View this email in your browser

Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
6th September 2019
Issue #112

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Where to start this week? Between summer recess and the prorogation of Parliament, which will commence at some point yet to be determined next week, Westminster has returned briefly but it feels like it was a long week.

I’ll share my thoughts on all that, let you know how I’ve spent the week while that’s been going on, and it’s not too late to fill out my summer survey, if you haven’t already!

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.

Brexit Developments

As I’ve said many times before, I believe crashing out of the EU without a deal would be catastrophic. Businesses and trade unions alike have warned of the huge risks of No Deal for our economy and working people. The Government’s independent economic watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility, has also warned that No Deal could tip the economy into recession. Those who will pay the price will be working people, their families, and communities in our area and across the country. 

During the Referendum the Vote Leave campaign said there would be a deal. Similarly, during the 2017 General Election I said I would never support a No Deal outcome.

I do not believe the Government can be allowed to plunge our country into the chaos that it will cause because of its own failure. Parliament has voted against No Deal on several occasions and I have worked and will continue to work with all sides to put the national interest first and prevent it.

That is why this week I have supported votes to take No Deal off the table, by taking control of the order paper on Tuesday, and voting through a Bill to require the Prime Minister to request an extension to the Article 50 process and leaving with No Deal to require Parliamentary approval.

I did not support the Prime Minister’s attempt to call a General Election, as I believe the Conservative Government is trying to use one to force through a No Deal Brexit against the will of Parliament. Once I am satisfied that a No Deal Brexit has been prevented, I will vote in favour of a General Election, which I’m very keen for.

The results of votes this week show that it is not just the Opposition who feel this way, as many who previously supported the Prime Minister’s deal have shared my view. The Government has now lost its majority and must be replaced as soon as No Deal has been prevented.

In Nottingham

It wasn’t all Parliament this week though. Here’s what I’ve been up to back in the constituency today: 

  • I started the day at Loxley House with City Council Head David Mellen and my fellow Nottingham MPs, to discuss the Children in Care of Notts report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. 
  • Back in the constituency office, I welcomed a few constituents to discuss their campaign against mobility pass cuts and how I can help. 
  • My next guests were Faith and friends from the African Women Empowerment Forum, who shared with me their concerns and how I can assist in the areas of need their forum is exploring. 
  • Out of the office again, I made my way, alongside the Bestwood ward Councillors, to Arnold to meet with Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping at his office regarding the increased level of recent incidents in Bestwood. 
  • I then met with Janet White, Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Nottingham. The carousel of Prison Ministers have made it more difficult to put pressure on the Government to fix the problems at this prison, so it was helpful to be able to talk directly. 
  • And while I have no formal surgery this week, I’ll be finishing my day with something of a de facto one, as I have casework calls and a home visit to take care of.

In Parliament

While I wasn’t making my way through voting lobbies, here is how I’ve spent my time since Parliament returned on Tuesday: 

  • On Thursday, I raised the issue of holiday hunger in the House of Commons. Nearly a decade of Tory austerity has led to holiday hunger getting worse and worse in Nottingham North. I know that many fantastic voluntary organisations have been stepping up to ensure local children don't go without. We simply shouldn't be in this situation, though. The government should not be relying on the goodwill of voluntary organisations to feed children who normally rely on free school meals. I therefore asked the government to debate this issue as a matter of urgency, which you can watch here. 
  • Despite being in Westminster, the first thing I did on arrival this week was continue some ongoing casework, by helping a constituent sort out a bus pass issue. 
  • I attended the latest meeting of the APPG for Deliberative Democracy. Recent political difficulties show that we need to be looking at different ways of decision making, and deliberative democracy is a great way of getting the best of both worlds of hearing directly what people want and ensuring expertise is utilised in the process. 
  • There were quite a few APPG meetings this week, due to the limited time in Parliament, and I also attended the APPG on Kashmir, where we were joined by the Pakistani High Commissioner not long after India revoked Kashmir’s special status, and the APPG for Football Supporters, where the tragic injustice that hit Bury FC and its fans – and how to avoid a repeat - was discussed. 
  • Adam Youngman from Governors for Schools came to Parliament to meet me. His organisation helps place committed volunteers as school governors in schools across England, to improve educational opportunities for young people by raising the quality of school governing boards. I chair a school governing body myself, and know the importance of this, so am very keen to assist their mission for the benefit of schools in Nottingham North.  
  • Sadly, Westminster Dog of the Year, which I was meant to be judging following last year’s victory for my two lovely border collies Boomer and Corona, was cancelled due to the current Political turmoil, but I did get to talk dogs with a journalist anyway – keep an eye on Saturday’s Times if you’re interested.

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.

Summer Survey

As you’ll know by now, over the summer one thing I have done is ask you to have your say.

Like I did last year, I'm therefore running a survey so that I can hear your views about some of the work I've been doing in Parliament and across the constituency as your local MP. I'd also like to hear about your political priorities for the year ahead to help inform my work in the coming weeks and months.

It’s not too late!

Please complete the survey by visiting the link below.

I look forward to reading what you have to say. Thank you!

Looking Ahead to Next Week

We don’t know yet exactly how long Parliament will sit for next week, but I’ll be there on Monday to support the Bill preventing No Deal as it returns to the House of Commons. The rest of the week will either be spent in Westminster or Nottingham North, but as I’m playing by ear, you’ll have to wait until next week’s newsletter to find out. Either way, it’s sure to be another interesting 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.

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