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My Newsletter 13/07/2018

My latest weekly newsletter went out on Friday, where I talked about what I’d been up to during the week, our campaign to save Once Upon a Time nursery, and the work I’m currently doing on the Home Affairs Select Committee.

If you don’t receive it by email already, you can also read last week’s issue by clicking here, or email me at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk letting me know that you’d like to start receiving it.

Any previous issues you missed can also be found here.

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.
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