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In response to the decision of the British people to Leave the European Union, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“Today’s EU Referendum result marks a momentous day in British history.  A result that has led to the Prime Minister being forced to resign just one year after winning a general election.

“As with the rest of the country, West Lancashire residents voted in favour to Leave by a margin of 55.26 per cent to 44.66 percent.  A generation-defining decision.

“Throughout this campaign there were passionate and deeply held views expressed on both sides of the debate. 

“For politicians of all political parties and on either side of the debate the referendum result must be respected, but the large minority vote to Remain should also be acknowledged too.  Going forward we have to return to the common cause of working in the best interests of the British people who have made their decision.

“Our only certainty at the moment is the uncertainty of the immediate future.  Friday morning brought great volatility in the currency and stock markets.  Highlighting the absolute need for government to secure stability in the British economy.

“We are in a situation that demands national leadership.  We cannot afford for the Conservative Party to disappear off into an obsession with infighting over David Cameron’s successor.

“For the people of West Lancashire the priorities now need to be economic stability to protect jobs, businesses and trade, pensions, worker’s rights, living standards, and our public services.

“The least well-off and our most vulnerable residents cannot be allowed to be cut further adrift in Britain’s new future.  The vote to Leave has to be made to work for all people and for all communities.”

Rosie Cooper MP statement on the EU Referendum vote

In response to the decision of the British people to Leave the European Union, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “Today’s EU Referendum result marks a momentous day in British...

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with the manager of Ormskirk Marks & Spencer, David Wilkinson, and Santander branch manager Gareth McBride, to discuss the work of the Healthy High Streets programme and their ambitions for Ormskirk town centre.

The founders of Healthy High Streets – Marks & Spencer, Santander, Boots and the Co-Operative Group – are working with towns across the country to help improve town centres and attract more people to shop on their local high street.

The programme develops a number of activities and initiatives, including high-profile events to drive footfall, creating pop-up shops and markets to support start-ups, improving customer service, providing expert help and resources to market and celebrate the concept of the high street.

Following the meeting, Rosie Cooper MP said:

“Ormskirk has a long-standing reputation as a historic market town, and it was great to meet with David and Gareth and hear about the ideas being explored by Healthy High Streets to help reinvigorate the town centre and make it a place that people and businesses want to come to and be a part of.

“With the busy summer season in full swing and West Lancashire Borough Council working on its Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy this is an exciting time for the town. I look forward to continuing to work with all partners in the public and private sectors to help establish Ormskirk as a real economic force in the area.”

The Healthy High Streets programme was launched in 2014 and provides support for high streets in 67 towns across the UK. Footfall in participating towns has grown by 0.4% against a national context of a 0.4% drop in footfall. They have also secured a 5% drop in the number of empty units since the start of the programme.

Rosie Cooper MP welcomes Healthy High Street plans for Ormskirk

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with the manager of Ormskirk Marks & Spencer, David Wilkinson, and Santander branch manager Gareth McBride, to discuss the work of the Healthy High...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is demanding Lancashire County Council explain the farcical school holiday fines in which three adults in one family were fined for one child’s in-term time holiday.  One of the adults is not a parent and has no legal responsibility for the child.

MP Rosie has received a complaint from a West Lancashire constituent over what appears to be nothing more than a money-making racket.  Having taken her son out of school for a term time holiday the child’s mother accepted the £60 penalty charge for doing so.

Then the child’s biological father was hit with a £60 fine – despite not living with the family, not being able to stop the mother from taking the child out of the country and not living in Lancashire.  Under the law he has ‘parental responsibility’ so again the child’s mother paid another £60 fine.

Then a third £60 fine has been issued to the child’s mother’s husband, who has no ‘parental responsibility’ at all.  Ironically the child’s father’s partner has not been fined, so the council can’t even claim consistency.

Speaking about this farcical situation, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“This situation in which three adults are fined for one child being taken out of school would seem to be farcical.

“It’s no wonder people think these fines are nothing more than a money-making racquet for local councils.  I will be raising this with Lancashire County Council and I’ve also written to Education Ministers over the use of fines, especially in light of the recent court decision.

“How can it be legal for three people to be fined, especially when one of those has no ‘parental responsibility’ at all for the child?

“Parents in this case deserve a proper explanation and all parents need clarity that there are clear rules rather than them being made up as we go.”

School holiday fines farce needs action, demands Rosie Cooper MP

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is demanding Lancashire County Council explain the farcical school holiday fines in which three adults in one family were fined for one child’s in-term time...

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