St Helens MP to be honoured with freedom of the borough
Marie Rimmer CBE, Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston is set to be honoured with the Freedom of the Borough.
Article date: 4th March 2023
The MP, who is born and bred in St Helens, has dedicated 45 years of her life to public service, first as a councillor at St Helens Borough Council, becoming council leader over two terms, and since 2015 has represented St Helens South and Whiston as its MP.
Marie started her career working at Pilkingtons where she eventually became a health and safety advisor. Since taking up the call to serve the public Marie has received a CBE for her commitment to local government in 2005.
During her time as council leader Marie also played key roles in the development of key St Helens Borough projects including the building of Willowbrook Hospice, the rebuild of St Helens and Whiston Hospitals and the building of The Totally Wicked Stadium, home to Saints RLFC.
The Freedom of the Borough announcement was made at the launch of St Helens Borough of Culture at The World of Glass by St Helens Borough Council Leader Councillor David Baines.
He said: "Marie Rimmer was first elected to public office 45 years ago this year. She has served our borough continuously ever since. Our first female council leader and first female Member of parliament, she has served our borough with distinction. Among many achievements she was instrumental in securing the land for Willowbrook Hospice, fighting for the rebuilding of Whiston and St Helens hospitals and the new Saints stadium, and every single year for 45 years she has helped hundreds of residents in countless ways. For a lifetime of public service she is more than deserving of our borough's highest honour."
Marie Rimmer added: "It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of my hometown. I am proud to be born in St Helens and I am proud to represent us.
"I am overwhelmed to receive this honour at the same time as two world champions. Michael and James have helped to put St Helens on the map and they have shown we are a town that always punches above its weight.
"Over the last 45 years I have worked with so many fantastic people, some of which are unfortunately no longer with us. Everything I have achieved has only been possible with their support and the support of the great people of St Helens. A big lesson from growing up in St Helens is that we always look out for each other. We understand the importance of community spirit. We know that by working together we can get through tough times. Long may it continue."
Marie Rimmer was one of four recipients of the Freedom of the Borough announced at the Borough of Culture launch event alongside Saints star James Roby, World Darts Champion Michael Smith and The Duke of Lancaster Regiment.