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My Newsletter 18/05/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Another busy week for me, with plenty on in both Westminster and Nottingham North, but first I need to talk about the terrible events in Israel and Palestine this week.

Once more though, some data protection before I get started. Please do read and act upon this if you haven’t yet…

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.

This comes into force next week, so until you give me your consent, you won’t receive any more newsletters by email.

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

Israel and Palestine

I continue to be concerned at the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the terrible suffering that many Palestinian people are experiencing.

On Monday, over 35,000 Palestinians took part in violent riots along the border fence between Israel and Palestine. At least 58 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops – the highest number of Palestinian fatalities in a single day since the 2014 Gaza war.

I am appalled by this and all the violence that has occurred in Gaza over recent weeks. All parties must commit to respecting peaceful protest, showing restraint and following international law. There is a need to establish the facts around these events and I believe there should be an independent and transparent investigation.

These events in Gaza serve as yet another reminder of the urgent need to work towards the two-state solution we all want to see – a secure Israel living in peace alongside a viable state of Palestine and an end to the senseless cycle of violence.

I am committed to pressing for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution but this will require both sides avoiding actions that make it harder to achieve. This must mean an end to the blockade of Gaza, an end to the occupation of Palestinian territory and an end to illegal settlement construction. It must also mean an end to terror attacks and a move away from extreme and entrenched positions.

I believe we all have a shared duty to look to the future and towards the next generation of young people growing up in Israel and Palestine today. Unfortunately, at present, that generation knows nothing but division and violence. It is essential that the Government fully backs all initiatives aimed at keeping the two-state solution alive. I hope it will also join the Opposition in recognising the state of Palestine while continuing to press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill Committee

Once again, I’ve found myself on a Bill Committee – this time with an infuriating twist.

Previously when I’ve been on Bill Committees they have been on what’s known as Public Bills, where the committee examines and amends Government legislature which has been budgeted for by the Chancellor. In this case, the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill is a Private Members’ Bill, put forward by my Labour colleague Afzal Khan MP, which passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 1st December 2017.

Unlike Public Bills, finance for Private Members’ Bills isn’t included in the Budget, so a money resolution must be agreed upon, which is effectively the Government saying they will provide the funding for the Bill’s provisions. However, the Government has not done this for this Bill, despite Parliament voting for it to proceed, so we are currently unable to debate it in Committee.

Despite this, the Committee is still required to meet about twice a week, and have our very valuable time wasted because the Government won’t provide the funding for a Bill that so far has been supported by Parliament, and of which the primary aim is to permanently shelve a coalition provision to reduce the number of MPs that the Government has just been delaying anyway.

This is unacceptable and I will be continuing to press the Government to pass a money resolution for this Bill, so I can continue to do my job.

Markets

We’ve got a wonderful market in Bulwell, which we’re very proud of, and despite condition for trading being tough, it is something that gets people into Bulwell, provides a very valuable service to us and is something distinct about our area.

 

I’m therefore incredibly passionate about making sure this stays the case, and using my role as an MP to support Bulwell Market as best I can.

On Tuesday I therefore attended the All-Party Parliamentary Markets Group reception, which was held to celebrate the launch of two major events in the markets calendar year: the Love Your Local Market Campaign which will be taking place from the 17th-31st May, incorporating local youth markets encouraging the next generation of entrepreneur, and the national youth market taking place on the 31st August and 1st September in Stratford on Avon, where the best participants from the above and regional events throughout the country will be put forward to participate resulting in one of them becoming young trader of the year 2018.

Both initiatives are wonderful ways to encourage the next generation of market entrepreneurs, which is exactly what Bulwell Market will need to keep thriving, and I was glad to be there to support.

Yesterday I was able to take these ideas back to Nottingham, as I met with Mark Armstrong, Shaun Miles and Jamie Beardsley from the City Council to discuss their plans and aspirations for Bulwell Market and the wide town centre. We also discussed the most effective way of liaising and consulting with market traders, who will know better than anyone how we can help the market succeed.

In Nottingham

I enjoyed two full days in Nottingham this week, so there was plenty more I got done too:

  • I met with Cllr Neghat Khan and Jo Talbot from Guide Dogs, to discuss shared surfaces in Nottingham, particularly around the Broadmarsh developments in the City Centre, but these areas (where cars and pedestrians share the same surface – unlike a usually road with a pavement), cause issues for those with impaired vision.
  • I met with a constituent to discuss probation and the justice system, in relation to a personal experience of his
  • We had a board meeting of Rebalancing, the local charity that I chair. We’re doing lots of great work in the area and plenty more to come.
  • I met with Lisa Webb from Barclays. While we don’t have one in the constituency, I’m sure plenty of constituents use those in the city, and many of the issues apply to everyone. At the meeting I was given an overview of the situation with Barclays’ customers; how they are coping in the current economic environment, what kind of businesses are starting up and what has been happening since the Brexit vote. We also discussed the increasing problems of personal and business fraud.
  • I met with Ryan Pinkett, local Community Protection Officer, who is the main point of contact between me and my office and the Community Protection Office.
 

In Parliament

 

And as well as that, here’s what I’ve been up to down in Westminster:

  • I questioned Ministers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Human Rights Violations in Bahrain, which a recent report from Reprieve and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy indicates UK-funded organisations have been complicit in. I have since written to him asking for his assessment with a copy of the report.
  • I met with Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and other stakeholders about proposals to extend the city tram. This is all still very early and far from decided upon, but we had a very productive meeting with lots of good ideas considered.

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.

Wolf Photography Events

Whiz Kids
A free breakfast for children aged 5ish – 11ish followed by fun arts and crafts and gentle Bible teaching
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
This Sunday, 20th May, 9.30am

Curry Night
Alternative menu available
St Mary’s Church, Bulwell, NG6 9AD
Saturday 26th May, tickets £7 for a 3-course meal, proceeds for Christian Aid
For more information or to book a meal, tel Father Andrew Fisher 0115 975 5358 or email a.j.fisher@outlook.com

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

Free Bike Health Check
If you’re aged 16-29, not in employment or education, and a Nottingham city resident, come along (with proof of age, address, and benefits) for a free bike health check and minor repairs
Bulwell Market Place, NG6 8HD
Friday 1st June, 12-2pm

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, next on June 10th

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: 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

 

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.

My Newsletter 11/05/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

The bank holiday means I’ve had a slightly shorter week than usual but still got plenty to tell you about.

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

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill

You may recall that back in March I sat on the Public Bill Committee for this very important piece of legislation, which is now on the brink of becoming law.

For those unfamiliar, this Bill will ensure that when provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 are brought into force requiring local authorities in England to offer only fixed-term tenancies, this will not apply to certain victims of domestic abuse. This addresses an important concern raised during the 2016 Act’s progress through Parliament that victims of domestic abuse would be less likely to leave their homes if doing so would result in an offer of a tenancy with reduced security of tenure.

I tried to improve this Bill during the Committee Stage, by attempting to ensure certain aspects were explicitly defined to avoid any potential future barriers. This was unsuccessful but on Tuesday, when the Bill had its final stages in the House Commons, I spoke in favour of another new clause and two further amendments that I believed would make the Bill stronger in its aim of protecting domestic abuse victims.

When a survivor of domestic abuse —usually a woman—makes the decision to leave their abuser, the state must be there to wrap around that person. There can be no grey areas and no “I’ll call you back on Monday”. It must be immediate and comprehensive. Whether it is housing, support for children or fostering for pets, it has to be there. It is with that in mind that I rose to speak, and I am therefore disappointed that none of these measures were passed.

You can watch my contribution here, while I continue to fight to protect vulnerable people such as domestic abuse victims.

The Next Generation

While Sir Patrick Stewart has been vocal on Brexit in the past few weeks, this actually refers to two groups of Primary School children that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet, and hopefully made a positive impression upon, this week.

On Wednesday morning I welcomed the Year 4 class from Crabtree Farm Primary School to the House of Commons, as part of an incredible two-day trip to London. As well as Parliament, where they were given a tour of both Houses before meeting with me, they also found time to visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (a Hindu Temple in North-West London), Wembley Stadium, the HMS Belfast, and the Shard!

With so much to fit in I’m very glad they had to time to meet me. I told them all about how I became an MP and what I try to change in my role, while they asked me a wonderful range of questions, from the hard-cutting “What have you changed so far?” to simply what I do in my very limited free time (spend time with my family, watch TV and play Football Manager!). I hope everyone enjoyed the trip and I’m sure such a varied experience will be wonderful for all the kids, with lots of great memories to take home. I’ll be returning the visit at some point and I’m looking forward to meeting next year’s class already.

I hope that more and more schools continue to follow suit. Do get in touch if your class would like to meet me down here!

And this morning I met a Year 5 class at Rosslyn Park Primary School, where I’m also Chair of Governors. The class have been studying persuasive letter writing and looking at animal rights, so will be writing to me with the view of me introducing a new bill to Parliament to ensure fox hunting with hounds remains banned. To help with this, they invited me to discuss how Laws are passed. I talked about this, and my wider role as an MP, and was pleased to hear so much enthusiasm for Politics and Animal Welfare from those of such a young age. I’m looking forward to receiving their letters, although thankfully with fox hunting currently banned, a new law won’t be needed!

Still No Place for Hate

Last night I attended the launch of Nottingham Citizens’ report on hate crime, Still No Place for Hate.

Through this report, Nottingham Citizens have produced an incredibly thorough report into hate crime; their research evidencing how difficult this situation is locally – manifested in a wide range of simply unacceptable behaviours. They’ve also provide a range of excellent suggestions for how we can begin to make our city one that treats minority communities with the respect they deserve.

One of their suggestions, the ‘respect charter’, is one which applies directly to me as a Member of Parliament, and I hope that all political parties will sign up to this, as a statement of intent to stop allowing minority communities of all descriptions to be mistreated.

I was pleased to be able to highlight this report in Parliament yesterday, as I asked the Minister to assure me that hate crime will be properly prosecuted – something which the report outlines does not happen enough. You can watch this here.

In Nottingham

This week I got back to Nottingham for last night’s launch of the report just mentioned, and as well as that and visiting Rosslyn this morning, this is what I’ve been up to here today:

  • I met with Ajaz Hussein from iCare Nottingham, a local provider of caring services, to discuss a project they are working on and how we can work together to get them additional support to serve the elderly community in and around Nottingham.
  • I caught up with Cathy Mahmood, the co-ordinator of Creative Nottingham North, which works to develop the six wards of Nottingham North as a creative and digital industries hub, and was originally developed by and still works very closely with the Rebalancing Charity I chair. Many of the creative events in the What’s On section will have come through Creative NN!
  • My fellow Nottingham MPs and I met with the City Council at Loxley House for our regular catch-up on local issues.

In Parliament

And as well as that which I’ve already mentioned, here’s what I’ve been up to down in Westminster:

  • I was on the Bill Committee for a Private Members’ Bill, the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, but as the Government has not agreed a financial resolution for it – meaning they haven’t agreed to fund it – there is nothing to consider. I also spoke in Parliament on Thursday about the ridiculousness of this situation.
  • I met with Katie Nixon from the Premier League to discuss Safe Standing areas in football grounds, which aren’t currently allowed in the top league. I also asked the Sports Minister why she thinks only a vocal minority think this choice should be available – which she admitted she regrets saying.
  • I dropped into the PCS launch of their new report, An Alternative Vision for Prisons, which is very important to me at the moment given the spate of deaths at HMP Nottingham locally.
  • I attended a regular meeting of the Co-Operative Group Parliamentary Group.
  • Alongside Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds North West, I met with Jack Baker from Mark Ramsdale about setting up an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Baseball. Good timing with London MLB games announced this week.
  • And I asked the Leader of the House in Parliament if we could discuss the impact, both on and off pitch, of non-league football, after congratulating Basford United FC on their wonderful double and promotion. You can watch this here.

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.

Notts Fire and Rescue Prince’s Trust Team Programme
Through this programme, Notts Fire and Rescue work with young adults aged 16-25 who are not in employment, education or training & provide a twelve-week personal development course which is run from Stockhill Fire Station on Stockhill Lane.

The course involves an outdoor activity residential, a two-week community project, a two-week work placement & activities organised with local community groups. Young people will get a nationally recognised qualification along with certificates in Manual Handling & Basic First Aid. Benefits are not affected by attending the programme & bus fare is provided.

They are currently now recruiting for their next Team programme in Basford.

When does the next team start? – The next team starts on Monday 21st May and runs for 12 weeks.

Who is the programme for? – The programme is for unemployed young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

How much does it cost? – Nothing – the programme is free of charge and even public transport costs are paid for.

What will young people gain on the programme?  – They work on skills which are useful for the workplace, including team building, problem solving, leadership skills, communication skills, and organisation skills.  Support is also offered for young people to build their confidence and self-esteem, and to overcome any problems which they may face.

How do I make a referral to the team programme? – Please contact the Stockhill Team Leader – Gavin Clark on 07967 690795, or email gavin.clark@notts-fire.gov.uk.

What next?  – There is an Open Day on Tuesday 15th May at the Team Room, Stockhill Fire Station – Prince’s Trust House (next door to Stockhill Fire Station), Stockhill Lane, Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0LG.  It is a drop in session at any time between 10am and 3pm. Young people can come alone or come with friends & family if they prefer.

You may also like to find out more on their website here.

Christian Aid Week Service
Christian Aid Weeks runs from 12- 19 May 2018, including a special service
St John’s Church, off Key Close, Bulwell, NG6 8JL
13th May, 4pm

Spring Fair
Stalls including a cake stall, also refreshments available
URC (United Reformed Church), Broomhill Road, Bulwell, NG6 9GJ
Tomorrow, 12th May, 10.30am-12pm, proceeds for Christian Aid

Ukelele Concert
With Nottingham Ukelele Orchestra. Cakes for sale too.
URC (United Reformed Church), Broomhill Road, Bulwell, NG6 9GJ
Tomorrow, 12th May, 7pm. Tickets £3 or pay on the door, proceeds for Christian Aid

Curry Night
Alternative menu available
St Mary’s Church, Bulwell, NG6 9AD
Saturday 26th May, tickets £7 for a 3-course meal, proceeds for Christian Aid
For more information or to book a meal, tel Father Andrew Fisher 0115 975 5358 or email a.j.fisher@outlook.com

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 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: 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

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.

 

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 alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk 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 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 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: 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

 

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.

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.

 

My Newsletter 20/04/18

 

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Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

We returned to Parliament this week, with the expected debates on Syria beginning it, my contribution in which you’ll hear about below. I’ve been up to a lot more, but beforehand I need to talk data protection!

Earlier this 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.

And I’m still raising money for this Sunday’s London Marathon!

Tackling Domestic Abuse in Nottingham is one of my major priorities for my time as Nottingham North’s Member of Parliament. Largely I prioritise this through asking Parliamentary Questions or taking part in debates however this time I’m doing something a little more direct, as I run in support of Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) Nottingham.

WAIS do incredible work for women, teenagers and children affected by domestic abuse, and I’ve worked closely with WAIS Nottingham for many years – this is a small way of thanking them for all they do.

As for the run… it’ll be 26.2 pretty painful miles. I’ve done quite a bit of training so I should get around, but it’s not likely to be much fun. I’ll feel much better about grinding though those last few miles knowing that the money raised will be going to such an important cause. If anyone could donate to this great cause, my fundraising page can be found here. I hoped to raise at least £1000 for them, but thanks to everyone’s amazing generosity we’re already past £1200!

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.

Syria and War Powers

I spoke about Syria in depth last week, so will try not to repeat myself too much. At the time of last week’s newsletter, the UK hadn’t yet acted, but not long after, as you’ll know, Theresa May ordered air strikes without having consulted Parliament, along with the US and France.

I find it deeply regrettable that the Government, along with the US and French governments, have launched further military action in Syria in response to the suspected Douma attack, before any independent report by either the OPCW or any renewed UN investigation.

The Government’s decision to support that intervention and expand its military campaign in Syria should have been brought to Parliament and they should have been obliged to explain their strategy for the future of this conflict in advance of any action.

On Tuesday we discussed this in principle in Parliament, and I made the case for not only consulting Parliament before military action, wherever possible, but for codifying the process in general, to avoid the fudge we’ve had this week where we find ourselves debating the principle after the fact. I don’t believe there’s any good reason why we shouldn’t solidify the convention we’ve had since 2003, which puts lives in the hands of the people.

You can watch my full contribution to the debate here.

Safe Standing

Earlier this month, West Bromwich Albion had a request to trial safe standing at their Hawthorns ground turned down by Sports Minister Tracy Crouch, as standing areas in football grounds for England’s top two leagues has been forbidden since the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

It has since been proven that standing was not the reason for that horrible tragedy, and safe standing areas are used in lower leagues, Scotland, and across Europe. I think it is about time we gave them a go again in our top two leagues. When I raised this in Parliament on Thursday (you can watch here), the Leader of the House told me that there are arguments both for and against, and referred to the Hillsborough disaster.

I don’t think the reality is that balanced. I regularly attend football matches at my beloved Manchester City and know first-hand that there are areas of this and every other Premier League stadium where people stand regularly. Stewards often don’t try to get passionate supporters to sit. Take a look at any away section, and you’re unlikely to see many people sitting. With low seats in front rather than a rail, which would exist in a safe standing area, this is far more dangerous.

The obvious solution is to accept this reality and make the environment as safe as possible, while improving the atmosphere and giving fans what they want. I will be continuing to campaign to make this happen.

In Nottingham

After a busy week in Parliament (the rest to come below), I got back to Nottingham yesterday afternoon and have been just as busy up here today. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve been working on locally:

  • Last night I joined the Nottingham Allotments group’s meeting, to keep up to date with developments as we work together to keep allotmenting affordable and accessible in the constituency.
  • I met with Ioan from East Midlands Airport to discuss the airport’s growth, and how we can work together through the East Midlands APPG, which I co-chair, to help promote its role in boosting the region.
  • I visited Bulwell St. Mary’s Primary School to talk to a large group of environmentally astute year 5 students about the importance of to reducing, reusing, and recycling plastics and the damaging effects plastics have on our environment and wildlife, as well as my role as an MP.
  • I met with the Reverend Chrissie Little, Andrew Jones and other members of the Church Council at Emmanuel Church Bulwell, to have a nice chat about the role of the church in the community and how I can support it.
  • I headed over to the Attenborough Nature Reserve outside the city to meet with Rob, the CEO, and Erin, from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. A few youngsters have written to me recently asking me to support the Trust’s Nottingham for Nature campaign, highlighting how important to them it is to have green spaces near their homes, and this is certainly something I’m happy to get on board with!
  • I’ve just finished a meeting with Cllr Graham Chapman to discuss how we can integrate the work that my charity, Rebalancing, does with the Council’s area strategy.

And now I’m on my way to my latest surgery to meet constituents. Remember, just get in touch with my Nottingham office on 0115 975 2377 if you’d like to meet me at a surgery. Alternatively, if you have any issues you can contact me by email at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk.

PCS

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are one of the UK’s largest unions, who primarily represent those working in public bodies, including government departments. As we know, under the current Government this has meant stagnating wages for far too long – in a time when prices are rising and other services have been cut. Their members are numerous in Nottingham North so I’m working closely with them on their campaigns.

On Wednesday I met with their representatives and we discussed a number of important issues on which I will be acting in support:

  • Civil Service Pay – I will be writing to the Cabinet Office Ministers asking them to respond positively to PCS’ national pay claim, which includes a significant pay increase above the rate of inflation, and a living wage of at least £10 per hour.
  • JobCentre Staff Safety – I will be using Parliamentary Questions to raise this issue with the DWP, with particular emphasis on the raise in knife crime.
  • Ex-Carillion Staff at the British Museum – I will be writing to the British Museum director, to ask him to meet with these staff and secure their futures.

Hopefully this action will lead to solid progress for these important workers who the Government aren’t treating right. I’ll keep you informed.

In Parliament

As well as my contributions on Syria, Safe Standing and work with PCS, here’s how I spent the rest of my time in Westminster this week:

  • On Monday I continued to press the Home Office about Modern Slavery. I was glad to see concessions on support for victims but it’s clear that too little is known about what happens to them afterwards. You can watch the video here. We also went into more depth on this at the APPG for Human Trafficking on Wednesday.
  • I welcomed TUC and GMB back to Parliament to continue their Dying to Work campaign, aimed at supporting workers with terminal illnesses. I’ve already signed their pledge and was glad to see many other colleagues do so too this week.
  • I attended the launch of Co-Op’s ‘Ownership Matters’ report launch. Public ownership leads to improved productivity and value for money, decisions made in the public interest, a check against re-privatisation, safeguarded levels of service quality and investment, and alignment of interests, and is therefore something that I’ll continue to campaign in favour of.
  • I met with Patrick Cusworth from the British Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association to discuss how his organisation’s policy recommendations could help improve air quality both in Nottingham and nationally, while safeguarding the business of the fleet sector, as Nottingham becomes a Clean Air Zone.

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.

Erasmus+ funding
Funding is available for youth organisations in Nottingham North. Next deadline for youth funding is 26th April. More information here.

Joining Lines – Community Crochet Project for Bulwell Riverside
Local Designer and Maker April Towriess has launched an appeal to crocheters from far and wide to send her white crocheted doilies! These will form part of an installation and exhibition at Bulwell Riverside in the this summer. You can follow April’s Unity Doily pattern, which can be found here or use one of your own. Use any white yarn or thread weight you like. When submitting your doily or doilies, let April know your name, age, gender and briefly describe who taught you to crochet and why you do it now.  Each doily and set of comments will be photographed and added to a blurb book which will be available to purchase. All proceeds will be donated to charity.  The closing date for submissions is Saturday 26th April 2018.

Send your doilies to:
Chris Tilley Community Champion, C/O April Towriess Crochet
Joining Lines Project, Bulwell Tesco Extra Community Room, Jennison Street, Nottingham, NG6 8EQ

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.uk for further information. Dates for your diary include:

  • Sat 21st April, 11am-3pm, Film making Day
  • 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.uk, info@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.uk, hello@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

Alex’s Website: click here.

Alex’s Twitter: click here.

Nottingham City Council: click here.

Find your MP: click here.

Register to vote: click here.

School term dates in Nottingham: click here.

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

Nottingham BBC news: click here.

East Midlands BBC news: click here.

Nottingham Post: click here.

Notts TV: click here.

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.

My Newsletter 13/04/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Recess is almost over now and on Monday I’ll be back in Parliament. This week’s been quieter than last so as well as what I’ve been up to, there’s some important world news to talk about, and I’ll preview what I have planned for when I returned to Parliament.

And I’m still training and raising money as on April 22nd I’ll be taking part in the London Marathon.

Tackling Domestic Abuse in Nottingham is one of my major priorities for my time as Nottingham North’s Member of Parliament. Largely I prioritise this through asking Parliamentary Questions or taking part in debates however this time I’m doing something a little more direct, as I run in support of Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) Nottingham.

WAIS do incredible work for women, teenagers and children affected by domestic abuse, and I’ve worked closely with WAIS Nottingham for many years – this is a small way of thanking them for all they do.

As for the run… it’ll be 26.2 pretty painful miles. I’ve done quite a bit of training so I should get around, but it’s not likely to be much fun. I’ll feel much better about grinding though those last few miles knowing that the money raised will be going to such an important cause. If anyone could donate to this great cause, my fundraising page can be found here. I’m hoping to raise £1000 for them, which is currently at an amazing £510! Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far.

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

Syria

Chances are you’ve seen the awful news from Syria this week and several constituents have already contacted me sharing their views on the matter. I’m always happy to hear anyone’s views on any issue, and always try to reply directly to anyone who lives in the constituency, but thought I’d use the newsletter to lay out my position on the situation in Douma here too.

If you haven’t kept up to date with what’s going on, recent reports from Douma, a city on the outskirts of Damascus, point to an attack having been carried out with chemical weapons, in full contravention of international humanitarian law. The evidence of the deaths and suffering inflicted by the attack, including on young children, is horrific and I believe that those responsible must be held to account.

Both the Assad regime and Isis have been held responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the past since the start of the Syrian conflict, a war crime which I utterly condemn and therefore welcome the investigation being carried out in Douma by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Their inspectors should be given full access to the site.

Furthermore, I support the call by the UN secretary general for a wider and full independent investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any party to the conflict, which demands urgent Security Council agreement.

I am however deeply concerned at the threat by the US president to launch further military action in Syria in response to the suspected Douma attack, even before any independent report by either the OPCW or any renewed UN investigation. I therefore believe that any proposal by the Government to support such a US military intervention by the British government and expand its military campaign in Syria should be brought to parliament and its strategy held to account.

I am very keen to know what you think about this. It is possible that this will be the subject of a Parliamentary vote and would like to have a wide range of views and information on which to make these judgement.

The one thing I would ask is that if and when you communicate with me about the possible options you do so in the spirit that neither way is objectively the “right” one and that there is no immediate course of action that would stop the suffering of Syrians – something that we all seek. When this was last discussed in 2013 it seemed to me that MPs were made out to be the best or the worst people in the world, “warmongers” or “appeasers” – depending on your view – as if they weren’t trying to do the best by people who are suffering. I hope we can do better than this.

In Nottingham

I mentioned before that it’s been quite a quiet week as I have had some time off, but here are some of things I did get up to during my time in Nottingham this week:

  • I very much enjoyed attending the National Bowls Finals, which were hosted in the constituency this week, at the Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre on Beechdale Road. It’s very rare that we get sportspeople from all over the country competing locally, making it a big occasion, and everyone taking part made it look so easy! I also had a chance to discuss more practical issues that the club are having with their board, which I’m keen to help with.
  • Ahead of this weekend’s Grand National, I visited the Coral in Bulwell to see how things operate on one of their busiest days of the year. As we look to protect people from exploitative practices and gambling addiction, it’s very important to work closely with the shops to do so, and there’s no better way to do that than seeing it first-hand. I also placed a bet, from which any unlikely winnings will go to support Women’s Aid as part of my Marathon efforts.

And tonight I’m off to the Theatre Royal to see This House, a play all about politics that I’ve heard great things about! A bit of a busman’s holiday when you think about it…

Looking forwards

I’m sure Syria will dominate Parliament when we return on Monday but there’s plenty more happening as the Parliamentary session continues until the summer.  Here are some of things that I have lined up, which I’ll tell you about in more detail as they happen:

  • Co-Op are publishing their latest report, ‘Ownership Matters’, next week, and I’ll be attending the event which also has a private roundtable discussion of its content.
  • I’ll be working with ‘Labour Together’, a group of like-minded Labour MPs, on a research project centred on understanding ‘new working class’ communities.
  • I’ll be continuing my work as part of Labour’s health team – with important debates upcoming on fertility services, surgical mesh, and cancer treatment amongst others.
  • In the next few weeks Parliament will be debating several important topics that have an effect on ordinary people’s lives, including the second reading of the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill, and Westminster Hall debates on popular petitions on Brexit and the Privatisation of the NHS.
  • I will be campaigning in support of the reintroduction of safe standing areas to league football grounds across the UK – through Parliamentary Questions as well as trying to secure a Parliamentary debate
  • As well as the above, I’ll also be trying to secure debates on Shared Surface Roads and HMP Nottingham.
  • I’ll be continuing my work as co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for the East Midlands and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights.
  • And of course, I’ll be spending as much time in the constituency as possible, meeting local people and organisations and doing what I can to help with the issues that are important to them.

There will be more detail on some of these next week, so keep your eyes peeled.

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.

Ties in Notts need your vote to win this year’s People’s Projects Central East. There’s more info below – but you can vote at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk from 9am Monday 16th April until midday Monday 30th April.

Free Organ Recital
With talented organist, Mr Michael Anthony
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell 
Tuesday 17th April, 10.40–11.15am

Erasmus+ funding
Funding is available for youth organisations in Nottingham North. Next deadline for youth funding is 26th April. More information here.

Joining Lines – Community Crochet Project for Bulwell Riverside 
Local Designer and Maker April Towriess has launched an appeal to crocheters from far and wide to send her white crocheted doilies! These will form part of an installation and exhibition at Bulwell Riverside in the this summer. You can follow April’s Unity Doily pattern, which can be found here or use one of your own. Use any white yarn or thread weight you like. When submitting your doily or doilies, let April know your name, age, gender and briefly describe who taught you to crochet and why you do it now.  Each doily and set of comments will be photographed and added to a blurb book which will be available to purchase. All proceeds will be donated to charity.  The closing date for submissions is Saturday 26th April 2018. 

Send your doilies to:
Chris Tilley Community Champion, C/O April Towriess Crochet
Joining Lines Project, Bulwell Tesco Extra Community Room, Jennison Street, Nottingham, NG6 8EQ

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.uk for further information. Dates for your diary include:

  • Sat 21st April, 11am-3pm, Film making Day
  • 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
The next Messy Church will be Sunday 8th April, tied in with a special 40th Anniversary Service & Rededication of the church’s West Room and Upper Hall.  Children and their Mums/Dads/Carers are invited to join at 9.30am for a free breakfast.  The special service starts at 10am, with fun games and arts & crafts to follow; all finished off with a lovely lunch.        

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.ukor 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.

My Newsletter 06/04/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

I hope everyone had a good Easter break and is back into the swing of things now. It’s Parliamentary recess now so I’ve been in Nottingham all week, and had a very interesting week to tell you about – even stepping out of my comfort zone a little!

There’s also been plenty of running, because, as I mentioned last week, on April 22nd I’ll be taking part in the London Marathon.

Tackling Domestic Abuse in Nottingham is one of my major priorities for my time as Nottingham North’s Member of Parliament. Largely I prioritise this through asking Parliamentary Questions or taking part in debates however this time I’m doing something a little more direct, as I run in support of Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) Nottingham.

WAIS do incredible work for women, teenagers and children affected by domestic abuse, and I’ve worked closely with WAIS Nottingham for many years – this is a small way of thanking them for all they do.

As for the run… it’ll be 26.2 pretty painful miles. I’ve done quite a bit of training so I should get around, but it’s not likely to be much fun. I’ll feel much better about grinding though those last few miles knowing that the money raised will be going to such an important cause. If anyone could donate to this great cause, my fundraising page can be found here. I’m hoping to raise £1000 for them!

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

The DWP

One of the best things about recess is that it gives me the opportunity to do things I don’t have time for when Parliament’s in session, especially in the constituency, and on Tuesday I managed to spend most the day in one place, which is almost unheard of. This was Bulwell Job Centre, where I had an incredibly interesting day courtesy of the Nottingham Department for Work of Pensions.

A lot of the casework that I deal with relates to unemployment, DWP Benefits and the rollout of Universal Credit, so this day was an interesting insight into both the day-to-day work that’s done at the Job Centre and the experience of those who go to there for assistance. I was talked through a wide variety of what’s done at the Centre, and given a chance to sit in on interviews with claimants to see first-hand how things go.

There were a number of different sessions throughout the day, focussing on the following aspects of the Job Centre’s work amongst others:

  • Small Employer Advice
  • Legacy Work Coaching – this is work for the semi-retired and older generations
  • A Digital Session focussed on Web Access Devices and Internet Access Devices
  • Disability Employment Advice
  • Employer Relations
  • Complex Needs Planning
  • Service Delivery
  • Universal Credit Work

As you can see this is an incredibly wide variety of important work, and far from all that’s done there. In fact, I’ll be heading back again before too long to learn even more – keep an eye out for when I return. Big thanks to Cllr Jackie Morris for suggesting I did this!

Ground-breaking

Being a Nottingham MP, a member of Labour’s Health team and an Alumnus of the University of Nottingham meant that on Wednesday I was very proud to be invited back to the University to do the official ‘ground-breaking’ of construction on one of the University’s new buildings – an extension to the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences.

This building will house the new Centre for Cancer Sciences, and will be used by academics, researchers and doctorate students in a wide variety of serious diseases including cancer, cardiovascular, liver, bone and respiratory conditions. While there I was told about how improved collaboration between pharmaceutical companies and academics has allowed faster progress in combating these diseases, and this building aims to continue in that vein of collaboration, by providing a single base at the University for researchers who can then benefit through sharing their expertise and ideas. Currently the 350 people who will use the building are based at six different sites, even though their ground-breaking work would benefit from their co-locating.

I very much appreciate being given such an honour, and very much enjoyed seeing up close some of the work that’s being done in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences as it is now, including seeing beating heart cells which were originally produced from a tiny biopsy of skin cells. One of the PhD students I met had even been working on starting and stopping the beating using light – as an alternative to a typical pacemaker.

I look forward to visiting the building again once construction has finished late next year, and I’m sure GF Tomlinson – the local construction company building the centre who joined me on the day – will do a wonderful job.

Photo by Andrew Hallsworth, Copyright University of Nottingham

NUH NHS Trust

City Hospital is somewhere I visit quite regularly, thankfully given my health background and that it falls partially within Nottingham North rather than any health issues of my own, and today was another such visit, for the first MPs meeting of 2018. As the Trust runs the QMC and Ropewalk House as well as City Hospital, I was joined by both Lilian Greenwood MP and Chris Leslie MP, to discuss several important areas and issues that span citywide with the Trust leadership. These included:

  • Winter pressures
  • Hospital performance
  • Finance
  • Nottingham Treatment Centre
  • The Anti-abortion protest by the 40 Days for Life group
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Despite the Government’s financial neglect of the NHS financially, I think the Trust are doing a tremendous job, and coped admirably over the tough winter period, which is hopefully now behind us!

In Nottingham

As well as that listed above, here’s some of what else I’ve been up to in the constituency this week:

  • I met with Steve and Paul from Bulwell Toy Library, and Matt from Futures to discuss fundraising opportunities for my Rebalancing charity.
  • I had a long discussion with Mike Sassi, Editor of the Nottingham Post, about Data Protection, the Leveson enquiry, the role of local media in society, and the coverage that the Post does in Nottingham. Amongst the large national media, local papers and their TV and internet equivalents, can often be overlooked, but often the news they report is more important to the day-to-day lives of their readers, so I’m keen to support them and investigate the issues they face.
  • I discussed allotments in the city. I know we have a lot of keen owners in the constituency and more opportunities for others to get involved would only benefit our community.
  • I grabbed a coffee with Raza Ali from Riverside Pharmacy to discuss the issues his business is facing
  • I visited the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ to meet with John Buckley, the Chief Fire Officer, to talk about the Service’s role in the area
  • I also caught up with Bestwood Councillor Brian Grocock to discuss some issues in his ward.
  • And I met with a couple of constituents to discuss some of the issues that matter to them, in the absence of a surgery this week. The next one will be on 20th April, so get in touch with my Nottingham office if you’d like an appointment.

That’s all for this week, be back again next week with a preview of what’s to come when Parliament returns.

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.

Lost in Memories
A performance about dementia and caring, in partnership with Bulwell Arts Festival
Bulwell Academy, Squires Avenue, Bulwell, NG6 8HG
Tomorrow, Saturday 7th April, 3pm for 3:30pm start
Free event, donations welcome to cover costs
For more info please contact Cllr Cheryl Barnard, 07946 467190

Erasmus+ funding
Work for a school in Nottingham North? Apply for some of the €170m Erasmus+ funding available this year for schools to exchange staff and pupils. The next deadline for school exchange partnerships is 21st March. Apply now here.

Funding is also available for youth organisations in Nottingham North. Next deadline for youth funding is 26th April. More information here.

Bulwell Arts Festival Applications Open! Deadline 31st March 2018
Applications are open to artists, workshop leaders, performers and volunteers! Taking place from Sat 7th – Sat 14th July 2018, this eight-day festival celebrates the creativity of the people, history and landscape of Bulwell.  You can apply to take part via their online application form here. 

Joining Lines – Community Crochet Project for Bulwell Riverside 
Local Designer and Maker April Towriess has launched an appeal to crocheters from far and wide to send her white crocheted doilies! These will form part of an installation and exhibition at Bulwell Riverside in the this summer. You can follow April’s Unity Doily pattern, which can be found here or use one of your own. Use any white yarn or thread weight you like. When submitting your doily or doilies, let April know your name, age, gender and briefly describe who taught you to crochet and why you do it now.  Each doily and set of comments will be photographed and added to a blurb book which will be available to purchase. All proceeds will be donated to charity.  The closing date for submissions is Saturday 26th April 2018. 

Send your doilies to:
Chris Tilley Community Champion, C/O April Towriess Crochet
Joining Lines Project, Bulwell Tesco Extra Community Room, Jennison Street, Nottingham, NG6 8EQ

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.uk for further information. Dates for your diary include:

·         Sat 21st April, 11am-3pm, Film making Day

·         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
The next Messy Church will be Sunday 8th April, tied in with a special 40th Anniversary Service & Rededication of the church’s West Room and Upper Hall.  Children and their Mums/Dads/Carers are invited to join at 9.30am for a free breakfast.  The special service starts at 10am, with fun games and arts & crafts to follow; all finished off with a lovely lunch.        

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.ukor 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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