View this email in your browser

Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
13th September 2019
Issue #113

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter. 

It’s been an exceptional period in Westminster. Parliament prorogued in the early hours of Tuesday morning, which I’ll touch on more below, and so I’ve been back in Nottingham for longer this week than usual. 

Read on to find out more... 

As I’ve said before, I will strive to send you a newsletter like this each Friday to keep you updated on the work I’m doing in Parliament as well as in our community, and to inform you of any interesting events taking place in our area. To help me with the latter, if you are running or know of anything that you think may be of interest to others, feel free to drop me an email at and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

The Latest on Brexit

With a new Prime Minister and a new Government, you would expect us to be in Parliament working on laws to tackle the many challenges facing us: lack of policing, NHS pressures, school funding cuts and more. However, as I write Parliament has been shut down for nearly 5 weeks. This comes off the back of the 5 weeks summer recess. Of course, recess is an important time to focus on constituency work, but does anyone really believe we should be shutting down Parliament again?

The reason for all this chaos, of course, is that the new Prime Minister has lost control of the Brexit process. In the Referendum his Vote Leave campaign promised a deal – setting the terms of our exit from the European Union. Regrettably he is not seriously working towards one as evidenced by resignations from his Government, including his own brother. He’s shut Parliament down because he can’t win votes and to help him crash us out of the EU without a deal.

The consequences of No Deal would be stark. It would mean an end to the frictionless and tariff-free trade with the EU that our manufacturers rely on. It would harm our national security. There are no WTO terms to fall back on there. It currently means no reciprocal deal on citizens' rights, and it would mean no agreement on how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

I stood on a manifesto that explicitly ruled out No Deal and I have stuck to this promise.

The Prime Minister’s solution is a General Election. We do badly need an election – to tackle the crisis created by 9 years of austerity; rising crime, long waiting list in the NHS, lack of social care, lack of youth provision and more. However, I think it’s vital that we put the national interest before any party-political activity, so I won’t support an election until No Deal is officially off the table.

In Nottingham

While more time in Nottingham is one good thing about prorogation, the late notice is less so, so I’ve not had the full diary I could have. Nonetheless, I’ve made the most of it – here's what I’ve been up to: 

  • Yesterday I popped into the Well Church for lunch – a lovely jacket potato and some cake – with some great company. The kind of treat my usual diary doesn’t afford! 
  • After a day just spent getting all over the constituency, last night I was at the opening of brand new ‘Youth Wing’ extension to Ridge Adventure Playground in Bestwood. This is much needed new space for the youth activities that take place there. 
  • This morning I met with Stuart Bell from Right Track Social Enterprise. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a recent presentation for a long-serving local teacher, but it was a good opportunity to catch up on Right Track’s work with the hardest to help learners. 
  • Next up was a Rebalancing Board meeting, as we gear up for the Big Tent Event. If you want to get involved, keep reading! 
  • Back in the constituency office, I met up with a local small business owner to discuss how best we can work to regenerate Bulwell. 
  • I then headed to the Council House to catch up with Cllr. Adele WIlliams, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults and Local Transport. 
  • And to finish the day, we had a discussion following a presentation by Rebalancing to Public Health England on all our different health-centric Projects. While we focus on doing great things at home, it’s also important we spread the word of what works to the rest of the country.

In Parliament

Of course, my time in Westminster was limited this week, but here’s what I got up to: 

  • I attended a drop-in session on Douglas Oakervee’s Independent HS2 review, which I followed up by making my own submission. HS2 would bring many benefits to the East Midlands that I made the case for in my letter, which you can read here.
  • On Monday evening, we completed the passage of the so-called Benn Bill which will ensure a No-Deal Brexit doesn’t happen on 31st October, before once again voting against a General Election before that. 
  • Even though Parliament was prorogued by this point, I made my way to the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday for a meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service where I got sight of and gave feedback on their Violence Against Women and Girls Report which will be published soon. 
  • I quickly made my way from there to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Labour Campaign for International Development (LCID). The campaign does great work in tandem with the Shadow team that I’m part of, and it was great to hear former PM Gordon Brown, who was part of creating the Department, sing its praises, amongst other speakers. 
  • Another event not disturbed by prorogation was the launch of the Co-Op Party’s report on Shopworker Violence. Better protections for shopworkers is something I’ve been campaigning towards for a while now and will keep doing my bit until it happens. 
  • And last but certainly not least, I welcomed Year 6 pupils from Henry Whipple Primary School to Parliament. They gave me a good grilling! The school visits run by the Parliamentary authorities are a truly brilliant scheme that I’d encourage all local schools to consider.

Big Tent Event

Later this month, through Rebalancing the Outer Estates, I will be hosting a Big Tent Event at Bulwell Riverside, giving organisations, charities and community groups who work in Nottingham North and the wider area the opportunity to celebrate the great work that is already going on across the constituency, and give them all a say in where we go next!

So, if you represent one of these, please sign up for a free place on Friday 20th September by emailing

Don’t miss out! More information can be found below.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

Assuming Parliament remains prorogued, I’ll be spending the week before the Labour Party Annual Conference in the constituency, meeting whoever I can before the Big Tent Event on Friday.

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.

If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at

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

All the best,

Fundraising for PASIC

I've recently been contacted by an NCS group, based in Hucknall, who are currently raising money and awareness for a charity called PASIC. This is a charity which deal with young children who have been diagnosed with cancer. They are partaking in a bag pack and a sponsored cycle to raise awareness and money. It would be very much appreciated if you could either donate or help raise awareness for this useful charity.

You can find the fundraising page here. Please do support them if you can.
Nottingham Mencap

I recently received the following email from John Ballard of Nottingham Mencap with some good news and a request. Please read and support them if you can, their volunteers do tremendous work supporting those with learning disabilities and autism to live as independently as possible:

Dear Alex Norris MP,

I am thrilled to inform you that Nottingham Mencap has finally found a new home! 

Working closely with Nottingham City Council, we are in the process of agreeing to a long lease on the Edwards Lane Community Centre.  We desperately need to move from Harpenden House on Edwards Lane where we have been for nearly 70 Years.  Based on City Hospital land, our current building is beyond repair and the Hospital is seeking a massive hike in ground rent.

We have been raising funds to purchase, renovate and extend the Community Centre.  Working with Richardson Hall Construction Ltd we plan to design and deliver ample, high-quality space, for our Charity and local residents.   By undertaking this venture we aim to secure the long term future of the new Centre as a vibrant hub for the local community and a place our members can proudly call their new base.

Our members are so pleased to have the chance to move such a short distance.  Furthermore, we recognise that by sharing our building with local residents we can help catalyse tangible and enduring community integration.  

You will appreciate that as a charity we understand the importance of making every penny count. Which means that we frugally balance our income from grants and allowances with our expenses, without detriment to the services we provide or cutbacks to staff.  Our fundraising methods, as outlined on our website ( see ‘Support Our Work’) your generosity will enable us to undertake the requisite works renovating our new premises and address the more pressing issues impacting our service users.

I do hope you will support us in our ongoing adventure!

Please do not hesitate to contact us (at or by phoning 0115 920 9524) if you require any clarification on the points raised here or have any further queries.

Kind Regards,

John Ballard
Nottingham Mencap Fundraiser  

Basford United U16 Amber Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Playing kit sponsor – squad of 15 logo on shirt  ~£450
Drill Top sponsor – squad of 15 logo on shirt ~£450
An alternative is a food sponsor – we provide chip cobs to all travelling players after each home game – last season we entertained teams from Wellingborough, Coventry, Birmingham etc so any contribution towards this would be gratefully received

Basford are hoping that anyone who does sponsor the team will get a banner on the side of the pitch, as well as on their logo on the kit and hopefully on the Basford website this year.

For further information, please contact Lisa Fox on 07921361555.
Joining Blind Veterans
Have you served in the Armed Forces? In the UK Regular Armed Forces, including National Service.
Or UK Reserved Armed Forces. Reservists must have completed one year’s satisfactory service following training (or qualified for Bounty) or a lesser period if blinded on duty.
Or Polish/Indian Forces under British Command or Merchant Navy deployed within a combat zone in direct support of UK military forces.
You have significant sight loss- visual acuities worse than 6/60  in both eyes or struggle to see top letter of the eye chart. Optician or eye clinic to confirm.
If you meet our criteria for sight loss you can get free support. Help in the form, of Rehabilitation, training, peer support, grants, Sports and recreation.
We also run local social groups in Nottingham.
Please contact 0800 389 7979 for an application form. We can complete the form by telephone too, you will need your service record details. If you want to discuss further ring Mary James, Community Team Leader on 0114 2127612
New Wellbeing/Self-Help Group
An opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and help you build up confidence and self-esteem.
Identify areas of your own wellbeing - physically & mentally.
Referral support to other services & support.
Friendly & comfortable environment, with no pressure to talk.
Hosted in the West Room, St Mary’s the Virgin & All Souls Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell, NG6 9AD.
For further info:

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

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reformed Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Usually first Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm

Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-2pm

Whiz Kids Junior Church
Free breakfast, arts & crafts for children aged 5ish – 11ish
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
Every Sunday, 9:30am

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:,

Messy Church
All welcome – food, fun, arts & crafts, & God slot
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
2nd Sunday every month

Athlete Accelerator
Khian Mility is helping young athletes reach their potential, with the goal of obtaining US College Sports Scholarships. For further information please visit his website.

Whiz Kids
Special breakfast, followed by stories, games, crafts & fun!
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
Sundays, 9.30-11.15am
For more info contact Kerry Palmer - 0115 953 1780 or by email.

Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Rd, Bestwood Park
Various Thursdays, 4:30-6pm
Church on Rise Park, Revelstoke Way, Rise Park
Various Thursdays, 5-6:30pm

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

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:,

How to contact me

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

If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:
  • your full name
  • your full postal address, including postcode
  • a contact telephone number and
  • any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.
Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here:

You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.
Other useful links
  • If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
  • To join the Labour Party click here.
  • Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
  • Housing: please contact your City Council
  • Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
  • Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
  • Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.
  • Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
  • Another useful website on public services is
  • For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.
Copyright © 2019 Alex Norris MP, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp