Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Anna and the team
Congratulations to Brad Allaway who has won this years’ Christmas Card competition. Brad is a pupil at St John’s C of E Primary School in Stapleford and his winning design has been sent to 13,000 people by post and email.
My thanks to all the schools and pupils who took part. The runners up are Henry Jack from Awsworth Primary, Thomas Cragg from Bramcote C of E Primary, Mae Granville from Banks Road Primary in Toton, Hannah McGowan from Chetwynd Primary also in Toton, Reuben Mason of St John’s C of E, Paige Manton from Greasley Beauvale and Marina McNicholls from John Clifford Primary in Beeston.
Snap Christmas in Broxtowe!
Next year’s competition is open to everyone in the constituency and I would like your entries now! Please send me your photographs of Christmas and New Year in Broxtowe. The winner will feature on the front of next year’s Christmas Card.
There have been as many congratulations as complaints about the various Christmas activities organised by Broxtowe Borough Council. I share the concerns as well as the successes. There will be a proper debrief with lessons learnt so we get the very best celebrations next Christmas.
It didn’t attract much attention but in last month’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced the full £1.3 million to fund a helipad at the QMC. I had supported the proposal and urged Philip Hammond to fund the project which will save lives.
Anonymity of suspects in criminal investigations
A number of high profile people have been subjected to wholly false allegations in recent times. Their distress has been compounded by the media publishing their names and details of the allegations; the ensuing distress and damage to the reputation of the accused and their family are immeasurable.
I tried to change the law back in 2011 so that all suspects remain anonymous until they are charged. In certain circumstances, notably when there is a need for other victims to come forward, the police could apply to a Judge for an order to name the suspect. My ‘right to anonymity’ is not confined to allegations of a sexual nature but to all criminal investigations and would provide protection for everyone not just the famous.
I raised the matter at Prime Minister’s Questions this week and got an encouraging response from Theresa May. Afterwards MP’s from all parties expressed their support. I will now campaign to change the law and make this one of my priorities next year.
Attenborough rail crossings
My thanks to Attenborough residents including Councillor Eric Kerry, for informing me about Network Rail’s plans to close most of the crossings in the village. If correct, the two week consultation (over Christmas and New Year!) is not acceptable nor are the plans to many villagers. I will contact Network Rail on Monday requesting a full and proper consultation. I will of course keep you updated.
A52 anti speed petition gathers hundreds of signatures
There has been terrific support for the petition for speed claiming measures including cameras on the A52 – especially between Bramcote Island and the Priory roundabout. Bramcote Councillor Martin Plackett gave details of the campaign at this week’s council meeting and his speech can be read on Bramcote Today. The petition follows a fatal accident last month involving a speeding car and has been organised by Bramcote resident Tony Smith
Parliament tour success
Thank you to everyone who came to Parliament this week to enjoy a tour of both Houses and then some Christmas shopping. It was good to see you all!