Darren Henry’s Update on 23 April 2021

Work in Parliament
On Tuesday, I asked Kemi Badenoch MP to ensure our local authorities are given all the support they need to support the most vulnerable families who are experiencing disadvantage and discrimination. I look forward to seeing how this recommendation from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ report will be implemented in the Government’s response.  Yesterday I attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Show Racism the Red Card, held in memory of Stephen Lawrence. I strongly believe that 20 years after the death of Stephen Lawrence, it is our duty to do everything we can to end racism. To this end, I was glad to learn about the important work that Show Racism the Red Card are doing to educate people on anti-racism.  I attended an informative discussion surrounding the future of e-scooters hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking. Having spoken to constituents regarding the issues with e-scooters, such as being left on pavements and driven irresponsibly, it was valuable to discuss how e-scooters may be used in the future in ways that are both safe and considerate to both pedestrians and other road users.  This week, I joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equitable Life and will work closely with the APPG in the coming months as I know the issue is close to the hearts of many constituents in Broxtowe.  
Covid-19 Update
From 11th to 18th April, an additional 1,067 people in Broxtowe have received at least one dose of the vaccine. I would like to extend my appreciation once again to all those locally who have contributed to the success of the vaccine roll-out, including local volunteers who have selflessly given up their time.  Locally, the NHS is open for people aged 45 and over to have their vaccination. You can book through this link or by calling 0115 883 4640 from 8am to 6pm on Monday to Friday or 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.   Testing continues to be as important as ever in our fight against Covid-19. Information on where residents can pick up free packs for home testing can be found here. The advice to people with symptoms of Covid-19 remains unchanged: make sure to get a PCR test and isolate immediately.   Once more, I have been in touch this week with both the Health Minister and Vaccine Minister to keep abreast of Covid-19 updates. 
Armed Forces Bill Committee

This week, the Committee published our Special Report on the Armed Forces Bill, which draws conclusions and makes recommendations to the Ministry of Defence on the Armed Forces Bill and related matters.   Our report focused on the three main areas in the Bill: the Armed Forces Covenant, the Service Justice System and the Service Complaints System. We also inquired into a number of additional areas detailed in the report, which can be found here.

  All-Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness

On Wednesday, I chaired a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness, which focused on utilising digital infrastructure to combat loneliness as we recover from Covid-19. The APPG has called on the Government to close the digital divide and I will continue to work closely with the APPG to this end. For more information on the work the APPG are doing, please click here.  


It was great to hit the campaign trail this week to support our local candidates and distribute leaflets. I would encourage everyone to vote in the upcoming elections either by voting safely in person or by post.   

Meetings and Surgeries

Today I held a number of surgeries – as always, I enjoyed speaking to residents and engaging with local issues, providing help and support when necessary. If you wish to book a slot to speak to me, please do not hesitate to email me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.  

Looking ahead to the coming weeks, I will be hosting another Virtual Environment Coffee Morning in mid-May to discuss how we can deliver on our responsibility to protect our planet here in Broxtowe. If you wish to attend, please do email my office.  I will also be hosting an event with the Federation of Small Businesses on 27th May to discuss what Broxtowe’s small businesses need to thrive post-pandemic. I look forward to speaking with local businesses to learn from them and find out how they can be supported as we build back better in Broxtowe. If you are a local business owner and wish to attend, please sign up here

Finally, happy St George’s Day! I do hope everyone managed to get outside this week and enjoy the wonderful weather too.

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