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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
8th June 2018
Issue #48
Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.
On Saturday morning in Bulwell we had this year’s Nottingham North Funders, Grants and Supports Fair, and I was delighted to be joined there by so many of you, as well as all the organisations (such as Family Fund, seen here) who offer their grants, support and advice, and I hope to hear in the near future how funded projects are making a difference in our community. I'm going to do a full video about it shortly. 

I’m heading away on Wednesday evening so this is a short week, but read on to find out how what my week’s involved…

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.

Modern Slavery in Malawi

If you were reading this newsletter back in October, you may remember that there was a backbench business debate on the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act, led by my Nottinghamshire Labour colleague Vernon Coaker MP, to which I contributed. Modern Slavery is an issue that’s incredibly important to me, as people worldwide are taken advantage of, and I also brought it up direct to the Prime Minister in Parliament back in January.

It’s for this reason that on Wednesday evening I’ll be flying to Lilongwe in Malawi, as a representative of our Parliament as we help them develop the tools to eradicate human trafficking and child exploitation. The Department for International Development has recently offered Commonwealth countries, including Malawi, a £5.5 million aid package to do just this, and it is with this support that hopefully we can crack down successfully on this heinous practice.

I will spend the weekend there engaging with Malawian anti-slavery stakeholders – exchanging with them my experiences on how to tackle this crime and discussing best practice standards. We’ll also be discussing with those already involved how they can best emphasise the importance of working on this issue to their colleagues (and of course this is a challenge we have in the UK too) – including members of Malawian parliamentary select committees and all-party groups; Ministers; and civil society representatives. While in Lilongwe I will also be visiting a police station and local charities/NGOs, which will help to inform decisions made by the Parliament of Malawi to better tackle this issue.

I am proud to have been asked to be part of this important team. I'm not someone who chooses to be away from my constituency and my family lightly but I believe this is a valuable use of time.

I look forward to telling you all about how the trip goes this time next week – I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful experience.


I was elected on a pledge to secure the best possible version of Brexit for our community; protecting jobs and rights today and for future generations. Next week we will consider a range of amendments that the House of Lords have made. I am interested in your views. I am currently planning to support the vast majority of them as they ensure that we'll get the best out of this difficult process. Drop us a line if you've views on the matter


This week’s newsletter is something of a global special edition, as I’ve also had a couple of engagements regarding Bahrain and the gulf states, as a follow-up to my question to the Minister of State for the Middle East recently – as a report from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and Reprieve showed that UK-funded institutions may have covered up human rights violations.

BIRD are helping to set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, and we met on Tuesday evening to discuss this. Coupled with my work on workers’ rights in Qatar, I’m hoping I’ll have something to bring to this group, and will keep you informed when we have our first ‘real’ meeting.

I also met with BIRD on Wednesday, which gave me an opportunity to discuss the report in more detail, and talk about our next steps as we campaign for the Government to respond properly to these allegations. More specifically, we discussed the continued use of torture and the death penalty in Bahrain, the Bahraini government's use of citizenship revocation to punish and ultimately silence political dissent, and the reprisals suffered by London-based Bahraini human rights activist Sayed Alwadaei and his family members. These are all unacceptable and I’ll continue working hard to stop them happening.

Safe Standing

Closer to home, you will know that I have been campaigning to football clubs at all levels of our national game to have the choice to permit standing at their ground provided they can agree a safe way to do it with the relevant authorities.

I have been raising this for some months and am glad it is bearing fruit. Labour is coming close to revealing its policy very soon and newspaper reports that the Government may be changing their view too. This is good news and shows the value of campaigning. 

Recently I met Forza Garibaldi and the Forest Supporters Trust to understand their views. I am seeking to do the same with Notts. 

This week I attended a meeting where more than 40 professional clubs, including Forest, were represented. It was clear from this meeting that there is a strong case for change.

In Parliament

Unfortunately, due to Malawi, I didn’t get to spend any time in Nottingham since the weekend, but here’s what else I got up to while down in Westminster at the start of the week:
  • I pressed the Government about safety and wellbeing of staff at HMP Nottingham. You can watch my question here.
  • I was elected an officer of the newly established All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf.
  • I intervened in a debate about Public Sector Pay to highlight how poor pay is pushing people into poverty. You can watch it here.
  • I met with representatives from Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, and Reprieve to discuss human rights issues and British foreign policy in Bahrain

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,


Oak Field School & Sports College Performing Arts Dance

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the group and see some of the work they have been exploring this term around the themes of shifting landscapes. 


Followed by refreshments and an opportunity to meet and chat to current students and staff.  

An Evening with Henry Normal
Nottingham-born stand up poet Henry's performance will be supported by Nottingham’s First Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding as well as local poets Kath Clarke, Charles Towlson and Jamahl Peterkin
The Bulwell Academy, Nottingham, NG6 8HG
Friday 13th July, 7:30pm
All proceeds from this performance are in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK
Tickets £5.00 available from The Academy.
Joy Rice –
Or online
This performance has been kindly sponsored by Lidl Bulwell

Poems in the Pub
Open Mic Night, Free Admission, Local Talent, Full Bar
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Once a month, 7pm for 7:30pm start
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; Tuesday 26th June is the Kitchen’s 1st birthday

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:,

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:,


Bestwood Cultural Festival
A celebration of the diversity and cultures of Bestwood through performances, arts & crafts, play and food.
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Rd, Nottingham NG5 5NG
Saturday 7th July, 12-3pm

Your chance to get published
Penguin, the UK’s number one book publisher, is on the lookout for new writers and illustrators from under-represented communities. This includes Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities and writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds.
WriteNow aims offers writers and illustrators a free workshop on how to get published in Nottingham this September, and the chance to be mentored by a Penguin editor or designer for a year.
To find out more and apply, visit The deadline for applications is Monday 9 July.

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, next on June 10th

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,
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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