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Respected local MP Paul Goggins

dies aged 60

Popular and well-respected MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Paul Goggins, has died after 
collapsing while out running with his son on December 30, 2013.

Paul was involved in politics because he It boasts state-of-the-art sports facility and 
believed that everyone should have a fair plenty of rooms for conferences and parties. 

chance in life, irrespective of their It’s a fantastic addition for local residents.
background or wealth. He felt that each In 2009, Paul was also involved in the ‘Save 
individual had their own particular talents 
Sale Hotel’ campaign and managed to 
and skills and everyone should be able to persuade the Labour Secretary of State for 
achieve their potential.
Culture, Media and Sports and English 
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Heritage, for the need to ‘list’ the building in 

Council, said: “Paul was an exceptional MP order to save it.
for Wythenshawe and Sale East. He was Paul understood the people of 
always available and campaigned devotedly 
Wythenshawe and Sale. His 15 years spent 
for Wythenshawe.
as a social worker and working face to face 
“Anyone who knew him would tell you that with young people in trouble meant he was 

he was a genuinely nice man, which is not a willing listener and truly cared for 
something you would always hear about a individuals, skills he continued to show as 
national politician.
the MP for the area.

“He was a man who was deeply-rooted in Paul’s funeral took place at Salford Cathedral 
Manchester and his family was always very MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Paul Goggins
on 16 January, and was attended by wife 
important to him. He was even able to Wyn, and grown-up children, Matthew, 
over £100m for the area, and Paul was proud 
reconcile his support for Manchester City FC to have helped deliver them.
Theresa and Dominic, together with 
with his wife’s support for Everton. Our hundreds of mourners that included 
thoughts are very much with his family at Paul also fought hard to get Wythenshawe political figures from Greater Manchester 
this difficult time.”
Forum rebuilt in 2002, helping in set up the politics.
Wythenshawe Forum Trust. The Forum is 
Paul worked tirelessly for the people of Labour leader, Ed Miliband, Members of the 
Wythenshawe and Sale. His continuous now a well-used community hub based in Shadow Cabinet, David Blunkett, Jack Straw 
an iconic building in Wythenshawe and 
campaigning led to all four Wythenshawe includes a leisure centre, a library, meeting and Alan Johnson, together with House of 
High Schools being rebuilt or refurbished. rooms and a health centre.
Commons Speaker, John Bercow and 
He helped secure government funding for a representatives from all three major political 
new world-class 6th form campus for The The Lifestyle Centre in Woodhouse Park is parties, were also there to pay their respects.
another project that Paul worked on 
Manchester College in Benchill. These 
investments in education facilities totalled
alongside the Willow Park Housing Trust.

Government lending schemes must be more 

streamlined, says FSB

Responding to the Public Accounts how the schemes fit with each other.
Committee report into SME lending, John “Above all, the British Business Bank must 
Allan, National Chairman, Federation of 
look at how these schemes are 
Small Businesses, said: “Recent FSB research communicated to business so that small 
shows hundreds of schemes available to firms have much more awareness about 
support small and medium-sized businesses, 
but no clear mechanism for evaluation, co- the schemes which are available to them.”
FSB National Policy Conference, 
ordination or communication either at the London, January 27
national or local level.
Senior Cabinet Ministers, a former 
“At the central Government level the FSB advisor on small business issues to US 
agrees the British Business Bank should be 
the mechanism to simplify existing President Obama and leading 
entrepreneurs will attend the FSB's first 
Government lending schemes and believes it Policy Conference.
should also provide information about 
alternative lending to small firms.
The FSB is streaming the conference live 
to a global audience. To watch the live, 
“The Business Department needs to clarify online streaming register at 
what the success measures are for existing 
schemes as well as for new schemes that are
Join the debate on
introduced. The FSB believes this must 
John Allan National Chairman
include total increased lending as well as
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