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Tuesday 9th September

Get tough on the FA - Mowat urges Government

Warrington South MP David Mowat yesterday urged the Government to put more pressure on the Football Association to give a greater share of its revenues to non-league football clubs such as Warrington Town FC. During a Commons debate to mark Non-League Football day, Mr Mowat called on the Government to act

Currently the FA’s revenue (which mostly comes from the England Football Team) is split 50:50 between “grassroots football” and the “professional game” – or in other words league football clubs.

Mr Mowat was one of a group of local businessmen who saved Warrington Town from bankruptcy in 2007 and he remains a director at the club.

David Mowat said:

The Football Association has a surplus of about £80 million per annum, which basically comes from the England team. That money is given 50% to the grass roots and 50% to the professional game. There is absolutely no reason why it should not all go to the grass roots.

“Front Benchers on both sides of the House should be applying pressure on this. It would result in an additional £40 million for clubs like Warrington Town FC.”

Friday 5th September

Labour’s plans for benefit handouts of £54,000 are a slap in the face for hardworking taxpayers in Warrington

Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat has slammed Labour’s plans for a welfare system that could see people in London getting benefit handouts of up to £54,000 – paid for by hardworking taxpayers in Warrington.

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has said he will scrap the Conservatives’ benefit cap in favour of a new system that reflects higher housings costs in London.

New analysis of independent figures show that under this system, people in London could get benefit handouts of up to £54,000 per year. This would be more than double the current limit.

David Mowat commented:

“Labour want to take money from hardworking families in Warrington and use it to subsidise families living in expensive properties in London. It’s a slap in the face for the town’s taxpayers

“Most people I speak to in Warrington are amazed that the cap introduced by the Conservative-led Government is so high. Labour fought tooth and nail to prevent the cap and now they are trying to unpick it. It’s the same old Labour party.”

Tuesday 2nd September

My speech on HS2 and its effect on Warrington

Yesterday I made my Westminster Hall speech on HS2 and the effect that it will have on Warrington, particularly the piece of line which has become known as the Wigan Spur.

You can watch my a recording of my speech and the debate here or alternatively you can read a transcript of the speech here.
Monday 1st September

Jobs Club begins its 11th season

The Jobs Club founded 5 years ago by local MP David Mowat is due to begin its 11th season on 27th September.

Since it started in 2009, the club has helped over 200 residents in Warrington find a job or start their own business.

Participants can take part in workshops such as “the Hidden Job Market – using social media to find work”, “Interview techniques” and “Leadership & Management.” Those who complete the full 12 week course will gain an ILM Level 5 Qualification in Leadership & Management.

Details of how to book a place can be found on www.davidmowat.org

David Mowat said:

“I’m extremely proud of what my Jobs Club has achieved in 5 years. We have an 85% success rate and the club has spawned many new businesses.

“Creating jobs in Warrington is my top priority. I want to see more people with the security of a pay packet, able to provide for their families and plan for the future.”

Friday 22nd August

Secretary of State requests clarifications over Arpley

Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government Eric Pickles has written to the operators of the Arpley landfill site to request further clarifications before he determines the Planning Application to extend the life of the Arpley site until 2025. This development will mean that the decision will now be put back for a further 8 weeks

In his letter, the Secretary of State has asked the site’s operators to comment on three developments – a recent High Court case involving development on Green Belt land, Warrington Borough Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy (adopted since the appeal was heard) and a letter from local MP David Mowat.

Mr Mowat wrote to the Secretary of State in June to point out that keeping the site open was contrary to the Government’s landfill policy and that Halton Borough Council would not be using Arpley beyond the end of the year.

David Mowat said:

I am delighted that the Secretary of State has decided to act on the information which I brought to his attention.

“There have been some significant developments since the Appeal was heard which I believe tip the balance decisively in favour of rejecting this application and they need to be taken into account.

Thursday 21st August

To Frack or not to Frack?

It is the position of both the Government and the opposition that we should move ahead to explore for unconventional gas in the UK.

The reasons for doing this are clear.

1) With the depletion of north sea reserves we have recently become an importer of gas. Currently most of this supply comes from Norway but contracts for future supply have also been signed with Russia. It is in our interests as a country to minimize these imports both on security and economic grounds.

2) Gas prices in Europe have continued to rise in recent years; more supply will mitigate or reduce the effect of rising prices which will reduce fuel poverty and increase industrial competitiveness. In the United States gas prices are about a third of those in the UK which has had a dramatic benefit for consumers and jobs.

3) More gas can make a significant reduction in our carbon emissions. Currently most of our energy comes from coal and oil which produce around double the emissions of gas. If we were able to replace all coal and oil usage with gas, we would reduce emissions by a massive 40 percent.

This is a prize worth securing as we increase renewables and nuclear for the longer term. (Currently renewables produce around six per cent of total energy and nuclear about 10 per cent). None of these reasons are valid however unless extraction is done safely and in places where the environmental impact is containable.

For example, there has been drilling in Cuerdley over the past two years in a way that has caused no problems however I realise there is considerable controversy about other locations in the town. I do not advocate producing shale gas in areas and where it is inappropriate to do so. Councils and local communities must be part of the decision making process.

I also fully support the need of ensuring that revenue is distributed to affected locations which could amount to communities receiving millions of pounds. It is conceivable that shale gas will be as important over the next two decades as the north sea has been over the last three.

I made the point in a recent debate that the three constituencies with the lowest unemployment in the country are not in London or the south east. They are in Aberdeen.

We have created many jobs in Warrington over the past two years but we need to create more. It would be wrong to turn our back on shale gas.

Thursday 7th August

My take on Gaza

I was reflecting over the weekend what to write about this week.

Tempting, as it was to cover the potential demolition of Mr Smith’s, which will have a big impact on the look and feel of the town centre, I think that this week of all weeks we should reflect on the terrible events of 100 years ago. Nearly 20 million soldiers died in conditions of terrible hardship and it is vital that we learn the lessons from the events of the last century.

Yet fighting in the Middle East rumbles on with implications for all of us. The distinctive feature of what is happening in Syria, Iraq and above all Gaza is that the majority of casualties are non-combatants. Indeed in Gaza, the majority have been women and children.

To my mind this is completely unacceptable and disproportionate (and therefore illegal) notwithstanding Israel’s right to defend itself. What disappoints me more than anything is the total failure of the Obama Presidency to show firmer leadership in any kind of peace process.

I had hoped and believed that a second term President would have forcefully guided Israel (and of course the moderate bulk of Palestinians) towards a two state solution. But instead they have just supplied munitions with apparently few questions asked.

The most intelligent comment I have heard recently came from the French Foreign Minister who said that the time has come for the international community to impose a two state solution. I agree.

But unless America acts nothing will happen.

An imposed two state solution would, of course, respect the right of Israel, and it’s citizens, to live in peace. But Palestine would also exist as a viable state and the international community would guarantee the borders of both. Of course, neither side would have the borders they want but so be it. Over time they would both have peace and stability.

And as for Mr Smith’s, I attended an action meeting on Monday and for those that feel strongly an online group has been formed. It seems to me that almost anything is better than the dereliction we have now.

30 July 2014

Mowat welcomes the Prime Minister to Warington South to talk apprenticeships

Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat, today welcomed the Prime Minister David Cameron to Warrington and accompanied him to the United Utilities HQ at Lingley Mere at Great Sankey.

Mr Cameron praised United Utilities for the creation of 40 apprentices through their award winning apprenticeship scheme and the positive role they have played in the creation of new jobs in the area.

Both the Prime Minister and Mr Mowat also had the opportunity to speak to a group of apprentices who are benefiting from the scheme and discussed at length what the Government is planning to do to create a more skilled workforce. Since the Coalition took power in 2010 over 4000 apprenticeships have been created in Warrington South.

David Mowat commented:

“The success of apprenticeship schemes, such as the one at United Utilities, show that the Government’s long term economic plan to fix the nation’s finances and to get people into employment is working.

"These record levels of apprenticeships are fantastic news for our country, for Warrington, and most of all for the people whose lives are being transformed by the opportunities they offer."

29 July 2014

Local growth Minister gives go-ahead for new bridge in Warrington

Cities Minister Greg Clark visited Warrington yesterday to announce funding for road improvement works in Warrington, including a new bridge across the Mersey to take pressure off Bridge Foot.

Mr Clark met with Council bosses, Warrington’s two MPs and the head of Warrington & Co to discuss the town’s ambitious plans for growth and how Government money would help grow the local economy.

Warrington is set to benefit to the tune of £12m over the next five years which will include money for junction improvements to relieve congestion at both Birchwood and Omega as well as a funding package for a new Mersey crossing.

Mr Mowat is a Parliamentary Aide to Mr Clark

David Mowat said:

I am delighted that Greg has been able to visit Warrington and see for himself the difference that the Conservative-led Government’s investment will make in the town.

“I’m particularly pleased that Greg has been able to announce that a new bridge across the Mersey will form part of Warrington’s long term growth plans. The bridge, which I have personally lobbied for, will not only help minimise the disruption caused by bridge swings on the Manchester Ship Canal it will also help reduce the effect of tolling on the new Runcorn Bridge so this is a double win for Warrington.”

21st July 2014

Mowat welcomes new cash for Warrington Schools


Local MP David Mowat has welcomed news that Warrington’s schools are set to receive an additional £400,000 for the 2015-16 school year to address an historic funding deficit.
 
The Government has added additional money to its fund as a result of lobbying from a number of MPs including Mr Mowat. Last month, David Mowat lambasted schools minister David Laws for failing to give Warrington additional funds despite the authority being the 137th best funded LEA in the country (out of 152).
 
David Mowat said:
 
I’m delighted that the Government has changed its mind, as a result of my lobbying, and that our schools will be getting this extra cash.
 
However we are still just applying sticking plasters to Labour’s unfair school funding formula. I’ve been calling for a national school funding formula for some time now and I hope that one will be introduced soon.
 
Our children deserve the best possible start in life and Warrington’s schools are already doing a fantastic job of giving children the skills they need to succeed. This extra money will mean even more children getting a great education.”
7th July 2014

Mowat welcomes cash boost to improve Warrington's roads

Warrington MP David Mowat has welcomed this week’s announcement from Local Growth Minister Greg Clark of infrastructure funding to help ease Warrington’s overcrowded road network.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Clark outlined three projects benefitting Warrington as part of the submission made by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. The projects are:

• Improvements to the Birchwood Park area to reduce congestion
• Motorway Junction improvements to the Burtonwood Road/M62 junction to allow easier access to the Omega site as well as improving access for local traffic
• A new Mersey crossing in central Warrington linking Bank Quay with Chester Road and bypassing Bridgefoot roundabout

David Mowat said:

“This is great news for motorists in Warrington. Congestion is one of the top issues being raised by the Transport Survey I am currently conducting across south and west Warrington. Our road network is close to breaking point and it is holding the town back. I congratulate Warrington Borough Council for working constructively with me to obtain this funding.

“I’m particularly delighted that a new Mersey crossing, which I’ve been lobbying for for some time, is now finally going to get the go-ahead. Anyone who was stuck in Friday evening’s gridlock in the town centre will know just how badly that is needed!”

1st July 2014

Mowat welcome nuclear industry to Warrington

Industry leaders from across the country flocked to Warrington last week to take part in the annual Nuclear UK conference which was hosted at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton, where they were welcomed by local MP, David Mowat.

The Conference also saw the second annual Women in Nuclear summit which celebrates the role that women play within the industry as well as challenging perceptions to encourage more young women to take up nuclear jobs.

Welcoming delegates, David Mowat said:

“I’m delighted that the Nuclear Industry has chosen Warrington to host this important event. It was engineers working in Warrington who designed the UK’s first reactor in the 1950s and the town has had a strong bond with the industry ever since.

“Officially 3,500 jobs are based in Warrington, but if we add on the people who live here but work in other nuclear-related establishments at Daresbury or in Knutsford, around 5,000 jobs in the Borough depend on the industry. But I want to see that figure increase to bring high-skill, high-value vacancies to Warrington.

20th June 2014

Mowat calls for more money for Warrington's schools

Local MP for Warrington, David Mowat took to the floor of the House of Commons last week to challenge Education Ministers over the low levels of funding for Warrington’s schools.

Warrington is currently the 137th best-funded local education authority out of 152 authorities and yet received no additional money from the Government’s recent uplift. David Mowat challenged Education Minister David Laws to explain the Government’s reasoning.

David Mowat said:

“It’s quite unacceptable that Westminster, ranked 10th best-funded authority in the country, is to be given more money whilst Warrington gets nothing.

“Teachers and pupils in Warrington are working hard and achieving great results, but those results could be even better if the schools weren’t constantly scrapping around for funds.

“That’s why I’ve been campaigning for a national funding formula to address these disparities and allocate funds according to the needs of the pupils.”

20th June 2014

New Enterprise Allowance helping people in Warrington to get off benefits and start their own business

Local MP for Warrington, David Mowat has welcomed new figures showing that 280 people in Warrington have been helped off benefits and are now running their own business, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

The allowance – which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business – has helped more than 46,000 people across the country to set up successful businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.

The support available to people starts with help from a business mentor to develop their business idea. Then, once they have got the business up and running, and have moved off benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support as they get their business going.  

David Mowat said:

“It’s excellent news that 280 people in Warrington have been helped to get off benefits and to realise their dream of starting their own businesses and being their own boss. Small businesses, are a hugely important part of our community and vital to local jobs.

“That’s why supporting small businesses is an important part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. There’s more to do, but these figures show that our support is helping people to get off benefits and running their own business, giving them the promise of a better and brighter future. And each new job these businesses create is another family in Warrington with the security of a regular pay packet.”

16th June 2014

Helping hardworking people to find a home in Warrington

Local MP, David Mowat has welcomed figures showing that the Conservatives are delivering new affordable homes and helping hardworking people to get on the housing ladder in Warrington.

In Warrington, 930 new affordable homes have been delivered since 2010 and 141 people have been able to buy their own home thanks to Help to Buy, giving more families the opportunity to move into a good quality, affordable home and plan for their future.

Nearly 200,000 new affordable homes have now been delivered across the country since 2010 while Help to Buy has enabled over 27,000 people to buy their own home. Thanks to the Conservative’s long-term economic plan, Britain is now building more homes than at any time since 2007.

David Mowat said:

‘Labour cut the number of social homes to rent and their Great Recession led to a collapse in housebuilding meaning thousands of families could not find a home they could afford.

‘That’s why the Conservatives, as part of our long-term economic plan, took action to get Britain building again and launched Help to Buy to help couples trapped on high rents afford homes of their own. Thanks to these policies, 930 new affordable homes have now been delivered and 141 people have been able to buy their own home in Warrington.

‘Our long-term economic plan is helping people to find a good quality, affordable home where they can raise a family, contribute to their communities and enjoy greater financial security.’

19th May 2014

Mowat welcomes income tax cut to make people in Warrington more financially secure

Local MP David Mowat has welcomed a new tax cut for hardworking people in Warrington.

The personal allowance which rose to £10,000 in April, takes around 900 people in Warrington out of income tax. Taxes have been cut for more than 26 million people across the country, with over three million now taken out of paying income tax altogether.

Because of tax cuts, since 2010 the typical taxpayer is now paying £705 less in income tax than they were. Taxes will be cut even further next year when the personal allowance is set to rise again to £10,500, as announced in the 2014 Budget.

David Mowat MP commented:

This tax cut is excellent news for hardworking people in Warrington.

‘This is the third time this Government has cut income tax, benefitting 889 people here in Warrington, with 8,836 people now taken out of income tax altogether.

‘Cutting taxes is a key part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to build a better future for Britain. These cuts mean 80,583 people are keeping more of the money they’ve worked hard to earn, giving them and their families more financial security for the future.’

19th May 2014

David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, today wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons, Jeremy Wright MP, regarding the status of Appleton Thorn Young Offenders Insitute.

You can read the document in full here.

8th May 2014

Chancellor of the Exchequer visits Peace Centre

Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat today welcomed the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

Accompanied by North West MEP Sajjad Karim, Mr Osborne was greeted by Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE and heard from a number of members of the Survivors for Peace programme.

The future of the Survivors for Peace programme was under threat when its funding from the Big Lottery Fund came to an end. However the Chancellor announced during his Budget speech that the Government would continue to fund the programme for another year.

David Mowat said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Chancellor to Warrington today to show him how the Government’s money is helping people in Warrington and around the country.

“The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is an iconic Warrington Charity, which I am proud to support both here in Warrington and in Parliament.”

7th May 2014

Mowat welcomes restrictions on use of Legal Aid to sue soldiers

Local MP for Warrington South David Moat has welcomed the announcement by the Justice Secretary of a new Residence Test that would restrict the amount of legal aid available to foreign citizens who bring actions against armed forces personnel.

The announcement follows the recent partial collapse of the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of torture and brutality by British soldiers in Iraq. A number of the original claims have since been dropped but the MoD has been left footing the bill for defending itself.

A recent Parliamentary Question from Mr Mowat established that around £4m of taxpayers’ money had been paid to just two firms of solicitors bringing the claims.

Commenting, David Mowat said:

No country in the world would spend such ridiculous amounts of money on paying lawyers to sue its own Army.

“If ambulance-chasing lawyers wish to make frivolous claims against the Army, they should do so at their own expense and not expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab.

“I’m delighted that this Government is now looking to protect members of our Armed Forces. Warrington contributes a number of excellent soldiers. We should all be very proud of what our men and women in uniform do for this country and this is one less thing for them to worry about.”

6th May 2014

Mowat Job's Club Breaks 200 Barrier

The Jobs Club, founded in 2009 by local MP David Mowat celebrated its 200th graduate on Friday. Since its launch, around 85% of graduates have either moved back into work or started their own business.

The Jobs Club draws on the experience of local businesspeople to help jobhunters improve their CVs, interview techniques and other jobhunting skills. Mr Mowat conducts mock interviews with participants and then gives feedback on how the interview went.

David Mowat MP said:

My top priority is to help people in Warrington get back in to work. The economy is growing steadily and the numbers claiming unemployment benefit have fallen by 40% on last year. We can’t afford to be complacent and we need to make sure that people have the right skills to get back into work.

“The Jobs Club and my annual Jobs Fair, which will return next year, are helping hundreds of people in Warrington find jobs so that they can start earning a pay packet and providing for their families.”

24th April 2014

Warrington Anti-Hate Campaigner Meets PM

A Warrington man who is touring the UK and Isle of Man to educate young people about Hate Crime received a boost to his campaign this week when he was introduced to the Prime Minister by local MP David Mowat.

Adrian Derbyshire, an international wheelchair athlete from Whitecross, was invited, by Mr Mowat, to a reception at 10 Downing Street celebrating the work of community volunteers. Mr Derbyshire has won two gold and three silver medals as well as carrying both the Olympic and Paralympic torches.

Speaking after the event, Mr Derbyshire said:

“It was an honour to meet the Prime Minister and tell him about my campaign. We continue to educate young people about what hate crime is.

“It’s the effects that it has on its victims that really needs to be told. Children and adults living in our communities need to understand that a simple throwaway comment could have a significant negative impact on another person’s, to the point where that person fears going out, become isolated, depressed or potentially starts thinking about self-harm or suicide.”

David Mowat MP added:

There were a number of people from Warrington that I could have invited to this event, who do excellent work in the community. However, Adrian stood out because of the challenges he has already had to overcome and the passion which he puts into his campaigning.

“I was proud to introduce Adrian to the Prime Minister and I hope that his campaign continues to go from strength to strength.”

31st March 2014

Warrington delegation visit Number 10

Colin Parry OBE, Wendy Parry OBE, local MP David Mowat and Dulwich & West Norwood MP Tessa Jowell met with the Prime Minister today to discuss the future of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and its Survivors for Peace programme.

In the Budget the Chancellor was able to find £150,000 to fund the programme for the next financial year and the Government has committed itself to “finding a permanent funding solution” for the programme.

The Survivors for Peace programme works with victims and survivors of terror attacks in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Speaking after the meeting, David Mowat said:

“Whilst the Budget announcement was welcome, we do need to get the Survivors for Peace programme on a more secure financial footing so that we don’t end up with the same situation next year.

“Following today’s meeting, I’m pleased that the Government appreciates the value of this programme and is working to find a permanent solution.”

Colin Parry said:

"The meeting lasted thirty minutes and we agreed a range of actions that will secure our vital work in support of victims and survivors.

"Wendy and I are extremely grateful to David for helping facilitate this meeting and his active support of the Foundation."

31st March 2014

Education Secretary visits Great Sankey High

Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was given a robotics demonstration by students at Great Sankey High School as part of his tour of the school last week.

After being invited to Warrington by local MP David Mowat, Mr Gove was escorted on a tour of the school by Head Boy Benjamin Newlove and Head Girl Phoebe Williams. He also heard from Executive Head Alan Davies JP, Head Paula Crawley and Chair of Governors Andrew Bent about how a conversion to Academy Status had given them much more freedom to deliver an outstanding education for their students.

Local MP David Mowat said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to show him just one example of the outstanding teaching and learning that is happening in Warrington on a daily basis.

“Strong leadership and excellent teaching are combined at Great Sankey High to ensure that children in the area are getting the best possible start in life.”

Headteacher Paula Crawley said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to Great Sankey High School. We were delighted to hear him say that this was one of the best schools that he had visited. This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding staff and our amazing young people.  He also visited our magnificent 6th form building and was complimentary about the curriculum being provided to our 400+ students in the 6th form. “

Executive Head Alan Davies added:

“The Secretary of State made it clear that Great Sankey is an outstanding institution. I am grateful for the work of the Headteacher, Mrs Crawley and her dedication and vision of the school along with her Senior team. It is with a great sense of pride that I am Executive Head at Great Sankey and am honoured to be part of such an amazing school.”

25th March 2014 

Children's Minister Visits Warrington School

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss MP paid a visit to Evelyn Street Primary School in Warrington last week to see the school’s after-hours childcare provision and to congratulate them on their test results in science and maths.

Evelyn Street is one of the top performing schools in the Borough for maths, with 80% of its students achieving Level 5 or higher in 2012/13. The school also provides flexible nursery places for younger children from 8am to 6pm, allowing more parents to return to work.

Local MP David Mowat, who accompanied the minister, said:

“It’s always a pleasure to show off the outstanding work going on in Warrington, whether that be a business, a community group or a school.

“Not only is Evelyn Street already an outstanding school which gives local children the chance to get the best possible start in life, it is also pioneering new approaches to help parents manage both work and childcare.”

Minister for Education and Childcare Liz Truss added:

“It was great to see the high quality, flexible provision offered to parents in Warrington by Evelyn Street Primary.

"The Government is committed to the development of even more high quality places for childcare which is why we are encouraging school nurseries to open from 8-6 and offer more flexible hours for part time workers.

“I hope nurseries across the country to take a look at the work done in the North West to see how they can expand and improve the provision they provide.”

20 March 2014

Mowat Welcomes end to Halton Dumping

Warrington South MP David Mowat has welcomed news that Halton Borough Council will cease dumping at Arpley by 2015. Council leader Rob Polhill wrote to Mr Mowat this week to confirm that a new waste contract had been signed that would not involve waste from the Borough being dumped at Arpley.

Mr Mowat wrote to Cllr Polhill and the Leaders of the 6 local authorities in the Merseyside area back in February to ask them to consider the effect their waste strategies were having on Warrington. Since 2013, Arpley has not received any waste from Warrington Borough Council

David Mowat said:

“This is an extremely significant development. The key argument over Arpley has been over where Merseyside and Halton would dump their waste if the site closed. This week’s announcement shows that there is now even less demand for Arpley than when Councillors threw out the first application.

“I congratulate Halton Borough Council for following Warrington’s lead and reducing their reliance on landfill. I hope that the site can now be finally closed so that the families who live nearby can get on with their lives once again.”

19th March 2014

Budget boost for Peace Centre

The future of work with victims of terrorism, carried out by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace now looks secure after Chancellor George Osborne announced £150,000 of funding in his speech.

The “Survivors for Peace” project, set up to help victims of terrorist attacks living in the UK was threatened with closure after its support from the Big Lottery Fund came to an end, but today’s announcement means that it can continue to operate.

Mr Mowat, Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE are due to meet with the Prime Minister at the end of March to discuss the Foundation’s work and ongoing funding issues.

David Mowat MP said:

“I’m delighted that the Chancellor has recognised the excellent work being done in Warrington to support victims of terrorism. The Foundation is the only organisation offering these services in the United Kingdom and it is vital that they continue.

“I have lobbied hard to get the Government to fund this important programme because I believe it will save money in the long run.”

Peace Centre Chief Executive Nick Taylor added:

“This is a remarkable achievement and recognition of the vital work of our charity and also of the major contribution Warrington makes to promoting peace.

“David Mowat MP is our Patron and works tirelessly to promote the Foundation here in the community and in Westminster.  We are so grateful to him for taking our case for funding to the top of Government and in helping achieve this amazing result.”

3rd March 2014

63 Families in Warrington already helped through Help to Buy

Local MP David Mowat has welcomed new figures showing the success of the Government’s Help to Buy: Equity loan, Right to Buy and other schemes in helping hardworking families to buy their own home.

In Warrington, 63 loans have been approved under the Help to Buy scheme since April 2013.

Across the country over 100,000 hardworking families are being helped onto the housing ladder, with 14,000 able to buy their council house, thanks to Right to Buy, since 2012 and over 25,000 given access to an affordable mortgage thanks to the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme so they can buy their home. 

These schemes are part of the Conservative-led Government’s long-term economic plan that is getting Britain building again. New homes are now being built at the fastest rate since before the financial crash, with the number of new homes registered and the number of housing starts in 2013 at their highest level since 2007 and the number of homes granted planning permission up 22 per cent on 2012.

David Mowat MP commented:

“Just across the road from my office, new houses are being built which young families will be able to afford because of Help to Buy.

“Too many young couples are getting caught in the trap of having to spend such exorbitant amounts on rent that they cannot afford to save for a deposit on a home of their own.

“Our long-term economic plan is getting Britain building again and helping hardworking people to achieve their dream of owning their own home, where they can feel secure enabling them to plan for their future, raise a family and contribute to their communities.’

12th February 2014

David Mowat MP urges Warrington South communities to apply for HLF funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War

With the upcoming centenary of the UK entering the First World War, David Mowat MP is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War. 

HLF is making at least £1million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: then and now programme for small, community grants.  It will provide grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

David Mowat MP urged his constituents to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary.  Successful projects will include:

• researching, identifying and recording local heritage;
• creating a community archive or collection;
• developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc;
• researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources;
• conserving and finding out more about war memorials

David Mowat MP said: “I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities.  Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Warrington South was extensive.   For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.”    

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond.  The Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: then and now programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

HLF has already invested over £46million in projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow.  If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes. 

11th February 2014

850 Attend Warrington Jobs Fair

850 people from Warrington are now closer to getting a job after attending a Jobs Fair hosted by local MP David Mowat.

Over 40 employers including Sainsbury's, United Utilities and AMEC were on hand to offer vacancies and apprenticeships. Provisional feedback from the companies who attended suggested that the event had produced over 300 follow-up conversations between employers and potential employees.

The event was sponsored by Ombudsman Services and Sellafield Ltd.

David Mowat said

"I'm delighted by the success of the Jobs Fair. The feedback from the employers was that they were highly impressed with the quality and the enthusiasm of those who attended.

"The numbers of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has been falling steadily in recent months and I hope that this will put a further dent in the figures."

27 January 2014

Come and see what is being done in your name - Mowat

Local MP David Mowat has today written to the Leaders of Halton, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helen’s and Wirral Borough Councils and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, to protest their decision to support an extension to the Arpley Landfill Site and invite them to visit the site for themselves. Mr Mowat has also written to Cheshire West & Chester Council, who supported an extension but do not dump waste at Arpley.

In his letter, Mr Mowat wrote:

“There is more than enough capacity in the region as a whole to absorb the waste. Given that none of these other sites is as poorly located as Arpley, I believe there is an overwhelming argument that the site should not be forced to remain open.

“If you wish to continue supporting an extension of Arpley’s licence, you need to understand what that would mean for those whose lives will be blighted as a direct result.”

Last week Warrington Councillors unanimously rejected a 5 year extension to Arpley’s licence, but local residents were shocked and angered to hear that Halton and the Merseyside councils had written in to support the application. As Warrington no longer sends any waste there, it is only Merseyside and Halton who will continue to use the site in future.

Commenting, David Mowat added:

I am delighted that Councillors have thrown this application out, but disappointed that these two Councils are lobbying for the site to remain open.

“The plans that have been submitted show that local people could have to put up with a lorry passing their house every 169 seconds during the site’s operating hours. If they wish to continue supporting this application, the people living in Halton and Merseyside need to understand what is being done in their name.”

8th January 2014

Hinkley Point - Necessary but not Sufficient

Warrington South MP David Mowat has called on the Government to make a long term commitment to Britain's civil nuclear industry in order to keep energy bills down and reduce carbon emissions. The government recently signed a deal for a new reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset, but Mr Mowat said that that should be the minimum benchmark for the industry.

Contributing to a pamphlet entitled Nuclear Options: What Policy for Powering the Future?, published by Free Market Think Tank Politeia, Mr Mowat warned that the UK would otherwise face either rising energy bills or rising carbon emissions.

Mr Mowat also called for:
• An increase in the budget for Nuclear Research and Development
• A rolling programme of new nuclear reactors using a variety of different designs
• A focus on creating a world-leading civil nuclear industry in Britain that is able to export its skills abroad, rather than having to rely on foreign expertise.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Mowat added:

"A new fleet of reactors will mean lots of new highly skilled science and engineering jobs, particularly in places where the skills already exist – like Warrington. Our tow has a proud association with the nuclear industry and the recent announcement by AMEC of 300 new nuclear jobs in Birchwood shows that what is good for nuclear is good for Warrington.

"If we are serious about cutting our carbon emissions, but don't want to see our bills rising, we have to get serious about using low-carbon but non-renewable sources like nuclear and shale gas in preference to coal and oil."

A digital copy of the pamphlet can be found here.

6th January 2014

£10.5million for new school places in Warrington
 
Local MP, David Mowat has welcomed the Government's announcement of an extra £2.35 billion to create more school places. This is in addition to the £5 billion that is already being spent in this Parliament. This means that between 2014 and 2017 schools in Warrington will receive £10,479,648. This is part of the Government's long-term plan to give every young person the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
 
It is the first time that councils have had 3-year allocations of funding to spend on school places, so Warrington Borough Council can plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place. This Government has already created 260,000 new school places and this announcement means thousands more are on the way.
 
David Mowat MP commented:
 
"The last Labour government ignored the fact that rising birth rates meant we will need thousands more school places in the coming years, and did nothing to prepare.
 
"It is great news for young people in Warrington that this Government has found billions of extra funding to ensure every child has a place at school so that they can fulfil their potential.
 
"This is part of our long-term plan to create an education system that gives young people who want to work hard the skills they need to get on in life and have a more secure and better future."

24th December 2013

More People Helped by Mowat Jobs Club

15 more people have been helped back into work by a Jobs Club set up by local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat.

Founded by Mr Mowat in 2009, the Jobs Club has now completed its 9th season, with more than 160 people having been helped. Participants complete an ILM Level 2 Team Leadership Qualification and also receive mentoring from local businesspeople.

David Mowat was on hand to present the prizes recently and the graduates were also able to hear from guest speaker Susan Kemp, herself a former Jobs Club graduate, who went on to found Appleton Baby Massage.

Mr Mowat is also hosting a Jobs Fair at the Parr Hall on Friday 7th February where more local people will be able to meet with local employers. For more information visit www.warringtonjobsfair.com

David Mowat said:

"Having had a career in business, I see it as part of my role as an MP to use my experience to help create jobs for people in Warrington.

"We've been fortunate that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has been falling steadily for several months but we can't afford to be complacent. That's why I'm bringing back the hugely successful Warrington Jobs Fair next year and why I'll be running another season of the Jobs Club in 2014."

20th December 2013

£20M Cash Boost for Warrington NHS Services

Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat, has welcomed the news that Warrington's NHS funding allocation is due to rise 7% by 2015/16 – the biggest percentage rise in the North of England.

Warrington's Clinical Commissioning Group – which is responsible for distributing NHS funds in the town – will receive an additional £8m next year and the year after. The Government is also making a further £4m available to better integrate health and social care services, taking the total budget for 2015/16 to over £250m.

David Mowat said:

"I'm delighted that Warrington's NHS is getting the cash boost that it deserves. For over a decade Warrington has been penalised by health allocations which do not reflect need. I am pleased that at last this process is stopping and we will have the biggest increase in the North of England. It is a start to put things right but the fight goes on.

"The Coalition Government made a commitment to increase the NHS Budget year on year, but we have only been able to secure that money because we have made difficult decisions on Welfare and on other areas of spending."

6th December 2013

MOWAT WELCOMES BROADBAND UPGRADES IN WARRINGTON

Local MP David Mowat today welcomed the news that 3 telephone exchanges in Warrington will be upgraded as part of a Government programme to roll out superfast broadband across the country.

Connecting Cheshire, the organisation responsible for delivering the programme across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, announced today that the exchanges at Westwood, Dallam and Winwick would all be upgraded to the new fibre broadband next year. Upgrading the exchanges will mean much faster broadband speeds for the surrounding area. The existing exchanges in Penketh, Great Sankey and central Warrington will also receive additional funding to help them supply superfast broadband to a larger area.

Mr Mowat has previously encouraged residents in Chapelford to register their interest as part of the Connecting Cheshire programme. The campaign was launched across his website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

David Mowat said:

"Local residents in Chapelford in Whittle Hall have told me that this is the number one issue affecting their local area. I've been encouraging as many local people as possible to register their interest with Connecting Cheshire so that they are aware just how high the demand for better broadband is.

"It's unfortunate that this upgrade couldn't be done wholly with private money, but I am pleased that the Conservative-led Government has stepped in to provide the money necessary for my constituents to have 21st Century broadband."

The full list of exchanges due for an upgrade is available here:

http://www.connectingcheshire.org.uk/news/2013/12/first-communities-to-benefit-from-connecting-cheshires-multi-million-pound-fibre-broadband-roll-out-are-announced

6th December 2013

Local MP Supports Scientists and Engineers in Warrington

Warrington South MP David Mowat is encouraging young scientists, engineers and mathematicians to take part in the annual SET for Britain Competition which showcases and celebrates the work of young researchers.

Each applicant is invited to produce an A1-sized poster to present the results of their studies and the finalists will be invited to explain their work to an expert panel. The Final will take place at the House of Commons on March 17th and is a £3,000 cash prize for the winner of each category.

The five categories are:
• Biological & Biomedical Sciences
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Engineering
• Maths

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th December, you can find out more details at www.setforbritain.org.uk

David Mowat added:

"As one of a very small number of MPs with either a Scientific or Engineering qualification, I'm always keen to raise the profile of, Mathematicians, Engineers and Scientists.

"The SET for Britain competition is a great opportunity for young scientists to show off the work they are doing to a wider audience as well as helping to inspire the next generation of researchers."

25th November 2013 

David Mowat MP meets Area Manager from leading Armed Forces charity

The Royal British Legion has thanked David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, for taking the time to meet the new Legion Area Manager, Gillian McKinnon.

The Legion is the leading provider of welfare for the Armed Forces community and last week local MP Mr Mowat attended an event in the Houses of Parliament dedicated to showcasing the Legion's work in the Warrington area. Mr Mowat used the opportunity to discuss with Ms McKinnon the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community. The event also presented a chance for him to hear more about the Legion's work in developing Community Covenants locally.

Gillian McKinnon, the Legion's Area Manager, said, "It was great to see David; we really appreciated him making the time to drop in. Many people don't realise that we spend £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support for the Serving and ex-Service community and their families, so we were delighted to make him aware of the range of services we provide".

David Mowat MP said, "I was really pleased to meet Gillian. She made it clear that the Legion's work does not stop on 11th November. Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job. It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I'm proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion."

The Royal British Legion provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families. As the nation's leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. Approximately 9 million people in the UK are eligible for the Legion's support and we are proud to serve those in need, today and for the rest of their lives.

13th November 2013

Home Secretary visits the Peace Centre

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace today (13th November 2013) welcomed the Right Honourable Theresa May MP to a working lunch.  The Foundation presented its vital work to prevent violent conflict and support victims and those affected by terrorism.

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, holds one of the four great offices of state.  As well as being responsible for the internal affairs of England and Wales, the Home Secretary is accountable for matters of national security and the Security Service MI5.

The visit was organised by local MP David Mowat as part of his on-going support for the work carried out at the Peace Centre.  Founders, Colin and Wendy Parry greeted Mrs. May and toured the building before hosting a lunch at which the Foundation team presented their work and sought Government endorsement and support.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: "We are very grateful to David Mowat for arranging this visit and for the Home Secretary taking time out of her schedule to visit us.

"Our work to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict is vital to creating the conditions for a secure, safe and peaceful society.  What we do is unique and challenging and needs continued support from Government.

"As an independent charity, we hold a distinctive ability to influence change by supporting victims, survivors and those affected by terrorism and in countering violent conflict. "

Warrington South MP, David Mowat said: "I was delighted to be able to welcome the Home Secretary to Warrington to show her the positive contribution the town is making to tackle radicalisation.

"What Colin & Wendy Parry have done at the Foundation is superb and I always enjoy showcasing it to my ministerial colleagues."

The Foundation formed after the IRA Warrington bombing 20-years ago is undertaking a series of meetings with politicians to seek on-going support for its work.

5th November 2013

Mowat Welcomes charging cap to protect savers  

Hundreds of workers in Warrington are set to benefit after the Government signalled an intention to cap the annual amount that pension providers can charge for workers in auto-enrolment schemes.

The announcement is a personal victory for Warrington South MP David Mowat, who has raised the issue in Parliament on several occasions and called for a cap in a pamphlet entitled "40 Ideas from the 40".

Under Government legislation, companies will now be required to offer their employees the opportunity to save for retirement, meaning many workers will be entitled to a pension for the first time in their lives. However, Mr Mowat warned that automatically enrolling workers into existing schemes with high charges could rob many employees of their chance of a decent retirement.

Commenting, David Mowat said:

"Last week's announcement is excellent news for hardworking families and savers in Warrington. It is something I have personally lobbied for and I am pleased to see the Government adopting it.

"As a nation, we are not saving enough for our retirement. Auto-enrolment will help, but without a cap on charges, many people could see their hard-earned savings being siphoned off by millionaire fund managers.

"The Pension industry is a market that is failing savers. Today's announcement won't solve that problem entirely, but it does at least offer ordinary people basic protection."

31st October 2013

Mowat responds to HS2 Consultation

David Mowat, MP for Warrington South today responded to the HS2 Consultation by suggesting that the spur linking Manchester to the West Coast Main Line north of Wigan was a costly and unnecessary addition that would bring no additional benefit to the North of England

Read the document in full here

22nd October 2013

Cabinet Minister hears plans for new jobs

Minister for Policy, the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, paid a visit to Warrington this week to hear exciting plans for jobs and economic growth in the town.

After taking part in a Question & Answer session with some of the town's local businessmen, Mr Letwin and local MP David Mowat were invited to visit Wilderspool-based Ombudsman Services to hear about their plans to expand and take on new staff.

Ombudsman Services is a not-for-profit company which helps resolve consumer complaints about energy, property, telecommunications and copyright licensing businesses without resorting to the courts. The company is now planning to expand its operations creating many new jobs in the town over the next 12 months.

David Mowat said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome Oliver to Warrington and to take him to Ombudsman Services. I know that their model of resolving consumer complaints is very similar to a project that he is championing in Government and I am sure he has taken on board some very useful feedback.

"As a Member of Parliament, I see it as my job to champion businesses in Warrington and encourage others to come to here. It's great to be able to show senior members of the Government that the Town's economy is heading in the right direction."

21st October 2013

New Hinkley Point reactors good news for Warrington

Local MP David Mowat today welcomed the announcement by Energy Secretary Ed Davey of a new nuclear power station to be constructed at the existing Hinckley Point site. The new station, the first to be built in the UK for 20 years, will be constructed and financed by energy giant  EDF, but the announcement is likely to create new manufacturing and engineering jobs throughout the supply chain.

The most recent estimate suggests that around 3,200 jobs in Warrington are directly connected to the nuclear supply chain and today's announcement is likely to mean that that number will rise over the next few years.

David Mowat said:

"Today's announcement, though 20 years later than it should have been, is welcome news for Warrington. We have a great many highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing companies in Warrington whose long term futures depend on Britain's nuclear industry.

"These two new reactors, on their own, will produce 7% of the UK's electricity – more than the combined maximum capacity of every onshore and offshore wind farm in the country.

"Replacing Britain's ageing coal-fired power stations with a new fleet of nuclear power stations is the best way to cut our carbon emissions whilst keeping energy bills lower for consumers."

18th October 2013

Warrington MP handed new regional growth role

David Mowat, Member of Parliament for Warrington South has been handed a new role as part of the recent Government reshuffle. Mr Mowat has been appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP who has become the Government's Regional Growth Supremo.

Mr Clark will now be in charge of implementing the recommendations of Lord Heseltine's report on promoting growth in towns and cities across the UK. He will be working closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to promote innovative growth ideas.

David Mowat said:

"This is an exciting new role which I am looking forward to taking on.

"One of the reasons I got into politics was to try to change the mindset that 'if it's important, we have to do it in London'. I will be making sure that I push the case for the North West in General and Warrington in particular."

"Greg will have a budget of a round £2bn a year to dish out to LEPs who come up with good ideas to help create jobs in their local economy."

18th October 2013

End "Unjustifiable" VAT treament of Sixth Form Colleges like Priestley

Warrington MP David Mowat joined 73 other MPs from across the House of Commons in urging the Government to review the amount of VAT specialist sixth form colleges are required to pay. At present, schools and academies with their own sixth form colleges have their VAT bills refunded by the Government but standalone colleges, such as Priestley College in Warrington, do not.

On average, colleges have to divert £250,000 per year from supporting students to paying their VAT Bill. Sixth Form Colleges are further disadvantaged by being unable to "cross-subsidise" some of their activities by using funds allocated for pre-16 students – as schools and academies are able to do.

The Prime Minister recently promised to "look carefully" at the VAT treatment of sixth form colleges.

Commenting, Mr Mowat said:

"Priestley College delivers an outstanding education for many children in and around Warrington and it deserves to compete on a level playing field.

"The current system of funding is unjustifiable and needs reviewing urgently. I am not calling for any special treatment, just fairness in the way funds are allocated."

"Colleges like Priestley shouldn't be disadvantaged by having to pay bills that other schools don't. It's not good for the College and it's not good for the students."

 16th September 2013

Warrington Jobs Club returns for 9th Season

The hugely successful and popular Jobs Club founded by David Mowat is set to return in early September for a 9th season. Drawing on the skills of local business leaders, participants will be able to brush up on their job hunting skills.

Over 200 people in Warrington have now benefitted from the club and more than two thirds of those attending have subsequently found a job, started their own business or gone back into a training course.

The Jobs Club draws on the expertise of local businessmen and entrepreneurs to assist participants with skills building, preparing for interviews and improving their CVs. However, most of the previous participants have said that the most important part of the Jobs Club is the chance to meet with a group of people in a similar situation to themselves and re-motivate them to continue their job search.

David Mowat said

"the participants will tell you that one of the most important things we do here is to rebuild their confidence so that when the job they want comes along, they will seize it with both hands."

14th September 2013

MP hears views on HS2

Over 100 people crammed in to Lymm Youth & Community Centre on Friday night to hear about plans to construct part of the new HS2 line to the east of Lymm.

Local people heard from John Grimes from Agden, Broomedge and Lymm East to Stop HS2, Joe Rukin from Stop HS2 and Warrington South MP, David Mowat. The event was organised by Warrington Friends of the Earth.

Following the meeting, Mr Mowat commented:

"The turnout, on a wet and windy Friday night, shatters the myth that most people don't care about politics.

"Although the line will be over two miles from the centre of Lymm Village, there will be a small number of people whose homes will be affected. I am committed, as their local MP, to helping them get the generous compensation they deserve.

"However, as I made clear at the meeting, there is a pressing need for additional capacity to drive economic growth and ensure that is evenly spread across the country. The sad fact is that the money set aside for HS2 would otherwise be spent on yet more transport projects in London and the South East, which would bring no benefit to Warrington whatsoever."

1st August 2013

Mowat Statement on Parking Charges

Commenting on the most recent developments regarding parking charges in both Lymm & Stockton Heath village centres, David Mowat said:

"Over 100 residents and shopkeepers in both Stockton Heath and Lymm have contacted me because they are concerned about this issue – many say they will no longer shop in there in future.

"The Council need to do an immediate and comprehensive impact analysis in both villages to understand whether trading is suffering, because if it is, the charges will need to be removed immediately before they do any further damage.

"After all, there will be no car park revenue if there are no shops for people to go to."

15 July 2013

Mowat Hails Business Start-Up Figures

Figures released today by Accountants UHY Hacker Young show that Warrington tops the charts for business start-ups outside of London.

The figures, which are based on Freedom of Information requests show the numbers of new businesses registered in each postcode. London dominates the Top 20 with places such as "Silicon Roundabout" and Canary Wharf filling all but 3 of the highest places.

However WA1 is one of the only postcodes outside of the M25 which makes the Top 20 with over 1,510 start-ups in the last 12 months – mostly in the nuclear and energy sector supply chains. At 14th on the list, Warrington was the top ranked location outside of London.

David Mowat commented:

"These figures prove what I have been telling my colleagues in Government for some time – Warrington is the emerging economic powerhouse in the north west of England.

"Businesses are taking advantage of Warrington's great transport links and its highly skilled and motivated workforce to create jobs and prosperity in the future."

15 July 2013

A New Stadium for Warrington Town FC

WARRINGTON Town FC aims to change the landscape of football in the town with a 2020 vision to take the club to the Football League in a new purpose built stadium.
 
We would be delighted if you could join us on that journey - starting at the Village Hotel, Warrington, on Thursday, August 8th, kick off 4pm till 7, when we will be joined by former Manchester United and England Captain Bryan Robson, who is now a World Ambassador with Manchester United.
 
Bryan will help unveil our plans to take the club from the Evo Stik Division One North to the Football League, involving four promotions over the next seven years. Bryan Robson sports is working in partnership with the club in its attempts to deliver a new stadium facility. Bryan set his company up with the aim to give something back to grass roots sport. The company works with clubs to help them develop modern and sustainable sports facilities that put clubs at the heart of their communities.
 
Bryan will be joined by other footballing legends, including former Everton and England star Peter Reid - brother of Warrington Town Manager Shaun and former Manchester City star Gary Owen, who works as an ambassador for the club and who played for Warrington Schoolboys.

The event is FREE to attend and will include food and drink.
 
Warrington is the largest town in England without a Football League team - and we passionately believe a team playing at a higher level will bring huge economic benefits to the area. We are already working hard in the local community  and engaging with thousands of young people in our efforts to promote the participation in sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.
 
Places are strictly limited to the first 100 businesses to register for the event - and with our existing sponsors, including United Utilities, Warrington Collegiate, Stobarts, HG Recruitment, LiveWire Leisure and Golden Gates Housing, already guaranteed a seat at the table, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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