Darren Henry’s Update on 4 July 2021

Work in Parliament

This week in the Chamber I highlighted the incredible work Broxtowe Women’s Project have done locally to support victims of domestic abuse and asked the Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, what the Government are doing to tackle domestic abuse and provide support both to those directly affected and their children. I was encouraged by his response and the funding the Government is devoting to support victims and their families.

Beeston Station

On Wednesday I brought together Network Rail and the Friends of Beeston Station to discuss future improvements to Beeston Station, particularly how the Station can benefit from the Access for All Fund. I look forward to continuing to work with both organisations to ensure we can make improvements to the Station and increase accessibility for all.

Active Travel

On Monday I met with representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council in order to push for greater investment in our local cycling infrastructure. The Government has made funding available for active travel and I firmly believe that we need our fair share here in Broxtowe. Additionally, we discussed the possibility of a pilot project to encourage cycling to school – an idea I am keen to see expanded across schools in the constituency.

Maternity services at Queen’s Medical Centre

Having spoken to constituents in the past about this, I know many will have concerns about the maternity services at Queen’s Medical Centre following recent media attention. I have co-signed a letter with other Nottinghamshire MPs on this issue, requesting an urgent meeting with the new Health Secretary to discuss our concerns. I can assure you I will continue to push for urgent action and improvements on behalf of my constituents in Broxtowe.

Meetings and Surgeries

On Monday I met with the Headteacher and staff at Chilwell School to discuss future investment into the site. I have recently reached out to all local secondary schools so I may find out the issues pertinent to them to be able to represent them fully in Parliament.

This week there was a talk from Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee, giving an update on the performance of the Government in its efforts to reach its net zero targets. Lord Deben spoke about the need to enshrine the net zero target at the heart of all Government policies as well as the need to decarbonise the agricultural sector and encourage consumers to buy less, but higher quality British meat. I am keen to engage further on this issue, finding out how we can enact change both nationally and locally to meet our ambitious net zero targets.

I also met with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), along with fellow Nottinghamshire MPs, to discuss respiratory care at Nottingham University Hospitals. It was encouraging to hear the steps that are being taken by the CCG and I will continue to monitor to situation closely on behalf of my constituents.

Another highlight of the week was meeting with Art Culture Tourism, a local organisation based in Beeston that brings together artists, photographers, film makers and performers across Nottinghamshire and assists them with promoting their work to wider audiences. I greatly enjoyed learning about the organisation’s work and finding how I may assist them with their aims.  
As ever, I am available on Fridays to meet with constituents. Should you wish to book a surgery appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by emailing darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.

Finally, I was on BBC Politics East Midlands this morning talking about the maternity services at QMC, increasing employability among young people and jobs post-Covid – make sure to give it a watch if you have not already! 

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