Darren Henry’s Update on 30 April 2021

Visit to Swancar Farm Country House

This week I visited Swancar Farm Country House to meet with business owners within the wedding industry to learn how they have been impacted by the pandemic and what I can do to help them.   Thank you to Tracy from Swancar Farm Country House, Adele from April Delights, Hannah from Jon Paul Derby and Kathryn from Dream Wedding Dress for taking the time to explain how each of their businesses has been affected by Covid-19.   I will continue to push the Government to provide clear guidance for weddings ahead of restrictions easing and support for wedding businesses facing financial hardship on behalf of those in Broxtowe. 
Covid-19 Update

On Thursday, I was briefed by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group on the progress of the vaccine programme and was delighted to learn 630,000 Covid-19 vaccines have been delivered in Nottinghamshire. I am proud of our record locally of delivering vaccines to all those eligible and all those who have contributed to our local effort.  

If you are aged 40 or over, or if you turn 40 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your Covid-19 vaccine.  

For those that are yet to receive it, you can get Covid-19 vaccine at Devonshire Avenue Car Park, Beeston on Wednesday 5th May between 10.00am and 1.00pm.  The vaccine bus will now be drop in only and residents will not be able to pre-book an appointment in advance. I would encourage anyone eligible who has not had their first dose of the vaccine yet to go along to the vaccine bus

Visit to Hartlepool

Today I visited Hartlepool to support Jill Mortimer in her campaign to be elected as MP. I am proud to be supporting her campaign for more jobs, apprenticeships, investment and police in Hartlepool – she is the right person to ensure positive change for the area.  
Work in Parliament

Yesterday several historic laws were enacted into law including the Animal Welfare Bill, the Counter-Terrorism & Sentencing Bill, the National Security and Investment Bill and the Overseas Operations Bill. I am proud to have supported these Bills as they have made their way through Parliament and to have delivered on the promises included in the manifesto I stood for in 2019.  
Levelling Up Bid

Each MP is entitled to select one area within their constituency to bid for the Levelling Up Fund – a £4.8 billion fund announced by the Government to support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets. I have selected Kimberley and I offered my support to the Town Councillors last night as they deliberated over ideas for our Levelling Up Bid.   To ensure as much community input as possible, I worked with  sixth form students at Kimberley School on the regeneration projects they would like to see for Kimberley Town Centre. The ideas and suggestions made by the sixth form students will be forming a key part of the discussions, particularly as the Levelling Up Fund is to ensure we build back better for future generations.  
Local Elections

This week has been another busy week on the campaign trial, supporting Conservative candidates locally before the local elections on 6th May. The Prime Minister himself expressed his wish that the people of Nottinghamshire vote Conservative on 6th May and I could not have said it better myself!    

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

was particularly busy this week attending a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups on a range issues that I know are important to local residents.   On Monday it was the AGM for the APPG on Autism, which paid tribute to the passing of Cheryl Gillan MP and her tireless work within Parliament to increase understanding of autism. I am pleased I am now an elected officer on the APPG on Autism and will work with other members to push autism further up the parliamentary agenda.   I also attended a meeting of the APPG on Choice at the End of Life this week. It was clear from the outcome of the discussions had during this meeting that we need high quality public discourse on this issue as this is a matter of conscience. I intend to be fully involved in this debate when the time comes.   Another highlight of the week was attending the APPG on Cycling and Walking, attended by Jeremy Vine, where we discussed the barriers to cycling and walking across the UK.  I also learnt a lot this week from APPGs focusing on environmental issues. An informative discussion was had during the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group’s meeting on EU and UK alignment on climate issues and the future environmental challenges that they face, including financially supporting the developing world and pressuring the greater powers.  This week, I also attended the APPG on Future Generations on ensuring COP26 is effective in preventing climate breakdown. It is clear from the discussions that we must commit to action that is commensurate with the scale of the climate emergency that we face – this is why I support the Government’s latest plans to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.   During the APPG for the Environment, a discussion was had on the viability of introducing the Deposit Return Scheme in the UK to increase recycling rates of drinks containers and reduce littering.   I look forward to feeding back my thoughts on the topics raised during these APPGs at my Virtual Environment Coffee Morning on 19th May. Please do email me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk should you wish to attend this event.    

Meetings and Surgeries

I met with several local organisations this week to discuss the work they are doing in Broxtowe. I had an informative discussion with Broxtowe Youth Homelessness on their work to tackle homelessness locally with their Independent Living training and eLearning resources for local school students. I look forward to engaging with them further and attending their training sessions in the future.   I also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct earlier this week. With the restoration well underway, the group are keen to source funding to gain a ramp access to the viaduct on the eastern side. I will continue to assist the group in looking for funding opportunities to ensure access to all to the viaduct.   WAVE Trust was another organisation I met with this week, who work to tackle the root cause of child maltreatment. I am pleased to be a registered supporter of the work they are doing and will work with them in the future to support their lobbying efforts.   Finally, I met with the CEO of WaveLength – the UK’s leading loneliness charity giving media technology to those most in need. We discussed measures to combat loneliness and bridge the digital divide, which helped inform the work I am doing with the APPG on Loneliness.  

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