My Newsletter 27/04/2018

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

On Sunday I completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 24 minutes and 46 seconds, about as fast as I could have hoped for in that heat. It was a tough, tough race, and I’m absolutely over the moon to have completed it, but even more pleased to have raised £1,740 (so far) for Women’s Aid Integrated Services. I know they’ll do wonderful things with the money, and it’s certainly not too late to donate if you haven’t yet. Fundraising link here.

Congratulations to everyone else who completed the Marathon on Sunday, and thank you very much to everyone who has donated so far and has supported me, it definitely helped get me through it!

And now data protection again…

Last week you will have received an email from me, asking for written permission (by email is fine) to store your email address for the purpose of sending these newsletters, and the occasional other political mailout. I love sending these newsletters and want them to get to as many of you as possible every week, but unless I receive an email or letter from you giving your permission before May 25th, I won’t be able to send them to you afterwards, until that permission is granted.

Hundreds of you have already replied, and for that I’m very grateful, but if you haven’t already then please do so if you would like to continue reading. The easiest way to do so is to either reply to this newsletter or the email I originally sent letting me know that I can keep your email address. If you change your mind at any point, you can be removed exactly the same way.

Read on to find out how what my week’s involved…

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 atalex.norris.mp@parliament.uk and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

My New Bulwell Office

Since my election in June my inherited constituency office has been located out of the way, but this has now changed. In the last few weeks I’ve completed a long-awaited move to the centre of Bulwell, where my new office can be found on Commercial Road, where Headway charity shop used to be found.

It’s great to now be in a place where people can see us, know where to find us, can easily get to us and are able to come to the door if phone or email are off limits for whatever reason. This will allow me much closer relationships with all of you locally, and I look forward to bumping into you nearby as I come to-and-fro.

As my staff and I are almost always extremely busy, we won’t be able to see people at all hours, so here is when we’ll be welcoming people:

Office opening hours with caseworkers:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 12 noon

Access to the office by appointment only, so to make an appointment or to get in touch with me about an issue directly, please see below:

  • By telephone: 0115 9752377
  • By email: alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk
  • In writing to my Constituency office: 15 Commercial Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8HD
  • In writing to my Parliamentary office: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

If you require a response to written or email correspondence please remember to include a postal address and contact telephone number. I’ll also be running monthly surgeries out of the office, again by appointment only, so please get in touch if you’d like to come to one.

The Windrush Generation

For the last two weeks, as you’ll have noticed, there’s been a lot of talk in the press and in Parliament about how the Government have repeatedly failed what’s known as the Windrush Generation, and their children.

Several cases have been highlighted where people have been denied the free NHS care they are entitled to or threatened with deportation. Some may even have been deported in error. I’ve been contacted myself by worried constituents who are concerned that they might not be able to prove they’ve been living here, and why should they have to?

The mistreatment of the Windrush generation is scandalous. They were invited here as citizens to help rebuild the UK after the Second World War. This is their home and they have contributed hugely to our country.

I know that this whole situation has caused immense distress to the people concerned, widespread concern throughout the country and international disquiet – and is a direct consequence of the “hostile environment” policy for migrants.

Following widespread pressure, the Home Office has now confirmed that the Windrush generation do have the right to remain, and apologised for any confusion or anxiety. The Home Office has also established a new team to help individuals to evidence their right to be here and to access necessary services.

It is shameful that the UK has treated the Windrush generation in this way. The Government should restore the protections which were removed in 2014 and confirm the rights of the Windrush generation as British citizens. We must establish the facts on any deportations and the Government must make apologies where necessary and invite anyone who has been deported in error back to the UK immediately.

I also believe that compensation should be considered and that there must be an end to the entire hostile environment policy towards migrants.

If you have any concerns yourself, or have already had to endure any such treatment from the Home Office, please let me know and I will do what I can to support you while we continue win this fight against the awful treatment.

National Bowls Championship

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how I had enjoyed attending the National Bowls Finals, which took place at the Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre on Beechdale Road. As it’s been a rare week without any stand-out issue that I haven’t already discussed, I thought I’d talk a bit more about the Bowls Centre and the National Finals, as it’s often overlooked, and any event of national significance happening in Nottingham North should be a major occasion.

Teams from all over the country took part in the Championships and the Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club, together with the English Indoor Bowling Association, organised what were very successful championships.

I’m very pleased to say that a team from Nottingham became the Men’s National Over 60 Fours Champions. Team members were Keith Burton, Russ Pearce, Ronnie Cowan and John Mildren (Team Captain). They beat a team from Leicester in the final by 18 shots 16.

And Nottingham also became the Men’s Over 60 Inter-Club Double Rink Champions for a third year running. An incredible, and in bowls terms, an unprecedented achievement. Team members were Roger Sherman, Keith Burton, Dave Adams, Russ Pearce, James Beckett, Alan Fallows (Team Captain), Ronnie Cowan and John Mildren. They beat a team from Plymouth in the final by 38 shots to 20.

The centre has 8-indoor rinks, which are enjoyed regularly by around 500 playing members, and have been since 1980 when the City Council built it. As well as the recent Finals, the Centre has hosted other parts of the English Indoor Bowls Association National Championships regularly and has even previously hosted important International Championships.

And it’s not all about the bowls – there’s also a restaurant, fully-licensed bar, and a lounge area for watching, making it a great local hangout.

The club welcomes both men and women of all ages, including junior members from age 7 upwards, and are always looking for new bowlers, for whom there are beginners’ courses, as well as the league and competitions available.

Bowls is especially a social and healthy activity which the older person can enjoy, either playing casually with friends, or in pleasurable friendly competition, and I’d encourage anyone to go give it a go. Maybe there’s a talent there that you don’t know about, and if not it’s just a great place to meet some similar people and have fun.

If anyone is interested in playing indoor bowls they should contact the Nottingham Centre Manager Julie White on 01159296865 or just go into the Centre for further information. Free taster bowls sessions are available at the Centre.

In Nottingham

I couldn’t get as much time as I like in Nottingham this week, but here’s what I did get up to while I was here:

Parliament is sitting today which has eaten into constituency time but here’s a flavour of what I’ve been up to:

  • I spoke with a range of local stakeholders about the work of ThinkForward, a local organisation which provides support coaches for schools, including four of our schools: Bulwell Academy, Ellis Guilford, Bluecoat Beechdale and Nottingham University Samworth Academy.
  • I visited the William Hill in Main Street to support their Football Shirt Friday campaign which is run in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research. I had a chance to meet the local shop team and learn about some of the responsible gambling measures they have in place, as well as place a free £50 bet, the winnings (yeah right!) of which will head to Women’s Aid in addition to my marathon fundraising.
  • I met with Penny Poyzer and Shona Munro from Nottingham Good Food Partnership to discuss the very serious issue of food poverty, and what we can do together to help fight it, as well as discussing the NGFP action plan.
  • I had a chat with Simon, a National Education Union rep from Bilborough College, about the NEU’s views on the College’s merger into the Derby College Group, planned for next year.

And on Sunday I’m joining the charity walk to raise money for a statue of Nottingham boxing legend Bendigo. You can read more about that cause here.

In Parliament

And here’s what I’ve been up to in Parliament this week:

  • On Tuesday I continued to press the Government on the safety of Nottingham Prison during Justice Questions. I was assured things will get better. I will stay on the case to majusticeqke sure it does. You can watch my question and the Minister’s answer here. I also discussed this on BBC Radio Nottingham, following the publication of a fatality report from the Prison and Probation Ombudsman.
  • I sat on another Bill Committee, for the Draft Employment Rights Act 1996 (NHS Recruitment – Protected Disclosure) Regulations 2018, which protects whistle-blowers when applying for NHS jobs.
  • I met a group of Army Reservists from Bilborough, who came down to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament and to visit the Imperial War Museum. It was great to meet with them and thank them for their service and for their local contribution.
  • A group of pupils from Brocklewood Primary School in Bilborough were at the Houses of Parliament for an incredibly interesting day with the Parliamentary Education Centre, and I was pleased to have the chance to meet with them, welcome them myself and answer some of their questions about Politics and being an MP.
  •  I discussed Nottingham Citizens’ ongoing research into hate crime in the city with Yvette Cooper, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
  • And I met with Claire Wilson-Leary from Dogs Trust to discuss how I can help support their campaigns. I’ll be contributing to a Westminster Hall debate on 21st May on third-party sales of puppies, and have been questioning the Government on their implementation of procedures to protect puppies against illegal smuggling.

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.

Community Integration Day
Free Family Food & Fun, including music, stalls, food & activities, and community support groups in attendance
St. Mary the Virgin & All Souls Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
Saturday 5th May, 12-4pm

Bird Carving for Beginners Craft Workshop
Spring woodland workshop for adults and accompanied over 12s, all equipment provided
Barkers Community Woodland, Norwich Gardens, Bulwell, NG6 8GG
7th May, 10am-1:30pm
£30 p.p., all profits to woodland upkeep, to book call The Toy Library on
0115 975 3898.

Three Doors Down
Over the next 6 months, Andy Barrett from Excavate Theatre Company is working with local people who live in and around Minver Crescent in Aspley, to uncover the stories of life in the area over the last 80 years. A series of events are being planned from theatre in living rooms and front gardens, to storytelling, filmmaking and photography to engage as many residents as possible. Contact Cathy Mahmood on 07808 165209 cathy.mahmood@rebalancingouterestates.com or Andy Barrett andy@excavate.org.ukfor further information. Dates for your diary include:

  • Sat 26th May, 6-8pm, The Minver Crescent Nosh Up.

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 3rd May

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

Messy Church
All welcome – food, fun, arts & crafts, & God slot
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
2nd Sunday every month, 3-5pm

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
Various Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Rd, Bestwood Park
Various Thursdays, 4:30-6pm
Church on Rise Park, Revelstoke Way, Rise Park
Various Thursdays, 5-6:30pm

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reformed 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, 12-2pm; Tuesday 26th June is the Kitchen’s 1st birthday

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: www.creativenottinghamnorth.com, @CreativeNNorth, cathy.mahmood@rebalancingouterestates.com

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: www.stmartinsbilborough.org.ukinfo@stmartinsbilborough.uk

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: www.apriltowriess.co.ukhello@apriltowriess.co.uk

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 soundasapound@ncha.org.uk or visit their website at www.soundasapound.org.

If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk.

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,

Alex

How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk 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

LABOUR PARTY

  • If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
  • To join the Labour Party click here.

LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL INFORMATION

  • 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.

NATIONAL LINKS

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

 

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