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My Newsletter 10/11/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

With the Parliamentary calendar on Monday and Tuesday being quiet and the rest of the week being recess I’ve spent the whole week in Nottingham; a welcome change after a lot of time in Westminster recently. So I’ve had a full week to catch up with lots of people, whose concerns, views and ideas I’ll be bringing back to Parliament next week.

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.

Schools!

Friday is usually the only weekday I get the in the constituency, so it can be difficult to visit schools as often as I’d like, so I took full advantage of having the whole week and visited five of our local schools this week.

  • The Grand Opening of Park Vale Academy

On Wednesday morning, I was honoured to be shown around and then officially open Park Vale Academy’s terrific new campus. You may be aware that the Academy, formerly Top Valley Academy, is now part of the Redhill Academy Trust, and it was great to see the positive changes that have come because of this. The new buildings are fantastic and as we walked around the school the positive effect it was having on the pupils was evident; they were proud of their new facilities and determined to make the most of them. I look forward to seeing this be reflected in the numbers in years to come.

  • Primary Visits

As well as Park Vale Academy, I also visited Heathfield, St. Margaret Clitherow, Portland Spencer and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour primary schools. At each of these I had productive chats with the Heads, with whom I discussed their progress, successes and the issues they are facing. I also particularly enjoyed being able to talk to the Key Stage 2 students at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour about my role as their local MP and answer all the great questions they had – I just hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!

As a Chair of Governors myself, I know that the importance of education can never be understated, particularly in the earlier years, and I will continue to fight for these schools, and the others in the constituency, in Westminster so all their pupils can receive the education they deserve and not be denied the right opportunities later in life.

Supporting Local Business

I also managed to meet with some local businesses during my week in Nottingham North. My constituency is one of the most residential in the country and when people think of business they often think of the city centre. But we’ve got high-quality businesses in our community and we need more so that local people have access to good employment.

It’s my job to not only stick up for those we do have, but also to encourage more people to come and take advantage of the benefits of doing business here.

  • Chinook Sciences

Did you know that Nottingham was home to a clean tech energy firm that’s one of the fastest growing companies in Europe and exporting its revolutionary technology all over the world? Well, Chinook Science are just that. And they have grand plans for the future that might well involve our area – watch this space. I went to see them to talk about their plans and how I could help. We need skilled work in our area and I’ll chase every opportunity to secure it.

  • NISA Local Basford

I met with Kully and Sandy Sandhu who run the NISA convenience store on Arnold Road in Basford. This store (and other convenience stores elsewhere in the constituency) plays an often-underappreciated role in the community, employing local people and offering an extensive range of fresh produce, food to go, National Lottery and services such as Click and Collect. It’s also easy to overlook some of the difficulties that come with running a small store like this though, not least business rates and deposit return schemes that I discussed with the Sandhus.

When overheads greatly increase, like they have for some firms due to business rate revaluation, it has a real impact. So, I took away good ideas how I might help this store and others like it.

  • Micro-Mesh

A few weeks ago I had attended a business breakfast at Micro-Mesh in Bulwell. Having seen their facility I wanted to see more! James and Bob Underwood kindly showed me around and talked about their business. There’s is exactly the sort of business we need in Britain: high-tech, high-quality, competing globally and providing skilled work locally. I was also able to help them with an issue they were having so my visit was well timed.

Offering my support

As you’ve probably noticed by now, a lot of my time and energy is spent on the groups that I believe to be particularly important, either to Nottingham North specifically or the people of the UK as a whole. I feel the best way to be able to support the aims of these groups, whether charities, unions or other organisations is to stay as up to date with their campaigns and challenges as I can, which means meeting with them regularly. Often this will be in London, but it’s great to meet with locally based groups or branches when I’m at home, and that’s how I spent a lot of time this week.

  • Family Nurse Partnership

My predecessor, Graham Allen, worked closely to support the introduction of Family Nurse Partnership in Nottingham, and I met with Caroline Wragg and Rebekah Adgar on Monday so I can continue this. It’s now been 10 years since FNP have been present in Nottingham, and their nurses have done incredible work supporting young families with new-borns in the area over the last decade. I hope in the next 10 years I can work alongside Caroline and Rebekah to help FNP make even more of a positive impact in the area.

  • UNISON

I also met with Ash Morley, the East Midlands Regional Organised for UNISON. I used to work for UNISON, so know first-hand the amazing work they do for the workers they represent, which is 1 in 25 across the country. It was very productive to hear from Ash what work is being done locally, and more importantly, discuss what I can do as MP to defend our workers’ rights alongside him.

  • NUH Trust

Part of City Hospital is in Nottingham North and of course, many of you from Nottingham North will use both this Hospital and the QMC in Lenton, so I think it’s very important I stay up to date with all aspects of the NUH Trust’s planning. This is even more the case given my role on Labour’s Health team. This week I met with Andrew Chatten, the Director of Estates and Facilities, to discuss the physical aspects of both hospitals, and primarily hear about the challenges they are facing as they look forward and plan for the future. With the number of people who use the hospitals and the high standard required of any temporary space, making any upgrades, improvements or repairs is a logistical challenge I certainly wouldn’t want to face. I was pleased to hear the work Andrew and his team are doing to look ahead, and I’ll do what I can to support the long-term strategy which I believe will be best for the patients in the long run.

  • And more to come this weekend

Tomorrow, I’ll be talking to the East Midlands Political Conference of Unite the Union. I’ll be discussing how things are in Parliament, what happens next and how working people can have a greater say in their lives.

Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. I will be at the Embankment to lay a wreath on behalf of our community as we mark those who have lost their lives in war and who dead so the we can live the free and peaceful lives we lead. We must never forget.

Alan Clark

Finally, a very happy note to end on. You’ll remember that earlier this year I wrote about Councillor Alan Clark who passed away this Summer. Well this week he won the LGiU national award for work on the environment. He has left Nottingham with a wonderful legacy from his years of tireless work.

In the photo, you can see Councillor Eunice Campbell proudly collecting the national Place-shaping and Environment award on behalf of her husband.

You can read more here.

What’s On

I want these emails to be as interesting as possible. That means there’ll be some politics – it’s important that I am held accountable. But I also want to offer information about what’s on locally. So, if you have an event you’d like me to advertise, let me know.

Christmas Fayre
Various stalls including Christmas stall, nearly new, gifts and fancy goods, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, cuddly toys, jewellery, pluck-a-duck, Christian literature. Santa’s grotto. Light refreshments available.
St Mary the Virgin and All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
25th November, 11am-2pm

Christmas Coffee Morning
Many stalls, gifts, toys, toiletries, bric-a-brac. Preserves, refreshments, cakes
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
25th November, 10:30am

Chit and Chatter
Come and meet old friends and make some new ones over coffee, tea and biscuits.
Emmanuel Church Hall, Church View Close, NG5 9QP
29th November, 10am-12pm

Christmas Concert
A concert in Celebration of Christmas by The Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers directed by BM WO1 Simon Kerwin
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
15th December, 7:30pm
Tickets £6.00 or pay on the door. For more information tel 01159161787

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturdays – 2nd December, 10:30am

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

 

I’d also like to congratulate Bulwell Forest Garden on their recent award win.  They were awarded a Michael Varnam Award in the group category for the difference they’ve made in our area, particularly recognising the hard work and commitment from residents doing an amazing job to improve and strengthen our community.

I’ve heard that many families enjoyed their annual Spooky Monday event on Monday, with 260 residents enjoying being able to carve pumpkins, take part in craft activities, bake some delicious pumpkin gingerbread in the clay oven and enjoy homemade pumpkin soup.

The garden, located at will be open to the public 1pm-4pm, Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat until mid-December. In January, they will start planning the events and activities taking place throughout 2018. If you would like to be involved, please contact Barbara on 07890557854, and keep an eye out as I’ll be advertising the events in my newsletter once they’ve been organised.

You may also recall I advertised Aviva’s Community Fund recently. I’m pleased to hear that Bilborough Arts have applied to support their 2018 Festival. However, this funding depends on public votes, so please can you show your support by voting for their project here. I’m sure it will be an incredible festival, and be even better if they can receive this extra funding.

I’m delighted to hear that Bilborough Arts aren’t the only group who have applied for this funding. Nottingham Peace Project, who I talked about in the summer have been busy providing music and poetry lessons to groups of disadvantaged young people across the constituency, and have also applied to the Aviva Community Fund. They’re an amazing group and you can show your support for their project here.

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 3/11/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

This week has been a long Westminster one as today is a sitting Friday so I’ve needed to be in London all week so this bulletin will be a Parliament-heavy one. Happily, next week I have a full constituency week with lots on so I’ll make up for it next Friday!

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.

In Parliament

I’ve recently been appointed to the Public Bills Committee for the Nuclear Safeguards Bill – a bill which when it becomes law will provide for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. A Public Bill Committee’s job is to scrutinise all bills (other than Finance Bills or those scrutinised by the whole house) in detail, so I will be part of this for the next few weeks as we hear evidence and discuss changes based upon it. We go into a lot of detail as we examine the Bill and potential amendments line-by-line, so this has taken up a lot of my time this week, but I’ve still had time to question Ministers, hold usual meetings and join in debates.

Our key campaign in Parliament is to tackle tax dodging, as Jeremy Corbyn brought up in PMQs on Wednesday. The current global tax system is deeply unjust, with recent reports stating that multinational corporations avoided paying as much as £5.8 billion in UK corporate taxes last year by booking profits in overseas entities.

That’s why I voted for the ‘New Clause 2’ amendment of the Finance Bill on Tuesday, which would have required all those who make money from trading on our shores to pay their taxes here too, while raising at least £6bn to plug the growing deficit. With austerity affecting the most vulnerable in society most of all, this loophole and the loss it represents cannot be ignored any longer, and this clause could close it. Unfortunately, this amendment was defeated by the Government, but I will continue to fight for these much-needed changes.

I was fortunate to be able to question three Ministers this week, the first of which was a topical question to the Department for Communities and Local Government. This means that unlike most questions, the Minister hasn’t seen the question in advance and had a chance to prepare, much like the situation the Prime Minister faces every Wednesday. I asked the Local Government Minister about the Transition Grant, a pot of money designed to smooth over the move from central to local funding for local authorities, of which 80% of the 2016 allocation went to Tory councils. I asked the Minister whether he would pledge to make future calculations on a needs-first basis and make them public, which he avoided. You can watch this question and answer here. The lack of transparency here is outrageous. This is something that Cllr Graham Chapman has raised over recent months and I am keen to support those efforts. With Ministers being so evasive our next stop is the Public Accounts Committee.

I was then fortunate enough to get called to question the Justice Department on Tuesday. I demanded an explanation from the Prisons Minister for the shocking number of deaths recently at HMP Nottingham. In a 4-week period this year there have been 5 deaths at the prison – 4 by suicide and 1 drug-related – and last year there were 5 too. In the 10 years before that, from 2005, there were only 4 deaths at the prison in total, so something has clearly gone very wrong in the last couple of years. The Government need to explain what this is and fix it before more people become victims.

I know that in recent years the prisoner intake has increased by up to 30%, but staffing levels haven’t increased to match due to inadequate funding. I therefore urge the Government to provide the money that our prisons need, as this shortage is clearly increasing the risk to inmates, and most likely to the staff too. I’ll be staying on top of the Minister until we get to the bottom of this horrific pattern and fix it. You can watch this question and the Minister’s response here.

My third question was to the Welsh Minister. This clearly doesn’t relate directly to us in Nottingham, but not only is it important I help my Welsh Labour colleagues hold the Government to account, I was also able to take the opportunity to question the Minister on something with a strong local connection – electrification of train lines. You may know that the Government have cancelled the electrification of the Midlands Main Line, despite promising it in their election manifesto and afterwards. Well they have done this in Wales too, to the route between Cardiff and Swansea, so I used the opportunity to ask exactly what technological developments have stopped it being a good idea.

My fourth contribution this week was in a Westminster Hall debate on Puppy Smuggling – an important issue I’ve learnt a lot more about thanks to working with the Dogs Trust in the build-up to Westminster Dog of the Year last week. So many puppies, many of which are underage and unvaccinated, are smuggled into the UK each year that we aren’t even able to calculate how many. Part of the reason for this is that the penalties for doing so are insignificant compared to the potential benefits for smugglers and even in some cases, entirely avoidable, so I rose the importance of having real deterrents to put people off trying.

Despite all this I still had time for a number of meetings. You’ll likely know by now that I support the Unions in standing up for workers’ rights wholeheartedly, and met with two representatives from GMB to discuss how I can help them in this fight for the 631,000 workers they represent across the UK. They have several ongoing campaigns I support, not least of all their struggle to end the public sector pay pinch. As well as these I also met with representatives from Unison, to talk about how we can work together.

I also had two important meetings with health-related groups, Fight for Sight, who fund scientific research to reduce sight loss, and Action Cerebral Palsy, who campaign to increase awareness of cerebral palsies in both adults and children. Both groups do incredible work for the people they represent, all of whom deserve more support than they get, and it was helpful to hear about the hurdles they face, and work out what I can do to help get over them.

Another meeting I had this week was a bit more out of the ordinary. I met with a delegation of expatriate pensioners, who are in Parliament for the week to discuss their pensions. I was surprised to learn that after paying tax in the UK, the amount of state pension you receive varies depending on where you chose to retire to – based purely on arbitrary reciprocal agreements made long ago. One example is the anomaly that UK pensioners living in Canada have their pensions frozen whilst those just over the border in the US do not. There is no rhyme or reason, either, for where this does or does not apply. This of course seems entirely unfair on those who contributed their whole working lives, and I was glad to be able to discuss what can be done to fix the injustice.

I’ve been in Parliament again today, as we attempted to pass important Private Members’ Bills. The first of these which I support would require hospitals to publish data on how and when physical force is used, and improve oversight and training so that staff are aware of the risks of unconscious bias against minority groups such as young black men with mental ill-health. This was sadly prompted by the death of Olaseni Lewis after he voluntarily admitted himself into Bethlem Royal Hospital in August 2010.

Another Bill we discussed today aimed to reduce the voting age to 16. As we know, you currently must be 18 or older to vote in all elections in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but notably not Scotland. When I was in Scotland campaigning before the Independence referendum in 2014, I was blown away by the enthusiasm of the young people who had finally been given an opportunity to get involved as 16- and 17- year olds could vote. In fact, 89% of all 16 and 17 year olds registered to vote – clearly defying the far-too-common expectation that they wouldn’t be interested in engaging anyway.

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.

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

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturdays – November 4th, December 2nd, 10:30am

Christmas Coffee Morning
Many stalls, gifts, toys, toiletries, bric-a-brac. Preserves, refreshments, cakes
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturday November 25th, 10:30am

I’d also like to congratulate Bulwell Forest Garden on their recent award win.  They were awarded a Michael Varnam Award in the group category for the difference they’ve made in our area, particularly recognising the hard work and commitment from residents doing an amazing job to improve and strengthen our community.

I’ve heard that many families enjoyed their annual Spooky Monday event on Monday, with 260 residents enjoying being able to carve pumpkins, take part in craft activities, bake some delicious pumpkin gingerbread in the clay oven and enjoy homemade pumpkin soup.

The garden, located at will be open to the public 1pm-4pm, Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat until mid-December. In January, they will start planning the events and activities taking place throughout 2018. If you would like to be involved, please contact Barbara on 07890557854, and keep an eye out as I’ll be advertising the events in my newsletter once they’ve been organised.

You may also recall I advertised Aviva’s Community Fund recently. I’m pleased to hear that Bilborough Arts have applied to support their 2018 Festival. However, this funding depends on public votes, so please can you show your support by voting for their project here. I’m sure it will be an incredible festival, and be even better if they can receive this extra funding.

I’m delighted to hear that Bilborough Arts aren’t the only group who have applied for this funding. Nottingham Peace Project, who I talked about in the summer have been busy providing music and poetry lessons to groups of disadvantaged young people across the constituency, and have also applied to the Aviva Community Fund. They’re an amazing group and you can show your support for their project here.

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

That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…

All the best,

Alex

 

 

 

 

How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.

If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:

  • your full name
  • your full postal address, including postcode
  • a contact telephone number and
  • any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.

Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here: findyourmp.parliament.uk.

You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.

 

Other useful links

LABOUR PARTY

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

LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL INFORMATION

  • Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
  • Housing: please contact your City Council
  • Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
  • Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
  • Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.
  • Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
  • Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.

NATIONAL LINKS

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

My Newsletter 27/10/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

After the breaks for the summer and party conferences Parliament is now truly back in the swing of things and I’ve been busy as usual, with a lot of work to keep you up to date on.

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.

In Parliament

So there’s been a lot happening in Parliament this week, with important debates on Universal Credit, Social Care, Supported Housing and Modern Slavery amongst others, alongside the usual Ministerial Questions, and as always I had several meetings filling my schedule.

My major engagement in the chamber was my contribution to the debate on Modern Slavery which was led by my Labour colleague, Vernon Coaker MP. One of the biggest issues with Modern Slavery is awareness, with 1 of 10 not knowing that it refers to the forced labour, trafficking and exploitation of workers, and 2 in 3 not knowing how to recognise it, so I talked about this and what we can do to improve the situation, and allow the Act to make the difference it intended. You can watch my contribution here.

You’ll see that I and others raise a series of practical requests for to how to improve the legislation. Happily the minister agreed to lots of these – a rarity! – so we made a real difference. There’s much more to do but I’m delighted we’re making headway.

On Monday I was drawn to ask a Parliamentary Question of Michael Fallon, the Secretary of State for Defence, and took my opportunity to hold the Government to account on the progress they are making on the implementation of their 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), and find out whether they are on track to meet their 2020 targets. You can watch the Minister’s response to that question here.

I used my given Supplementary Question to ask specifically about one element of the SDSR which I believe to be very important: diversity. SDSR 2015 aimed for at least 10% of Armed Forces personnel to be BAME yet currently only 2.4% of Regular Officers are from a BAME background, and none of these are of two- star rank or above. This is clearly not good enough, and certainly not in line with the target, so I asked the Minister to tell me when the Ministry of Defence will publish a new diversity strategy to get to grips with this challenge? You can watch me asking this, and the Minister’s response here.

Last week I told you all about the Opposition victory on pausing the disastrous Universal Credit rollout after the Opposition Day Debate, where the Government refused to vote in order to avoid being beaten, but a forced vote led to a 299-0 result backing the pause. This week we had a similar situation in both Opposition Day Debates, as the Government abstained from motions on Social Care and Supported Housing so that there wouldn’t be a vote in which they could be embarrassed and shown that the will of the people opposes their policy agenda. This is not how a democracy should operate, with the Government acting like dictators, which is especially remarkable with a minority Government.

As well as these involvements in the chamber, I had plenty going on. I attended a briefing hosted by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhrythe former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir and President of PTI Kashmir, who explained the current security and human rights situation in South Asia, with special reference to Kashmir. I know we have a number of Indian and Pakistani members of our community whose views on this conflict are borne from personal experiences, so I think it’s vital that I stay briefed on the situation as a resolution continues to be sought.

I also joined a number of my Labour colleagues to meet Unison, where we discussed how we can work in tandem with the Union to represent workers and protect their rights as efficiently as possible. There were also meetings with Ferrero Rocher, to discuss the impact of Brexit on British business, and Later Life Ambitions, who enlightened me on all the excellent work they do to ensure that opportunities stay open for pensioners.

Rounding off my week in Westminster were two meetings of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) which I attended. These are cross-party groups dedicated to specific subjects of all natures, who often work in collaboration with outside organisations to address the issues surrounding their subjects of choice.

Being a big fan of Bulwell Market on a Saturday morning, as it truly is the best place to pick up a bargain and meet as many people as possible, but in the modern age of globalisation local markets are certainly under threat, so I attended the All Party Parliamentary Market Group meeting to support the protection of our markets. The other APPG was of a more personal note, which was the APPG for American Football, a sport I’m a big fan of and hope to help develop more in the UK.

In the Constituency

I’m back home today and have a full day’s work in the constituency. I was pleased to visit the CHDA Assessment Centre on Stoney Street in the City Centre, so I could see first-hand exactly what happens when people are being assessed for benefits. This can be a very controversial topic and I’ve heard many stories from those who have had to undertake unnecessary or unsuitable assessments, but it’s also important to know for myself exactly what this entails for those people, as well as those where an assessment is necessary, and see what needs to be improved upon.

I’ve also today met with Katie Whittam, Unite’s Regional and Political Officer for the East Midlands, to discuss the issues that workers in our region specifically are facing, and how I can work with her and her team to protect their rights and improve the situation.

As you’re reading this I’ll likely be on my way back to Bulwell for my latest surgery. We have another full schedule and I’m keen to see what I can do to help people out. Please get in touch with my office if you’d like to see me next time. As for the rest of the weekend, I’ll be out on doorsteps as usual, and I look forward to seeing some of you there!

And finally…

You’ll have seen in recent weeks that I’ve been promoting the Westminster Dog of the Year competition. Of course that’s been a celebration of dogs, which I enjoy. But it’s had a serious message too. It’s been about promoting good socialisation and training of dogs as well as highlighting key issues such as puppy smuggling.

The event was yesterday where I was joined by Boomer and Corona just outside Parliament for a couple of hours, where we had a great time at the event which was run by The Kennel Cluband Dog’s Trust. My two boys, and 9 other dogs and MPs took part in the day, which involved playing with some agility equipment, humans and hounds socialising with each other, being quizzed by a small panel of judges, and posing for countless photographs.

Unfortunately, Boomer and Corona didn’t make it into the top 3 as chosen by the judges, but I think we did one better, by winning the ‘pawblic’ vote! I’m very proud of both Boomer and Corona for being incredibly well behaved on the day, and incredibly grateful to everyone who helped us achieve this on our first (but surely not last) attempt. I hope everyone involved enjoyed the morning as much as we did, and even more importantly, hope that it helps bring attention to the problems affecting dogs nationwide.

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.

‘Curating Gibbs’, Annual Evelyn Gibbs Talk
Colette Griffin, assistant curator at Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery discusses 2016 exhibition, Evelyn Gibbs in Peace and Wartime
St. Martin’s Church, St. Martin’s Road Bilborough, NG8 3BH
Tonight, Friday 27th October, 7.30pm, £5 (£3 con.)

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

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

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturdays –November 4th, December 2nd, 10:30am

Christmas Coffee Morning
Many stalls, gifts, toys, toiletries, bric-a-brac. Preserves, refreshments, cakes
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturday November 25th, 10:30am

You may also recall I advertised Aviva’s Community Fund recently. I’m pleased to hear that Bilborough Arts have applied to support their 2018 Festival. However, this funding depends on public votes, so please can you show your support by voting for their project here. I’m sure it will be an incredible festival, and be even better if they can receive this extra funding.

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

That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…

All the best,

Alex

 

 

 

 

How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.

If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:

  • your full name
  • your full postal address, including postcode
  • a contact telephone number and
  • any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.

Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here: findyourmp.parliament.uk.

You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.

 

Other useful links

LABOUR PARTY

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

LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL INFORMATION

  • Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
  • Housing: please contact your City Council
  • Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
  • Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
  • Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.
  • Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
  • Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.

NATIONAL LINKS

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

My Newsletter 20/10/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

As always, it’s been another busy week, particularly with by-elections yesterday in Nottingham North, with three new councillors elected to the City Council. Congratulations to Nick Raine, who has been elected to my old seat in Basford. Similar congratulations to Georgia Power and Cheryl Weston, elected in Bestwood and Bulwell Forest respectively. They were all elected as party politicians but I know they will work to get the best for everyone in their ward. Having seen how hard they worked on the campaign trail I know they will all make excellent Councillors.

Before going over what I’ve been up to this week, I’d like to talk about a vote we had in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon on a matter which I, and I’m sure many of you, consider to be incredibly important: Universal Credit.

During an Opposition Day Debate, Labour called for the full rollout to be paused as the current state of it has been shown to not be fit for purpose. I touched on the impact of Universal Credit last week during my Westminster Hall debate, but this debate and vote was an opportunity for the Government to be told with complete clarity that Universal Credit, as is being rolled out, with a mandatory 6-week delay affecting those already in abject poverty, is unacceptable, and we did just that.

By the time the full rollout is complete in 2023 there are estimated to be 23,000 families in the constituency who will be on Universal Credit, all of whom will have to wait 6 weeks to receive anything, for no good reason, and 1 in 4 would be left without enough money to get by. I don’t think I need to point out the effect that this is going to have on these families who are clearly already struggling to get by. It will mean hunger, rent arrears, arrears on bills, stress, anxiety and many more problems that we wouldn’t wish on anyone, yet the Government seem content to let this happen, as it won’t be them that it’s happening to.

Unfortunately, the vote is non-binding as we voted 299 to 0 in favour of pausing the rollout, but the Conservatives decision to abstain rather than be beaten in a proper vote does not hide the fact that the House has deemed Universal Credit not good enough. The Government has lost the argument and lost the vote. The will of the people is clear and I will continue to urge the Government to fix this fatal flaw, so that less vulnerable people must suffer because of it, ensure that anyone who needs a payment gets one within 2 weeks, with no requirement to pay it back, and provide access to a minimum standard of support to help people adapt to Universal Credit.

For the final time as the event is next week, voting for Westminster Dog of the Year is still open. Get your friends and family to vote if they haven’t already! We’ve had wonderful support so far and my two wonderful border collies, Boomer and Corona, are desperate to win the competition (you can read their canine CV here). Part of it is a public vote, so if as many as possible of you could support them by voting here I’d really appreciate it. There will be a related event next Thursday which I’ll fill you in on in next week’s newsletter. Thanks a lot!

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.

In Parliament

As well as the vote on Universal Credit on Wednesday, there’s been another debate which I consider particularly important this week.

Fridays are normally for constituency work but today is a Parliamentary sitting day, as we debate Chris Bryant MP’s Private Members Bill, the Crime (Assault on Emergency Workers) Bill which would mean that assaults on emergency workers, whether police constables, firefighters, ambulance workers, prison officers, or otherwise, would be treated as aggravated if carried out while those people were carrying out their duties, and therefore double the potential prison sentence.

Figures from the NHS and the Home Office show that ambulance workers and police constables alone suffered around 2000 assaults in Nottinghamshire in a single year between 2015/16. This number of people being attacked just for doing their jobs, and noble jobs at that, is shocking, especially when we consider that the true number is likely significantly higher.

All of these workers provide an valuable public service, and knowingly put themselves at risk while doing it, so I believe it is only right that we properly protect them by ensuring proper punishment for perpetrators who would not only assault someone, but assault someone who is trying to help either them or someone else. This Bill would make such an act an aggravated offence.

I showed my support for the Bill in the House of Commons this morning, by intervening on Chris Bryant’s speech, as well as telling a short tale of my own personal experience with the fire service just this Wednesday. You can watch the intervention and Chris’s response to it here. I’m very pleased that the Government have chosen to support my Labour colleague’s Bill and that soon the these invaluable members of our society will be better protected by the law.

Outside the Chamber I had a number of meetings, as I continue to meet as many of the amazing groups and people who work to improve society, whether locally or nationally, as I can, and see what I can do to help their myriad of important causes.

One key meeting I had was with Dan Gray from ThinkForward, a charity which places skills coaches in schools to help young people with restricted opportunities achieve their goals. Dan is the Service Delivery Manager in Nottingham, one of the three areas where the charity operates, and is responsible for the five skills coaches that ThinkForward currently has offering their services in our secondary schools. In a deprived area like Nottingham North, I can’t stress enough how important support like this can be to making the difference for young people, and am looking forward to working more with Dan to improve the impact this can have in our area.

Something of great interest to people living in Nottingham North will be the announcement of the next proposal of the new boundaries for our constituency. If implemented it would mean that at the next General Election after 2018 Sherwood and Berridge Wards of Nottingham City would move into our constituency with Bilborough moving out into a Nottingham South and Beeston seat. I had hoped we would be able to keep Bilborough in our constituency, as it is very similar in challenges and outlay to Aspley, but I know that Bilboroughians will be at least relieved to be staying with a city seat – this was not the original proposal. Nevertheless, we still have real concerns with these new boundaries. The formula used does not take any reference of the number of people not registered and is based around mathematical simplicity rather than natural constituencies. I also don’t believe that reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600 at a time when we’re taking thousands of regulations from the EU back in UK law makes sense at all. We will suffer locally as a result of these boundaries – unless there is significant chance I will not be supporting them when we vote on the final version next year.

As a former UNISON member of staff I am a member of the UNISON Group of MPs. We met to discuss the anti-low pay campaign that they and other unions ae running. I have supported this in the House and will continue to do so.

Each month Labour MPs from the East Midlands get together to make sure we are working collectively to get the best for our region. This week we were joined by Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition. This was a really useful session, talking about what the region needs from a future Labour Government. I raised two important things: firstly, the need for proper regional investment into the East Midlands and, secondly, the importance of supporting Co-ops as a means to economic development.

Finally, an issue you can expect to hear much more about from me – modern slavery. This is migrant labour being trafficked into this country, forced to work, and not getting the money the earn. All the while living in dreadful conditions. It’s awful and often unseen. This is an issue that I am raising in Parliament. I met with Vernon Coaker, neighbouring MP for Gedling and Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, to discuss the debate taking place in Parliament next Thursday.

Other than all this there’s been lots and lots of knocking on doors – in the hammering rain!

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.

Singin’ in the Rain
An age friendly screening of the musical classic starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds
Bulwell Riverside, Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QJ
Tuesday 24th October, 3pm, £2 including tea & biscuit

‘Curating Gibbs’, Annual Evelyn Gibbs Talk
Colette Griffin, assistant curator at Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery discusses 2016 exhibition, Evelyn Gibbs in Peace and Wartime
St. Martin’s Church, St. Martin’s Road Bilborough, NG8 3BH
Friday 27th October, 7.30pm, £5 (£3 con.)

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

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

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturdays – October 21st, November 4th, December 2nd, 10:30am

Christmas Coffee Morning
Many stalls, gifts, toys, toiletries, bric-a-brac. Preserves, refreshments, cakes
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturday November 25th, 10:30am

 

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

That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…

All the best,

Alex

 

 

 

 

How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.

If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:

  • your full name
  • your full postal address, including postcode
  • a contact telephone number and
  • any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.

Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here: findyourmp.parliament.uk.

You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.

 

Other useful links

LABOUR PARTY

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

LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL INFORMATION

  • Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
  • Housing: please contact your City Council
  • Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
  • Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
  • Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.
  • Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
  • Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.

NATIONAL LINKS

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

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My Newsletter 13/10/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

Conference season is now over and this week saw us return to Parliament, where for the most part I’ll now be until Christmas, during the week anyway. I’ve had a busy time this week with an intern from the US joining my Westminster team as part of her University studies, and my first Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday which I’ll tell you about shortly. Campaigning for the three City Council by-elections is of course ongoing too, so that’s supplemented my usual constituency schedule while I’ve been back in the patch.

Don’t forget, voting for Westminster Dog of the Year is still open. Get your friends and family to vote if they haven’t already! We’ve had wonderful support so far and my two wonderful border collies, Boomer and Corona, are desperate to win the competition (you can read their canine CV here). Part of it is a public vote, so if as many as possible of you could support them by voting here I’d really appreciate it. There will be a related event on 26th October which I’ll keep you up to date with when it happens. Thanks a lot!

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.

In Parliament

The standout event of my week in Westminster was the chance to lead my first Parliamentary Debate on Wednesday afternoon, and I was delighted to be able to use this opportunity to discuss an important issue which faces many of my constituents – access to advice services.

In Nottingham, we have an incredibly wide range of organisations offering free advice on a variety of issues. Some provide a specific service across the city, some support a small locality or focus on a certain community, but what they have in common is their value to the people who rely upon them. I used my speech to talk about some of these and showcase the services on offer, as well as address some of the challenges they’re facing, including the full roll-out of Universal Credit which begins in Nottingham next Summer, which threatens to derail the level of service that can be provided.

Thank you to everyone who offered their assistance while I prepared for this, and for the great work that’s being done in our city to provide these services to people that need them. It’s incredibly important that we realise the importance of these services, and continue to back them in any way we can.

You can watch the debate here, or read the transcript here if you’d prefer.

Along with time spent preparing for this debate, carrying out my duties with the Labour Health team and in the Chamber voting at the Committee Stage of the Finance Bill, I also had several meetings throughout the week.

I met with the League Against Cruel Sports, with whom I discussed their campaigns for the hunting ban, increased penalties for animal cruelty, and against dog fighting, all of which I support strongly, so am keen to help with. Despite some progress, many of our laws in this area remain horribly out of date and need to be changed immediately. It is not acceptable that animals suffer needlessly due to the Government’s lack of care and inaction.

I also met with Robin Miller from the BBC, following the recent publication of their Annual Plan for 2017/18, which sets out the BBC’s plans for the year ahead, both strategically and creatively. I was keen to hear about these plans and share my views on policies and funding, as well as discuss our local programming.

I was also delighted to catch up with Richard Daniels from Forever Stars, who you will recall I’ve mentioned a few times in this newsletter due to the great work they do for baby loss awareness, especially with October being Baby Loss Awareness month. I rounded the week in London off with two organisations important sessions-  a meeting of the Co-Operative Party and attending a Unite drop-in event about the challenges facing Bombardier.

In the Constituency

My ‘weekend’ in Nottingham began last night with a Q&A event at Nottingham Trent University, where I was delighted to share my early experiences as a Member of Parliament with some aspiring politicians of the future. I can only hope that I’ll get to come across some of these enthusiastic local students in Westminster in years to come, and give myself the credit for their successes!

This morning has been jam-packed, beginning with a wonderful breakfast event hosted by the East Midlands Chamber. This was an informal opportunity for me to meet with representatives of a wide range of local businesses, all of which provide jobs and aid our local economy. The Chamber’s member businesses vary significantly, as you’d expect, so I was very appreciative to be able to hear thecurrent priorities and issues which concern them all currently, and will do what I can to support the positive impact they can have on our community.

This was followed by a tour of the newly renamed Park Vale Academy (formerly Top Valley Academy) in Top Valley, where myself and Councillor Sam Webster were shown around by Andy Burns, the Executive Principal of the Redhill Academy Trust, which the school joined this Summer, and Steve Bowhay, the school’s new Headmaster. This is a very exciting time for the school and I was delighted to see that the pupils are enjoying their new state of the art building and positive changes are being made. It’s early days yet but I hope to be able to return shortly and see the effect these changes have had on the kids as they progress through school life.

This afternoon I’ve also met with Jane Todd, Chair of the One Nottingham Board, and am looking forward to discussing an ongoing development project in the constituency with a local development firm this evening, before spending the weekend campaigning and popping back down to the London for the Co-operative Party’s Annual Conference. I’ll let you know what I get up to there 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.

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

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

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturdays – October 21st, November 4th, December 2nd, 10:30am

Christmas Coffee Morning
Many stalls, gifts, toys, toiletries, bric-a-brac. Preserves, refreshments, cakes
Bulwell United Reform Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Saturday November 25th, 10:30am

 

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 6/10/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

With the Labour Party conference over I spent the final week of recess in Nottingham, meeting groups all over the constituency and spending a lot of time on doorsteps meeting people in the build-up to the upcoming by-elections. Before I let you know what I’ve been up to I have a few other things to mention.

First of all, I’ve been preparing for an important debate I have secured in Parliament. I will be discussing Access to Advice Services in Nottingham in Westminster Hall next Wednesday (the 11th). I know how important these services are to so many of you, so I’m trying to do my bit to help ensure support will always be available to those who need it in our city, especially with the rollout of Universal Credit coming to the city. We have a wonderful range of advice services in the city, but please do let me know if there are organisations you use for advice that you think I should talking about. You’ll be able to watch the debate live or afterwards at www.parliamentlive.tv. I’ll put a link in next week’s newsletter of course.

Secondly, you may remember that I joined in with the Great Tesco Walk two weeks ago. During the walk, I discussed their Bags of Help scheme. Bags of Help uses money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge (now the sale of 10p Bags for Life) to fund thousands of local projects in communities across the country. The programme provides funding for a variety of purposes, ranging from improving community buildings and outdoors spaces to buying new equipment and hosting community events.

In Nottingham North, this has included support ranging from £1,000 to £12,000 for several projects, including £12,000 for Old Basford School for their pond area, and £10,000 for Nottingham City Council for ‘Fun Fitness at Stockhill Park’. There’s more funding currently available, ranging from £1,000 – £4,000, and I’d encourage anyone with a local project idea to consider it. You can find out more about Bags of Help here.

I’d also like to bring your attention to October being baby loss awareness month in Nottingham. During the Summer, I wrote about how I’d met with local charity Forever Stars and the great work they’ve done for bereaved parents of stillborn babies and early baby loss previously, including the introduction a maternity suite into QMC. Well this month, they’ve launched their #Talkaboutthem initiative to support baby loss awareness, and I urge anyone affected by baby loss to do just that. Forever Stars will be more than happy to help you through this, and you can find more information about them on their website here. In the next few weeks there will also be the release of their new charity single, A Moment of Hope. Keep an eye out!

Last but not least, voting for Westminster Dog of the Year continues. My two wonderful border collies, Boomer and Corona, have entered this year’s competition (read their canine CV here). Part of it is a public vote, so if as many as possible of you could support them by voting here I’d really appreciate it. There will be a related event on 26th October which I’ll keep you up to date with when it happens. Thanks a lot!

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.

In the Constituency

My week in Nottingham began by meeting Kate Hudson, the Midlands Regional Secretary of CWU, the Communication Workers’ Union. Kate and the rest of the Union represent local workers diligently, including in the ongoing dispute within Royal Mail that you may have seen in the news recently, so it was great to catch up with what they’re currently doing and how I can help to protect workers’ rights. The following day they announced that their members had voted to take Industrial Action. I know that this was a difficult decision for them to take, I fully support them in their cause. It was particularly notable as it was one of the first ballots under the new Trade Union Act. This Act brought in unfair and unwise thresholds for action. The CWU far surpassed these thresholds.

On Monday afternoon, I attended Notts County’s Football in the Community +Sport Move and Learn session at Hempshill Hall Primary School in Bulwell. This is an educational programme for primary school children. It aims to encourage physical activity, promote nutritional education and build awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

Projects like this play an incredibly important role for younger members of our community. Having such opportunities available to them not only helps to keep them fit and healthy, but also offers the chance for kids to develop friendships, interests and hobbies they may have ignored without being pointed in the right direction. It helps us combat obesity, as not only are we teaching people of all ages the values of eating well and staying active, and the dangers of being overweight and obese, it also makes them fun and accessible for all.

I had a great time at the event, but more importantly it was good to see first-hand the great work that’s being done for young people in our community, as well as showing how much fun can be had doing it! I hope everyone else enjoyed it just as I did and takes the lessons learnt on board.

The next day I met with Emma Ing and David Carter from East Midlands Ofsted. Emma’s the Regional Director and David is a senior schools’ inspector in the region. They inspect all range of educational facilities in Nottingham North, from Early Years settings, primary and secondary schools, to Further Education colleges and apprenticeships so truly get the best view of why educational outcomes for children and young people aren’t improving as much as they should in the region. I believe that receiving a good education can make such a difference to so many aspects of one’s later life, so of course welcomed this opportunity to attempt to jointly identify potential areas for driving improvement and addressing educational disadvantage in the constituency. I’m Chair of Governors at a school awaiting OFSTED – they didn’t give me any clues when to expect them though…

Later on, I visited NBV Enterprise Solutions and met with Joanna Clark, their Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategic Development for the East Midlands. They are a consultancy company, functioning on funding and support from the EU and D2N2, who focus on providing support for start-ups or pre-existing companies in the area. They provide free workshops for start-ups, provide office space, help businesses obtain funding, and provide training and events. Such assistance can make a tremendous difference to up-and-coming businesses and I enjoyed discussing how we can get more budding Nottingham North businesses to take up their services.

This was followed by a very enjoyable visit to an Over 65s Lunch at the Mo Fayose Foundation’s Self Love Hub. Despite being the youngest attendee by quite some way I had a great time, and can’t wait to go back! Simply having things like this available helps keep our older generations social and active and I could tell from all the happy faces how important it was to everyone there.

In fact, I was rather disappointed to have to head off promptly, but I had to get to Top Valley Way to visit the Mistry pharmacy. I was shown around by Dayaram Mistry, the pharmacist at the store and Nick Hunter, Chief Officer for Nottinghamshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Pharmacies are so much more than drug dispensaries, and a vital cog in the healthcare network, often offering the first-line of medical treatment to those with minor ailments, so it was very beneficial to hear first-hand how they work to improve this service, and the challenges they face in doing this.

I also had further meetings with the Big Lottery Fund, who you may remember I’ve met with previously as they’re such a great source of funding for projects in the area, and Helen Taylor from Hosta Consulting. Hosta’s services revolve around regenerating spaces and making them green. My predecessor Graham Allen oversaw the regeneration of Hoewood Meadow, and I’m keen to build on that in my time as Nottingham North’s MP with similar projects.

As you may know, while I was on the City Council I held the Portfolio for Adults and Healthcare, and I’m now a member of Labour’s Health Team, so meeting David Pearson this week to discuss the work of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire STP (Sustainability Transformation Partnership) was a key part of my week. STPs are regional plans imposed obliging local communities to develop five-year plans to improve the quality of care, the health and wellbeing of local people, and the finances of local services. These are controversial, especially politically, but whilst they are still here I feel it is important that I advocate for our community during their developments.

Also controversial, though slightly less so for our part of Nottingham, is the construction of High Speed 2, the railway upgrade scheme. The route affects the western tip of the constituency, in Bilborough. Those affected have been contacted. I was keen to ensure that they’re getting a fair shake. If you’re affected and would like some guidance, please get in touch.

Throughout the week I was of course also kept busy with casework and your emails as well as  preparing for next week’s debate, as well as using my evenings to campaign as I mentioned.

Next week I’ll be back in Parliament so will let you know how it goes.

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.

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

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

Aviva Community Fund

I’ve also been contacted by Aviva recently, who have asked me to spread the word on grants they are offering for community projects. The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support.  Last year there were over 450 winners and this year there are even more up for grabs.

Take a look here for more information, and see if maybe this is something that could help get your project off the ground. Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October.

 

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 29/9/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

I’ve spent most of this week at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, so even though it’s recess I have plenty to share with you in this newsletter. I’ve been watching speeches, meeting various groups, attending events and catching up with lots of old friends, which I’ll tell you all about below. One thing I’d recommend everyone checks out, if you didn’t catch it on Wednesday, is Jeremy Corbyn’s rousing keynote speech. You can watch it in full here, or just catch the highlights here. Labour are ready to lead, and Jeremy makes it very clear how we’d do it for the many, not just the minority that the Tories work for.

Voting is also still ongoing for Westminster Dog of the Year. My two wonderful border collies, Boomer and Corona, have entered this year’s competition (read their canine CV here). Part of it is a public vote, so if as many as possible of you could support them by voting here I’d really appreciate it. There will be a related event on 26th October which I’ll keep you up to date with when it happens. Thanks a lot!

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. 

Conference

I’m afraid there’s just one topic this week – as I’ve been in Brighton all week.

After a dreadful Sunday watching my beloved Baltimore Ravens get thrashed at Wembley, I was relieved to go to Brighton where I got stuck right into the action on arrival.

The first event I attended was a Health and Care Forum debate, where my colleague on the Labour health team, Justin Madders MP, spoke about what needs to be done to improve social care in the UK, and I heard the views of several prominent health and social care organisations on the important issues in the sector. In Government, Labour will invest an extra £8 billion to tackle the crisis in social care, and this was a great opportunity to hear how experts in the field think it should best be spent.

Given my role on Labour’s health team, I spent a good chunk of my time in Brighton meeting with organisations working in the health sector, and the two meetings that followed the debate were a clear example of this. I met with Danny Beales from Diabetes UK to discuss the care and treatment of diabetes, with which over 15000 people in Nottingham have been diagnosed, and the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. I then met with Natasha Burgess from Parkinson’s UK and talked about the failures of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those with Parkinson’s, mental health services, and reductions to NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC). My next meeting was away from health, as I met with Max Sugarman from the Railway Industry Association to discuss some of the pressing issues facing the rail sector. We all know how important this is for Nottingham with HS2 on its way, and we still aren’t giving up on the electrification of the Midlands Mainline.

Then it was back to talking health with Andy Bell, the Deputy Chief Executive of Centre for Mental Health, with whom I discussed current mental health policies and awareness of mental health issues. Then travel again with Andrew Cliffe, the CEO of East Midlands Airport. This is obviously our local airport so it’s important to stay up to date with the changes being made there.

From there I went to a reception held by Unite the Union with new MPs. I had the chance to meet their General Secretary, Len McCluskey, where we talked about his speech.

I then finished off the evening with a dinner hosted by E.ON, the sponsors of the East Midlands Labour Party reception. They have two major sites in my constituency and are one of our biggest employers. So, it was good to talk about local skills and hoe to make sure that our people can get into work. Following this I went to the Reception itself to meet up with East Midlands colleagues.

Bright and early on the Tuesday I met with Ian Eardley from the Royal College of Surgeons and Ayesha Ahmed from the National Union of Students, before finding time to talk to a constituent about how I can assist with some trouble he’s been having. I would later find that this has been resolved in the constituents’ favour; definitely the most positive part of my time in Brighton!

The main session on health and social care was in the afternoon, opened by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health for whom I am Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS). Jonathan gave a great speech which has very well received by conference and the public. He made several important announcements, setting out what Labour would do in power to reverse the damage that the Conservatives have done to the NHS in the last 7 years, as well as reaffirming the policy we already have in place.

You can watch the speech here, but here are a couple of the key points too. but here are a couple of the key points too. Jonathan announced that Labour would reverse the marketisation of the NHS, by legislating to reinstate the Secretary of State’s duty to provide universal care, reintegrating the NHS, reversing the Health and Social Care Act, fighting fire sales of hospital assets and ending Tory privatisation, to stop the millions of pounds that are being wasted on tendering services currently.

Were he Secretary of State he would also introduce a national strategy to help the children of alcoholics and drug users. 2 million children grow up with an alcoholic parent, 335,000 children grow up with a parent with drug abuse issues, yet just this year the Government are cutting the budget for treating these afflictions by £43m. A Labour Government will give these people the support they deserve.

Labour would also allocate an extra £45bn for health and social care overall, including a new £500m “emergency winter fund”. The latter measure absolutely cannot wait until the next General Election however, as 10,000 people a day will wait at least four hours for A&E treatment this winter, so Theresa May needs to act now.

I then stayed in the Chamber for uplifting speeches by Barbara Keeley and Tom Watson. After that I attended a reception held by Stonewall and LGBT Labour. And after such a long day – I had an early(ish) night.

Wednesday was the final morning of Conference, and before Jeremy’s keynote speech I attended the Health and Social Care Policy Seminar where the ideas presented previously throughout conference were discussed in more detail, and caught up with Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. I’ve been contacted recently about policing at anti-fracking demonstrations, and this was one thing I asked him about. The day was then finished off with Jeremy’s excellent speech, as I mentioned previously.

I’m back in Nottingham again next week for another busy week meeting people and groups in the constituency before Parliament resumes the following 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.

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

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

Aviva Community Fund

I’ve also been contacted by Aviva recently, who have asked me to spread the word on grants they are offering for community projects. The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support.  Last year there were over 450 winners and this year there are even more up for grabs.

Take a look here for more information, and see if maybe this is something that could help get your project off the ground. Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October.

 

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 22/9/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

It’s only been two weeks since Summer but Parliament has now taken another break, this time for the three weeks of Party conferences, where all the political parties discuss their policy ideas and plans.

This week it has been the Liberal Democrat Conference and it’s Labour’s turn in Brighton next week. As well as listening to the various speeches in Brighton I’ve got a full diary of meetings with different groups so I’ll be bringing you a Conference Special next week!

I mentioned last week that I have a small favour to ask of everyone for the next few weeks. My two wonderful border collies, Boomer and Corona, have entered this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year competition (read their canine CV here). Part of it is a public vote, so if as many as possible of you could support them by voting here I’d really appreciate it. There will be a related event on 21st October which I’ll keep you up to date with when it happens. Thanks a lot!

I also have some great local news! There’s going to be a new children’s playground on Bilborough (Harvey Hadden) park. And we have a chance to design it. We want it to be accessible to all children, including those with physical and learning disabilities, so please send your ideas to james.tilford@nottinghamcity.gov.uk and help make it the best it can be.

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. 

In the constituency

This time last week I was getting ready for my most recent surgery. On this occasion I met with five constituents to talk about situations I will hopefully be able to assist with. While my team are always on hand by email or phone, sometimes it’s easier to be able to sit down and talk about something properly, and it can definitely help me understand what someone’s going through too. If you feel like that’s the case with you, keep an eye out for details of my next surgery or get in touch with my office and they’ll be able to let you know when I next have one coming up. It should only be a couple of weeks!

I kicked off Monday morning with a 6.45am start as I joined Nottingham’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Edwards, to support dedicated Tesco staff who are walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. The Great Tesco Walk takes place over a month, with the journey split into legs – this one beginning in Nottingham North. I wish them all the best of luck as they continue on their way north. I walked with them to the edge of the constituency – but not the full 44km!

Once I’d recovered from that I visited our local Ladbrokes store in Bulwell. I’m making an effort to visit all bookies in the area at the moment. There’s a lot of attention relating to gambling whether it’s sponsorship, fixed-odds betting terminals or online apps. I want to understand more the impact, good and bad, that they have in the community to help me play a role in the debate. I had a great chat with the manager and staff, this was really helpful.

I am really excited to say that I also met with a group of constituents who use 38 Degrees to keep me informed on what’s important to them. If you haven’t heard of it before, 38 Degrees is a platform which allows people to have their voice heard through its campaigns. Unlike campaigns ran by charities or other organisations, it doesn’t focus on one issue at a time, but allows the users to dictate what’s important to them and let the people who can do something about it know. Traditionally their members would engage online-only, on a single-issue basis. I really enjoyed meeting them face-to-face discussing all sorts of things. It was such a great session; I’m looking forward to an ongoing relationship with then.

The Great Tesco Walk was only part of this week’s supermarket sweep, as I was welcomed to Nuthall Road Sainsbury’s too. It was very informative to visit a great employer, a useful local amenity and a contributor to the local community all rolled into one. Marek Burzynski, the store manager, showed me around and got me up to date on what they’re doing at this store to make a positive difference to our community. This ranges from supporting local causes to ensuring their customers have access to a great range of products at fair prices. Part of the that is done through Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Yearinitiative, and I’m delighted to hear that this year the store will be supporting the Aspley Partnership, to provide their services and locations for activities in the community.

As well as the two supermarket activities, I also caught up with two of our local utility providers this week. As well as catching up with Simon Rhodes from Robin Hood Energy yesterday, I paid a visit to Severn Trent Water’s facility in Stoke Bardolph where I was given overviews of the company’s renewables programme and activity done to that end on site, as well as a tour of the site. It was fascinating to see the scale of the work that Severn Trent is doing to turn both sewage and crops into renewable energy. Building a sustainable future is important and sewage treatment is something that most people take for granted – it’s excellent to see these innovative techniques turning waste into clean energy that can be used by local people and businesses here in Nottingham.

Rounding off a busy week in Nottingham, I also had very informative meetings with Louise Cresswell, Area Director for the East Midlands at the Environment Agency, and Andrew Burns, Principal of the Redhill Academy Trust, which runs Top Valley Academy.

On top of this, I’ve also been campaigning as always. There are by-elections in Basford, Bestwood and Bulwell Forest on October 19th. It’s unprecedented to have so many in the constituency at once but you won’t find me complaining about the chance to talk to local residents!

That’s about it for now. The next message will come from Brighton where I intend to have fish and chips at least once a day.

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.

Charity Football Match
Raising money for a young St. Ann’s resident, Shachkeil Burrows, who sadly lost his leg in a hit and run
Greenwood Meadows Football Club, Lenton Lane, off Clifton Blvd.
Sunday 24th September, 6.15pm

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

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

Aviva Community Fund

I’ve also been contacted by Aviva recently, who have asked me to spread the word on grants they are offering for community projects. The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support.  Last year there were over 450 winners and this year there are even more up for grabs.

Take a look here for more information, and see if maybe this is something that could help get your project off the ground. Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October.

 

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 15/9/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

With important votes on the EU Repeal Bill and Committee Selections and further debates on NHS Pay and Tuition Fees, you’ll have seen that Parliament is back in full swing. Things have been very busy for me here in Parliament, so I have a lot to talk about in this week’s newsletter. I usually try to focus more on my work in the constituency, so I hope you’ll forgive this being a little different.

I also have a small favour to ask for. My two wonderful border collies, Boomer and Corona, have entered this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year competition (read their canine CV here).Part of it involves a public vote, so if as many as possible of you could support them by voting here I’d really appreciate it. There will be a related event on 21st October which I’ll keep you up to date with when it happens. Thanks a lot!

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.

In Parliament

Monday continued last Thursday’s second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, also known as the ‘Repeal Bill’, before my fellow MPs and I took two votes, firstly on whether to include Labour’s reasoned amendment and then, when this unfortunately failed, whether the Bill was to continue to the next stage of scrutiny.

I accept and respect the result of last year’s referendum and the Government must now secure a good Brexit deal to safeguard jobs, security, and rights and protections. The Bill will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert EU law into UK law so that there is certainty from the moment we leave the EU. This will then allow Parliament to repeal, amend or replace any EU-derived laws as necessary in the future. I do not underestimate this task and it is important that the Government get this vital legislation right.

However, the Government’s Bill as it stands is not fit for purpose. Without significant changes in several areas of concern, I was unable to vote for the Bill on Monday.

I therefore sat through all 9 hours of debate on Monday, to listen to the arguments of all the other MPs as well as air my own. You can watch my speech here, or read it here.

I hope the Government will listen carefully to the points that have been raised about this Bill, including by more than 70 charities, NGOs and trade unions, and make the improvements that are necessary. I will be following developments closely and will keep you updated as they happen.

On Tuesday, we had another vitally important debate and vote; on how the members of certain Parliamentary Committees are to be selected. Usually the makeup of these committees would match the makeup of Parliament, but the motion put forward on Tuesday was to change the law so that the Government would receive a majority on these important committees, despite only having a minority of seats in the House of Commons. This unprecedented power grab by the Government was purely to manufacture a majority by changing the rules, when they didn’t get one as planned in the General Election. Of course, I voted against this affront to democracy, but regrettably the motion passed narrowly.

Wednesday was much more successful for Labour, as we used our designated Opposition Day Debates to great effect. While the votes following these debates are non-binding, they allow us to make it abundantly clear to the Government where they need to act. In this case the two topics we considered were scrapping the public sector pay cap for NHS workers and against the planned increase to tuition fees. The support for these motions was so overwhelming that even the DUP voted in favour and the Government didn’t even bother to oppose them. Hopefully the Government has now got the message and I’ll be continuing to monitor how they act upon it.

I played a role in the NHS Debate as PPS to the Health Secretary Jon Ashworth who lead Labour’s efforts. I’m glad that despite being in Opposition we were able to be successful on this issue and move one step closer to fairer pay in public services.

While these debates took up a lot of my time, I still managed to fit plenty more in. I met with Audrey Yvernault, the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Far too often we hear about treatments which can be life-changing or even life-saving to many people having to be passed over by the NHS due to balancing the cost and benefit. Of course, a lot of this would be helped by much needed Government investment into the NHS, but we can also reduce these occurrences by working with the pharmaceutical industry to help make the decisions easier.

I met with Bliss, the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick, and Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research charity. Both groups do amazing work to both support those who are suffering, as well as researching and lobbying to improve the outcomes, so I’m very keen to support them however I can as an MP. I also spent time learning about and supporting the campaigns of Core Cities UKKidney Care UK(celebrating Organ Donation Week) and CAMRA.

With other East Midlands MPs I met with representatives of East Midlands Councils and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce to talk about how we can lobby for the reinstatement of the electrification of the Midland Mainline. You can expect to see us campaigning on this issue shortly.

In the constituency

I’ve had a very full constituency schedule too. I visited the office of Nottingham Get 2 Work. I featured their great work in my newsletter on the 25th August. You may have seen it. If not, you can read it here. It was great to catch up and see first-hand what they’re doing.

I was visited by Forever Stars who are a charity who work in the same area here in Nottingham, particularly to support bereaved parents and families following a Stillbirth or early baby loss. Despite having no paid staff or even an office, they have raised over £230,000 and are on the brink of achieving their second key goal of a bereavement suite in City Hospital following the one in QMC. I will be featuring them in a bulletin in October.

Prior to my surgery this evening, where I’m looking forward to meeting a number of constituents once more, I am joining Lilian Greenwood and Chris Leslie, my fellow Nottingham City MPs for a tour of various parks in our constituencies. We’re trying to work as a Nottingham team as much as possible – this is just one example of it.

I mentioned last week that we will have three by-elections coming up in Nottingham North soon, so I’ll be finding time to campaign in those.

Parliament now pauses for Party Conference season. I’ll be at Labour’s in Brighton from a week on Monday but it means next week I’ll have a full constituency diary that I’ll tell you all about 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.

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

Notts Gets 2 Work Summer/Autumn Programme
Programme of free Dr Bike events (bike servicing) and bike maintenance sessions
Various Nottingham Locations
For further info visit http://www.nottmgets2work.org.uk/programme2017

Aviva Community Fund

I’ve also been contacted by Aviva recently, who have asked me to spread the word on grants they are offering for community projects. The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support.  Last year there were over 450 winners and this year there are even more up for grabs.

Take a look here for more information, and see if maybe this is something that could help get your project off the ground. Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October.

 

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.

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

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My Newsletter 8/9/17

Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

As Parliament returned from Summer Recess this week, I said goodbye to my previous role, as I have now resigned from Nottingham City Council. It was a tremendous honour to represent Basford on the Council, but I don’t believe it is a good idea to be both a Councillor and an MP so I have stepped down. Of course, I’m not going far and will still be giving Basford and the whole constituency the best voice I can in Parliament.

This means there will be a by-election for my former seat in Basford, as well as the two others in Nottingham North, so I look forward to being on campaign trail this weekend and beyond.

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. 

In Parliament

After a 6 week break from Parliament, my first week back in Westminster has been something of a lucky one, being drawn to question Government Ministers on two separate occasions.

On Tuesday, I questioned the Justice Ministers. My first question was to highlight the Government’s shameful behaviour in charging people for fighting against unfair treatment at work through Employment Tribunals. Our Supreme Court ruled this an unlawful restriction of access to justice. Regrettably I did not get called to ask my question but a colleague asked a similar one and extracted a promise that people who had been put off from making claims due to the unlawful cost would be able to ring their case now – even if deadlines had passed. This is significant victory. As I wasn’t called I “bobbed” to ask a supplementary question on another colleague’s question. Happily I caught the Speaker’s eye and was able to press the Government on ensuring that an increased focus on fighting cybercrime doesn’t reduce the money available for keeping ‘bobbies on the beat’, like I did to the Home Office in July. It’s incredibly important that people don’t become less safe and secure due to the Government’s change in strategy.

Yesterday I asked David Davis and the Department for Exiting the European Union whether the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will ensure that UK workers’ rights and protections remain in line with EU rights and protections after the UK leaves the EU. Throughout Brexit, and in the recently leaked Government immigration plans, we’ve been told that UK workers are coming first, so it’s vital that action is taken to ensure our hard-working citizens will continue to be treated at least as well by our Government as they have been within the EU. Thursday also saw the first day of the second reading of this bill, which I’ll discuss more in next week’s newsletter. I pressed ministers for details of the specific mechanism they will use to work with Unions and employers to ensure British rights keep pace. Regrettably the minister did not answer this specific enquiry but I will continue to press this.

Outside of the Chamber, I met with Duncan Selbie, the Chief Executive of Public Health England (PHE). Public Health England’s role for the Department of Health is a very important preventative one, as they focus on protection of health and reduction of health inequalities. I believe such an approach is common sense from both health and financial perspectives, so I’m keen to work with PHE as much as possible to help achieve these goals, particularly with regards to reducing the health inequalities which affect Nottingham North so badly.

On Wednesday, I met several groups campaigning for a diverse range of causes that I know are important to many of you in Nottingham North. I discussed great work being done for wildlife conservation and fighting animal crime with the International Fund for Animal Welfare; grants available from the Big Lottery Fund to finance ‘good causes’ which can benefit local communities like ours; pushing the Government to continue investment to allow fair and equitable access to IVF treatment with Fertility Fairness (as I’ve said before, I was one of the first IVF babies, so this is of great personal significance to me too); and discussed ‘presumed consent’ of organ donation at an event for Organ Donation Week.

I also met with nurses from across the East Midlands at their ‘Scrap the Cap’ rally againt the 1% pay cap on nurses’ salary. Over the last 7 years the starting salary for a nurse has been devalued by 14%. I think this is shameful and it’s led to nurses relying on food banks, credit cards or loans to live. This cap needs to go.

Between the Brexit business on Thursday I met with 38 Degrees campaign group, who, along with other similar groups, provide a great service to promote democracy by offering increased opportunities for letting me know what’s important to you.  I’ll do whatever I can to help make this as positive as possible for both sides, and in a couple of weeks I’ll also be meeting some local people who used their services to hear how we can work together to improve communication even further.

Saving the best until last, my week in Westminster ended by being able to welcome Year 6 from Henry Whipple Primary School to the Houses of Parliament. About 25 local children were lucky enough to receive a tour before I met with them in the Houses of Parliament’s Educational Centre to talk about what an MP does. I hope everyone enjoyed the trip and maybe I’ll get to see some of them here again in a different capacity in the future!

In the constituency

Last weekend I had a great morning in Bestwood, where every Saturday ‘Rejects FC’ play football. This local football club was set up to give kids with autism and other difficulties an opportunity to play football and join a team that they wouldn’t otherwise be afforded. The club is currently working with the Council on issue relating to the development of the pitch they play on and I am keen to play a role in resolving this. A keen football fan myself and a big believer in organised sports I enjoyed my morning there. I was joined on the day by Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, so even managed to combine the visit with some politics!

In Nottingham today I visited Byron House Police Station this morning. As I mentioned in my question to the Justice Minister on Tuesday, I’m very concerned that our safety and security will be affected if the Government don’t give police forces the investment they need to keep enough officers on the streets, due to continued failed austerity and a need to increase the focus on cybercrime.

Then over the weekend I’ll be back on the campaign trail, with the three Council by-elections coming up at the forefront but as always I’ll be looking to find out what’s on your minds at the moment. I hope to see as many of you as possible on the streets!

My next surgery is booked for next Friday, the 15th September. Please call my office on 975 2377 if you’d like to book a slot.

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.

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

Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm

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
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