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Windrush – a national shame
The crisis around the Home Office treatment of the Windrush generation didn’t happen overnight. For years Theresa May and Amber Rudd have promoted a “hostile environment” for migrants and the Immigration Act of 2014 removed protections for Commonwealth citizens. At the time Jeremy Corbyn voted against it – on the right side of history again. It is an absolute outrage that it took extensive media coverage, 140 MPs signing a letter to the Prime Minister and the threat of an urgent question in the House of Commons for the government to take any action at all. It is yet another example of May’s heartless policies that consistently leave our society worse off. Now Amber Rudd is gone, we need to hold the Home Office to account. Labour is clear that we will fight for the members of the Windrush generation and their families every step of the way. For the many, not the few.
May Day comes to Broxtowe
I was delighted that the Nottinghamshire, Mansfield & Nottingham Trades Council brought the May Day rally to Broxtowe this year. Several hundred marched to a great reception in Beeston. We had a great line up of speakers who spoke with passion on the injustices of attacks on the recent UCU pensions, the fragility of the NHS suffering from underfunding, the devastation that austerity is wreaking on our services and the scandal of the Windrush debacle.
I was proud to be speaking alongside them and highlighting that there is a real alternative under Labour. Thank you to all those who came along.
Honouring our firefighters
It was an immense honour to join firefighters and FBU members at the Firefighters Memorial Day at Highfields Station on Friday 4th May to remember the bravery and sacrifice of the 2,524 colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty. My thoughts were with all the bereaved families of fallen firefighters. The Firefighters’ Memorial Trust does wonderful work remembering and honouring all firefighters who have lost their life while serving our communities. I fully support the Firefighters Memorial Campaign and Red Plaque campaign and applaud the commitment and selfless dedication of all UK firefighters who stand ready today and every day to risk their life to save others from the consequences of fire, floods, terror attacks and other emergency situations.
East Midlands food poverty crisis deepens
We know that austerity is damaging our country – a deliberate attack on ordinary people hitting those who can least afford it the most. Whilst the less well-off and the vulnerable suffer, their services are cut and their kids going hungry, the number of billionaires in the country doubles.
Not one region in Great Britain sees their prospects improving – the map below shows the shameful state of affairs. East Midlands again comes off as the most heavily impacted outside London. We need a reversal of the punitive cuts to the welfare system which disproportionally impact on the poor, vulnerable and disabled and an end to this awful government.
One of our unsung Broxtownians is Ros who runs the Kimberley Parents & Toddlers Group. Mums, dads, grandparents, childminders and carers have enjoyed toys and craft activities at the friendly playgroup for years. The group provides a great place to meet up and chat and of course for the kids to enjoy themselves. It’s great to know we have Ros helping our communities – a Broxtowe legend. Every Thursday, 9.30-11.15am at Kimberley Parish Hall, Newdigate Street, Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2NJ.
Saturday 26 May – Greasley Gathering
Family day out. Music provided by the Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo as well as 2 choirs. Sporting challenges. Displays. Classic cars… and a Flypast by a Battle of Britain Hurricane in the afternoon (conditions permitting). See the Scarecrow trail through Moorgreen and visit local pubs which are also providing entertainments.
Main venue: Greasley Sports and Community Centre, Dovecote Road, Newthorpe, Notts. NG16 3QN Also red bus rides through Moorgreen, Watnall and Newthorpe to take you to other destinations where activities are taking place.
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June from 1.00-5.00pm – Beeston & Chilwell Garden Trail
Still going strong after 21 years! For a brilliant Saturday and Sunday out, come and join us this year. The tickets are just £4.00,
which you buy at the first garden and it lets you into all the gardens on both days. It is now a community event with gardeners nominating their own charities. Last year, 15 gardens were open and we raised almost £5,000 for various charities and had over 800 people visit.
You can find out more details at www.beestonandchilwellgardentrail.org.uk
Saturday 23 June from 12.00pm to late – Kimberley Jam, Kimberley
This is a local music festival in its 4th year. It’s based in Kimberley Nottingham and involving a wide range of venues and a hundred plus artists all within walking distance of Kimberley town square. It’s done in the name of fun and enjoyment, and raises funds for local youth charities.
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