Darren Henry’s Update on 11th December 2020

This week I was delighted to host a Facebook Live Q&A with the Nottinghamshire Police Fraud and Crime Protect Officer, Fiona Price. As we work our way up to Christmas please do be vigilant. Fiona raised some important points about DPD or Royal Mail parcel fraud, telephone fraud as well as passing on some useful tips on how to keep your personal information private online. It was a useful way to learn more as well as a great opportunity to hear more from constituents who raised some fantastic questions to Fiona and I. 

With Covid vaccines being a popular topic raised to me by constituents, I plan to hold another Facebook Live next week focusing on this topic with Dr John Doddy. This will be Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A, live on my Facebook from 5 pm on Wednesday the 16th of December. I have got some great points coming in from constituents already, but should you wish to raise a question please do email me on darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.

On this note, I am delighted to hear from the Department of Health and Social Care to inform me they are opening a Local Test Site at the Albion Street Car Park (NG9 2PA). This expansion of testing supports the existing NHS and Public Health England infrastructure, which has greatly increased its testing capacity since the coronavirus pandemic began. I hope this site will make it easier for many people in Broxtowe to access testing. 

As Autumn turns to Winter my older constituents may be worrying about managing over the coming months. After correspondence with Age UK, I am glad to know their Winter Hub has information on looking after your wellbeing, how to get support, and ways to help each other this winter. If you are struggling or know someone who is, please do email me and I will do my best to help. Equally, you can find more support offered by Age UK by following this link: www.ageuk.org.uk/winter and for a friendly chat, day or night, you can call The Silver Line on 0800 470 8090.

Following on from my Business Question last week regarding mental health provision, the Leader of the House contacted me this week in support of my plea to get a debate in Parliament on this topic. I am thankful that he made representation on my behalf to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and I will share any response with you in due course. Going into the New Year I aim to push this agenda, ensuring people are not reduced to breaking point before receiving help, but that early intervention is there to help those in crisis. 

This week I also held a productive meeting of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group. Here, we had some productive discussions under the topic of ‘energy’ – focussing on how we can ensure the Government realises the potential the East Midlands has in this sector. As Co-Chair, I was keen to learn more about how we can work to make Broxtowe a hub for low carbon jobs.

In other news, this week I have spent a great deal of time working to make sure our Stapleford Towns Deal is the best it can be. I have been working with local leaders to look at the broader picture – namely, finding ways that this Town Investment Plan can complement the work that is going on around Broxtowe and Nottinghamshire. In my opinion, to maximise the benefits of this development and mitigate against any risk of competition with Stapleford Town Centre, it is essential that this Town Investment Plan is joined up with proposals for Toton and the wider Broxtowe Borough. In harnessing the full potential of the Town Investment Plan, I and local leaders are looking at new ways to foster regeneration in our towns. 

I am pleased to report that this chimes well with discussions going on with colleagues in Parliament. Going forward, I will do my utmost to secure as much funding as possible from the Government’s Levelling Up agenda to get long-overdue investment for Broxtowe. 

For now – stay safe all,

Darren

Mailing address:
168 Derby Road,
Stapleford
Nottingham
NG9 7AY
darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk

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