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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
21st December 2018
Issue #76

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter. 

It’s the last full week before Christmas recess, once again dominated by Brexit. It’s frustrating that we have been denied the chance to move this forward and, of course, there are many important issues that aren’t being dealt with. We’ll be breaking up and leaving incredibly important matters until the 7th January when Parliament returns, with the vote on the deal probably taking place in the week of the 14th. 

My team and I will be taking a short break for Christmas after a very busy year (read on to find out just how busy), so we might be a bit slower responding, but please still get in touch if you need anything and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you then! 

Read on to find out what I’ve been up to… 

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. 

2018 in a Nutshell

My first full calendar year in Parliament has been a busy one, as you’ll know full well if you read this newsletter every week. Here’s that business in some simple numbers: 

  • I made 123 contributions to 69 different Parliamentary debates. 
  • I received answers to 126 written Parliamentary questions that I sent to Government Ministers – hoping to beat this next year! 
  • I led 2 Westminster Hall debates – on Labour Reforms in Qatar back in March and on the Impact of the Universal Credit Rollout in Nottingham in November. 
  • I asked 3 PMQs - on Modern Slavery in January, Basford Hall Nursery in July and Nottingham Citizens’ Hate Crime Schools report in October. On the latter, I’m still chasing a meeting with the Home Secretary. 
  • I processed over 1,600 pieces of casework email (not quite that many individual cases thankfully!) 
  • I received and responded to about 2,450 emails on matters of policy. 
  • And since my appointment to the Home Affairs Select Committee, I’ve attended 17 meetings! 

Nottingham Prison

If you read last week’s newsletter, you’ll know that I met with the new Governor of Nottingham Prison, and if you’ve been reading longer, you’ll know I’ve been campaigning consistently to improve prisoner safety there after far too many deaths – including one just last week. 

The Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart MP, has flagged HMP Nottingham as one of his ten priority prisons, and has put his job on the line if these aren’t improved.

One way in which I’ve been campaigning to improve the prison is by cutting down on the number of drugs inside, and specifically the use of body scanners in combatting the smuggling that takes place. I first raised this publicly in a debate in September, at which point the Minister was non-committal, pointing out that investment had been made but there are challenges. 

This week however, after campaigning consistently, including in my recent meeting with him, I secured a commitment from the Minister in the House of Commons chamber that two types of scanner are soon to be installed in Nottingham Prison. This is great news and will surely make a difference to the drug situation. 

You can watch this commitment here. 

This isn’t the end of the matter however, and I will continue in the New Year for further positive change.

Delegated Legislation

Part of my PPS role on the Labour Health Team is occasionally being the team representative at what are called Delegated Legislation Committees. These are similar to other Bill Committees that I’ve talked about previously, in that we are scrutinising what will become law, but they’re also somewhat different. 

Unlike usual legislation, delegated legislation isn’t passed by an Act of Parliament but instead by a government minister, a delegated person or another entity. This is because it stems from a ‘Parent Act’ that is already law, and is used for more technical reasons, such as setting a date on which an Act of Parliament will come into force; setting fees for a public service; or establishing the details of an Act of Parliament. 

This means that it often doesn’t require the in-depth scrutiny of other legislation, but also can’t be left unscrutinised, so there are shorter Committee meetings several times a week to check the delegation legislation will do what it prescribes. 

This week I attended three such meetings, examining delegated legislation relating to Health – on topics such as Human Fertilisation, Embryology, Blood Safety and Organ Transplants.

In Nottingham

I’ve been dashing around as many Christmas events as possible (too many at same to make them all!) but other that: 

  • Yesterday morning I was on Notts TV, debating several issues with Conservative MP for Mansfield Ben Bradley, the Independent Mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, and local entrepreneur and Social Capitalist Madi Sharma. As well as debating Brexit (of course!), we also had time to discuss the High Street and even Christmas films, which I was suitably dressed for. You can watch the debate online here. 
  • After that I had a phone call with Azeem Hanif, the head of Nottingham branch of the Taxi Drivers union, to discuss the issues that industry is having to overcome. 
  • I then travelled over to Rosslyn Primary School to present the winner of my Christmas card competition, Martyna in year 3, with her prize! Here’s her winning design. 
  • Unfortunately, I had to rush off afterwards to get to Bulwell Academy, which was hosting its Community Christmas Afternoon Tea where I enjoyed some mince pies while talking with residents who had been welcomed into the school for all sorts of Christmas activities. This was followed by a Christmas Fair and Panto, which I’m sure were fantastic, but unfortunately, I couldn’t hang around for it all! 

Looking ahead to next week

Next week will be the only week of the year without a newsletter, as we take a short break, but it will be back the following week with a preview issue of what’s to come in 2019, and I’ll be back in parliament for more Brexit on the 7th.  

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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,


Arts Partnership Lab 
Wednesday 13 February 2019 ,10am -3pm 
The Space, Nottingham Contemporary 

Is it important to you that more people have opportunities, throughout their life, to enjoy arts and culture and take advantage of what Nottingham's arts organisations have to offer? 
Book your place via eventbrite for this inspiring day, combining creativity, curiosity and community! Artists and community groups will be sharing their needs and requests, with a mixture of short presentations and practical activities. Join us on the final day of UK Young Artists City Takeover and the first day of Nottingham's Festival of Science and Curiosity! Book now here: Arts Partnership Lab

More info: Cathy Mahmood, Creative Nottingham North Coordinator, 07808 165209
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
University of Nottingham Winter Community Newsletter
Click here.

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:,

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.

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, 3-5pm

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

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:, @CreativeNNorth,

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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