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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
4th January 2019
Issue #77

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter. 

Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year, whether you got a well-earnt break or were one of those doing the much-appreciated work that’s needed over the period. 

While I think we should have already returned by now given the important business that needs dealing with, Parliamentary recess isn’t over until Monday, so this week’s newsletter will just be a  preview of what’s to come in 2019.   

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 alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

Brexit

I’m afraid that Brexit continues to be top of every agenda in Politics, as the Government’s failed approach to negotiations and handling of the departure from the EU continue to drag on. 

As you will know, the day before MPs were due to vote on her deal, the Prime Minister announced that it will be delayed. This is a sign of how much opposition there is to the deal and a cynical move by a desperate Prime Minister to use the threat of 'no deal' to try and force through her bad deal, that even her own MPs know is the worst of all worlds. 

As I told the Prime Minister in December, no deal would be a disaster for this country and it’s those on the lowest incomes that would be hit hardest. In 2019, Labour will continue to work across Parliament to block 'no deal', as soon as the government’s half-baked Brexit deal is voted down in a few weeks' time. 

I also don’t accept this false choice between the Prime Minister’s bad deal and no deal, and will continue to demand the sensible Brexit deal that Labour has set out – one that would bring parliament and the country together, involving a new customs union with the EU that allows us to have a say in future trade deals, to protect jobs and manufacturing. A new single market deal could guarantee rights and protections. This would be the basis of a sensible Brexit deal that would avoid disruption to our trading relationship with the EU, protect jobs and the economy, and ensure no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  

Unfortunately, so far, the Government has refused to work with these proposals, but 2019 will see me and the Labour Party continue to campaign for the Prime Minister to put the country first and bring forward a credible plan that can break the current impasse or call a General Election and let a Labour Government lead the way. One of these needs to happen sooner rather than later. 

Local Priorities

While it dominates proceedings down in Westminster, Brexit isn’t quite as overpowering up here in Nottingham, and I will be continuing my heavy campaigning this year on several issues, both individually and through Rebalancing the Outer Estates, the local charity I chair. 

Over the Summer I asked you what your priorities were for my work as Member of Parliament for Nottingham North. I received a great response. All the very important issues that were highlighted by you – crime and anti-social behaviour, education, community-building and healthcare – will be at the forefront of the work I do both in our community and down in Westminster.  

The work done by Rebalancing already covers a lot of these areas – through lung scans, skills training in schools, Jobs and Funders Fair, and much more, but in 2019 we’ll be pressing on even further in all of these areas so that people living out here in Nottingham North are afforded the same opportunities as those living in the city centre or other parts of the country. 

Our first Rebalancing team meeting of the year is next week, and you can be sure that all these areas will be covered, as well as planning the next Nottingham North Jobs Fair which will be taking place in March.

National Priorities

Talking about Brexit may make me sound like a broken record at times, but thankfully there will be other significant business taking place in Westminster in 2019 that can make a real difference to people who need it. Here’s some of what’s coming up soon:

  • Domestic Abuse Bill – the Government will soon publish their long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill, a piece of legislation that can make a huge impact on the lives of victims and transform the response to this hideous crime. With the Home Affairs Select Committee I have already played a part in ensuring this Bill is the best it can be for those who have suffered and will suffer at the hands of their partners, and we made a number of useful recommendations, but the work is far from over. The next few months will be vital in ensuring that nobody is let down by what should be a monumental piece of progress and I’ll be working hard to do my bit. 
  • Modern Slavery - In July the Home Affairs Select Committee also launched our enquiry into Modern Slavery, looking at what progress has been made in the three years since the Modern Slavery Act came into force and what more remains to be done. We’ve already received some evidence, and this will continue in 2019. The Bill was a landmark in the fight against Modern Slavery, but its implementation has been flawed, and I will continue to fight to eradicate a practice that should have been left in the history books. 
  • Priorities Survey – The issues highlighted above will be fight on two fronts. While Rebalancing makes a difference locally, I will also be taking the issues highlighted above to Parliament – fighting against schools’ cuts, and other Government policy that has left us worth off. 
  • Health – One of the issues that was highlighted is healthcare, and my hard work on Labour’s Health Team continues.  The NHS has suffered for the last eight years, and on all key performance measures, it is struggling to keep up with demand. There are more than 4 million people stuck on waiting lists, 2.8 million people waiting more than four hours in A&E, and over 25,000 people waiting beyond two months for cancer treatment. This is far from acceptable, and as a team we will not stop pressing the Government to bring forward a credible and comprehensive funding settlement for our NHS and social care sector to deliver the improvements in care that people of Nottingham North and the UK desperately need.

Looking ahead to next week

Parliament returns on Monday, and I’ll be straight back into the thick of it – expect a busy week. I have a Home Affairs Select Committee meeting on Tuesday, followed by a meeting with the Home Secretary, where I will be pushing him to meet with Nottingham Citizens to discuss their Hate Crime in Schools report as the Prime Minister suggested. In Nottingham I’ll be travelling around a lot, with visits to Jubilee LEAD Academy, the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and meeting to discuss the Tram. Read more about all that next Friday. See you then.

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 alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk.

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,

Alex


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 
cathy.mahmood@rebalancingouterestates.com
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.
 
And
 
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: fay.goodhand@icloud.com

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: www.stmartinsbilborough.org.uk, info@stmartinsbilborough.uk

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.
https://www.theathleteaccelerator.com

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: www.creativenottinghamnorth.com, @CreativeNNorth, cathy.mahmood@rebalancingouterestates.com

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: www.apriltowriess.co.uk, hello@apriltowriess.co.uk

 
How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk 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: findyourmp.parliament.uk.

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
LABOUR PARTY
  • If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
  • To join the Labour Party click here.
LOCAL NEWS
LOCAL INFORMATION
  • 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 Direct.gov.
NATIONAL LINKS
  • For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.
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