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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
14th June 2019
Issue #100

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter. 

Today marks the two year anniversary of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, and we remember all those who died during this tragedy, and are thinking of all those affected by it. 

Sadly over the last two years, the Government’s response to the fire has been too slow and too weak on every front, despite the Prime Minister’s promise after the fire that “my Government will do whatever it takes to help those affected, get justice and keep our people safe”. We continue fighting to ensure Grenfell residents have the help and new homes they need, those responsible are held fully to account, and all necessary steps are taken so that a disaster like this can never happen again. 

It has also been just over 2 years since I joined Parliament, and we have now reached the 100th issue of my newsletter, which I think calls for a summary of how I’ve spent this time working hard for our community. 

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.

MP by the Numbers

100 - Newsletters 
736 - Days as an MP 
1,453 - Pieces of Casework 
3,500 - Policy Responses 
170 - Appearances in the House of Commons 
5 - Questions to the Prime Minister 
1 - Appearances at the House of Commons Despatch Box 
6 - Westminster Hall Debates Led
230 - Written Questions Asked 
28 - Government Defeats 
1 – Bad Brexit Deals 
3 - Votes on that Bad Deal

TV Licenses

Back in 2000, when we had a Labour Government, the free TV license was introduced. It was recognised then that the licence fee could be a source of concern for many people over the age of 75, a group of people who suffer disproportionately from loneliness and social isolation. This hasn’t changed.

2 years ago, the Government was elected on a manifesto which promised to maintain this important benefit throughout this Parliament. 

But earlier this week, the BBC announced that this would stop from next year. Since then I’ve been contacted by many constituents who feel disappointed and betrayed.  

This decision by the BBC is a result of being given the burden of the cost of the licences, which the Government put upon them in 2015, without the funding to sustain it. This outsourcing of social policy was a grave error from the start. 

This is a betrayal of our older citizens, who deserve dignity in retirement and reward for their hard work. 

I will be campaigning to stop this from happening and for the Government to stand by the promise that it made to the electorate. 

If TV licences are means-tested, millions of older people, almost half of whom consider television their main source of company, will have to pay to keep the little company they do have. Many older people will be left feeling isolated and alone. Means-testing may sound fair but in reality, it means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing a big new annual bill they simply can’t afford. 

It was only last month that the House of Commons expressed – unopposed – its belief that the Government must stand by its pledge to maintain free TV licences, which I was pleased to support and stand by now. 

The Government must now listen to Parliament, listen to the people, and step in and fund TV licences for all over-75s, as they promised.

In Parliament

While the opening stage of the Tory leadership contest has had its dark shadow cast over Westminster all week, it didn't stop all the hard work going on in the background. Here’s what I got up to: 

  • On Monday I joined the rest of the Commons Labour International Development team to meet with four inspirational representatives of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement, a group who have been gathering the views of Syrian women both inside and outside of Syria, in an attempt to add their regrettably missing voice to the ongoing quest for peace. To reach a decent political solution to the conflict there, women will need to be properly represented at the negotiating table. 
  • On Tuesday, the Joint Committee for the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill met for the last time. I’m very excited for our report, which will be published soon, and will hopefully make a significant positive impact on the law that we end up with. 
  • Tuesday afternoon was filled with an International Development debate on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Labour team I’m part of took the opportunity to ask the House how this government can be trusted to eradicate world poverty, when ministers are in complete denial about the scale of poverty here in the UK. 
  • On Wednesday, as a Party Whip, I supported Labour attempts to prevent a new Tory Prime Minister from proroguing Parliament to force a catastrophic No Deal Brexit. Unfortunately, this was unsuccessful, but we will continue fighting hard to prevent this disastrous outcome. 
  • Unfortunately, this meant I couldn’t attend an event I’d previously planned to, but I’m very proud of my ParliaMentees who had their graduation from the scheme, run by the Faith and Belief Forum, in Parliament on Wednesday. They will all surely go onto tremendous things.
  • But I did get out in time to show my support to StopAIDS Youth event supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria..

Looking Ahead to Next Week

The Tory leadership campaign will roll on, and as it does, I’ll be joining an Adjournment Debate on Local Housing Allowance in Nottingham, leading my own Westminster Hall Debate on East to West Midlands rail connectivity, and will hopefully get drawn for a question too. Back in Nottingham on Friday, I have a busy day planned, beginning by welcoming ThinkForward to 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

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,


Free Courses for Parents/Carers
Led by Helping Kids Achieve and Futures
Wednesday 26th June, Crabtree Community Centre

Safe Surfer
This course looks at how to keep your young people safe online and terminology young people use on the internet you may not be familiar with.
9.30 -11.30 am

Health and Wellbeing
This course looks at topics such as, healthy eating, stress management, building confidence and self development. 1.00-3.00 pm

To book a place on either course, please email Keiren at helpingkidsachieve1@gmail or phone: 07562303846

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.
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