly 20 million soldiers died in conditions of terrible hardship and it is vital that we learn the lessons from the events of the last century.
Yet fighting in the Middle East rumbles on with implications for all of us. The distinctive feature of what is happening in Syria, Iraq and above all Gaza is that the majority of casualties are non-combatants. Indeed in Gaza, the majority have been women and children.
To my mind this is completely unacceptable and disproportionate (and therefore illegal) notwithstanding Israel’s right to defend itself. What disappoints me more than anything is the total failure of the Obama Presidency to show firmer leadership in any kind of peace process.
I had hoped and believed that a second term President would have forcefully guided Israel (and of course the moderate bulk of Palestinians) towards a two state solution. But instead they have just supplied munitions with apparently few questions asked.
The most intelligent comment I have heard recently came from the French Foreign Minister who said that the time has come for the international community to impose a two state solution. I agree.
But unless America acts nothing will happen.
An imposed two state solution would, of course, respect the right of Israel, and it’s citizens, to live in peace. But Palestine would also exist as a viable state and the international community would guarantee the borders of both. Of course, neither side would have the borders they want but so be it. Over time they would both have peace and stability.
|30 July 2014|
Mowat welcomes the Prime Minister to Warington South to talk apprenticeships
Mr Cameron praised United Utilities for the creation of 40 apprentices through their award winning apprenticeship scheme and the positive role they have played in the creation of new jobs in the area.
Both the Prime Minister and Mr Mowat also had the opportunity to speak to a group of apprentices who are benefiting from the scheme and discussed at length what the Government is planning to do to create a more skilled workforce. Since the Coalition took power in 2010 over 4000 apprenticeships have been created in Warrington South.
David Mowat commented:
“The success of apprenticeship schemes, such as the one at United Utilities, show that the Government’s long term economic plan to fix the nation’s finances and to get people into employment is working.
"These record levels of apprenticeships are fantastic news for our country, for Warrington, and most of all for the people whose lives are being transformed by the opportunities they offer."
|29 July 2014|
Local growth Minister gives go-ahead for new bridge in Warrington
Cities Minister Greg Clark visited Warrington yesterday to announce funding for road improvement works in Warrington, including a new bridge across the Mersey to take pressure off Bridge Foot.
Mr Clark met with Council bosses, Warrington’s two MPs and the head of Warrington & Co to discuss the town’s ambitious plans for growth and how Government money would help grow the local economy.
Warrington is set to benefit to the tune of £12m over the next five years which will include money for junction improvements to relieve congestion at both Birchwood and Omega as well as a funding package for a new Mersey crossing.
Mr Mowat is a Parliamentary Aide to Mr Clark
David Mowat said:
“I am delighted that Greg has been able to visit Warrington and see for himself the difference that the Conservative-led Government’s investment will make in the town.
“I’m particularly pleased that Greg has been able to announce that a new bridge across the Mersey will form part of Warrington’s long term growth plans. The bridge, which I have personally lobbied for, will not only help minimise the disruption caused by bridge swings on the Manchester Ship Canal it will also help reduce the effect of tolling on the new Runcorn Bridge so this is a double win for Warrington.”
|21st July 2014|
Mowat welcomes new cash for Warrington Schools
Local MP David Mowat has welcomed news that Warrington’s schools are set to receive an additional £400,000 for the 2015-16 school year to address an historic funding deficit.
The Government has added additional money to its fund as a result of lobbying from a number of MPs including Mr Mowat. Last month, David Mowat lambasted schools minister David Laws for failing to give Warrington additional funds despite the authority being the 137th best funded LEA in the country (out of 152).
David Mowat said:
“I’m delighted that the Government has changed its mind, as a result of my lobbying, and that our schools will be getting this extra cash.
“However we are still just applying sticking plasters to Labour’s unfair school funding formula. I’ve been calling for a national school funding formula for some time now and I hope that one will be introduced soon.
“Our children deserve the best possible start in life and Warrington’s schools are already doing a fantastic job of giving children the skills they need to succeed. This extra money will mean even more children getting a great education.”
|7th July 2014|
Mowat welcomes cash boost to improve Warrington's roads
In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Clark outlined three projects benefitting Warrington as part of the submission made by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. The projects are:
• Improvements to the Birchwood Park area to reduce congestion
David Mowat said:
“This is great news for motorists in Warrington. Congestion is one of the top issues being raised by the Transport Survey I am currently conducting across south and west Warrington. Our road network is close to breaking point and it is holding the town back. I congratulate Warrington Borough Council for working constructively with me to obtain this funding.
“I’m particularly delighted that a new Mersey crossing, which I’ve been lobbying for for some time, is now finally going to get the go-ahead. Anyone who was stuck in Friday evening’s gridlock in the town centre will know just how badly that is needed!”
|1st July 2014|
Mowat welcome nuclear industry to Warrington
The Conference also saw the second annual Women in Nuclear summit which celebrates the role that women play within the industry as well as challenging perceptions to encourage more young women to take up nuclear jobs.
Welcoming delegates, David Mowat said:
“I’m delighted that the Nuclear Industry has chosen Warrington to host this important event. It was engineers working in Warrington who designed the UK’s first reactor in the 1950s and the town has had a strong bond with the industry ever since.
“Officially 3,500 jobs are based in Warrington, but if we add on the people who live here but work in other nuclear-related establishments at Daresbury or in Knutsford, around 5,000 jobs in the Borough depend on the industry. But I want to see that figure increase to bring high-skill, high-value vacancies to Warrington.
20th June 2014
Warrington is currently the 137th best-funded local education authority out of 152 authorities and yet received no additional money from the Government’s recent uplift. David Mowat challenged Education Minister David Laws to explain the Government’s reasoning.
David Mowat said:
“It’s quite unacceptable that Westminster, ranked 10th best-funded authority in the country, is to be given more money whilst Warrington gets nothing.
“Teachers and pupils in Warrington are working hard and achieving great results, but those results could be even better if the schools weren’t constantly scrapping around for funds.
“That’s why I’ve been campaigning for a national funding formula to address these disparities and allocate funds according to the needs of the pupils.”
|20th June 2014|
New Enterprise Allowance helping people in Warrington to get off benefits and start their own business
Local MP for Warrington, David Mowat has welcomed new figures showing that 280 people in Warrington have been helped off benefits and are now running their own business, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.
The allowance – which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business – has helped more than 46,000 people across the country to set up successful businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.
The support available to people starts with help from a business mentor to develop their business idea. Then, once they have got the business up and running, and have moved off benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support as they get their business going.
David Mowat said:
“It’s excellent news that 280 people in Warrington have been helped to get off benefits and to realise their dream of starting their own businesses and being their own boss. Small businesses, are a hugely important part of our community and vital to local jobs.
“That’s why supporting small businesses is an important part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. There’s more to do, but these figures show that our support is helping people to get off benefits and running their own business, giving them the promise of a better and brighter future. And each new job these businesses create is another family in Warrington with the security of a regular pay packet.”
|16th June 2014
Helping hardworking people to find a home in Warrington
In Warrington, 930 new affordable homes have been delivered since 2010 and 141 people have been able to buy their own home thanks to Help to Buy, giving more families the opportunity to move into a good quality, affordable home and plan for their future.
Nearly 200,000 new affordable homes have now been delivered across the country since 2010 while Help to Buy has enabled over 27,000 people to buy their own home. Thanks to the Conservative’s long-term economic plan, Britain is now building more homes than at any time since 2007.
David Mowat said:
‘Labour cut the number of social homes to rent and their Great Recession led to a collapse in housebuilding meaning thousands of families could not find a home they could afford.
‘That’s why the Conservatives, as part of our long-term economic plan, took action to get Britain building again and launched Help to Buy to help couples trapped on high rents afford homes of their own. Thanks to these policies, 930 new affordable homes have now been delivered and 141 people have been able to buy their own home in Warrington.
‘Our long-term economic plan is helping people to find a good quality, affordable home where they can raise a family, contribute to their communities and enjoy greater financial security.’
|19th May 2014|
Mowat welcomes income tax cut to make people in Warrington more financially secure
Local MP David Mowat has welcomed a new tax cut for hardworking people in Warrington.
The personal allowance which rose to £10,000 in April, takes around 900 people in Warrington out of income tax. Taxes have been cut for more than 26 million people across the country, with over three million now taken out of paying income tax altogether.
Because of tax cuts, since 2010 the typical taxpayer is now paying £705 less in income tax than they were. Taxes will be cut even further next year when the personal allowance is set to rise again to £10,500, as announced in the 2014 Budget.
David Mowat MP commented:
‘This tax cut is excellent news for hardworking people in Warrington.
‘This is the third time this Government has cut income tax, benefitting 889 people here in Warrington, with 8,836 people now taken out of income tax altogether.
‘Cutting taxes is a key part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to build a better future for Britain. These cuts mean 80,583 people are keeping more of the money they’ve worked hard to earn, giving them and their families more financial security for the future.’
|19th May 2014
David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, today wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons, Jeremy Wright MP, regarding the status of Appleton Thorn Young Offenders Insitute.
You can read the document in full here.
|8th May 2014|
Chancellor of the Exchequer visits Peace Centre
Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat today welcomed the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
Accompanied by North West MEP Sajjad Karim, Mr Osborne was greeted by Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE and heard from a number of members of the Survivors for Peace programme.
The future of the Survivors for Peace programme was under threat when its funding from the Big Lottery Fund came to an end. However the Chancellor announced during his Budget speech that the Government would continue to fund the programme for another year.
David Mowat said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Chancellor to Warrington today to show him how the Government’s money is helping people in Warrington and around the country.
“The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is an iconic Warrington Charity, which I am proud to support both here in Warrington and in Parliament.”
|7th May 2014|
Mowat welcomes restrictions on use of Legal Aid to sue soldiers
The announcement follows the recent partial collapse of the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of torture and brutality by British soldiers in Iraq. A number of the original claims have since been dropped but the MoD has been left footing the bill for defending itself.
A recent Parliamentary Question from Mr Mowat established that around £4m of taxpayers’ money had been paid to just two firms of solicitors bringing the claims.
Commenting, David Mowat said:
“No country in the world would spend such ridiculous amounts of money on paying lawyers to sue its own Army.
“If ambulance-chasing lawyers wish to make frivolous claims against the Army, they should do so at their own expense and not expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab.
“I’m delighted that this Government is now looking to protect members of our Armed Forces. Warrington contributes a number of excellent soldiers. We should all be very proud of what our men and women in uniform do for this country and this is one less thing for them to worry about.”
|6th May 2014|
Mowat Job's Club Breaks 200 Barrier
The Jobs Club draws on the experience of local businesspeople to help jobhunters improve their CVs, interview techniques and other jobhunting skills. Mr Mowat conducts mock interviews with participants and then gives feedback on how the interview went.
David Mowat MP said:
“My top priority is to help people in Warrington get back in to work. The economy is growing steadily and the numbers claiming unemployment benefit have fallen by 40% on last year. We can’t afford to be complacent and we need to make sure that people have the right skills to get back into work.
“The Jobs Club and my annual Jobs Fair, which will return next year, are helping hundreds of people in Warrington find jobs so that they can start earning a pay packet and providing for their families.”
|24th April 2014 |
Warrington Anti-Hate Campaigner Meets PM
Adrian Derbyshire, an international wheelchair athlete from Whitecross, was invited, by Mr Mowat, to a reception at 10 Downing Street celebrating the work of community volunteers. Mr Derbyshire has won two gold and three silver medals as well as carrying both the Olympic and Paralympic torches.
Speaking after the event, Mr Derbyshire said:
“It was an honour to meet the Prime Minister and tell him about my campaign. We continue to educate young people about what hate crime is.
“It’s the effects that it has on its victims that really needs to be told. Children and adults living in our communities need to understand that a simple throwaway comment could have a significant negative impact on another person’s, to the point where that person fears going out, become isolated, depressed or potentially starts thinking about self-harm or suicide.”
David Mowat MP added:
“There were a number of people from Warrington that I could have invited to this event, who do excellent work in the community. However, Adrian stood out because of the challenges he has already had to overcome and the passion which he puts into his campaigning.
“I was proud to introduce Adrian to the Prime Minister and I hope that his campaign continues to go from strength to strength.”
|31st March 2014 |
Warrington delegation visit Number 10
In the Budget the Chancellor was able to find £150,000 to fund the programme for the next financial year and the Government has committed itself to “finding a permanent funding solution” for the programme.
The Survivors for Peace programme works with victims and survivors of terror attacks in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Speaking after the meeting, David Mowat said:
“Whilst the Budget announcement was welcome, we do need to get the Survivors for Peace programme on a more secure financial footing so that we don’t end up with the same situation next year.
“Following today’s meeting, I’m pleased that the Government appreciates the value of this programme and is working to find a permanent solution.”
Colin Parry said:
"The meeting lasted thirty minutes and we agreed a range of actions that will secure our vital work in support of victims and survivors.
"Wendy and I are extremely grateful to David for helping facilitate this meeting and his active support of the Foundation."
|31st March 2014|
Education Secretary visits Great Sankey High
Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was given a robotics demonstration by students at Great Sankey High School as part of his tour of the school last week.
After being invited to Warrington by local MP David Mowat, Mr Gove was escorted on a tour of the school by Head Boy Benjamin Newlove and Head Girl Phoebe Williams. He also heard from Executive Head Alan Davies JP, Head Paula Crawley and Chair of Governors Andrew Bent about how a conversion to Academy Status had given them much more freedom to deliver an outstanding education for their students.
Local MP David Mowat said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to show him just one example of the outstanding teaching and learning that is happening in Warrington on a daily basis.
“Strong leadership and excellent teaching are combined at Great Sankey High to ensure that children in the area are getting the best possible start in life.”
Headteacher Paula Crawley said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to Great Sankey High School. We were delighted to hear him say that this was one of the best schools that he had visited. This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding staff and our amazing young people. He also visited our magnificent 6th form building and was complimentary about the curriculum being provided to our 400+ students in the 6th form. “
Executive Head Alan Davies added:
“The Secretary of State made it clear that Great Sankey is an outstanding institution. I am grateful for the work of the Headteacher, Mrs Crawley and her dedication and vision of the school along with her Senior team. It is with a great sense of pride that I am Executive Head at Great Sankey and am honoured to be part of such an amazing school.”
|25th March 2014 |
Children's Minister Visits Warrington School
Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss MP paid a visit to Evelyn Street Primary School in Warrington last week to see the school’s after-hours childcare provision and to congratulate them on their test results in science and maths.
Evelyn Street is one of the top performing schools in the Borough for maths, with 80% of its students achieving Level 5 or higher in 2012/13. The school also provides flexible nursery places for younger children from 8am to 6pm, allowing more parents to return to work.
Local MP David Mowat, who accompanied the minister, said:
“It’s always a pleasure to show off the outstanding work going on in Warrington, whether that be a business, a community group or a school.
“Not only is Evelyn Street already an outstanding school which gives local children the chance to get the best possible start in life, it is also pioneering new approaches to help parents manage both work and childcare.”
Minister for Education and Childcare Liz Truss added:
“It was great to see the high quality, flexible provision offered to parents in Warrington by Evelyn Street Primary.
"The Government is committed to the development of even more high quality places for childcare which is why we are encouraging school nurseries to open from 8-6 and offer more flexible hours for part time workers.
“I hope nurseries across the country to take a look at the work done in the North West to see how they can expand and improve the provision they provide.”
20 March 2014
Warrington South MP David Mowat has welcomed news that Halton Borough Council will cease dumping at Arpley by 2015. Council leader Rob Polhill wrote to Mr Mowat this week to confirm that a new waste contract had been signed that would not involve waste from the Borough being dumped at Arpley.
Mr Mowat wrote to Cllr Polhill and the Leaders of the 6 local authorities in the Merseyside area back in February to ask them to consider the effect their waste strategies were having on Warrington. Since 2013, Arpley has not received any waste from Warrington Borough Council
David Mowat said:
“This is an extremely significant development. The key argument over Arpley has been over where Merseyside and Halton would dump their waste if the site closed. This week’s announcement shows that there is now even less demand for Arpley than when Councillors threw out the first application.
“I congratulate Halton Borough Council for following Warrington’s lead and reducing their reliance on landfill. I hope that the site can now be finally closed so that the families who live nearby can get on with their lives once again.”
|19th March 2014 |
Budget boost for Peace Centre
The future of work with victims of terrorism, carried out by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace now looks secure after Chancellor George Osborne announced £150,000 of funding in his speech.
The “Survivors for Peace” project, set up to help victims of terrorist attacks living in the UK was threatened with closure after its support from the Big Lottery Fund came to an end, but today’s announcement means that it can continue to operate.
Mr Mowat, Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE are due to meet with the Prime Minister at the end of March to discuss the Foundation’s work and ongoing funding issues.
David Mowat MP said:
“I’m delighted that the Chancellor has recognised the excellent work being done in Warrington to support victims of terrorism. The Foundation is the only organisation offering these services in the United Kingdom and it is vital that they continue.
“I have lobbied hard to get the Government to fund this important programme because I believe it will save money in the long run.”
Peace Centre Chief Executive Nick Taylor added:
“This is a remarkable achievement and recognition of the vital work of our charity and also of the major contribution Warrington makes to promoting peace.
“David Mowat MP is our Patron and works tirelessly to promote the Foundation here in the community and in Westminster. We are so grateful to him for taking our case for funding to the top of Government and in helping achieve this amazing result.”
|3rd March 2014
63 Families in Warrington already helped through Help to Buy
In Warrington, 63 loans have been approved under the Help to Buy scheme since April 2013.
Across the country over 100,000 hardworking families are being helped onto the housing ladder, with 14,000 able to buy their council house, thanks to Right to Buy, since 2012 and over 25,000 given access to an affordable mortgage thanks to the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme so they can buy their home.
These schemes are part of the Conservative-led Government’s long-term economic plan that is getting Britain building again. New homes are now being built at the fastest rate since before the financial crash, with the number of new homes registered and the number of housing starts in 2013 at their highest level since 2007 and the number of homes granted planning permission up 22 per cent on 2012.
David Mowat MP commented:
“Just across the road from my office, new houses are being built which young families will be able to afford because of Help to Buy.
“Too many young couples are getting caught in the trap of having to spend such exorbitant amounts on rent that they cannot afford to save for a deposit on a home of their own.
“Our long-term economic plan is getting Britain building again and helping hardworking people to achieve their dream of owning their own home, where they can feel secure enabling them to plan for their future, raise a family and contribute to their communities.’
|12th February 2014
David Mowat MP urges Warrington South communities to apply for HLF funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War
With the upcoming centenary of the UK entering the First World War, David Mowat MP is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War.
HLF is making at least £1million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: then and now programme for small, community grants. It will provide grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
David Mowat MP urged his constituents to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary. Successful projects will include:
• researching, identifying and recording local heritage;
David Mowat MP said: “I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Warrington South was extensive. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.”
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: then and now programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
HLF has already invested over £46million in projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes.
|11th February 2014|
850 Attend Warrington Jobs Fair
850 people from Warrington are now closer to getting a job after attending a Jobs Fair hosted by local MP David Mowat.
Over 40 employers including Sainsbury's, United Utilities and AMEC were on hand to offer vacancies and apprenticeships. Provisional feedback from the companies who attended suggested that the event had produced over 300 follow-up conversations between employers and potential employees.
The event was sponsored by Ombudsman Services and Sellafield Ltd.
David Mowat said
"I'm delighted by the success of the Jobs Fair. The feedback from the employers was that they were highly impressed with the quality and the enthusiasm of those who attended.
"The numbers of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has been falling steadily in recent months and I hope that this will put a further dent in the figures."
27 January 2014
Local MP David Mowat has today written to the Leaders of Halton, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helen’s and Wirral Borough Councils and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, to protest their decision to support an extension to the Arpley Landfill Site and invite them to visit the site for themselves. Mr Mowat has also written to Cheshire West & Chester Council, who supported an extension but do not dump waste at Arpley.
In his letter, Mr Mowat wrote:
“There is more than enough capacity in the region as a whole to absorb the waste. Given that none of these other sites is as poorly located as Arpley, I believe there is an overwhelming argument that the site should not be forced to remain open.
“If you wish to continue supporting an extension of Arpley’s licence, you need to understand what that would mean for those whose lives will be blighted as a direct result.”
Last week Warrington Councillors unanimously rejected a 5 year extension to Arpley’s licence, but local residents were shocked and angered to hear that Halton and the Merseyside councils had written in to support the application. As Warrington no longer sends any waste there, it is only Merseyside and Halton who will continue to use the site in future.
Commenting, David Mowat added:
“I am delighted that Councillors have thrown this application out, but disappointed that these two Councils are lobbying for the site to remain open.
“The plans that have been submitted show that local people could have to put up with a lorry passing their house every 169 seconds during the site’s operating hours. If they wish to continue supporting this application, the people living in Halton and Merseyside need to understand what is being done in their name.”
|8th January 2014|
Hinkley Point - Necessary but not Sufficient
Warrington South MP David Mowat has called on the Government to make a long term commitment to Britain's civil nuclear industry in order to keep energy bills down and reduce carbon emissions. The government recently signed a deal for a new reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset, but Mr Mowat said that that should be the minimum benchmark for the industry.
Contributing to a pamphlet entitled Nuclear Options: What Policy for Powering the Future?, published by Free Market Think Tank Politeia, Mr Mowat warned that the UK would otherwise face either rising energy bills or rising carbon emissions.
Mr Mowat also called for:
Speaking at the launch, Mr Mowat added:
"A new fleet of reactors will mean lots of new highly skilled science and engineering jobs, particularly in places where the skills already exist – like Warrington. Our tow has a proud association with the nuclear industry and the recent announcement by AMEC of 300 new nuclear jobs in Birchwood shows that what is good for nuclear is good for Warrington.
"If we are serious about cutting our carbon emissions, but don't want to see our bills rising, we have to get serious about using low-carbon but non-renewable sources like nuclear and shale gas in preference to coal and oil."
6th January 2014
|24th December 2013 |
More People Helped by Mowat Jobs Club
Founded by Mr Mowat in 2009, the Jobs Club has now completed its 9th season, with more than 160 people having been helped. Participants complete an ILM Level 2 Team Leadership Qualification and also receive mentoring from local businesspeople.
David Mowat was on hand to present the prizes recently and the graduates were also able to hear from guest speaker Susan Kemp, herself a former Jobs Club graduate, who went on to found Appleton Baby Massage.
Mr Mowat is also hosting a Jobs Fair at the Parr Hall on Friday 7th February where more local people will be able to meet with local employers. For more information visit www.warringtonjobsfair.com
David Mowat said:
"Having had a career in business, I see it as part of my role as an MP to use my experience to help create jobs for people in Warrington.
"We've been fortunate that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has been falling steadily for several months but we can't afford to be complacent. That's why I'm bringing back the hugely successful Warrington Jobs Fair next year and why I'll be running another season of the Jobs Club in 2014."
|20th December 2013|
£20M Cash Boost for Warrington NHS Services
Warrington's Clinical Commissioning Group – which is responsible for distributing NHS funds in the town – will receive an additional £8m next year and the year after. The Government is also making a further £4m available to better integrate health and social care services, taking the total budget for 2015/16 to over £250m.
David Mowat said:
"I'm delighted that Warrington's NHS is getting the cash boost that it deserves. For over a decade Warrington has been penalised by health allocations which do not reflect need. I am pleased that at last this process is stopping and we will have the biggest increase in the North of England. It is a start to put things right but the fight goes on.
"The Coalition Government made a commitment to increase the NHS Budget year on year, but we have only been able to secure that money because we have made difficult decisions on Welfare and on other areas of spending."
6th December 2013
Connecting Cheshire, the organisation responsible for delivering the programme across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, announced today that the exchanges at Westwood, Dallam and Winwick would all be upgraded to the new fibre broadband next year. Upgrading the exchanges will mean much faster broadband speeds for the surrounding area. The existing exchanges in Penketh, Great Sankey and central Warrington will also receive additional funding to help them supply superfast broadband to a larger area.
Mr Mowat has previously encouraged residents in Chapelford to register their interest as part of the Connecting Cheshire programme. The campaign was launched across his website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
David Mowat said:
"Local residents in Chapelford in Whittle Hall have told me that this is the number one issue affecting their local area. I've been encouraging as many local people as possible to register their interest with Connecting Cheshire so that they are aware just how high the demand for better broadband is.
"It's unfortunate that this upgrade couldn't be done wholly with private money, but I am pleased that the Conservative-led Government has stepped in to provide the money necessary for my constituents to have 21st Century broadband."
The full list of exchanges due for an upgrade is available here:
6th December 2013
Warrington South MP David Mowat is encouraging young scientists, engineers and mathematicians to take part in the annual SET for Britain Competition which showcases and celebrates the work of young researchers.
Each applicant is invited to produce an A1-sized poster to present the results of their studies and the finalists will be invited to explain their work to an expert panel. The Final will take place at the House of Commons on March 17th and is a £3,000 cash prize for the winner of each category.
The five categories are:
The deadline for applications is Friday 20th December, you can find out more details at www.setforbritain.org.uk
David Mowat added:
"As one of a very small number of MPs with either a Scientific or Engineering qualification, I'm always keen to raise the profile of, Mathematicians, Engineers and Scientists.
"The SET for Britain competition is a great opportunity for young scientists to show off the work they are doing to a wider audience as well as helping to inspire the next generation of researchers."
25th November 2013
The Legion is the leading provider of welfare for the Armed Forces community and last week local MP Mr Mowat attended an event in the Houses of Parliament dedicated to showcasing the Legion's work in the Warrington area. Mr Mowat used the opportunity to discuss with Ms McKinnon the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community. The event also presented a chance for him to hear more about the Legion's work in developing Community Covenants locally.
Gillian McKinnon, the Legion's Area Manager, said, "It was great to see David; we really appreciated him making the time to drop in. Many people don't realise that we spend £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support for the Serving and ex-Service community and their families, so we were delighted to make him aware of the range of services we provide".
David Mowat MP said, "I was really pleased to meet Gillian. She made it clear that the Legion's work does not stop on 11th November. Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job. It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I'm proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion."
The Royal British Legion provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families. As the nation's leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. Approximately 9 million people in the UK are eligible for the Legion's support and we are proud to serve those in need, today and for the rest of their lives.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace today (13th November 2013) welcomed the Right Honourable Theresa May MP to a working lunch. The Foundation presented its vital work to prevent violent conflict and support victims and those affected by terrorism.
Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, holds one of the four great offices of state. As well as being responsible for the internal affairs of England and Wales, the Home Secretary is accountable for matters of national security and the Security Service MI5.
The visit was organised by local MP David Mowat as part of his on-going support for the work carried out at the Peace Centre. Founders, Colin and Wendy Parry greeted Mrs. May and toured the building before hosting a lunch at which the Foundation team presented their work and sought Government endorsement and support.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: "We are very grateful to David Mowat for arranging this visit and for the Home Secretary taking time out of her schedule to visit us.
"Our work to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict is vital to creating the conditions for a secure, safe and peaceful society. What we do is unique and challenging and needs continued support from Government.
"As an independent charity, we hold a distinctive ability to influence change by supporting victims, survivors and those affected by terrorism and in countering violent conflict. "
Warrington South MP, David Mowat said: "I was delighted to be able to welcome the Home Secretary to Warrington to show her the positive contribution the town is making to tackle radicalisation.
"What Colin & Wendy Parry have done at the Foundation is superb and I always enjoy showcasing it to my ministerial colleagues."
The Foundation formed after the IRA Warrington bombing 20-years ago is undertaking a series of meetings with politicians to seek on-going support for its work.
5th November 2013
Mowat Welcomes charging cap to protect savers
31st October 2013
Mowat responds to HS2 Consultation
David Mowat, MP for Warrington South today responded to the HS2 Consultation by suggesting that the spur linking Manchester to the West Coast Main Line north of Wigan was a costly and unnecessary addition that would bring no additional benefit to the North of England
Read the document in full here
22nd October 2013
Cabinet Minister hears plans for new jobs
Minister for Policy, the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, paid a visit to Warrington this week to hear exciting plans for jobs and economic growth in the town.
After taking part in a Question & Answer session with some of the town's local businessmen, Mr Letwin and local MP David Mowat were invited to visit Wilderspool-based Ombudsman Services to hear about their plans to expand and take on new staff.
Ombudsman Services is a not-for-profit company which helps resolve consumer complaints about energy, property, telecommunications and copyright licensing businesses without resorting to the courts. The company is now planning to expand its operations creating many new jobs in the town over the next 12 months.
David Mowat said:
"It was a pleasure to welcome Oliver to Warrington and to take him to Ombudsman Services. I know that their model of resolving consumer complaints is very similar to a project that he is championing in Government and I am sure he has taken on board some very useful feedback.
"As a Member of Parliament, I see it as my job to champion businesses in Warrington and encourage others to come to here. It's great to be able to show senior members of the Government that the Town's economy is heading in the right direction."
21st October 2013
New Hinkley Point reactors good news for Warrington
Local MP David Mowat today welcomed the announcement by Energy Secretary Ed Davey of a new nuclear power station to be constructed at the existing Hinckley Point site. The new station, the first to be built in the UK for 20 years, will be constructed and financed by energy giant EDF, but the announcement is likely to create new manufacturing and engineering jobs throughout the supply chain.
18th October 2013
Warrington MP handed new regional growth role
David Mowat, Member of Parliament for Warrington South has been handed a new role as part of the recent Government reshuffle. Mr Mowat has been appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP who has become the Government's Regional Growth Supremo.
18th October 2013
16th September 2013
MP hears views on HS2
Over 100 people crammed in to Lymm Youth & Community Centre on Friday night to hear about plans to construct part of the new HS2 line to the east of Lymm.
Local people heard from John Grimes from Agden, Broomedge and Lymm East to Stop HS2, Joe Rukin from Stop HS2 and Warrington South MP, David Mowat. The event was organised by Warrington Friends of the Earth.
Following the meeting, Mr Mowat commented:
"The turnout, on a wet and windy Friday night, shatters the myth that most people don't care about politics.
"Although the line will be over two miles from the centre of Lymm Village, there will be a small number of people whose homes will be affected. I am committed, as their local MP, to helping them get the generous compensation they deserve.
"However, as I made clear at the meeting, there is a pressing need for additional capacity to drive economic growth and ensure that is evenly spread across the country. The sad fact is that the money set aside for HS2 would otherwise be spent on yet more transport projects in London and the South East, which would bring no benefit to Warrington whatsoever."
1st August 2013
15 July 2013
Figures released today by Accountants UHY Hacker Young show that Warrington tops the charts for business start-ups outside of London.
The figures, which are based on Freedom of Information requests show the numbers of new businesses registered in each postcode. London dominates the Top 20 with places such as "Silicon Roundabout" and Canary Wharf filling all but 3 of the highest places.
However WA1 is one of the only postcodes outside of the M25 which makes the Top 20 with over 1,510 start-ups in the last 12 months – mostly in the nuclear and energy sector supply chains. At 14th on the list, Warrington was the top ranked location outside of London.
David Mowat commented:
"These figures prove what I have been telling my colleagues in Government for some time – Warrington is the emerging economic powerhouse in the north west of England.
"Businesses are taking advantage of Warrington's great transport links and its highly skilled and motivated workforce to create jobs and prosperity in the future."
15 July 2013