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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
22nd June 2018
Issue #50
Welcome to the latest edition of my weekly newsletter.

As this is my 50th newsletter, and it’s now been just over a year since I was first elected to represent you in Nottingham North, this issue’s going to be a little bit different and mostly focus on what I’ve been doing this year. 

Before we get to that though, I’d like to talk a bit about a very important local campaign being run by Marlene Campos, to keep the Once Upon a Time nursery at Nottingham College in Basford open. By all accounts this is a busy nursery which provides an amazing service to local families, and I’ve heard many times over this week what a massive loss it would be. At the time of writing the petition has 761 of the desired 1000 signatures, so if you could click here and sign it too, we can reach the goal and hopefully make a difference in keeping the nursery open!

You can help petition and give out leaflets / talk to friends and neighbours about saving the nursery tomorrow, 23rd June, outside Wilko at Bulwell Market between 10am-12:30pm.

I have a bit of news from this week before the round-up too. My most recently Parliamentary milestone is joining the Home Affairs Select Committee. This is a storied group with a long record of improving Home Affairs in the UK and I’m very proud to be a part of this team, chaired by Yvette Cooper. I made my first contribution on Tuesday, when I pressed the Minister giving evidence on Community Policing - something I think is critical. I’m glad to have got a positive response, and will continue to focus on this. You can watch that here. Expect to hear a lot more about my work on this Committee as we meet weekly.

Read on to find out what I’ve been up to this year, and this week at the end...

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.

My Year in Nottingham North

Being in Opposition is frustrating. We vote against the many things we disagree with but we invariably lose. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be done locally. Since I was elected I have been keen to deliver practical changes in our community to show the value of Labour representation. My primary way of doing this is through the Rebalancing Foundation, the local charity that I chair. This brings together the support of various organisations to make sure we use the best of what is available. Here is a flavour of some of the tangible things we have achieved and the record we can stand on locally:
  • 9 “Teeth Team” schemes delivering supervised brushing in local Primary Schools
  • Bulwell phase of Lung Health screening
  • Bulwell Health and Wellbeing Programme published
  • ThinkForward are providing skills coaches in 4 secondaries
  • Jobs Fair, which has already led to 69 people finding work
  • Funders’ Fair
  • Lots of community arts and culture, such as Three Doors Down in Aspley and The Aspley Sewing Workshop
  • Community Organising pilot secured
  • Secured commitment for Basford Hall College to be the main campus for construction and health and social care
And the following are still to come:
  • Aspley, Bilborough, Strelley phases of Lung Health screeing
  • Bid in for Teeth Team to double in size
  • Disability Confident event to encourage local employers to hire people with disabilities
  • Still concerns about staffing at Basford College
  • Secure best deal for learners and staff at Bilborough College
  • Champion redevelopment of vacant sites and secure proposed Chinook Development
  • Partnering with National Literacy Trust to provide additional support

My Year in Parliament

On the Frontbench

As you probably know, I was very proud to be asked by Jeremy Corbyn to be part of his Health Team in Parliament. Despite being in Opposition our team has secured several significant wins for our precious Health Service and I am proud of my part in that as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jon Ashworth, the Shadow Secretary of State. These wins include a victory on the NHS pay cap, more money for children of alcoholics, preventing the sneaking out of new NHS structures and, we believe, a significant increase in NHS spending ahead of the 70th anniversary celebrations.

Raising local issues

My role in Parliament is to raise key local issues. I have consistently hammered away on issues relating to our “fundamentally unsafe” prison, fought for electrification of our railway, fought for more resources for our excellent Council and raised debates on our voter registration levels and our advice sector locally.

Priority issues

Outside of frontbench and local commitments, I have also been working on three main issues:
  1. Modern Slavery - I have become the Co-op Party lead on this issue, met with ministers, supported the Malawian Parliament in their attempts to improve their legislation and challenged the Prime Minister.
  2. Domestic Violence - I have constituently raised this in the Chamber, served on a committee to ensure better treatment of survivors, met with ministers and fundraised over 2k for Women’s Aid.
  3. Safe Standing at Football Grounds - I have worked with local fans groups to change Labour Policy in this area and now we’re seeking to change the Government’s!
 
Brexit

As I’m sure you’re only too aware, Brexit continues to consume all Parliamentary energies. I believe that it’s important that it is done correctly, and have supported and will continue to support our party’s position, which respects the result and the decision to leave, but will continue seeking the best possible deal for our community.

By the Numbers

2199 – Constituent policy emails replied to
956 – Attendees at the Nottingham North Jobs Fair
752 – People helped through individual casework
139 – Written questions submitted
100% - Support of Labour Policy in Parliamentary votes
71 – Debates spoken in
50 – Weekly newsletters produced
3 – Successful local by-elections
2 – Questions to the Prime Minister
1 – New, fully-staffed, Office in Bulwell
0 – Official openings of the office (one is to follow, promise!)
 

And finally...

I’m proud to be part of a team working to improve our community. I work closely with a team of 18 hard-working, talented City Councillors who care about our community. We’ve lots to do but we’ve got a strong team.

This Week

Even though this newsletter has been more about the whole year, that doesn’t mean I haven’t had a busy week. Here’s a briefer than usual account of what I’ve been up to:
  • I spoke directly with John van de Laarschot, Nottingham College’s Chief Exec, about the planned closure of Once Upon a Time nursery, as I mentioned at the top.
  • I had my weekly engagement at the Bill Committee for the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill. Still no progress sadly!
  • I also sat on the Third Delegated Legislation Committee for the draft Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2018, a small piece of law in its early stages which will update nursing regulations once enacted.
  • I attended an event hosted by 38 degrees to support the campaign for increased NHS funding.
  • I contributed to a Westminster Hall debate on the Gig Economy, how many of these employees not receiving minimum wage is unacceptable and a cause of national scandal. It needs to change. Watch my contribution here.
  • Back in Nottingham on Thursday, I joined wonderful local charity Improving Lives for their celebration of everything they’ve achieved.
Next week we’ll be back to a normal newsletter, as I let you know how a debate on Safe Standing goes and much more.

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
 

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 – joy@bulwellartsfestival.com
Or online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
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

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

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



 

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

Free Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation from E.ON
Available to households that are currently without these, regardless of whether the household uses E.ON as their energy supplier. The insulation, which would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free for a limited time to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission. Households who take up the offer could save up to £285 a year on their energy bills.
This offer is however, due to end on June 30th, so apply as soon as possible.
If you’d like further information visit https://www.eonenergy.com/insulate or call E.ON on 0330 400 1083.

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 write-now.live. 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

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


 
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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