My Newsletter 04/05/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Local elections – not in Nottingham, however – have dominated this week but still plenty to talk about. Following on from last week’s feature, I’m also very pleased to hear that Nottingham Bowls Club won the EIBA Top Club Championship in Poole on Saturday, with great wins against last year’s champions, Swale, and then Falcon (Chelmsford) in the final. Well done team!

And now for some data protection again…

A couple of weeks ago I sent an email out which asked for written permission (by email is fine) to store your email address for the purpose of sending these newsletters, and the occasional other political mail out. 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 at and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

Ken Williams

Recently we lost Ken Williams. Ken was a dedicated community activist and City Councillor in the East of the city. He was a man of humour, with a big heart who made our community a better place. He was a very good friend of mine and he will be very much missed by all who knew him. On Monday we celebrated his life with an uplifting memorial that was a testament to a life well lived.

Bendigo Walk

On Sunday I joined about 20 other locals in raising money for a statue of 19th Century Nottingham boxing legend William ‘Bendigo’ Thompson.

We walked from Bendigo’s former home on Wollaton Road in Beeston to his grave in Bath Street in Nottingham City Centre, where we heard a reading from the book Bendigo – The Right Fist of God and local actor Peter ‘Little John’ Radford recited from Bendigo’s Sermon, a poem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I had a great day, and I’m sure everyone else did too, but most importantly we raised a lot of money for a statue of Bendigo. Sponsorship money is still rolling in but by all accounts everyone’s done a great job and we’re well on our way to getting the statue erected.

I’m glad that we’ve been able to raise awareness of Nottingham’s first champion boxer and more importantly raise money for a statue to honour him. Legend has it that his ghost still haunts Bestwood.

I haven’t seen it whilst I’ve been out canvassing but soon we can have a more permanent memorial that will show our young people about Nottingham’s proud boxing heritage and maybe encourage them to take it up themselves.

The next event will be on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July, when we will have a celebratory party at the former Bendigo Pub on Sneinton Hermitage.

Nurses’ Day

Last Wednesday was RCN’s International Nurses’ Day, and I was very pleased to be able to meet frontline nurses in Parliament to celebrate their contribution.

I heard all about the valuable contributions nursing staff make to patient care. Nursing is a highly-skilled profession and it’s often underappreciated how nursing staff are required to care for patients in a variety of settings such as, at music festivals, in prisons and in accident and emergency departments.

This day was a fantastic way to show our support for nursing staff in our health and care services. It gave us a chance to thank them for the care they provide to our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues, and I’d encourage everyone to celebrate the remarkable work of our local nurses.

As Brexit negotiations continue we’re currently facing a period of uncertainty of the consequences the deal could have on NHS staffing, which relies heavily on EU citizens. 10,000 EU employees have already, and we can’t afford to allow this to continue. As part of Labour’s health team, I will continue to press Ministers to do more to ensure that EU nationals working in the NHS feel valued and able to continue to make a vital contribution to health care in our country.

In Nottingham

As well as the Bendigo walk on Sunday, I spent all of Monday and Friday in Nottingham this week. Here’s what I got up to:

  • As the Windrush scandal continues, with a new Home Secretary now in place, I met with constituents to make sure they are not affected. We will continue to press the Government to fix the whole situation as soon as possible and make up for all the hurt, anxiety, and inconvenience they have caused. On Wednesday the Government voted down a motion compelling them to release all the paperwork relating to Windrush. What are they hiding?
  • I met with Tyson Amurun, local resident and activist, on how I can work to improve police diversity, locally and nationwide.
  • On a related note, I spoke with Mick Taylor from the Nottinghamshire Police Federation about the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill which is passing through Parliament. I fully support the Bill, and spoke in favour during its Second Reading. The Police Federation have recommended a number of amendments to the Bill, which will be considered during the third reading.
  • Following the E.ON Apprentice Celebration a few weeks ago, I was able to finally visit E.ON’s local site at Phoenix Park, where I was shown around and heard all about the direction the company are moving towards.
  • I also met with Nottingham City Council to discuss dental health.

This evening I’m heading to the BBC to record the Sunday Politics show – keep an eye out Sunday morning! –  and then meeting local young people to discuss the implications of Brexit on their generation.

In Parliament

With the two full days in Nottingham, and a day of campaigning elsewhere yesterday as there were local elections across the country, my time in Parliament this week was limited to Tuesday and Wednesday, but here’s what I got up to while I was there:

  • I had a couple of meetings about Safe Standing – as I work out how to most effectively persuade the Government to allow such areas to the top two English leagues. Meetings with Peter Daykin from the Football Supporter’s Federation and Nick Roberts from the English Football League were both very productive, and now that a debate has been planned as a result of the petition reaching 100,000 signatures, we have a great opportunity for progress here. Stay tuned!
  • Relatedly, I also attended a meeting of the APPG for Football Supporter’s, where a Celtic representative (where safe standing is in effect), explained the technology behind it to us, and fellow supporters were able to discuss the campaign strategy.
  • I also met with Michael Pickton, from the Advertising Association, to discuss the role of advertising in relation to public health, with a particular focus on childhood obesity. His organisation work to promote the role, rights and responsibilities of advertising and its impact on individuals, the economy and society, so play a significant role in ensuring safe advertising that is best for the consumer.
  • And I met with Rick Hall from Ignite!, an incredible organisation which helps to inspire and build confidence in children through STEM subjects, but in a more fun interactive way than they’re likely to get in school. Multiple events are planned in the constituency, and I discussed with Rick how I can help support these projects, and help them reach as many of our youngsters as possible!

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 or Andy Barrett 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 7th June

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

Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
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:, @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:


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.

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