St Helens North constituency candidates for General Election 2017


Labour have dominated the St Helens North constituency ever since its creation in 1983.

The first MP to represent the areas of Billinge and Seneley Green, Blackbrook, Broad Oak, Earlestown, Haydock, Moss Bank, Newton, Parr, Rainford and Windle was Labour’s John Evans before he was replaced in 1997 by David Watts, from the same party.

Conor McGinn was then selected to represent the party in 2015 and retained the seat again.

Here’s who’s in the running for the seat at the 2017 General Election.

Conor McGinn, Labour

Labour MP for St Helens North, Conor McGinn.

Conor has represented the St Helens North constituency since 2015.

Before his election he worked for the socialist societies on the Labour Party national executive committee and as a political advisor to Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker.

He is originally from county Armagh, Northern Ireland, but now lives in Earlestown.

Conor said: “I will be standing on my record locally as a community-focussed MP who has worked hard in every part of St Helens North for all the people in the borough.

“In parliament I have championed our community, promoting its successes and encouraging its ambitions. And I have stood up to Tory cuts to our local police, schools, NHS and public services.

“In the short time since I was elected, I have tried my best to be the MP I promised to be; an accessible, accountable, hardworking representative for St Helens North.”

Jackson Ng, Conservative

Jackson Ng, Tory candidate
Jackson Ng, Tory candidate

Jackson joined the Conservative party in 2009 after spending time working as a solicitor and a barrister.

The 34-year-old first entered politics as a political advisor in the House of Lords and says it was then he “found his calling” and realised he wanted to “help shape our country for the better”.

In 2015 Jackson, who speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Dutch, ran for the Liverpool Riverside constituency, coming third.

He said: “My priorities for St Helens North include making a success of Brexit so that the local economy can continue to prosper and defending the greenbelt from Labour.

“I have been involved with a number of charities and also mentor young people and provide pro bono legal advice in my spare time.”

Rachel Parkinson, Green Party

Green Party candidate for St Helens North Rachel Parkinson

Rachel has pledged to put the preservation of threatened green spaces in St Helens at the heart of her campaign.

She says she supports a living wage and fair welfare system but is standing against the developments of warehouses, private housing and fracking.

Rachel said: “If we are serious about protecting our greenbelts, we need more Green Party MPs in parliament.

“St Helens North needs sustainable development that doesn’t encroach on greenbelt, investment in renewable energy and secure jobs that give residents a living wage.”

Tom Morrison, Liberal Democrats

Previously a Liverpool city councillor, representing Church ward from 2010 to 2014, Tom says he has “a track record in fighting to protect green spaces and vital health services and cares deeply about community engagement, human rights, and social reform.”

He has worked as a political advisor to MPs on community engagement issues but now has a role in communications for a PR company.

A statement on his website read: “I decided to run for parliament after seeing the failure of both Labour and Conservative governments in addressing the economic and social issues faced by millions of people up and down the country.

“I knew a change was needed and decided it was time to stand.”

Peter Peers, Ukip

Peter is a former chairman of Ukip’s St Helens branch and runs an open age community football club in the town.

He lives in Billinge and says he is putting the town centre at the heart of his campaign and like almost every other candidate is standing against greenbelt developments in the borough.

A statement on his Facebook page reads: “The revitalisation of the town centre is at the heart of the vision. If I was to be elected, I would be calling for St Helens town centre to be put first on the agenda.

“I am frustrated with the building on greenbelt, the Labour council is allowing the destruction of green fields for factories at Florida Farm and house building all over the borough.

“We believe that we must use brownfield sites first before laying waste to greenbelt.”

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