“In the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and their families who will mourn their loss to such a senseless act of evil.
“I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of PC Keith Palmer and his incredible act of bravery in tackling the terrorist attacker.
“My thoughts are also with the group of 13 Edge Hill University students and their lecturer who I’d been meeting with in Parliament just a short time before the attack took place. They had been on a Parliamentary tour before we met up for a chat on various political issues and my work as the MP for West Lancashire.
“Just before 2.30pm I left the group and headed off to attend a Westminster Hall debate. Little did any of us know what they would be walking into. I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn that four of the students had been injured. I have been in regular contact with Edge Hill University following the attack.
“I was in the Commons chamber throughout the hours that Parliament was in lockdown. Along with the updates from the Leader of the House, we were following events via social media and news sites on our phones or tablets.
“During this lockdown initial uncertainty and worry gave way to a strong and determined resolve within the Chamber not to take a step backwards in the face of such terror attacks. It is right that the House of Commons continued its Parliamentary business today as a demonstration of that desire to not give in to terrorism.
“An attack on Parliament is an attack on the very essence of our democratic society. We cannot allow these acts of terror to create divisions and hatred as this is the aim of such terrorists. We have to defend and protect our values of freedom and democracy.
“After 40 years of public service I can say that Wednesday 22 March 2017 will be a day I will never forget!”
“In the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and their families who will mourn their loss to such a senseless...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is fighting to protect the 313 bus service serving the Ashurst area of Skelmersdale as Arriva North West have given notice to terminate the service.
MP Rosie Cooper has contacted the Leader of Lancashire County Council calling for a replacement service to be secured to ensure that the residents of Ashurst are not left disconnected and isolated. At present the 313 is the only local bus route that serves the estates around Ashurst. Passengers use this service to travel to the bus station at the Concourse Shopping Centre to connect with other services to travel across Skelmersdale, into Ormskirk or into Liverpool.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
"It is a horrendous situation in the 21st century that an ever growing number of residents have no access or very limited access to public transport services.
"The loss of the 313 service in Ashurst will be a massive blow for many residents. It is the only service that serves the estates around Ashurst and operates as a half hourly service. For many residents they will use this service to connect with other bus services to get to work or to school or travel to the town centre shops.
"I have spoken to Arriva North West but they are proceeding with their decision to terminate this service.
"I have called on Lancashire County Council as the transport authority to act to protect this service by finding a new operator.
"Losing another bus service would be yet another devastating blow to public transport provision here in West Lancashire."
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is fighting to protect the 313 bus service serving the Ashurst area of Skelmersdale as Arriva North West have given notice to terminate the service....
Rosie Cooper MP called on Theresa May today (Wednesday 22 March 2017) to investigate pay increases of up to 80% at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as they embark on funding cuts to frontline health services and NHS staff receive a below inflation 1% pay increase.
A freedom of information request to Liverpool CCG from Commons health select committee member, Rosie Cooper, revealed members of the governing body received bumper pay rises mainly in 2014/15.
Notable increases include a 15% increase for the chief officer from £135,000 – £140,000 (2013/14) rising to £155,000 - £160,000 (2014/15). She also received £1,500 in expenses in 2014/15.
At the same time the chief finance officer received an inflation-busting 16% salary increase, taking his pay from £125,000 -£130,000 rising by at least £20,000 to £145,000 - £150,000. In 2014/15 he also had £600 in expenses according to published accounts.
However, these rises don’t compare to the 50% increase for the CCG Chair with a whopping £50,000 pay rise from his £100,000 – £105,000 salary in 2013/14 rocketing to £150,000 - £155,000 the next year.
For his Deputy Chair, a 42.85% salary increase taking their salary from £70,000 - £75,000 to £100,000 plus one year later.
In light of this information MP Rosie Cooper called on the Prime Minister to investigate the lack of governance and accountability that allows clinical commissioning groups to pay this level of salary and to only have two non -executive directors instead of the usual five.
In response the Prime Minister confirmed that NHS England would now be investigating the remuneration of members of the governing body of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group.
Speaking after her challenge to Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“The tremendous pressures on frontline NHS services to meet demand is not a secret.
“Whilst the CCG were handing out these scandalous pay rises to reward themselves, the CCG stood by and allowed grotesque failings to occur at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust in which patients and staff were harmed by the culture of bullying and horrific management failures.
“The actions of Liverpool CCG reveal the extent to which, in this new health system, nobody is really holding CCG’s to account. They are a law unto themselves. It is clear in Liverpool they can do as they please and believe they do not answer to anyone.
“I believe there are serious questions that needed to be asked of, and answered by, the CCG in relation to the size of their pay increases, the number of people receiving these astronomical increases and how they justify the current salary levels especially at a time when community health services have seen £4.6 million cut from current funding, when frontline services are being cut and NHS staff are handed a 1% salary increase.
“There are now plans to merge Liverpool CCG with neighbouring South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG. Can you imagine the salaries they’d hand themselves from commissioning health services across three communities as well as the lack of proper governance in choosing the chief executive officer?
“All I am asking is for this situation to be reviewed and for there to be real public accountability.”
Rosie Cooper MP called on Theresa May today (Wednesday 22 March 2017) to investigate pay increases of up to 80% at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as they embark...