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Dear Reader,

Welcome to my latest newsletter.

I am pleased to share my latest e-newsletter for May 2019 with news of some of my work in Westminster and in Warrington South Constituency as your MP.

All the best,
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Faisal Rashid MP
Member of Parliament for Warrington South

May 2019 Highlights

A summary of some of my work this month.

Second Year Review

It’s hard to believe that now two years ago, I was elected to serve as Warrington South’s MP. It has been a huge honour to represent the town and it’s a privilege I will never take for granted. It has been a busy and eventful two years, locally and in Parliament. Brexit has dominated in Westminster. This issue is a …

'Faisal speaks on the importance of improving Trade Union access to workplaces'

Working people in the UK can thank our trade unions for fighting to give us the minimum wage, parental rights, holidays and sickness pay. Yet I have spoken to countless trade union officials who tell me that, despite the widespread desire for improved rights and conditions at work, efforts to unionise staff in such workplaces are often fruitless. This is …

'Faisal continues to pressurise the Government to scrap the Mersey Gateway toll'

I recently spoke in Parliament and reiterated how it has long been time to scrap the Mersey Gateway toll. At the end of the day, the people of the whole region are affected immensely and it is unfair to ask the public to pay those tolls when that bridge has been untolled for decades. I have continued to campaign and …

Coffee morning at Lymm Methodist Church

Earlier this month I visited Lymm Methodist Church and spoke with constituents on a range of issues, including a variety of local concerns raised and also the work the 'Challenging Injustice' group do with Universal Credit, Legal Aid review and Windrush. It was great to learn of the progress this group is making and also discuss these important topics with …

Faisal chairs the BRI & CPEC APPG – ‘Britain Brexit and the BRI

Earlier this month, I chaired the most recent meeting of the BRI & CPEC APPG: ‘Britain, Brexit and the BRI’. As we prepare to leave the world’s largest single trading bloc, I asked our panel: how should post-Brexit Britain respond to the world’s biggest ongoing infrastructural project, China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Popularly cited estimates of China’s intended investment in …

Faisal Rashid MP welcomes Therapy Dogs Nationwide to Parliament

It was great to welcome Therapy Dogs Nationwide at Parliament earlier this month. This charity which is managed entirely by volunteers, focuses on bringing in Therapy Dogs which have been found to have all round benefits for people into hospitals, hospices, residential homes, prisons, care centres as well as schools. Thanks to the visiting volunteers who brought their own delightful dogs - …

Faisal Rashid MP meets Warrington South school pupil Samuel Hands

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, recently invited local school pupil, Samuel Hands, to his constituency office to discuss Samuel’s concerns about litter. During the visit Samuel showed Faisal a poster he made highlighting his concerns about litter in the town – posing the question “if we’re the most intelligent species on the planet, why do we litter?” Samuel decided to …

Faisal Rashid MP visits Dallam Community Primary School

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, was recently invited to visit Dallam Community Primary where he met Headteacher Louise Atkin, school staff and pupils. Before taking a tour of the school, Faisal met with Louise to talk about the school’s work. During the meeting he pledged to support the school and its work. Following the meeting, Faisal was given a guided …

Faisal Rashid MP introduces Bill to improve Trade Union workplace access

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, presented a Ten-Minute Rule Motion to parliament on Wednesday 15th May titled ‘Trade Union (Access to Workplaces)’. The motion sought to remove a number of existing restrictions on the ability of union officials to conduct their business with members within the workplace, as well as broadening union officials’ rights of access to speak to …

Warrington Guardian Column | Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and it is happening at a terrifying pace. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made clear that we need to act urgently on climate change over the next 12 years or forever miss the opportunity to do anything about it. Last August, a small group of …

Faisal Rashid MP visits Grappenhall Heys Primary School

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, was recently invited to visit Grappenhall Heys Primary School. During the visit Faisal spoke to the school’s Year 5 pupils about his work in Westminster and took part in a lively question and answer session. He was also given a guided tour of the school’s newly redeveloped library which was delivered following a huge …

Faisal calls for Broomfields upgrade discussed during Great Sankey Hub visit

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, recently visited the Great Sankey Hub where he met with Councillor Tony Higgins, Warrington Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure and Community, and Livewire Managing Director, Emma Hutchinson. During the visit Faisal was given a tour of the facility, including a look at the newly refurbished swimming pools. The former Great Sankey Leisure Centre …

Faisal Rashid MP calls on Government to rethink approach to International Trade

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has called on the Government to ‘re-energise’ its approach to international trade in a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 1stMay.  Exports of goods and services currently account for around 30 per cent of the UK’s GDP, and millions of jobs depend on continuing access to foreign markets. One in four British SMEs are involved …

Faisal speaks on the Government's failure to protect free TV licences for over-75s

Watch my full speech here: https://www.facebook.com/FaisalRashidMP/videos/660669511059165/ By failing to protect the free TV licence for over-75s, the Government are shamefully breaking their own 2017 manifesto pledge. Earlier this year I issued a consultation on this issue through which many of my constituents shared their concerns on how the TV licence is an important benefit for pensioners, who often suffer disproportionately …

Faisal urges Warrington South residents to have their say on Council’s draft Local Plan

Warrington South MP, Faisal Rashid, is urging constituents from across the constituency to have their say on Warrington’s Draft Local Plan through the official consultation, which runs until 17 June 2019. The Proposed Submission Version Local Plan will set out the legal planning framework for Warrington’s development for the next 20 years. Covering housing, business space, transport infrastructure and community facilities like schools …

Faisal urges Peel Ports to work with Warrington Borough Council to resolve swing bridge issues ‘swiftly and smoothly’

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has written to Peel Ports Chief Executive, Mark Whitworth, calling on him to ensure that Peel Ports works with Warrington Borough Council to ensure the town’s three swing bridges are painted as soon as possible. In his letter, which is copied to the Council, Faisal makes it clear that while he welcomes Peel Ports’ …

Faisal Rashid MP calls on Warrington Borough Council to declare Climate Emergency following Parliament vote

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has called on Warrington Borough Council to declare an environment and climate emergency. Faisal has written to Cllr Russ Bowden, leader of Warrington Borough Council, to advocate ‘urgent and concerted action’ to tackle the escalating international ecological crisis. In an Opposition Day Debate on Wednesday, Faisal also encouraged MPs to do the same in …

Faisal Rashid MP welcomes Labour’s bus funding pledge

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has welcomed Labour’s pledge to invest £1.3bn a year in bus services, once in Government. For many people, local bus services are a lifeline – particularly those living in rural areas, young people, the elderly, and people with disabilities. More journeys are made on buses than on any other form of public transport: 4.36 …

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