My Newsletter 05/01/18

Happy New Year – here’s my first newsletter of 2018!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas period, however you decided to spend it, and are now getting back into the swing of things in 2018.

Last year was an unforgettable one for many reasons – I suspect 2018 may be similar.

Parliament returns on Monday and I’m looking forward to getting at it. Before Christmas I finished the year with a roundup, and I’ll have more of what I’ve been up to next Friday, but for now here is a short preview of what I’m planning for this year.

As I’ve said before, I will strive to send you a newsletter like this each Friday to keep you updated on the work I’m doing in Parliament as well as in our community, and to inform you of any interesting events taking place in our area. To help me with the latter, if you are running or know of anything that you think may be of interest to others, feel free to drop me an email at and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

Progress for Nottingham North

Since being elected I’ve spent most of my time campaigning on issues that most affect the people of Nottingham North, whether directly or indirectly, and have no plans to change this in 2018. Here are some of the key issues I’ll be continuing to fight for:

Since being elected I’ve spent most of my time campaigning on issues that most affect the people of Nottingham North, whether directly or indirectly, and have no plans to change this in 2018. Here are some of the key issues I’ll be continuing to fight for:

  • Universal Credit rollout – The Universal Credit rollout, which hits Nottingham in June this year and will affect 7 million people over this Parliament, is still not fit for purpose, with the Government’s minor attempts to placate in the Budget falling far short from what is required. The 5-week waiting period especially is unacceptable and needs to be removed as soon as possible, so I’ll be continuing to fight for exactly that.
  • Electrification of the Midlands Mainline – answers to my Parliamentary Questions have shown that the bi-mode trains, in favour of which the Government has abandoned this important project, are more expensive, less reliable and worse for the environment then their electric counterparts, so I shall continue to push for the common-sense option.
  • Women’s refuges – As you probably know, I joined Jess Phillips MP’s Westminster Hall debate and questioned the Prime Minister on the threat that Government plans pose to our Women’s Refuge Centres, but the fight isn’t yet won and I’ll be continuing this campaign full-on. We can’t risk losing these important services.


This week both the Prime Minister and Health Secretary have apologised for the state of the NHS over the Christmas period, particularly to the 16,900 people in a single week (and tens of thousands more across the whole winter period) who had to wait in ambulances to enter A&E. This was the same week that it emerged that 55,000 ‘non-essential’ operations could be deferred.

Of course, none of this was a surprise and is just the worst part of an ongoing pattern, yet the Government still didn’t take the required actions when the situation was entirely preventable. NHS England called for an extra £4billion for the NHS in the Autumn Budget, while Labour are committed to investment of £6billion. The Government only promised £2.4bn, far short of what is needed.

This year I will be continuing my work as part of Labour’s Health Team to fight against the damage that the Government is doing to our NHS, and stop the damaging effects that is having on its patients, its staff and our country.


Looking forward over the next few months, there are a number of important Bills that are going to be debated in Parliament, upon which I’m looking forward to voicing my own arguments in the House and voting to improve. Here’s some of what is coming up:

  • On Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th January, debate will continue on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which awaits its ‘Remaining Stages’ (Report and Third Reading) in the House of Commons, after which it will pass to the House of Lords for their consideration. The Report stage allows for any further amendments while the Third Reading regards the content of the Bill in its amended state, as opposed to what could be included. Once the Bill has passed through the House of Lords it will then return to the House of Commons for us to consider any amendments made by the Lords, so it’s likely we won’t have seen the last of this Bill on the 17th!
  • The Nuclear Safeguards Bill is another which I’m looking forward to, after having sat on the Public Bill Committee for this legislation in November. Similarly to the EU Bill, this is now due its Report Stage and Third Reading before heading to the House of Lords. The date for this is yet to be announced, but I’ll be sure to fill you in when we know.
  • Constituency Boundaries Bill. I am expecting to sit on this Bill Committee. I have a long-standing interest on Voter Registration so have been asked to serve on this committee. I’m keen to make sure that boundaries are fair and ensure that everyone has a strong voice in Parliament.
  • There will also be a number of Private Members’ Bills on sitting Fridays that I will undoubtedly take a keen interest in. The next of these will fall on 19th January, when I’m particularly looking forward to considering my Labour colleague Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation And Liability For Housing Standards) Bill, which seeks to require that all residential rented dwellings in England are fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and thereafter. In Nottingham North we know all too well some of the problems that private renters can endure, and it’s important we act to improve this.

And of course, I’ll be looking to secure and support more Westminster Hall and Adjournment debates to build upon the opportunities I had with Voter Registration and Advice Services. I’m currently hoping to secure these on Rail Investment in the East Midlands, Shared Road Surfaces and Migrant Worker Labour Reforms in Qatar, so keep your eyes peeled for one of these.

So there’s lots to look forward to. This is what I’m starting with. But if the last year has shown anything it’s that things will change along the way and I hope you’ll support me in developing new priorities along the way.

Don’t forget I’m also available to help with any issues you may be having – get in touch by either phone (0115 975 2377) or email ( to discuss or arrange a slot to discuss in person.

Happy New Year!

What’s On

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.

Poems in the Pub
Open Mic Night, Free Admission, Local Talent, Full Bar
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Once a month, 7pm for 7:30pm start, next on February 1st

Drop In Café
All welcome for a free cuppa and biscuit, and a place to sit and have a chat
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Community Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Bulwell NG6 9ES
Thursdays, 9:30am–12:30pm

St Philip’s/St Matthew’s Knit & Natter groups
St Philip’s Church, Knights Close, Top Valley
1st and 3rd Wednesdays every month, 10am-12pm
Bestwood Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate
2nd Monday every month, 10am-12pm

Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
Bestwood Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate
Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm, next Messy Church January 16th
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Rd, Bestwood Park
Thursdays, 4:30-6pm, next Messy Church January 11th
Church on Rise Park, Revelstoke Way, Rise Park
Thursdays 5-6:30pm, next Messy Church January 18th

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Usually first Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm

Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-3pm

Free Community Cinema
Free screenings of films, everyone welcome!
St John’s Church, Key’s Close, Bulwell
2nd Friday every month, 7pm

Bulwell Connectors
Free monthly group developing opportunities for more art in public places in Bulwell. With trips to galleries and hands-on creative workshops, this group is for local people who want to be arts champions for Bulwell. Facilitated by Nottingham Contemporary associate artist Gillian Brent
Bulwell Riverside, Community Room 2
2nd Tuesday every month, 6-8pm
For further info:, @CreativeNNorth,

Crafty Ladies
Bring along a project, or learn to do something new.
St Martins Church, St Martin’s Rd, Off Strelley Rd, Bilborough, NG8 3BH
Every Wednesday, 11am – 2pm
50p, for further info:

Crochet Clinic
Community Room at Tesco Bulwell, Jennison St, NG6 8EQ (upstairs near the cafe)
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm–8:30pm
£5 (covers refreshments and materials)
For further info:


Sound as a Pound have asked me to advertise their 2-day finance ‘Money Talks’ courses in Nottingham. Transport and lunch are both provided, attendees will receive a £10 gift voucher for each day and there are plenty of other freebies on offer, as well as some sound money-saving advice! For further information you can call 0115 844 3745, email or visit their website at


If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at

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 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:

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


  • For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.

One comment

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