Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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JUL
Amongst all the headlines over the past few weeks, it would be very easy to miss the beginnings of a new political consensus in this country. But look closely at what our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pledged on excessive corporate pay, for example, and it becomes clear that politicians are beginning to unite around the need to tackle the gross inequalities in wealth, hope, and opportunity that were laid bare by the results of the EU referendum. I witness these inequalities...
13
JUL
A first action for the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, must be to lay the framework for an investment and skill-led growth strategy with a major housebuilding programme at its heart. We have a chronic shortage – not only in Birkenhead, but across the country – of affordable homes for buying or renting. The best estimates suggest that a serious, sustained housebuilding programme would add 2% to our underlying growth rate. It also opens the opportunity for the creation of jobs that...
6
JUL
One in every three five-year-olds in Birkenhead is affected by tooth decay, meaning they are four times more likely to suffer from tooth decay than their peers who live in the Health Secretary’s constituency. Although dental decay can easily be prevented through reducing sugar consumption, regular brushing, and adequate exposure to fluoride, it has emerged as the number one reason why children aged five to nine are admitted to hospital across the country. The number of kids admitted for
29
JUN
Before Birkenhead, there was the Priory. The Priory is probably the oldest building in Merseyside and is remembered today as being given a Royal Charter to establish, in those famous words, a ferry across the Mersey. The Parish Church of Birkenhead was St Mary’s, which was built within the Priory site. Its tower remains open to visitors, as does the rest of the site. I have visited the site often, but last Friday was an official visit to meet the volunteers. It is this group of people...
23
JUN
Come Thursday, we all have a chance to vote about the future of our country. I am voting on balance for our country to Leave the EU, but I totally respect people who will come to a different conclusion. For me, the issue is one which boils down to control of our borders. That is not simply because we need to be able to regulate the numbers of people coming to this country to work, and will thereby naturally bring their families. Any country needs to know how many people are likely to be...
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