Hello again, Whichever way you voted in the EU Referendum, however fed up you are with Brexit, this week’s events should concern everyone who believes that at a time of national crisis, MPs must take responsibility for protecting the interests of their constituents and Parliament must sit to hold the Government to account and ensuring the nations’ interests are best protected. The Prime Minister is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal on October 31st even though he knows that the majority of MPs from all parties, “Leavers and Remainers”, have consistently voted against such a move. We all agree leaving the EU without a deal would, in the words of the former Conservative Business Secretary, be a “disaster” for our economy and indeed would threaten peace in Northern Ireland.
There is no mandate for leaving the EU without a deal – indeed the Leave campaign led by people like Boris Johnson promised we would not leave until we had a deal.
Boris Johnson knows Parliament will block his no deal plans and so he has suspended it for five weeks. It’s as outrageous as it is irresponsible and profoundly undemocratic.
Following a meeting between all the leaders of the opposition parties, which I attended, and discussions amongst MPs of all parties and views on Brexit, we will try to introduce legislation next week to stop a no deal Brexit. Our aim is not to stop Brexit but to prevent our crashing out without a deal.
Parliament returns on Tuesday and on reckoning, it will be quite a week.
Meanwhile my thanks for all the emails of support.
Finally, my congratulations to all our secondary schools and those students who received their GCSE and A Level results in the last few weeks – there are more details below.
Have a good weekend.
As ever, Anna
There is considerable concern about the future of HS2’s line to Leeds (which includes the East Midlands Hub at Toton Sidings), following the Government’s announcement to review the cost and benefits of the line. As you know there is widespread cross party support for HS2 locally and throughout our part of the East Midlands.
I will write to the new Transport Secretary and the review’s chair, Douglas Oakervee, in support of the considerable benefits to Broxtowe and our region.
Meanwhile, the new Minister for HS2, Paul Maynard MP, has replied to my letter about the route through Broxtowe. Whilst I am pleased HS2 has changed the delivery of the route through Trowell to a cutting as opposed to their original plan for a 60 foot viaduct, my preference is for a bored tunnel. The Minister has not unequivocally rejected the idea and helpfully admits concern about the impact constructing HS2 will have on our roads, notably the A610 and A52.
I urge everyone affected by the new Trowell plans to take part in the consultation which closes next Friday 6th September at 11.45pm. To view the changes and respond to the consultation please click here.
Exam Results congratulations
Our school students have once again performed well in their GCSEs and A Level examinations. Pupils at Bramcote School deserve a special mention having made significant progress in key subjects.
Congratulations to all our students and their families and to all the staff at our schools. Here’s a summary of the results:
GCSE results – 46% Grade 9-5 English and Maths with 66% achieving Grade 9-4. 60% of students achieved 5 standard passes including English and Maths
A- Level – A*-C 70.6% with a pass rate of 96%.
George Spencer Academy
GCSE results – Almost 75% of students achieved Grade 9-4 in English and Maths.
A- Level – A*-B 50% with a pass rate of 99%
GCSE results – 50% Grade 9-5 in English and Maths
A-Level – A*-C – 80% with more than half of all grades between A*-B. There was an 100% pass rate.
GCSE results – 68% Grade 9-4 in English and Maths. In 2015, the figures were at 39% so this is a significant improvement.
Alderman White School
GCSE results – 50% Grade 9-5 in English and Maths with 19.4% of students achieving grades 9-7.
Bramcote 6th Form College
A-Level – A*-C 77.3%
Work on installing speed cameras on the A52 from Priory Roundabaout to Bramcote Island is about to begin. The campaign to make the road safer was begun by the late Tony Smith after a double fatal accident in November 2016 caused by speeding. I worked with Tony on his campaign including presenting his 1600 signature petition in Parliament. Tony was well known and hugely liked in Bramcote (where he lived for many years) and in Beeston, and sadly died a year ago; he leaves a proud legacy.
Chilwell pavements promise
Residents in part of Chilwell have been promised their bad pavements will be fixed. Following my recent letter to Nottinghamshire County Council, the Highways team will inspect a number of roads and pavements particularly around Allison Gardens. Thank you to everyone who sent me the names of roads where the paving is particularly bad and especially Allison Dodds who came to see me to complain about the dreadful state of roads and pavements in her part of Chilwell. If your pavement or road needs fixing please send me details – I can’t make any promises as it’s a County Council matter but I will do what I can to get them fixed.
I joined the Attenborough Elderflowers for the unveiling of history boards which are part of the group’s improvements to the local railway station. The boards detail the development of Attenborough from the earliest of times and the history of the station. The Elderflowers are a wonderful group of volunteers who have installed planters on both platforms and won funding from the Lottery Fund, Tesco and Nottinghamshire County Council for the history boards. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.
Bramcote’s Robert Cleave has completed his 18,000 mile around-the-world cycle, which took him across 29 countries on 5 continents. Robert has exceeded his fundraising target to raise over £20,000 for Traidcraft Exchange and Cancer Research. You can still donate to Robert’s charities and find out more about his ride here. I am sure you will join me in welcoming home and congratulating him on his incredible achievement.
I spent a large part of yesterday morning at Global Radio’s East Midlands HQ in Nottingham. The independent broadcaster operates Capital and Smooth radio in the East Midlands including a local news service. My thanks to Tom Bushell for the visit and update on the challenges and successes of local radio.