Welcome to my latest newsletter. If you have friends, relatives or colleagues who you think may be interested in receiving this communication, please ask them to sign up here. If you have events that you would like me to include in future newsletters – please get in touch with the details.
Broxtowe Labour opens campaign office and advice centre
With a lot of hard work from members and the fantastic support of Unite Union and the Communication Workers Union, we are incredibly pleased to announce our new Broxtowe CLP office, campaign and advice centre. The office was opened a couple of weeks ago by Karen Lee MP & Alex Norris MP. Please come in and say hello on Chilwell Road, Beeston, NG9 1EL (next to the tram stop) for tea, toast and a chat.
Labour holds the Brexit solutions
After two years of failed negotiations the Prime Minister still has no credible plan to deliver a Brexit deal that can command the support of Parliament and protect jobs and the economy. Rather than ploughing on with her discredited deal, the Prime Minister should drop her red lines, rule out no deal and allow Parliament to decide next steps. Labour has set out two credible options to break the impasse and prevent no deal:
Negotiating an alternative Brexit deal that delivers a close economic relationship with the EU in order to protect jobs, living standards and workers’ rights
Legislating to hold a public vote on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union
A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for jobs, the economy and the border in Northern Ireland. It is simply not a viable option.
Migrants welcome here
Earlier this month Home Secretary Sajid Javid declared the rising numbers of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats an “emergency”. Many migrants and asylum seekers have been completely scarred by their experiences. But refugees are not the source of the problems faced in the country, it is the inequality of system designed to protect the few and not the many. Despite throw away comments from Theresa May, austerity isn’t over for the vast majority of ordinary people, as shown by insufficient jobs, a crisis in housing and hugely underfunded services. Refugees and migrants need to be part of society, not out of society.
Hs2 – getting the balance right alongside an economic vision
It is clear that Hs2 is going to have an effect for years on many communities throughout Broxtowe and we must ensure that the legitimate concerns of residents are treated seriously. This includes, addressing environmental concerns recently highlighted in the Hs2 environment statement and the disruption that will be inevitable during construction. We must challenge the assumption that the destruction of nature sites is unavoidable, and we must certainly demand that mitigation and enhancement are part of any project. If this project is to be built, then there is a strong case that the route should be tunnelled from a point south of Long Eaton to a point north of Nuthall.
Significant opportunities also exist. There is a chance to place Hs2 and Broxtowe at the heart of an economic and industrial regeneration of the East Midlands with high skilled manufacturing and engineering at the Derby end with Rolls Royce and Bombardier and high skilled pharmaceuticals and academia at the Nottingham end with Boots and the Nottingham universities. Slap bang in the middle will be Broxtowe – I aim to maximise the opportunities, jobs and growth that is in Broxtowe’s grasp.
Winning Broxtowe back for Labour – Local Elections May 2nd 2019
We’ll be using the Broxtowe CLP hub to help run the local election campaign for 2019. It’s vital to win Broxtowe back for Labour if we’re to stem and reverse the cuts to Broxtowe services. With candidates across the borough, we’ve been campaigning hard for months in Beeston, Kimberley, Chilwell & Stapleford. Let’s keep up the momentum until May 2nd where we can begin to put our brilliant manifesto into action.
Although Broxtowe Labour voted against a proposed trial to introduce voter ID, we will nevertheless be one of 11 councils undertaking Voter ID trials in May. This is a pathetic attempt to tackle a non-existent problem and will likely affect Labour voting areas disproportionately. Voters in Broxtowe will require voters to present either one form of photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.
It’s an absolute pleasure to feature the institution that is The Boathouse Cafe, Beeston Marina this month. Although coming up to their 12th anniversary it feels as though they’ve been there forever, giving warm and friendly welcomes to walkers, twitchers, park runners and passers by with a cuppa, hearty breakfast, cake or delicious snack.
The wonderfully cheery Tony, Sandie and Sarah, backed up by their staff Laurie and Ocean are so well liked and respected by everyone in the community – they are truly deserving “Brilliant Broxtownians”. Pop in whenever you are passing, they would love to see you. Here’s to the next 12 years!
New Beginnings Art Group, Oasis Centre, Union Street, Beeston NG9 2LT – every Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm
This Art Group is for people no longer able to work through ill health or injury. Beginners and more experienced people very welcome. Further info. via newbeginningsart.co.uk, or call Geoff on 07847 096141 or Caroline on 0115 9251300.
Breakaway Arts, Beeston Youth & Community Centre, West End, Beeston NG9 1GL – every Wednesday 3.30-6.00pm
Breakaway is a unique participatory arts project for young people with learning disabilities. Our weekly sessions include music, dance, drama, visual arts and live performance, but they also support the personal development and progression of the young people. Contact Stacey on 07488596004 or email email@example.com
Kimberley Sessions, Nelson and Railway, Station Road, Kimberley NG16 2NR – Thursday 7th February at 8.00pm
Free monthly live music evening put on by the organisers of the Kimberley Jam.
Rouse, Ye Women, Beeston Victory Club, Station Road, Beeston NG9 2AW – Tuesday 12th February at 7.00pm
A new folk ballad about Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers. Join Broxtowe Labour for this amazing story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath striking to achieve a living wage for themselves and their families in 1910. Tickets £8 (£6 concessions), available from the Labour Hub 106 Chilwell High Road.
RumbleFest, Kettlebrook Lodge, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2HX – Saturday 16th February from 7.30pm
An evening of live music, with all proceeds going to Rumbletums Café. Rumbletums Cafe and Training Project was set up to offer vocational training and work experience placements to young people and young adults (16-30) with learning disabilities. It’s done this successfully since 2011 and now employs five staff and has space for up to 30 trainees. Tickets are just £7 and can be purchased from Rumbletums, or you can pay on the door.
Help fund our campaigns
The Tory party have a few very big donors; we fund ourselves by thousands of small donations. We appreciate anything you can give to help fund our election campaigns.