Two Wirral MPs bid farewell to constituents

Two Wirral MPs who won’t be standing in the upcoming general election have issued statements bidding farewell to their constituents.

Wirral West MP, Margaret Greenwood and Birkenhead MP, Mick Whitley have served their communities since 2015 and 2019 respectively.

Parliament was dissolved today, 30 May, meaning that the two are no longer MPs.

In his statement, Mr Whitley said that being selected by Birkenhead Labour Party to stand as its candidate in 2019 “was an honour” and being elected as the town’s MP in 2019 “was a privilege”, saying that this was “the absolute highlight” of his political career.

As “Birkenhead’s socialist voice in Parliament,” he said he had worked hard to fulfil his pledges. These included “backing the traders at Birkenhead Market to seeking every available contract to bring work to Cammell Laird, from pushing for the town’s ambitious regeneration plan to be implemented through to championing the renovation of the old water tower at the docks so it can become a world-class Maritime Knowledge Hub”.

In Parliament, Mr Whitley said he had “challenged the government over its cuts in funding to our services and our council,” and “fought against the government’s inhuman plan to put prison ships for asylum seekers in our docks”.

Born and bred in Birkenhead, Mr Whitley said, “I can say, hand on heart, I do not have a single regret about the extensive, constituency-focused work I put in during my time as the MP… my heart and soul went into this job.”

Margaret Greenwood said that she was “deeply grateful for the trust placed in me by every single person who voted for me. I am grateful too for the support that I have received from Labour Party members and trade unionists who worked so hard to get me elected. I thank you all.”

She said that the dialogue between constituents and their elected representatives is “immensely important” to the functioning of our democracy.

Ms Greenwood continued, “I have been able to take a very broad range of issues to parliament, including poverty and inequality, support for carers and vulnerable people, trade union and employment law, animal welfare, environmental issues, the urgent need to tackle the effects of climate change and the need for peace in the Middle East.”

Ms Greenwood served in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn and for over two years she held the government to account over their “proposed mass migration of people to Universal Credit which threatened to impact so harshly on thousands of disabled and vulnerable people”.

She worked tirelessly to oppose privatisation of the NHS and called for the funding that it “so desperately needs”.

Ms Greenwood worked hard on environmental issues affecting Wirral West, including fighting to “save the Dee Estuary from underground coal gasification,” and “to protect the precious green belt”.

Election timeline:

Voters need to be registered to take part in the election.

In Wirral, you can register to vote here >>> 

You can apply for a postal vote here >>> 

This will be the first UK general election where physical forms of voter identification will be a legal requirement to vote in Great Britain.

A list of acceptable photo ID to allow you to cast your vote at a polling station is here >>> 

You can apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’) here >>> 

Here are other key dates announced by the Electoral Commission:

  • Deadline for registering to vote, 23:59 on 18 June
  • Deadline for applying for a postal vote, 17:00 on 19 June
  • Deadline for applying for a proxy vote, 17:00 on 26 June
  • Deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, 17:00 on 26 June

Polling day is on Thursday, 4 July, between 07:00 – 22:00.

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