In the constituency
I’ve had a very full constituency schedule too. I visited the office of Nottingham Get 2 Work. I featured their great work in my newsletter on the 25th August. You may have seen it. If not, you can read it here. It was great to catch up and see first-hand what they’re doing.
I was visited by Forever Stars who are a charity who work in the same area here in Nottingham, particularly to support bereaved parents and families following a Stillbirth or early baby loss. Despite having no paid staff or even an office, they have raised over £230,000 and are on the brink of achieving their second key goal of a bereavement suite in City Hospital following the one in QMC. I will be featuring them in a bulletin in October.
Prior to my surgery this evening, where I’m looking forward to meeting a number of constituents once more, I am joining Lilian Greenwood and Chris Leslie, my fellow Nottingham City MPs for a tour of various parks in our constituencies. We’re trying to work as a Nottingham team as much as possible – this is just one example of it.
I mentioned last week that we will have three by-elections coming up in Nottingham North soon, so I’ll be finding time to campaign in those.
Parliament now pauses for Party Conference season. I’ll be at Labour’s in Brighton from a week on Monday but it means next week I’ll have a full constituency diary that I’ll tell you all about next week!
I want these emails to be as interesting as possible. That means there’ll be some politics – it’s important that I am held accountable. But I also want to offer information about what’s on locally. So, if you have an event you’d like me to advertise, let me know.
Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-3pm
Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm
Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017
Aviva Community Fund
I’ve also been contacted by Aviva recently, who have asked me to spread the word on grants they are offering for community projects. The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support. Last year there were over 450 winners and this year there are even more up for grabs.
Take a look here for more information, and see if maybe this is something that could help get your project off the ground. Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October.
If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…
All the best,
How to contact me
If you would like to contact me, please email email@example.com or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.
If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:
- your full name
- your full postal address, including postcode
- a contact telephone number and
- any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.
Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here: findyourmp.parliament.uk.
You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.
Other useful links
- If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
- To join the Labour Party click here.
- Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
- Housing: please contact your City Council
- Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
- Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
- Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.
- Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
- Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.
- For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.