St Helens new MP Conor McGinn has made his maiden speech in Parliament watched by his proud family and friends, including pop singer Fergal Sharkey.
As is tradition, Mr McGinn, who succeeded Dave Watts as St Helens North’s Labour MP, paid a glowing tribute to his predecessor, who served the borough in the House of Commons for 17 years.
After his speech, Mr McGinn posed for this picture outside the Commons with family and friends.
Among those celebrating with dad-of-one Mr McGinn was pal and singer Fergal Sharkey, who scored a massive hit with Teenage Kicks.
Earlier, Mr McGinn promised to work hard for his new constituents and pledged to bring jobs and investment to the town.
He also raised his fears about what five years of Tory rule will mean for the local community, but promised to work hard every day for the people of St Helens.
My predecessor served the House and the people of St Helens North diligently for 17 years. Dave Watts is one of the finest men I knowConor McGinn MP
Speaking in Parliament, Mr McGinn said: “St Helens North has a distinguished history and great potential for the future, but I fear that things will not be easy in the time ahead.
“My predecessor served the House and the people of St Helens North diligently for 17 years. Dave Watts is one of the finest men I know. He epitomises all that is noble about public service, and all that is good about politics. His work for his constituency, and his devotion to his constituents, are an example to us all.
“I come to the House committed to representing my constituents, and determined to work hard for my constituency. I made the people of St Helens North a promise that I would do my best for them, and it is a promise that I intend to keep.”
Mr McGinn, who hailed from Northern Ireland, previously served as a special advisor to shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker.
Immediately on secured the nomination to become Labour’s candidate in St Helens North, he promised to move with his young family to St Helens.