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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.

My Newsletter 29/03/2018

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

A day early this week as we get ready for a long Easter weekend! I’ll be using some of mine to run, 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!

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 Bill Committee

Being away from any Public Bill Committees didn’t last long, as on Tuesday I sat on the Committee for the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill. 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. This is incredibly important, and as this Bill was first put forward in the House of Lords, I’m pleased that it is now close to becoming law.

However, my Labour colleagues and I attempted to make it even better in the Committee Stage, by ensuring that certain aspects were explicitly defined to avoid any potential future barriers. Unfortunately, the Government didn’t find this necessary, but we can soon be glad of this law regardless. I know that Women’s Aid have campaigned extensively to get it in place and can be proud of their efforts.

Passports

If you’ve been following the news lately you’ll know that the Government has recently decided to contract Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto to produce the post-Brexit UK passports. They beat out Hampshire based firm De La Rue, with the Government citing cost as the decisive factor.

Looking at the decision from a purely cost-based perspective is short-sighted however. That fails to acknowledge the value of employing British workers to do the job, tax which can be generated from their income and other indirect benefits.

Defending UK jobs is important. The decision puts 200 jobs at risk immediately, and more could follow unless work is found for the plants which have produced the UK passport without a hitch for the past decade.

This week I’ve therefore been showing my support for Unite’s campaign against the decision, to try save these jobs.

Aspley Sewing Workshop

On Thursday mornings in Parliament, the Leader of the House of Commons, which is currently Andrea Leadsom, discusses the Business of the House with Parliament. This gives MPs an opportunity to ask for a debate on a local topic that’s important to them (while not expecting to be given a debate!). This week I used that opportunity to highlight the Aspley Sewing Workshop, a wonderful local group which has emerged recently and is still growing. You can watch the mention here.

The Aspley Sewing Workshop has been a fantastic example of how the arts can bring different communities together, reduce social isolation and help create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

Over the last 8 weeks, in a project funded by Near Neighbours, 39 women from different faiths and cultures have made use of an underused centre in the heart of their estate – coming together each week to learn to use sewing machines. They have designed and made their own clothes, for themselves and their children, they have used donated fabrics to make bags, cushions and soft toys.

Kimberley Errington from a local social enterprise called ‘Make to Make’ has been facilitating the sessions and is now handing the reigns over to the group who are determined to keep the regular weekly sessions going.

Rebalancing, the charity that I’m proud to Chair in my constituency, works in partnership with residents to activate more creativity in the outer estates of Nottingham North. As Michelle, one of the participants says, ‘we’d all just be sitting in our houses if it wasn’t for this group. Lots of us suffer from anxiety and we’ve found it so welcoming and supportive – we’ve got to keep it going.’

We are encouraging people to take part in developing ‘local creative hubs’ where they live. We believe in the power of art to transform lives and increase people’s health and wellbeing.

In Parliament

On Sunday night I visited Aspley Pentecostal Church to hear Barry Woodward’s story of beating addiction, which was informative and inspiring, then headed to Parliament for the week:

  • On Tuesday I asked Ministers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office what efforts the Government would be making to support Qatar’s progress on workers’ rights and welfare, as highlighted in Impactt’s audit of the Qatari Supreme Committee. You can watch here.
  • Yesterday, before Prime Minister’s Questions, I asked Cabinet Office ministers to commit to tackling the 6 million people left off the electoral register, rather than putting all their efforts into the instances of electoral fraud that can be counted on one hand. You can watch this here.
  • Today I followed up a constituent’s visit to my last surgery, as I brought up the issue of Syria in Parliament, asking the Secretary of State for International Development if she agreed that the Government’s timid reaction to Turkish aggression has compounded the issue. You can watch here.
  • On Monday I met with colleagues to discuss the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act since its inception into British Law.
  • I went to a drop in on the proposed Phase Two route of HS2. HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston was present, as well as area managers and leads from their Engagement, Environment, and Land & Property teams.
  • I met with Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer – who have recently merged, to discuss their priorities and what I can do to help their cause.
  • I discussed the ongoing sleep-in back pay crisis currently threatening the social care sector and its potential impact on Nottingham with Learning Disability Voices.
  • I caught up with James Bowling from Severn Trent Water to discuss the work they’re doing locally.
  • And today I met with Duncan McCormick, who is an advisor to the Qatari Supreme Committee, which is responsible for the 2022 World Cup.

Easter

As this week’s been a little short I’ve not had much time in the constituency to share with you, but with recess starting today I’ll be around for the next 2 weeks, so here’s a very short preview of some of what I have planned. Of course, I’ll fill you in with more detail next Friday:

  • I’ll be spending a day at with the Department for Work and Pensions at Bulwell Job Centre.
  • I’ll be meeting with Mike Sassi, Editor of the Nottingham Post.
  • I’ll be doing some work towards funding ideas for Rebalancing.
  • I’ll be meeting to discuss Nottingham City Allotments.
  • I’ll be catching up with the wonderful Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service.
  • And I’ll be joining other MPs for a meeting at NUH NHS Trust

Look forward to more detail on the above and more soon!

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.

Easter Services at Emmanuel Church, Bestwood
Maundy Thursday 6pm, St. Mark’s Bestwood Village for shared food and a service.
Good Friday at Emmanuel Church 10am-12pm family time, 2pm Hour at The Cross.
Easter Sunday: 6:30am Sunrise Service in Bestwood Country Park followed by pastries and coffee at St. Mark’s
Holy Communion 10am at Emmanuel Church, 10:45am at St. Mark’s

Easter Sunday at St. Mary’s
Free breakfast for 5-11 year olds and their families at 9.30am.  Followed by Easter Service at 10am, with an egg-citing Easter Egg hunt to follow for the children.
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
Easter Sunday, April 1st, from 9.30am

Lost in Memories
A performance about dementia and caring, in partnership with Bulwell Arts Festival
Bulwell Academy, Squires Avenue, Bulwell, NG6 8HG
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 5th April

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

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 23/03/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Lots going on as always. Happily, I managed to get back home on Wednesday night so I’ve had two full days at events locally. So, I’ve plenty to tell you about my week both here and down in Westminster, beginning with a local tipple.

Before you read on to find out what I’ve been up to, I’d also like to praise the successful campaign victory which has led to the Government removing the pay cap for NHS staff. While this has come far too late, and the planned rises over the next 3 years are still likely to lead to a small cut in real terms over that time, thousands of incredible workers who have been the backbone of the NHS without just reward will soon be getting the pay raise that their service and dedication warrants, and that’s something worth celebrating. I hope that the effects this will have on morale and loyalty will make the Government realise just how big a mistake it was for this to take so long.

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.

Shipstone’s

Members of Parliament can arrange with the Parliamentary authorities that they stock a guest beer from their constituency for a week, so this week I arranged for Shipstone’s Beer to be served in Parliament.

As a relatively new Member of Parliament I am trying to make a practical difference to my community. Part of this is supporting local businesses whenever possible, as the products they produce and the people they employ form the lifeblood of our communities, and how better to do that than in Parliament itself. I wanted to highlight the good work that Shipstone’s does because they are a brewery with a mission: make a good beer with a history behind every pour.

I know that many of you are fond of signing that ‘you’ll never beat Des Walker’ and now we’re showing my colleagues that you can’t beat a pint of Nottingham beer either. I think the work that Richard Neale does is terrific. He saw this piece of our community’s history disappearing, so he took it upon himself to bring it back.

Shipstone’s Brewery was founded in 1852 by James Shipstone and continued by his sons. After rising high and dominating the region in the early 20th century, Shipstone’s found itself on the downturn until it sold the name to Greenall’s in 1978. All production ended in 1991.

After looking to revive the tradition of family owned regional English beers, Richard decided that it was his goal to bring Shipstone’s back to its former glory.  Now as a microbrewery of only three people all working to conserve a piece of Nottingham’s history, Shipstone’s is once again thriving, with its reimagined line offering a core range of heritage brews including; Original Bitter, Gold Star pale ale, chocolate malt Nut Brown and a traditional India Pale Ale.

For more information about Shipstone’s Beer products and its history please visit their website here.

In Nottingham

This afternoon I was proud to launch the Bulwell Health & Wellbeing Programme 2018, at Bulwell Riverside.

The Health and Wellbeing Programme, is a guide put together by the charity I chair, Rebalancing, to the many social groups and regular activities in Bulwell that are available to local people. Having a wide range of such activities is incredibly important to making sure people stay healthy, and the effects of that spread into other aspects of life. Steve Lack, our local NHS co-ordinator introduced the event, and I was very pleased to follow him by opening it and talking about the context of the programme, before we also heard from local activist Bill Blackamore, who spoke about the programme in more depth. Once we’d finished talking, everyone who attended had a chance to check out everything that was on offer and do some networking.

I hope that lots of you can take advantage of all the opportunities available, and I was very proud to launch this great initiative.

On a rare occasion outside of recesses, I was lucky to be able to spend two full days in the constituency this week, and took advantage of the extra time to catch up with lots of other great local people and groups too:

  • I visited Henry Whipple Primary School to talk with their year 6 class about my job as an MP and politics in general. It’s never too early to get people interested!
  • I also joined Rufford Primary School, this time to observe one of Nottingham Trent University’s outreach programs in action. Both of Nottingham’s Universities do some excellent work with schools and the rest of the communities, that I’m eager to support as much as possible, and encourage them to put as much of it into our constituency as we can, where University application rates are far lower than they could be.
  • I attended and spoke at last night’s Bilborough Gems Awards. This is a wonderful local initiative, funded by Bilborough Councillors, to annually recognise the achievements of local young people. Congratulations to all those who were recognised; I was very proud to be involved!
  • I met with Wayne Morley and Alun Bullivant from UNISON Nottingham to discuss markets in Nottingham, the value they bring to their local communities, and how we can support the wonderful Bulwell Market in particular, after having also attended an APPG for Markets recently.
  • I had breakfast at Bluecoat Aspley with Sian Hampton, the CEO of Archway Learning Trust, which runs both that school and Bluecoat Beechdale in the constituency. We had a great discussion about the Trust and its plans for the future including growth of Post 16 education in the City.
  • I met with Pete Rogers, Community Organiser with Nottingham Citizens, to discuss how I can continue to support the incredible work they do locally.
  • Prior to the health launch I had also attended a board meeting of Rebalancing.
  • And very importantly I had a security update meeting with Nottinghamshire Police!

Local Government

As a former city councillor, and executive councillor for Health and Adults, I have first-hand experience of the good that local authorities can do. By providing infrastructure and services that make a massive difference to people’s day-to-day lives, councils can often have a much more direct impact than central Government, even if their scope is much narrower. I also however understand how difficult it can be for local authorities to do everything they need to when the funding isn’t sufficient.

Now I’m no longer a councillor, I’ve instead been using my position as Member of Parliament to stick up for and promote the work of local government, so they can continue the good work they do.

On Tuesday morning, I did this through an intervention in a Westminster Hall Debate on ‘Investment in local infrastructure to secure new homes in the East Midlands’. I believe that far too often communities are pitched against developers when houses are to be built. This doesn’t need to be the case, and when the Council is the builder I think we can avoid some of this. As I mentioned last week, Nottingham City Council’s ability to do this has been hamstrung by the cap on central funding for housing projects, despite the Government’s rhetoric, and this is something I will continue to press until the cap is lifted. You can watch my intervention here.

In Parliament

It feels like the first time in a while that I haven’t been on a Bill Committee while in Westminster, and that’s meant I’ve had a bit more time to catch up with my busy meeting schedule:

  • Met with Jon Dale from Unite, with whom I discussed the role of Psychology in helping those struggling with their mental health. He particularly highlighted the value of Specialist Psychological Services in prevention and intervention of severe mental health problems, as well as outlining some of the problems that face the Psychology profession and how we can begin to solve them.
  • Had a quick coffee with former Secretary of State, and now Director of the English Labour Network, John Denham for a chat on the Network’s latest work.
  • I met with Bruce Warwick from Diabetes UK to discuss the importance of food labelling tackling Diabetes.
  • Caught up with Hugh Casswell, formerly of Notts TV, who is now Political Reporter for BBC Radio Nottingham. Local press can be a very useful tool for both campaigning and keeping people informed, so it’s great to have close relationships like this.
  • I met with Ed Funnell from Abellio, one of the bidders for the East Midlands Rail Franchise, the future of which will be decided next year.
  • We had the latest meeting of the East Midlands APPG, which I co-chair, where we discussed the impact of HS2 on the region.
  • I attended a Fabians meeting with other new MPs centred around ideas for Parliamentary Reform – it’s always important to consider how we can improve ourselves.
  • And last but not least, I was lucky enough to be invited along to meet Manchester City representatives about the work they do in communities in Manchester. Given their club’s wonderful success this year, hopefully I can bring some of the ideas to Nottingham!

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.

Hear from Barry Woodward
Evangelist Barry Woodward, author of “Once an Addict” talking about how God transformed his life
Aspley Pentecostal Church, 369 Aspley Lane, NG8 5RR
This Sunday, 25th March, 3pm

Easter Sunday at St. Mary’s
Free breakfast for 5-11 year olds and their families at 9.30am.  Followed by Easter Service at 10am, with an egg-citing Easter Egg hunt to follow for the children.
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
Easter Sunday, April 1st, from 9.30am

Lost in Memories
A performance about dementia and caring, in partnership with Bulwell Arts Festival
Bulwell Academy, Squires Avenue, Bulwell, NG6 8HG
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.

Bilborough Arts Festival (BArts)
Apply now! BArts is gearing up for a second year in venues across Bilborough – involving community groups, schools and individual artists organising creative opportunities and showcasing their work. BArts will take place from Saturday 30 June – Fri 6th July 2018 and the organisers are looking for local artists and volunteers to apply to take part in exhibitions, performances or to run workshops.  The deadline for online applications is 26th March 2018 – find out more 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 10th March, 11am-3pm, Project Launch Day, ACTC

•           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 5th April

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

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 02/02/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

I received some sad news this week that Ken Bullivant who was well-known across Bestwood and Nottingham in the Trade Union and Labour movements passed away last week. Ken was a smart, witty and tenacious man and he will be missed. I have sent my condolences to the family and will be attending the funeral.

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.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Getting things done in Westminster is a tricky art – and each MP does it slightly differently. One way to push issues is through All-Party Parliamentary Groups. These Groups bring MPs from both the Commons and Lords together, on a cross-party basis, to tackle the issues they care about.

This week I became the Co-Chair of two such APPGs: the APPG for the East Midlands and the APPG for Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights.

The APPG for the East Midlands does what it says on the tin. It will allow Parliamentarians of all parties and political opinions to work together to promote the region we represent and are so proud of.  I will Co-Chair Nigel Mills MP. The East Midlands always seems to be neglected in favour of the rest of the country, particularly London and the South-East, and while I bring attention to this regularly, by working together across the party divide in a very split region, we will be able to achieve a lot more. I’ll update you on the work we do together as it happens.

The aims of the APPG for Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights may seem slightly less obvious. The term Mega-Sporting Events describes sporting occasions of the largest possible scale: think Olympic Games, World Cups, Commonwealth Games amongst others. As you’ll remember from the 2012 Olympics, these events require tremendous amounts of planning and work for years and years in advance, if not even longer. This often leads to human rights being sacrificed to save money or time. In Qatar for example where preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is well under way, there have been deaths and thousands more subject to horrendous working conditions. The exact figures aren’t even known and this is just one example. This is not acceptable and along with Co-Chair Baroness Young of Hornsey, we will be working towards improving the conditions for such events.

Teeth Team

On Wednesday evening, I joined Teeth Team for their Annual Report presentation, hosted by Wendy Morton MP. Teeth Team is a charity active in 9 Nottingham North Primary Schools – providing teeth brushing, dental assessments, fluoride varnishing and dental education to help improve oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay.

Having good dental health can go a long way, much further than you’d think, as it is a good indicator of general health, which is a good indicator of education, which is a good indicator of future life prospects. It’s a small step, and while brushing your teeth regularly won’t guarantee anything, it’s certainly an important step in the right direction, in an area that often gets neglected. Over 1 in 4 children in the UK suffers from tooth decay and it’s the most common reason for children under 5 to have to go to hospital, and Teeth Team are doing tremendous work for our children to help fix this.

As well hearing from Wendy Morton as host, we heard from Teeth Team CEO Chris Groombridge, three dental nurses involved with Teeth Team, Caroline Coleman of Simplyhealth and the Rt. Hon Alan Johnson, who first piloted Teeth Team in his constituency of Hull. All of them gave a wonderful representation of how far Teeth Team has come, and how it can continue to grow in the future. Hopefully in more Nottingham North schools.

In Parliament

With yet another sitting Friday this week, I’ve had a long busy week in Westminster. This started with questioning the Education Minister on Monday. I received assurance from the new Minister of State for Education that that relationship and sex education lessons would continue to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive and reflect the needs of all young people, as the previous Secretary of State had also committed to. You can watch my questions and his answers here.

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has published a report this week on diplomacy post-Brexit. I took the opportunity to press the Chair about the ramifications for tackling Modern Slavery. This can be seen here.

As well as this, and the APPG meetings and Teeth Team event I’ve already mentioned, here is some of the other work that has filled up my week outside of the Chamber:

  • I met with Luigi Leo, the former England Boxing Team manager, to follow up a meeting I had a few weeks ago and discuss the amateur boxing landscape in England.
  • Gemma Egan-Perkins from the Traveller Movement briefed me on the issues that the charity is facing in support of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities across the UK. These groups have some of the worst outcomes in the UK yet get little attention so it was interesting to find out about this in more detail and learn what I can do to help.
  • Ahead of the vote on Parliamentary restoration I was given a tour of the estate basement to see just how dire the situation is for myself. In the vote itself, I chose to vote for the cheapest, quickest option which will see the Palace fully decanted from 2025 as this motion passed.
  • I also had meetings with Muscular Dystrophy UK and Alzheimer’s UK – two wonderful health related charities who I’ll be working with to support the groups that each represents.

In Nottingham

  • Recently we had the disappointing news that despite many exciting proposals drawn up Nottingham was not selected as one of twelve pilot sites for Sports England’s new approaches to physical activity. Nevertheless we must still try to do as much as we can so I am meeting the Council next week to discuss it further and I raised it in the Commons yesterday, watch here.
  • One of our key efforts to improve health in our community is through lung cancer screenings – something that we are leading the country in. I have been in touch this week with Paula Chadwick from Roy Castle Foundation by phone for a progress update on rolling out the next wave. This programme has saved lives already and we need to roll it out so it can save more.
  • Today I have just finished an interesting visit to the Tesco Extra on Jennison Street, where I learnt all about the great work they’re doing locally in collaboration with Community Food Connection.
  • Tomorrow I will be meeting with colleagues from the Co-op Party to discuss our plans for the year ahead.

One final thing: The City Council are co-ordinating a social media campaign to highlight the Centenary Cities Nottingham project – celebrating the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the vote. Part of this is a ‘thunderclap’ on Facebook and Twitter, where subscribers all send the same message at the same time to get maximum exposure. To join in with your Facebook or Twitter, please sign up here.

That’s all for now, back again next week!

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.

‘We are the Lions, Mr Manager’
A play telling the story of the Grunswick dispute, and its inspirational leader, Jayaben Desai, put on by Nottinghamshire TUC and Townsend Productions
Wednesday 14th February, 7pm, Polish Eagle Club, Sherwood Rise, NG7 6JN
Thursday 15th February, 7pm, Create Theatre, Mansfield, NG18 5BH
Tickets £12, (£6 conc.), for further info for the Nottingham performance email nottstuc@nottsnut.co.uk or call/text the secretary, Liam Conway, on 07746620779. For the Mansfield performance, email/text/call Ann Donlan (01623 416895 exandretiredminers@hotmail.co.uk) or Jon Dale (07779 205101 jihdale@lineone.net)

Nottingham Festival of Science & Curiosity
Various events bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the heart of Nottingham
Various Locations
14th-21st February
For more information and full schedule, please visit www.nottsfosac.co.uk

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 1st March

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

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

Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
Bestwood Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate
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 Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Usually first Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm

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

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

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

 

E.ON are currently offering free cavity wall and loft insulation for homes across Britain
• Potential combined savings of more than £1,000 from free insulation and savings on heating bills
• Limited offer, regardless of energy supplier
• Free insulation details are available at eoninstall.com or 0330 400 1083

 

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.

To unsubscribe, please click here. Privacy: we won’t pass on your email address to anyone else. See http://www.labour.org.uk/privacy

My Newsletter 26/01/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

For the last couple of weeks (this week too), I’ve ended this newsletter with a letter from Nottingham City Councillor David Mellen, who has this month been reading to 2018 children to raise money for the Imagination Library, an amazing scheme which delivers one free book a month to children aged 0-5 in the communities it serves.

Yesterday I took the opportunity to highlight this tremendous charitable effort in the House of Commons Chamber to draw attention to David’s work, the scheme, and most importantly the need for us to improve our children’s literacy levels, knowing how they can make a huge impact on future life.

You can watch this contribution in the Chamber here, and donate to David’s cause here.

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.

Violence against Women

This week gave me another opportunity to highlight once again an issue that I care very much about: domestic violence against women. For the second time now, this representation was made directly to the Prime Minister.

This has been an ongoing campaign. Back in November I attended a Parliamentary summit to mark White Ribbon Day, with the focus on how we encourage men to be agents of change in the workplace. This was followed up in December by an informative open evening at Nottingham Women’s Centre, where I got to meet some incredibly brave survivors of such violence, my contribution to Jess Phillips’ Westminster Hall Debate on Women’s Refuge Centres (of which there are 4 under threat in Nottingham), a Parliamentary Briefing by Women’s Aid on the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill (which we’re still waiting on), and I used my first question to the Prime Minister to ask if she would step in to protect our Women’s Refuge Centres. Just yesterday I also met with Elizabeth Filkin from the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse, to discuss how we can prevent similar behaviour in the workplace.

And so on Tuesday I joined Dame Julie Walters, Women’s Aid, 38 Degrees, a domestic violence survivor and other MPs to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, asking her once again to halt changes to women’s refuge funding. Tuesday was the final day of the government’s consultation on these planned changes, which spell disaster for domestic abuse refuges. The proposed model will remove refuge’s last secure form of funding – housing benefit – and devolve housing costs to local authorities to “fund services that meet the needs of their local areas”. I believe that domestic abuse is a problem that needs a national response, so I hope the Prime Minister and the Government finally heed our warnings. I will keep fighting until they do.

In Nottingham

Unlike last week with a sitting Friday, I was pleased to have more time in Nottingham and the constituency this week, as I travelled back yesterday afternoon.

I had time locally Monday morning too, when I kicked off the week by attending the East Midlands Public Health Conference, hosted by Public Health England. I gave a speech myself, on how public health can work within the political system to address current challenges, and listened to some interesting contributions from other local public health experts. Summits such as these are great ways to share and improve ideas, and with a local focus its even more useful to gather great ideas to bring to Westminster.

This morning I met with a wonderful group of politically-minded children at a meeting of Transform Trust, a school council of sorts made up with two representatives from each school that is involved. They had lots of interesting questions for me, so I only hope my answers helped teach them something and maybe inspire them to continue representing their peers in their future lives.

Following that, we had the latest board meeting of Rebalancing the Outer Estates, as we continue to look ahead to this year’s work and continue planning the Jobs Fair on 9th March. Look back to my newsletter on 12th January for more about that.

I then popped to BesTop Kitchen at Bestwood Park Church for a great lunch at their Responsible Business Community Engagement Network Event. The speakers I heard were excellent, focussing on what can be done by our local businesses to help embrace the people of Nottingham North better. I’m proud that these newsletters have been full of great work being done by organisations in the area, but we can always do more, and events like this are an ideal opportunity to help fuel efforts and generate better ideas on how to do it.

Afterwards I’ve met with local Councillors and Council staff to discuss children’s dental health A something which is a real issue for some. Just now, I met with Alan Hardy, the owner of one of Nottingham’s two great league teams. I’ve already done lots of work with Notts County’s Sports in the Community program, so it was great to discuss this with the man at the top, who I know is very keen to continue engaging with the people of Nottingham, being one himself.

Nuclear Safeguards

Tuesday was the last stages (Report and Third Reading) of the Government’s Nuclear Safeguards Bill, before it passed into the House of Lords.

As you may know, I sat on the Public Bills Committee for this Bill, meaning I went into lots of detail trying to improve it after hearing evidence and opinions of experts in the field. This evidence led me to believe that the UK doesn’t have to leave Euratom, the European Atomic Energy Community as part of Brexit, we shouldn’t leave it if that is the case, and if we do have to leave it, it’s in our best interests to align our nuclear safeguard policy with that of Euratom as much as possible.

Unfortunately, the Bill in its current state, which passed without amendment on Tuesday, does not make this explicit, even though the Government have said they agree, and allows for future change from this stance without Parliamentary approval. I do not believe this is acceptable, and spoke in the House of Commons during the debate to make this argument.

There’s nothing more I can do for now, but hope that the House of Lords see sense, and send the Bill back to the House of Commons with these sensible changes in place. You can watch my contribution to the debate here.

In Parliament

While I’ve already mentioned three of the things I got up to in Westminster this week, that’s far from all, so here’s some of the other things that I spent my time on:

  • A UNISON Round-Table on Wholly Owned Subsidiaries in the NHS, alongside Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Jon Ashworth MP
  • Filming for a light segment on Dave’s Unspun with Matt Forde – I’ll let you know when it’s airing when I find out!
  • Attending a meeting of the APPG for ADHD, where impressionist Rory Bremner spoke to those in attendance.
  • A meeting with Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, John Healey MP, to discuss Labour Housing policy and how it suits the situation in Nottingham North
  • One-to-one’s with my Westminster team, who do a terrific job helping me serve our community.

That’s all for this week. Next week starts with a question to the Secretary of State for Education!

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.

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.

‘We are the Lions, Mr Manager’
A play telling the story of the Grunswick dispute, and its inspirational leader, Jayaben Desai, put on by Nottinghamshire TUC and Townsend Productions
Wednesday 14th February, 7pm, Polish Eagle Club, Sherwood Rise, NG7 6JN
Thursday 15th February, 7pm, Create Theatre, Mansfield, NG18 5BH
Tickets £12, (£6 conc.), for further info for the Nottingham performance email nottstuc@nottsnut.co.uk or call/text the secretary, Liam Conway, on 07746620779. For the Mansfield performance, email/text/call Ann Donlan (01623 416895 exandretiredminers@hotmail.co.uk) or Jon Dale (07779 205101 jihdale@lineone.net)

Nottingham Festival of Science & Curiosity
Various events bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the heart of Nottingham
Various Locations
14th-21st February
For more information and full schedule, please visit www.nottsfosac.co.uk

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

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

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

Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
Bestwood Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate
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 Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Usually first Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm

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

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

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

P.S. As mentioned at the top, please have a read of this letter from Cllr. David Mellen, the Early Years Portfolio Holder on Nottingham City Council, who is raising money for an incredible cause aimed at helping more young children read, Imagination Library.

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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My Newsletter 16/03/18

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Another busy week in Parliament means this issue will read like a game of Westminster bingo, with Questions, Debates and Committees all featuring. And of course there’s always lots of local news – I’ll start with the biggest one.

Read on to find out what I’ve been up to…

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.

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