Summertime, but the campaigning continues
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Labour Proud at Pride
It was fantastic to join our LGBT friends at Nottingham Pride last Saturday. It was the biggest, happiest, and inclusive Pride event I’d been to in Nottingham. In times of divisive politics and a rise in hate crime, it’s so important to stand shoulder to shoulder with our diverse communities. Broxtowe Labour had a fantastic showing. I can’t wait for next year.
Our wonderful NHS at 70
The National Health Service turned 70 last month and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s best loved institutions. I was delighted to attend the Broxtowe Labour NHS celebrations to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff. To the fantastic nurses, doctors, physios, porters, office staff, paramedics, surgeons, trainees, cleaners, cooks, radiographers, anaesthetists, midwives and all staff in the health service who work tirelessly and selflessly for the care of everyone else no matter who you are or whatever your background – thank you. I’m really looking forward to presenting our “thank you” card to staff at the QMC in a few days.
Labour launches its ‘Build in Britain’ campaign
Jeremy Corbyn launched a key plank to our economic and industrial strategy last week with our Build it in Britain campaign. Our new economic approach is necessary because for decades we’ve been told that it’s good, even advanced, for our country to manufacture less and less and to rely instead on cheap labour abroad to produce imports while we focus on the City of London and the financial sector.
The banking crash confirmed it was in fact a profound weakness. A lack of support for manufacturing is sucking the dynamism out of our economy, pay from the pockets of our workers and any hope of secure well-paid jobs from a generation of our young people. That is why Labour is committed to turning things around. It’s our job in government to reprogram our economy so that it stops working for the few and begins working for the many.
That is why we will build things here again that for too long have been built abroad because we have failed to invest and because Labour is committed to supporting our manufacturing industries and the skills of workers in this country we want to make sure the government uses more of its own money to buy here in Britain.
We’re knocking on your doors, we want to know your concerns
Political parties are often criticised for only knocking on doors in the run up to an election. Not us inBroxtowe Labour. I was really pleased to be out with our fantastic Beeston North candidates in Beeston Fields a few days ago. Not only was it a great opportunity to knock on 1,000 doors (yes, 1,000 doors) and hear your concerns from anti-social behaviour, to housing, but it was an honour to be accompanied by our postal worker supporters from the Communications Workers Union (CWU). It’s really important that the Labour Party stands alongside our trade union colleagues when campaigning. We took the opportunity to promote their “Re-nationalisation of Royal Mail” campaign.
Tories, defenders of the green belt? Come off it!!
Despite making great play of their so called “green credentials”, the Tories continue to let down Broxtowe with their double standards. The local plan which was created by Labour when we were in control at Broxtowe was the balanced, and progressive way of defending our green spaces and allowing controlled development of the housing we need. Yet again at the last Planning Committee, the Tories on the committee pushed through development in the greenbelt that wasn’t identified in the plan – it’s the double standards I find hard to swallow. Only Labour can be trusted to uphold their pledges.
Sometimes ordinary people in their communities do extra-ordinary things. That is exactly what community champions Tara Pickering and Malaika Kayani do in Stapleford. When they see injustice – they act. That is why it was my pleasure to support them when they campaigned and raised money following the Grenfell tragedy. They followed that up more recently in organising an event raising money for child abuse survivors. As I say, they are just ordinary people trying to do the right thing. I’m sure you’ll agree that they are truly Brilliant Broxtownians.
Saturday 28th July – Saturday 1st September, Beeston Square, Beeston, NG9 2JH from 10:30am
Beeston on Sands will return this month giving local residents and shoppers a chance to feel the sand between their toes, enjoy an ice cream, play on the children’s rides or sit on the giant deck chair.
Summer holiday activites
Wednesday 8th, 15th, and 22nd August from 1.30pm – Dig In Community Allotment, Albany Allotment Site, Pasture Road, Stapleford, NG9 8HZ.
A series of Wednesday afternoon free sessions for families with children aged 5-10. More here.
Monday 6th – Friday 31st August from 9.00am – The Pearson Centre for Young People, Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH. Bring your children along to our fun packed holiday club – where they will enjoy a variety of activities including sports, cooking and craft. Open to children aged 6 to 13 years old. Daily activities from 9.00am-4.30pm with extended hours available. More here.
Tuesday 7th August from 12.00pm – Playdays, Coronation Park, Eastwood, NG16 2LQ.
Free children’s event full of arts & crafts, sports activities and inflatables. More here.
Wednesday 8th August at 7.30pm – Beeston Tales: Wilf Merttens, White Lion, 24 Middle Street, Beeston NG9 1FX.
Collecting urban legends teaches you that the folk today are just as capable of generating anonymous wonder tales, myths and legends as we ever were. Come along and have your faith restored in the richness of our collective unconscious as storyteller and author Wilf Merttens performs some surprising examples of the form, from the comic to the tragic, to the decidedly comitragic. More here.
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