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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed her concern over planned strike action at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hospital Trust next week.

Unite members have given notice of strike action over the Trust’s plans to outsource staff to a subsidiary company WWL Solutions Limited.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I have written to the Chief Executive urging him to engage in immediate and meaningful talks with the unions to seek a solution. I am deeply worried about this rush to create subsidiary companies which leaves many staff fearing for their future pay, conditions and job security should the plans go ahead.

“I have voiced my concerns at the Health Select Committee and understand that the NAO together with HMRC are carefully looking at the arrangements which underpin decisions to create NHS subsidiary companies and whether it is simply a mechanism for tax avoidance in which case it wouldn’t legally deliver the benefits Trusts may be expecting.

"Having recently spoken in Parliament in a debate on NHS privatisation about the lack of transparency and accountability when it comes to private companies and the continuous cycle of contracting, sub-contracting, outsourcing and handing over to subsidiary companies that leaves a tangled web of privacy and secrecy which the public can’t get through, it would be a disgrace to see NHS Trusts joining in.

“I’ve also previously raised concerns with HMRC, the Treasury and the Health Select Committee with regard to NHS Trusts setting up wholly owned subsidiary companies.”

Rosie Cooper MP concerned by strike action at Wrightington Hospital

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed her concern over planned strike action at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hospital Trust next week.Unite members have given notice of strike action over...

Connect the countryside: 55 MPs call on Digital Secretary to act on mobile coverage

55 MPs have sent a joint letter to Digital Secretary Matthew Hancock asking him to challenge the current speed and ambition of 4G coverage roll out in rural areas.     

Expressing concern about progress to date, the MPs are calling for a legally binding coverage obligation imposed on all four major operators to support the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport’s stated ambition to deliver mobile coverage to 95% of UK geographic landmass by the end of 2022. The Government estimated that achieving this ambition would add £75 billion to UK GDP.

The letter has been signed by 50+ MPs from parties including the Conservative Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru. It has been co-ordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rural Business, which is chaired by Julian Sturdy MP (York Outer).

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Many of my constituents live in rural areas where internet and mobile connectivity can be far slower than the national averages and this impacts on their daily lives. While I will continue to work with and lobby the network providers for increased coverage, it is important that government outs in place any measures it can to encourage the rollout of coverage across rural patches.”

Julian Sturdy MP said:
“Ofcom’s Connected Nations report in December 2017 revealed that while people inside 90% of UK premises can make telephone calls on all four mobile networks, this falls to 57% in rural areas. This is just not good enough and progress in connecting the countryside has been painfully slow. We are asking the Secretary of State to step in and work with Ofcom to ensure that the mobile operators speed up delivery of 4G to rural areas.”

The MPs’ collective action follows a report by the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) last month which revealed that in 2015, 2016 and 2017 mobile network operators have been failing to submit applications for new masts to improve mobile coverage in some of the rural areas with the worst 4G coverage.

CLA Deputy President Mark Bridgeman, who farms in Northumberland, said:
“For too long people living and working in the countryside have been disadvantaged by the mobile network operators’ failure to resolve poor signal and mobile ‘not-spots’ in rural areas. It is clear that the mobile operators will only make the investment needed to connect the countryside if they are forced to do so. While many rural communities seem to have been abandoned by the mobile operators, these 50 MPs are making sure the rural voice is heard and we look forward to the Secretary of State’s response.”

The MPs’ joint letter asks the Digital Secretary to take urgent action to ensure better coverage, including:

  • regulation imposing a legally binding coverage obligation on all four major operators;
  • a rethink of Ofcom’s statutory obligations that clarifies that its main purpose must be to work towards the delivery of universal quality mobile coverage and;
  • a significant change in the rules on transparency that prevent mobile operators hiding behind ‘commercial confidentiality’ and refusing to tell communities where and when they plan to roll out coverage

Read the MPs’ joint letter in full and see the list of signatories at www.cla.org.uk/4GForAll

  1. The CLA has 30,000 members across rural England and Wales.
  2. As a membership organisation, the CLA supports landowners by advising them on how best to protect and maximise their asset: the land. We are dedicated to supporting landowners and their businesses. Our success is measured by how effectively we do that. We have a team of experts in London and a regional structure able to give local support.
  3. We have been looking after the interests of our members, as well as promoting the positive aspects of land ownership, land management and rural business activities for the past 111 years. CLA members own or manage approximately half the rural land in England and Wales, and the resulting expertise puts us in a unique position to formulate policies and lobby effectively.
  4. For more information about the CLA, visit: www.cla.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @CLANorth

Rosie Cooper MP calls on Digital Secretary to act on mobile coverage in West Lancashire

Connect the countryside: 55 MPs call on Digital Secretary to act on mobile coverage55 MPs have sent a joint letter to Digital Secretary Matthew Hancock asking him to challenge the...

The Bull and Dog in Burscough relaunched over the sunny bank holiday and is experiencing a new lease of life following a £280k investment.

The pub, which is owned by Punch and run by Richie and Sabrina Tedford, has undergone substantial redevelopment to create a real home from home feel for customers to enjoy. The Community pub has a brand-new look whilst remaining loyal to its roots.

The traditional interior design of the Bull and Dog strikes the perfect balance of having both comfy ‘snug’ drinking areas showcasing original wood beams and fireplaces whilst also having spacious rooms and a fantastic outdoor area for events and casual dining.

Local MP Rosie Cooper attended the VIP launch night to celebrate the pubs reopening, meeting the team and seeing first hand where the pub design pays homage to the fascinating history and local heritage.

Publicans Sabrina and Richie took Rosie on a tour of the pub and then invited the MP to cut the ribbon officially deeming the Bull and Dog open!

Rosie said: “I was delighted with the invite to take part in the Bull and Dog’s formal reopening event. Having been shown around, the renovation has further improved a lovely community pub.

“I wish Sabrina and Richie all the best with their venture and look forward to them welcoming in local residents and supporting community initiatives and groups.”

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Tony Riley, Punch; Rosie Cooper MP; Captain Nick Blackman OBE, Royal Navy; Sabrina and Richie Tedford cutting the ribbon

Also in attendance at Thursday’s VIP night was Royal Navy Captain, Nick Blackman OBE who gave a rousing speech to honour the pubs heritage and its unique links to HMS Ringtail thanking Punch for preserving this important local history.

Captain Blackman continued the historic tradition of using the heel of his shoe to put a coin into the beam which runs through the centre of the pub as a gesture of ‘luck’.  

The pub is open daily offering a great drinks range and a new menu which hosts all the traditional favourites which is sure or cater for all.

Publicans Sabrina and Ritchie have big plans for the year ahead, as well as becoming the official sponsor for the local football team they are also planning charity events, family days out from the pub, summer festivals and Christmas fayres.

The Bull and Dog really is the Hub of the Community!

Tony Riley, Punch Taverns Publican Development Manager for the Bull and Dog commented:
“I want to thank both Rosie and Captain Blackman for visiting and officially opening the pub.

"We are delighted to invest in sites such as this and the Bull and Dog is a great example of a family run pub, steeped in history operating at the very heart of the community it serves.

"The pub is performing well, and I am very much looking forward to working with the Sabrina and Ritchie as they grow their pub business.”

Punch is a leading pub company in the UK with around 1,300 leased and tenanted pubs nationwide.

New lease of life for The Bull and Dog

The Bull and Dog in Burscough relaunched over the sunny bank holiday and is experiencing a new lease of life following a £280k investment.The pub, which is owned by Punch...

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