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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
18th October 2019
Issue #118
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Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

We have a rare situation today, as it’s Friday afternoon at the time of sending, and the Parliamentary week is not yet over. I will be returning to Westminster tomorrow for a big Brexit debates in the midst of Queen’s Speech debates.

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

Brexit

While I am pleased that Parliament has been able to take a catastrophic No Deal scenario off the table, I am unable to support the new deal with which Government has subsequently returned to Parliament. I have repeatedly called for a Brexit plan that can work for the whole country. This deal does not guarantee this, paving the way for a decade of deregulation, giving the Prime Minister licence to slash workers’ rights, environmental standards and consumer protections. It is in many ways worse than that which was presented by Theresa May.
 
Rather than strengthening the Political Declaration along the lines the Opposition argued, the political direction of travel under Johnson is towards a distant economic relationship with the EU. It rules out a new Customs Union and a close future relationship with the Single Market, and will inevitably lead to new trade barriers with the EU and additional checks at borders. This would have a devastating effect on UK industry.
 
However, if Boris Johnson has confidence in his deal, he should put it back to the people in a public vote against remain - and that is an argument the Opposition will be making tomorrow.  This is the only way to move the country forward.
 
The reasons people voted for Brexit cannot be ignored though. We need a Government that will deliver real change and transformative policies, ending austerity and investing in all parts of our country.
 
As your elected representative in Parliament, I welcome your views and comments throughout this process, so please get in touch if you haven't already. As you can imagine I receive lots of correspondence about Brexit and I seek to reply to all of them. I read all the emails I receive but given the volume, I tend to give a collective response covering as much ground as possible. As well as being practical this also means that it’s clear that I am saying the same consistent message to everyone and not saying one thing to one group of people and another to another group. If there is more you wish to know please get back to me to me and I will expand further.

The Queen's Speech

Last, week I discussed my belief that the Queen Speech, which her Majesty marked the State Reopening of Parliament with on Monday, was not the usual big event it would be, with a Government without a majority and a General Election on the horizon.

But, it is still worth looking at the programme the Government set out: 

  • Once again, we had very little for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  
  • It continues a regressive approach to education, poverty, healthcare, climate change, safety among other key sectors of public life.  
  • The money announced for schools, NHS, youth services, and aid does not even begin to restore the funding lost since 2010.  
  • The promises of progress and opportunities for Britain on an international scale were undermined by a lack of specific strategy for environmental concerns, no mention of taking the lead on global affairs and the international economy, and no workable plan for Brexit.

What we need is a people-focused programme that works for everyone. The Opposition is intent on restoring the power to the people in regard to Brexit. We are committed to building an economy that works for all. We have a vision of enacting structural changes to government to become a body that serves the people. We will tackle the climate emergency and we will re-align our global role to one based on leadership, peace and human rights.

I am pleased however, that Parliament is back in session as I can return to working directly on pressing issues, such as the Domestic Abuse Bill which I’m delighted has been carried over from the previous session which means we are that much closer to enacting structural change for survivors of Domestic Violence.

In Nottingham

Back in Parliament tomorrow hasn’t stopped me having a productive day in Nottingham North today. Here’s how I’ve spent it: 

  • This morning I met with local police for an interview about the Bestwood estate – talking about how their operations have impacted the area - in an attempt to help them improve things further! 
  • Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to pop to Nottingham Together’s great Hate Crime Awareness Stall at Bulwell Market before my next appointment - but wish I had! 
  • The reason for the rush was a visit to the Poor Clare Colettines who reside at Marian House of the Holy Spirit in Bulwell. Most of the sisters only moved here last Summer, so it was great to be able to personally welcome them and their contribution to our community. 
  • I next joined the GMB’s Wear Red Day campaign to show racism the red card at Wilkinson Street Tram Depot. Given the footballing events at the weekend, this is more important than ever, and we’ll continue the hard work. 
  • And I have spent my afternoon at Nottinghamshire Deaf Society, where Survivor Alliance are hosting an Anti-Slavery Day workshop and kindly asked me to come and make some closing remarks on the importance of utilising the skills learnt to continue the fight against modern slavery. During the day, attendees were learning how empower survivors of slavery, and were provided with tools on how to work with survivor leaders as well as being presented with two reports from SA. 

In Parliament

With the debate on the Queen’s speech dominating proceedings, which I’ll be contributing to next week, there was minimal other business in the Chamber this week and I spent more time in my office working than I usually have time for, but here’s what else I got up to: 

  • I met with Euan Fraser from the International Justice Mission to discuss the organisation’s efforts to tackle Modern Slavery globally – particularly based on the importance of the rule of law to protect vulnerable people living in poverty. 
  • Wednesday was World Food Day, so I attended a breakfast briefing hosted by RESULTS UK, where they provided an update on global preparations for the important 2020 Tokyo Nutrition for Growth summit. The summit is an incredible opportunity to encourage stakeholders to set targets to end malnutrition and commit funding to them. At the last summit, in London in 2013, stakeholders pledged over $24 billion to ambitious targets. 
  • I had the latest meeting of the Co-Operative Parliamentary Group. Obviously, we are all expecting an election, and will be hoping to welcome more Labour and Co-Op MPs to the group, but that doesn’t mean that the work stops, and we continued to coordinate our campaign work in Parliament. 

Looking Ahead to Next Week

We’ll know a lot more about next week by Saturday afternoon, but I’m looking forward to contributing to the Queen’s Speech debate on Monday. We’ll see what the week holds after that! 

Back in Nottingham at the end of the week, I have several meetings lined up but most importantly my latest surgery. If you’d like to visit me at one of these, please get in touch with my office.

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 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
APPLICATION DEADLINE TODAY
Stockhill and Ladbroke Tenants and Resident (SALTAR) Autumn Acitivites
 
Saturdays on Stockhill Park
  • Football Training 10.45am to 12noon, boys and girls, 5 to 15 years.              
  • Goalkeeping Training 12.15pm to 1.15pm, boys and girls, 6 to 16 years
Mondays at Scout HQ. Lincoln St. Basford, 
  • 44th Nottingham Beavers and Cubs 6.30pm to 8pm. Beavers 6 to 8 years, Cubs 8 to 10.5 years (Actively recruiting volunteers over 18 for these sessions.)
Wednesdays in Stockhill Pavilion
  • Termtime Afterschool Sessions 3.30pm to 5.30 pm, 5 to 13 years
And:
  • Wednesday 23rd October
    Play Day in Stockhill Pavilion, 1pm to 3pm, for children 3 to 13 years accompanied by an adult
  • Wednesday 30th October
    Play Day in Stockhill Pavilion, 1pm to 3pm, for children 3 to 13 years accompanied by an adult
  • Wednesday 30th October
    SALTAR Meeting followed by AGM in Stockhill Pavilion, 6.30pm
  • Friday 13th December
    Christmas Celebrations in Stockhill Pavilion - Details to follow
For more information, please contact Sur Sylvester, SALTAR Secretary, at saltar99@gmail.com.
BMX champion brothers from Bilborough looking for sponsorship

I've recently been contacted by Ella Jamera, a constituent from Bilborough. Her two sons Elisha and Itai are champion BMX racers - both coming first for their age category at the recent British Championships. Next year, Elisha will be old enough to compete at the World Championships, but there is a lack of funding available to allow competitors to travel to compete at the event.

You can read more about the brothers here: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/meet-champion-brothers-bilborough-making-3295971

If you know of any local funding or sponsorship opportunities that might help Elisha to travel to compete, please get in touch with Ella on ellajamera@yahoo.com


[Image: Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post]
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 (www.nottinghammencap.org.uk 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 info@n-mencap.org 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
www.nottinghammencap.org.uk  

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.
 
And
 
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: fay.goodhand@icloud.com

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: www.stmartinsbilborough.org.uk, info@stmartinsbilborough.uk

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.
https://www.theathleteaccelerator.com

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: www.apriltowriess.co.uk, hello@apriltowriess.co.uk

 
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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