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Nick Clegg shows gross insensitivity and a woeful lack of judgment
Daily Post, 16 Dec 08
Commenting on comments made by Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, about the James Bulger case, George pointed out that he has shown "a gross insensitivity and a deep ignorance of what took place and what prompted the reaction. To claim that the whole approach of the criminal justice system towards young offenders is in some way a reaction to that appalling case frankly shows a woeful lack of judgment.” Read the full story here.

Dock revamp must continue
Liverpool Echo, 4 Dec 08
George Howarth calls for Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, to investigate companies involved in the Kings Dock regeneration. Read the full story here and here.

MPs back call to protect young from smoking
Liverpool Echo, 28 Nov 08
A group of Merseyside MPs, including George, added their support to a campaign to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of smoking. Read the full story here.

£800,000 boost for skills academy
Daily Post, 23 Oct 08
Vulnerable young people in Knowsley are set to benefit from £800,000 aimed at giving them work-based training... George.. who helped create the academy said: “This announcement is excellent news for the young people of Knowsley." Read the full story here

MPs stage coup over new Liverpool FC stadium
Daily Post & Liverpool Echo, 23 Oct 08
Merseyside MPs today urged the government to pull the financial plug on the US owners of Liverpool FC. Motion co-sponsor George Howarth said: “The owners have not put in any of their own money and now that the RBS is now largely in the public sector we can’t see why more credit should be given to them.” Read the full story in the Daily Post and the Liverpool Echo. The Parliamentary motion can be viewed here.

Angina team pioneers
Liverpool Echo, 17 Oct 08
The pioneering work of a Liverpool health centre to combat an extreme form of angina should be spread across the country - George leads a debate in the House of Commons and secures Ministerial commitments. Read the full story here.

Knowsley campus call brings hope for new jobs
Daily Post, 17 Oct 08
David Lammy, the universities minister, agreed to study proposals for a 600-place campus, to be linked to the expanding Edge Hill University following questions in the House of Commons from George. Read the full story here.

George supports local oil recycling business
LDP Business, 15 Oct 08
George supports call for tax structure to support oil recycling. See the full article here.

Hostilities are over

7 Oct 08
We need to focus on the challenges that face us as a country, not on internal party matters... read George's full statement here.

Council faces probe into Liverpool warehouse approval
Daily Post, 3 Oct 08
George calls for the ombudsman to look into claims residents had no idea the new TJ Morris building would be so huge... more information

George calls for a Labour leadership contest

14 & 15 Sep 08, Various
George explains why Labour should hold a leadership election in articles for the News of the World and The Independent newspaper

George calls for a clearer direction for the Labour Party
Writing in Progress together with a number of other prominent Labour MPs, George calls for the Labour Party to reconnect with voters to explain how its policies work for ordinary people... more information

Early date for Everton-Tesco hearing welcomed
Daily Post, 19 Aug 08
Welcoming the early date for the proposals to develop Kirkby town centre, George commented "this means the issue will not drag on for months."... more information.

George calls on Tesco and Everton to defend their proposals

Daily Post, 7 Aug 08
Commenting on the decision by the Secretary of State to call-in the proposals to redevelop Kirkby town centre, George expressed regret at the decision and called on the developers to defend their proposal at the public inquiry... more information.

George calls for Labour to reconnect with the electorate

Liverpool Echo, 28 Jul 08
Following press speculation about the future of Gordon Brown, George released a statement to the Liverpool Echo. You can see the Echo's coverage here and read George's full statement here.

MP's go mop-top ahead of Beatles Day
Liverpool Echo, Jun 30 2008
MPs reveal their favourite Beatles songs. George's is A Hard Day's Night – "It had a kind of innocence and spoke directly to young working people"... read the full story here.

MPs support new bill on lorry loads
Liverpool Echo, Jun 27 2008
Lorries could be banned from carrying top-heavy metal loads after a woman was crushed to death in a horrific road accident in Liverpool... more information.

George outlines his support for the plans to regenerate Kirkby
Liverpool Echo, Apr 24 2008
Tesco’s pledges to create 700 jobs for residents, spend £10m on road and parking improvements, and transform the town centre have convinced George to back the proposals. ... read coverage in the Liverpool Echo and the BBC

George calls for united front to deliver Merseytram

Liverpool Echo, Apr 19 2008
The Liverpool City region badly needs a 21st century public transport system. The proposed tram system, starting with Line 1 between Liverpool City Centre and Kirkby, is a big part of establishing a decent network... more information.

George to support St Edward’s College in the BBC-backed Schools Question Time Challenge
Liverpool Echo, Apr 19 2008
Pupils have given David Dimbleby a run for his money by staging their very own Question Time. St Edward’s College, West Derby, is a finalist in the BBC-backed Schools Question Time Challenge... more information.

Merseytram plan funding hopes revived
Apr 18 2008
An attempt to get the troubled Merseytram scheme back on track is due to be launched today. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has raised fresh hopes the multi-million pound system could be revived after inviting Merseytravel to put in another bid for funding... read the full story in the Liverpool Echo, Daily Post or Knowsley Online.

George Howarth publishes results of consultation on proposed Kirkby regeneration
Knowsley Online, 17 April 2008
Earlier today, Knowsley North and Sefton East MP, George Howarth, published the results of a consultation he has carried out with local residents and other representative groups... more information.

Government introduces rules to protect pensioners following George's campaign in Parliament
Financial Times, Apr 12 and 15 2008
Mike O’Brien, the pensions minister, is set next week to announce new powers...
click here to read stories in the FT on 12 April and 15 April, outlining Government action following George's campaign in Parliament (see below)

MPs backing AFC Liverpool plans
Maghull and Aintree Star, Apr 10 2008
MPs across Merseyside have given their full support for AFC Liverpool – the fan owned club established by LFC supporters... more information.

George speaks out against hunting in Knowsley's parks

Liverpool Echo, Mar 28 2008
George Howarth echoed the comments, saying: “It is illegal and abhorrent.”... more information.

Tesco commitment on jobs welcomed
Liverpool Echo, Mar 12 2008
I welcome this announcement because it is a clear commitment from Tesco that shows how the jobs created by this project would go to those who need them most – the long-term unemployed from the local area.
..click here for the full story in the Liverpool Echo, and the Liverpool Daily Post.

Building skills course to expand nationwide
Liverpool Echo, Mar 12 2008
George Howarth MP, who invited him to the 10 Downing Street event, said: “Gary showed the academy offers an excellent opportunity for young people to learn... more information.

George leads debate to safeguard pensions for Marconi Telent workers
Global Pensions, Feb 26 2008
The government has today been urged to commit to a review of the regulatory regime governing companies such as Pension Corporation, as concerns continue over the future of the Telent [formerly GEC Marconi] pension scheme.... George Howarth MP said such a review should cover governance, transparency, risks and protection for pensioners’ assets, and look at the link between the employer and the employees pension scheme...click here for the full story and here for coverage in the Liverpool Daily Post.

George defends Commons Speaker against snobbery

Liverpool Echo, Feb 26 2008
Merseyside MPs today launched a spirited fightback against the “snobs” who are gunning for the Commons Speaker
... click here for the full story and here to read the Early Day Motion that George sponsored

George co-sponsors Private Members Bill to give equal rights to agency workers
22 Feb 2008
Read the press coverage in the Guardian and the Liverpool Daily Post.

Residents fight plan for new waste plant
Liverpool Echo, Jan 24 2008
Knowsley is being targeted as a possible site for a new waste plant... local residents, supported by their MP, [George Howarth], have pledged to fight the development... more information.

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