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Mersey MPs demand fairer pension deal for Gurkhas
12 Dec 09
George leads new drive to win a fair deal for Gurkhas. Read the full story in the Liverpool Echo and the Early Day Motion tabled by George in Parliament.

Gordon Brown steps in revive Kirkby regeneration proposals
7 Dec 09
Commenting on reports in the Liverpool Daily Post that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is determined that Kirkby will be regenerated, George said it was "too early to say" whether the rescue plan could succeed. But "it's very encouraging that [Minister for the North West], Phil Woolas, with the blessing of the Prime Minister, is engaging with Knowsley Council, Tesco and others to see what can be done."

Child trust funds - make sure your child benefit
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7 Dec 09
The Government introduced child trust funds in 2005. They guarantee access for your child to a lump sum when he or she turns 18. Already 6, 046 vouchers have been issued in Knowsley North and Sefton East. Make sure you make the most of this opportunity and visit www.childtrustfund.gov.uk - the Tories have promised to scrap this if they get elected, but Labour will protect it.

George gathers support for an new proposal to regenerate Kirkby town centre
28 Nov 09
Momentum begins to grow for a slimline redevelopment package for Kirkby which could be fast tracked through the planning process. Read the full story in the Liverpool Post and Liverpool Echo.

George to support carers rights day
27 Nov 09
George Howarth MP today added his support to Carers UK’s national carers’ rights campaign on Friday 4th December 2009.
There are over six million unpaid carers in the UK who provide care and support to family, friends and neighbours, providing unpaid care worth an estimated £87 billion each year. Read the press release here.

George expresses disappointment following the Kirkby regeneration decision
25 Nov 09
Commenting on the Secretary of State's announcement about the regeneration of Kirkby town centre George said:
"I deeply regret this decision. In a time of significant economic challenges, it is disappointing that Kirkby will be unable to take advantage of the regeneration opportunities offered by this proposal. We all now need to go back to the drawing board to work out an alternative solution to bring much needed regeneration to Kirkby. I remain determined to ensure Kirkby gets the investment that it so urgently needs."
Read coverage of the emerging story on the Daily Post and The Telegraph.

Fair pensions for Gurkhas
27 Oct 09
George lends weight to campaign for fair pensions to Gurkhas, saying 'there is still more to do to ensure that the Gurkhas are treated properly and fairly'. Read the full story covered by the BBC and Press Association.

George backs Usdaw's Freedom From Fear campaign to protect shop workers

16 Oct 09
Read more about Usdaw's Freedom From Fear campaign here and the the Echo's coverage here.

George welcomes Government initiative to provide help and advice to Knowsley home owners
13 Oct 09
Commenting on the Government's initiative to target Knowsley residents, George said “I know how important it is to protect your home in times of financial difficulty . I’m pleased that the Government has chosen to target local Knowsley residents with this information as it should help as many people as possible to stay in their own homes.” Read George's press release here for more information about support available to local people.

George backs campaign to re-open investigation into 23-year-old Christopher Traynor’s death
Liverpool Echo, 10 Oct 09
George has backed the Parliamentary motion tabled by Ian McCartney MP calling for swift action by the French police to re-open the investigation into 23-year-old Christopher Traynor’s death... read the full story here and follow the subsequent debate in Parliament here.

Merseyside's dynamic economy can boost our reputation
Liverpool Echo, 9 Oct 09
Addressing the Merseyside Partnership Forum, George said today that "a fast-changing global economy can build a bridge to a successful future for our city-region" and that the motor industry, relocation of civil service jobs and the potential of the emerging low carbon economy pioneered in Merseyside can boost our local reutation... read the Echo's story here.

George to launch Knowsley Mutual Credit Union
24 Sep 09
Formerly Kirkby Credit Union, the Market Square-based organisation offers savings schemes, loans, trader discount schemes and a free cheque cashing service for anyone living or working in Knowsley borough... read the full story here.

This time last year I called for a leadership contest but now the moment has passed
12 Sep 09
The next general election can yet be won. No one underestimates the challenges, but the one sure way to lose would be to give up now... read George's full article here

Union bosses hail George Howarth MP’s help after Lighthouse Project fiasco
Liverpool Echo, 11 Sep 09
Unite union bosses today hailed the work of Merseyside MPs whose help was integral securing the future of employees’ jobs after the collapse of the Lighthouse Project... read the full story here.

George welcomes the release of Michael Shields
9 Sep 09
Following the announcement made by the Justice Secretary earlier today, George issued this statement welcoming the release of Michael Shields.

George backs more Help for Homeowners
9 Sep 09
George has backed the Government's campaign to help homeowners in difficulty with mortgage payments in which Knowsley has been identified as a priority hotspot area... read George's press release here.

George supports the North West TUC’s campaign ‘Fair to Agency Workers’
6 Aug 09
George writes to business secretary, Lord Mandelson, in support of the campaign for fair treatment for agency workers... more information.

Merseyside MPs condemn United Biscuits over Liverpool job cuts proposal
Liverpool Daily Post, 20 May 09
Mersey MPs have attacked plans by United Biscuits to axe 53 jobs at its Binns Road site, in Wavertree, and move the work to India... more information.

Knowsley business summit report launched
15 May 09
George together with neighbouring MP, Eddie O'Hara and Ron Round, leader of Knowsley Council published the key findings from the Knowsley business summit, calling for support on finance and access to credit, reduced bureaucracy and more streamlined services for industry. Read the press release and full report here.

Knowsley waste incinerator - "I'll raise in the House of Commons" says George

Liverpool Daily Post, 8 May 09
Commenting on the proposals by Energos to site a waste incinerator at Villiers Lane, George said that he will "raise the issue in the House of Commons". Read the full story in the Liverpool Daily Post.

George launches blueprint to save the car components industry
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, 16 Apr 09
In response to companies based in the constituency, George has pulled together an informal all party Parliamentary Group on the vehicle component industry that has published a report calling for help from the Government to ensure that the industry can survive the economic downturn. You can read the report here and covereage in the Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Daily Post here.

George hosts business summit with Eddie O'Hara and Knowsley Council
20 Mar 09
Working with local business representatives including Knowlsey's Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, George played a key role hosting a summit of local business leaders to identify actions that can help local business through the economic downturn. Read coverage of the event here in the Daily Post and Knowsley Online. Reports will now be written and sent to the Business Secretary Peter Mandelson and Knowsley Council.

Poor law report still holds lessons
The Guardian, 17 Feb 09
Writing as a co-signatory in the Guardian on the anniversary of Beatrice Webb's report on the poor law, George says "we have a collective duty to ensure a basic minimum for all; that charity, while important, can never guarantee this on its own; and that tackling poverty must both support individual efforts and address the wider social and economic causes, not retreat to simply blaming the poor for their own poverty". Read the full article here.

Military-style academy to help out troubled teenagers on Merseyside

Liverpool Echo, 4 Feb 09
A military-style training academy is to open on Merseyside to turn teenage tearaways into model citizens... Knowsley Labour MP George Howarth said: “Young people in trouble often have a lack of structure or role models in their lives. This will provide that.” Read the full story here.

Call for an end to Hillsborough-type batch inquests
Liverpool Echo, 29 Jan 09
Justice Secretary Jack Straw has agreed that bereaved families should never have to face the type of inquests experienced by those involved in the Hillsborough disaster following pressure from George. Read the full story here.

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