Local MP celebrates Day of the Single Parent

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11 Jul 2019
Margaret Greenwood MP has attended a reception in Parliament to celebrate the UK’s second ever Day of the Single Parent.

The event was organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Single Parent Families and featured appearances from high-profile single parents including, actress Michelle Collins and comic Shappi Khorsandi, as well as numerous organisations that work on single parent issues in our communities and TV presenter Adrian Chiles who spoke at the event.

The Day of the Single Parent was created to honour and recognise the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of single parenting. It was first celebrated in America in 1984.

It is understood that there are more than 2,000 single parent families living in Margaret Greenwood’s Wirral West constituency.

Speaking after the event, Margaret Greenwood said:

“I really enjoyed attending the event in Parliament to celebrate the Day of the Single Parent.

“It was very interesting to hear about the experiences of some of the single parents who were there.

“There is a clear lack of genuine recognition and appropriate support for single parent families, and it is a critical and increasingly important issue.

“It was especially interesting to hear comic Shappi Khorsandi urging MPs to reverse the closure of Sure Start centres – hundreds of which have shut since the Conservatives have been in power.

“Sure Start, and the support it gives to vulnerable and hard-to-reach parents, was one of the great achievements of the last Labour government, but under the Conservatives 1,200 Sure Start centres have been lost.

“Labour has been clear that we will halt the closures and increase the amount of money available for Sure Start.

“Nearly one in four children live in one parent families, so it really is important that government policy reflects that and that hard-working mums and dads get the support they need.”