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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
27th September 2019
Issue #115

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.

Amongst months of turmoil and unpredictability, you’d think it’s hard for a week in politics to stand out, but this one did.

The week started at Labour Conference, but as you’ll know already, on Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament unlawful, so on Wednesday morning I was back in Westminster for two hectic days in Parliament.

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 Prime Minister, Parliament and a General Election

Four weeks ago, after the Prime Minister announced he was to prorogue Parliament I wrote that whichever way people voted, to Leave or Remain, no-one voted for the shutdown of democracy, and that it was not acceptable.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court unanimously judged the prorogation to be unlawful, stating that they could find no reason – let alone a good one – for Parliament to be suspended.

The Prime Minister unlawfully shut down Parliament at one of the most important moments in our country's history – running roughshod over our democracy – and any responsible or honourable Prime Minister would have resigned at the judgment.

The calls for Boris Johnson to resign aren't about narrow party politics - it's about what's morally right in these extraordinary circumstances.  

MPs have now returned to Parliament today after he unlawfully shut it down to railroad through his reckless No Deal Brexit plans.

Since the return, the scenes we've seen in the House of Commons and the way our political discourse is going is deeply troubling. It's time for everyone - but particularly the government - to dial down the rhetoric and learn how to respectfully disagree again. Our divided country won't be able to reunite until we do so.

The Labour Party would, of course, welcome a General Election so that we can finally end nearly a decade of austerity under the Tories. But time and time again we've seen that Boris Johnson can't be trusted.

Until we can be sure this reckless government won't deliver a No Deal Brexit via the back door on October 31st, we'll have that election and the country will have its say.

In the meantime, we are keen to work – and I highlighted this to the Attorney General on Wednesday in the House of Commons Chamber, asking for the Domestic Abuse Bill to be returned to Parliament for its remaining stages. I am pleased that this will now be happening next Wednesday. You can watch this question here.

Labour Conference

We may have almost forgotten by now, but at the start of the week I was in Brighton at Labour Conference. Here’s some of how I spent my time while there, with a strong emphasis on my International Development role: 

  • I attended a round-table event hosted by the British Red Cross, which brought together policy experts and decision-makers to explore how the UK can reduce the impact of climate-related disasters and how we can support vulnerable people across the globe to reduce the risks climate change presents in their communities – a question more important than it’s ever been. 
  • I attended a Co-Operative Party fringe event on better protection for shop-workers – something I continue to campaign vigorously for. 
  • I had lunch with the Police Federation to discuss the future of policing – I believe we need to make sure that the increase in cyber-related crime and tackling it properly doesn’t lead to a  reduction in bobbies on the beat and our safety, especially with the recent increase in knife crime. 
  • I met with Kenny and Emma from PeoplePlus, he largest apprenticeships provider in the UK which also supports the education of prisoners at 33 establishments across the country, including through their in-cell TV learning channel, WayOut TV. Rehabilitation is the best way to tackle re-offending, and prisoner education is one of the key means of aiding that. 
  • I sat on a panel hosted by Midlands Connect to discuss regional transport priorities – particularly highlighted the benefits HS2 would bring to our region and how the Midland Engine project could enhance this even further. 
  • I met with Anne and Sangheeta from ActionAid UK, our country’s office of the ActionAid charity which helps the poorest women and girls all over the world.  
  • I joined another round-table, this one hosted by Save the Children, which gave an opportunity for participants to discuss the current challenges facing civilians in conflict, and what the UK Government can do to protect children and families living in these war-zones. 
  • After finding some time to visit various stands, I met with Meera Joshi, the outgoing CEO of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, alongside James Farrar and Azeem Hanif, who represent migrant workers in the gig economy. Learning lessons from other countries can help us do the best we can for the rights of these workers. 
  • I also met with Rachel Hickman of Concern Worldwide, an Irish charity which works across the world to help those living in the world’s poorest countries to achieve real improvement in their lives through long-term development work and emergency relief. 
  • And I joined a Muslim Aid fringe event on what a Labour Government could do for refugees – so they can thrive, not just survive.

In Nottingham

I was back in Nottingham last night and have had a busy day around the constituency today as usual. Here’s how I spent it: 
  • This morning I visited the Skills Group, based in Bulwell, which provides both coach holidays and coach hire. I’ve been helping them recently with a specific employment issue, but it was great to have a look around the head office and discuss the more usual issues that the business faces and what I can do to help. 
  • After that, I had some time with my staff to analyse what was discussed at last week’s excellent Big Tent Event. More on that will come in the future! 
  • And then, before my latest surgery which starts shortly, I had a few phone calls with constituents who can’t make the surgery in person. As always, however you’d like to talk with me, whether by email, over the phone, or in person, I’ll do whatever I can to help, and just get in touch with my office to arrange something. 
  • And to end the week, tomorrow I’m looking forward to Academy Day Nursery’s Family Fun Day. Do come along – there's more info in the What’s On section below.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

Yesterday, Parliament voted against a short recess next week for the Conservative Conference, as we look to make up for lost time. I’m particularly keen for the Domestic Abuse Bill’s return to Parliament on Wednesday, but there will be lots more too.

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,

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:

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

[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 ( 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.
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