Returning from recess, it has been an incredibly busy first week back in Parliament. On Tuesday I spoke at the Westminster Hall Debate organised by Cllr Ben Bradley MP regarding the future of the East Midlands economy. I gave one clear message “We simply cannot allow the East Midlands to be left behind.”
From the £21.1 million allocated for the Stapleford Towns Deal to the £20 million Levelling Up Bid being worked on for Kimberley, the Government has made a firm commitment to investing in Broxtowe and our region.
The future for the East Midlands is clearly bright but there is much more to be done. Once again, I pushed for a firm commitment to have the HS2 East Midlands Hub located at Toton. Having the East Midlands Hub located at Toton is the only way we can achieve the maximum benefits for the East Midlands, offering easy access to the key areas and employment sites and providing the opportunity for real economic growth across the region.
Furthermore, I spoke about the need for better connectivity. Not only in terms of transport but through more investment into digital infrastructure. As Co-chair of the Midlands Engine All Party Parliamentary Group, I will be facilitating a meeting later this year to discuss broadband and connectivity in the region, seeking to remove the disparities in the levels of digital infrastructure across the Midlands.
National Insurance Rise
I have been contacted by a large number of constituents concerned about the Government’s announcement to help fund health and social care. As part of these reforms that were voted on this Tuesday (7th September), the rate of national insurance is to be increased by 1.25% from April 2022.
Having voted in favour of this, I want to assure you that I did not do so lightly. The Government had every intention of holding up the commitment in their manifesto, however the last two years have put unprecedented strains on our economy as we have kept the country afloat throughout the pandemic. As such, difficult decisions have had to be made. We must ensure that social care is properly funded as a key priority which is why I felt it right to support the Government on this issue. I will continue to monitor the situation.
These reforms to health and social care, which will come into force from October 2023 mean that people will no longer pay more than £86,000 in care costs. Once this cap has been reached, further costs for personal care will be taken on by local councils. Furthermore, individuals with less than £20,000 will not have to pay towards their costs for care from their assets.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
On Wednesday 8th September, Macmillan Cancer Support held their coffee morning in Parliament. As cancer services start to recover following the effects of Covid-19, it is vital that we do all we can to offer those suffering our support. I was able to speak to Cancer Nurses and hear about the challenges they are facing in delivering the much needed care.
Meeting with Nadine Dorries regarding Maternity Services
On Tuesday, there was a meeting held with Health Minister Nadine Dorries regarding the Government Inquiry into the quality of maternity services provided by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. This is an incredibly important issue and I am pleased that the Government has committed to an impartial and in depth review into the tragic occurrences that families have suffered due to the issues in the care they received. I offer my full support to those affected in getting the justice and closure they deserve as part of this inquiry.
There are now just two weeks to go until my Job Fair which takes places on Friday 24th September from 10am to 4pm at the Pearson Centre in Beeston.
The Job Fair will feature the likes of E.ON, Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS Trust, Emergency services (including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service as well as East Midlands Ambulance Service), all three branches of the Armed Forces and many more.
A number of apprenticeships are being advertised at the event. These are being offered by national, regional and local businesses catering for a wide range of employment sectors including healthcare, hospitality, retail, beauty and engineering.
Furthermore, there will be numerous employment and skills providers on hand to offer advice and guidance to attendees at the event. As part of this, the National Careers Service will be running a CV Clinic, offering a personalised CV assessment to those in attendance. Anybody wishing to take advantage of this generous offer are invited to bring printed copies of your CV with them to the event where they will be able to receive tailored advice from expert advisers.
To register for the event, attendees can use the link below. By registering for the event, attendees will be able to receive free transport on select trentbarton and tram routes which both providers have kindly offered during the day.
On Wednesday 25th August I joined other Nottinghamshire MPs and officials to attend the flag raising event at County Hall for the inaugural Nottinghamshire County Day. Nottinghamshire County Day is a great initiative helping to celebrate the unique history and culture of our great county. I am looking forward to seeing the event go from strength to strength next year and beyond.
On Wednesday 1st September, I met with representatives from Cossall Parish Council and Resident Action Group to discuss the Parish Boundary Review currently under consultation by Broxtowe Borough Council. It is important that any decisions made to alter these historic boundaries reflects the views and desires of the local residents that will be affected.
That afternoon, I visited Ron Griffiths and Jackie Carpenter at Derventio Housing Trust in Beeston to mark Starts at Home Day. The organisation helps people to live healthy and independent lives in Broxtowe. We discussed the important role that Housing Associations play in assisting other services such as the NHS and social care. It was great to see their passion for supporting the most vulnerable here in Broxtowe.
On Friday 3rd September I attended the Red Ensign Flag Raising in Beeston along with representatives from Broxtowe Borough Council. This event is part of Merchant Navy Day and commemorates the service of Merchant Navy seafarers from across the United Kingdom
I also had the opportunity to speak with the Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Cllr Milan Radulovic MBE and discuss a range of issues and initiatives that will affect Broxtowe. We discussed various plans about regeneration efforts in Beeston including the opening of the remaining units in the Arc Cinema in Beeston and further projects across the town centre.
During the afternoon, I attended an afternoon tea event run by Stapleford Town Council in aid of Treetops Hospice. Treetops do excellent work in supporting those with end-of-life care and it is great to see a good turnout at this event here in Stapleford to support them in raising much needed funds.
On Saturday I visited the Church of St Michaels and All Angels in Bramcote for their Grand Reopening. The weekend served as a celebration and thanksgiving for the church and the local community.
Yesterday marked 20 years since the attacks on The World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. 2,996 people left home – never to return – including 67 Britons. We will remember every single one of them, and we stand by our American friends – on that day, and forever.
My Constituency Office in Stapleford is now open to the public. The office will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm. Please press the intercom for attention. If myself or my team are not available we will be working for the constituents of Broxtowe elsewhere.
As ever, I will still be available to meet with constituents. Should you wish to book a surgery appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please feel free to call on our temporary office number 07553839428, or write to me at 168 Derby Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 7AY
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