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Anna Soubry MP

Working hard for Broxtowe

18 October 2019
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Hello again,
As you know Parliament sits tomorrow to vote on the Government’s new Brexit deal - my views on that are in the Parliament section below.
I will miss the celebrations to mark Robert Cleave’s remarkable round the world charity bike ride in Bramcote Park (I was hoping to pop in before dashing down to London for the People’s Vote march).
However, I still hope to make Oxjam in the evening. Full details of both events are in the diary section below. 
Have a good weekend.
As ever,

HS2 tunnel campaign gets a boost 

There is much speculation that the Government may cancel HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds via Toton Sidings, especially as the project is being rigorously reviewed. The legislation needed to deliver HS2 was due next year but did not appear in Monday’s Queen Speech. 
When the Prime Minister later addressed Parliament, I specifically asked him about the future of HS2 in Broxtowe. I was encouraged by his reply! It seems there will be an announcement in the forthcoming Budget. You can read our exchange here or watch it here.

On Wednesday, I met the Transport Minister Paul Maynard to make the case for the HS2 route in Broxtowe to be delivered by a tunnel. I am pleased the Minister agreed to ask HS2 to conduct an assessment of the economic damage the current proposals will cause, given the years of disruption to the A52 and A610. This is a real step forward. A tunnel will considerably add to the cost of HS2 but some of that can be mitigated by avoiding the damage to the wider economy that will be caused by the works. 

We also agreed that it is important that we establish a community campaign for the tunnel. I shall accordingly be writing to all the relevant town and parish Councils, as well as the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council. 

On Wednesday evening, Broxtowe Borough Council voted in support of HS2 and backed my campaign for a tunnel. The vote was almost unanimous; I am pleased Trowell’s Conservative Borough Councillor Don Pringle gave his support to HS2 along with Nuthall’s Conservative Councillor Phillip Owen. However I was disappointed that Stapleford's Independent Councillor Richard MacRae, Stapleford's Labour Councillor John MacGrath and Toton's Conservative Councillor Lee Fletcher all voted against the motion.

George Spencer Academy

I met Helen Corbett, the new Principal of George Spencer Academy, this morning. We discussed her plans for the school, which include new rules to curb pupils using their mobile phones. George Spencer is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted and Helen is determined the school doesn’t rest on its laurels. Inevitably, we discussed the condition of the school's buildings and the Academy’s strong desire for a new school - preferably on one site! It’s a campaign I am happy to support. 

Crime in Beeston

You may recall I wrote to our senior police officer about growing concerns over crime in Beeston. It followed a robbery when an 89 year old woman was attacked in her garden; the offender rode off on a bike and there was speculation it was linked to a rise in bike thefts, begging and drug dealing in the town centre. 

Inspector Simon Riley tells me there has been a small increase in bike thefts and anti social behaviour in the town this year and the police are taking action. Many of the offenders are from outside Broxtowe and it seems are travelling here to commit crime and to beg. Inspector Riley is encouraging traders to sign up to the 'Shop Watch' campaign please get in touch if you would like to take part.

Some good news: home burglaries in Beeston have fallen by almost 70% in the last 12 months. 

Broxtowe's Budget - have your say

Broxtowe Borough Council is asking residents to have their say on next year’s budget. You can get involved by clicking here. The closing date is 29th November. 

Action on Awsworth street clean

Broxtowe Borough Council have arranged for an extra clean up in Awsworth after I reported complaints from a constituent about the build up of fallen leaves and litter, particularly along Main Street. I've received assurances that the council does commit to regular clean-ups across Broxtowe, especially during the Autumn. However, if you do know any areas that are particularly bad then please let me know and I will pass the information onto the council.

My work in Parliament and tomorrow’s special sitting on Brexit 

I spoke in Monday’s debate following the Queen's Speech. I specifically referred to the need for new schools to replace the existing buildings at both Foxwood Special Academy and Chilwell School given my recent visits. I know from today’s meeting at George Spencer and visits to a number of our Primary schools that many are in desperate need of brand new buildings. I will continue to campaign for them all.

You can read my speech here or watch it here.

Parliament sits tomorrow to vote on the Government’s new EU withdrawal agreement . As you know, I believe, based on the evidence which includes the Government’s own previous impact assessments, that any form of Brexit will be bad for jobs and the future prosperity of everyone in Broxtowe and the United Kingdom. This is not what people were promised in the referendum campaign by leave supporters. 

Boris Johnson’s new “deal” with the EU is arguably worse than Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.

Firstly, the border down the Irish Sea is a very real threat to the Union. This is the complex system whereby Northern Ireland is in both the EU customs union and a new UK customs union whilst subject to many of the benefits of the single market. As I said in Parliament yesterday, I believe it will not only encourage a united Ireland but it will also strengthen the arguments for an independent Scotland. 

Whilst Northern Ireland will retain some of the benefits of our current free trade with the EU, England, Scotland and Wales will have none of the benefits and, in my view, little prospect of any in the future. It was at least clear from Theresa May’s agreement and the accompanying political declaration that a future trade agreement would include regulatory alignment for goods and services, and many of the protections we currently enjoy as a member of the EU. However, Johnson’s deal lays the path for a very different future relationship with less shared protections and regulations, and not even a back stop of a bare bones customs union. I gravely fear that, when the transition period finishes next year, our country will find itself without any trade deal; we will be looking at a no deal Brexit this time next year. This is no doubt why the hardline ERG who believe in no deal are so keen to vote for Johnson’s deal tomorrow. 

It is very concerning that sensible moderate Conservative MPs are set to vote for the deal, believing their concerns can be addressed and resolved in a future trade treaty. They need to realise what Johnson and his supporters in the ERG are planning for our country’s future. 

It is also very concerning that sensible Labour MPs are considering voting with the Government. Again they are failing to recognise how bad this deal is for their constituents and our country. They may well represent seats with large Leave majorities but so do many others. In Redcar and Sunderland for example, we have seen courageous Labour MPs lead in their communities, making the case against Brexit and in favour of a People’s Vote. 

As you know, I will be supporting that second referendum People’s Vote campaign tomorrow when up to a million supporters march in London. 

I will vote for a deal but only on the condition it goes back to the British people for their approval. People are entitled to change their mind, especially as we all now know what Brexit looks like and realise it is not what we were promised. I also believe young people are entitled to a say on their future.

What's on in Broxtowe

Beeston Wildlife Group

East Anglia - A Wildlife Odyssey
Where: Trent Vale Infant School, Trent Road, Beeston Rylands, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1LP
What's On: The next in a series of talks from the the Beeston Wildlife Group. In this talk, Steve Lovell will be talking on the diverse ecology and wildlife that exists in East Anglia. Admission is £3 and children are free. Refreshments will be provided.
Beeston Wildlife Group

A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Guide
Where: Trent Vale Infant School, Trent Road, Beeston Rylands, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1LP
What's On: Neil Glenn will be sharing his experiences being a wildlife guide across the globe.  Admission is £3 and children are free. Refreshments will be provided.
Term Time: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays

2nd Beeston Sea Scouts
Mondays: 6:45pm - 8:15pm Cubs (8-10.5 year olds)
Thursdays: 6:15pm - 7:30pm Beavers (6-8 year olds)
Fridays: 7:30pm - 9pm Scouts (10.5-14 year olds)
Where2nd Beeston Sea Scout Land HQ, Lilac Grove, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1PP.
What's On: Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.  It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips. To find out more, please click here.
Every Monday

Monday Munch Club
Arrive by 12:15pm for 12:30pm lunch 
Where: The Temple Centre, Nottingham Road, Nuthall, NG16 1DP
What's On: Come and enjoy a meal at the Temple Centre. As well as food, there are regular speakers and games such as quizzes and bingo for everyone to enjoy. Please call or email Sue on 0115 9519717 or [email protected].
Every Monday

Chilwell Age Concern Club
10am - 3pm
Where: The Scout Hall, Attenborough Lane, NG9 5JN
What's On: Club that cares for the elderly in a safe and friendly environment. Enjoy games and events, lunch can be provided. For further information, call Eileen on 0115 9677260.
Every Monday

Trowell Adult Activities Club (Badminton)
7pm - 10pm
Where: Trowell Parish Hall, Trowell
What's On: Badminton and table tennis in a fun, friendly social atmosphere. Open to all over 18 years old. Tickets cost £3.50. Call 07870216510 for further details.
Every Monday and Wednesday

Beeston Job Club
10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Hope House, Boundary Road, Beeston, NG9 2RF
What's On: Drop in sessions to get guidance, help and support in any search for employment.
Every Tuesday

Beeston Job Club
10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Beeston Library, Foster Avenue NG9 1AE
What's On: Drop in sessions to get guidance, help and support in any search for employment.
Every Tuesday (Term Time)

Art Group
1:45pm - 4:15pm
Where: Bramcote Memorial Hall,
Church St, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD
What's On: This friendly group now has more spaces, pop in any Tuesday and see if you would like to join us.  Beginners welcome, all mediums.  Free car park, refreshments included, small term fees. Contact; Pauline 0115 8376895.
Every Tuesday and Thursday

Wander the Waterways in Beeston
11:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Meet at Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston, BG9 1LZ
What's On: Come and enjoy a walk along the canal in Beeston. All footpaths are suitable for wheelchairs and abilities. Children are welcome to come along too. Contact [email protected] or phone 0115 9221773 for more information.
Last Tuesday and Second Wednesday of every Month

Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Support Group

Where: Tuesday - 10am - 12 noon, Toton Tesco Community Room, Swiney Way, Toton, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 6QX.
Wednesday - 7pm - 9pm, Highfields Fire Station, Hassocks Lane, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2GQ.

What's On: Meeting group where those suffering from heart conditions or those who are caring for someone can share their stories and advice in a safe environment. Cardiac nurses from Primary Integrated Community Services attend each meeting, giving advice and one-to-one talks.

Lunch Club
Where: The Spinney Day Centre, Laurel Crescent, Nuthall NG16 1EW
What's On: A great opportunity to make new friends, play games and chat with coffee and biscuits. Lunch is provided and transport is available. Call Shelia on 0115 9382862 for further information.

New Beginnings Art Group
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: The Oasis Centre, Union Street, Beeston, NG9 2LU.
What's On: New Beginnings Art Group meets weekly, bringing together people who are unable to work anymore owing to illness or injury, and are interested in art (Fees may apply). Please click here for more information, or call Greg on 07847096141.
Alternate Wednesdays

Friendship Group for retired and senior citizens
Where: St Helens Church, Stapleford
What's On: A chance to socialise and have lunch together. There are quizzes and speakers are arranged to speak to the group. Please contact St Helens Parish Office on 0115 939 9958 for more information. 
First Wednesday of every Month

Stapleford & District U3A Monthly Meetings
Where: Stapleford Methodist Church, Eaton's Road, NG9 7EA
What's On: Are you retired or work part time? Do you want to share fun, friendship and informal learning in a vibrant, enjoyable and varied way? Then why not come along to find out what the U3A is about and join in the activities which includes monthly meetings, speakers and a wide range of interest groups. For more information click here. 
Every other Wednesday (Fortnightly)

WIGWAM Cancer and Wellbeing Support
10:45am - 12:15
Where: Middle Street Resource Centre, Middle Street, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2AR.
What's On:  In association with charity, Yes To Life, which is at the forefront of a new movement to revolutionise the way cancer is viewed and treated in the UK, WIGWAM provides a place to learn and share. The meeting aims to provide a safe place for people to receive flexible, non-prescriptive support. For further information please click here.
Every other Wednesday (Fortnightly)

Where: Cliffe Hill House, 22-26 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, NG9 8AA.
What's On: Gathering for needlecrafters to share their projects and learn from each other. Please come along to discuss what you would like to see happen at future meetings. Parking as available at the back of the building via Cliffe Hill Avenue. 

The cost is £3 and hot drinks and biscuits are included.
Contact [email protected] or phone 07850 985349 for more information.

Haven Eagles
Where: Haven Centre, Wadsworth Road, Stapleford, NG9 8BD
What's On: The Eagles is a Seniors Group that meet for talks, singalongs and trips out. Anyone over 50 is welcome. 

Outdoor Walking Netball
1:30pm - 3pm
Where: Chilwell
Memorial Hall Grass Courts, 129 High Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AT
What's On: Walking Netball is a slowed down version of the game of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. Current our sessions are facilitated by an England Netball coach to provide encouragement and support. Contact for further information: [email protected] or 07791878766.
Second Thursday of Every Month

Attenborough District Probus Club

10am - 12pm
Where: Bowls Club Pavilion, Attenborough, except in June and December when we meet at a local restaurant.
What's On: Attenborough District Probus Club currently has vacancies for new members. We welcome retired or semi-retired business or professional men to enjoy a friendly monthly meeting with a variety of informal talks, following which several of us take lunch together at a local pub. To find out more please contact our Chairman, Ron Glen on 0115
8750435 or the Secretary Martin Lippmann on 07504 068302.
Every third Saturday

Beeston Parkinson's Café
10am - 12pm
Where: Catholic Church Hall, Foster Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1AE.
What's On: Friendly, informal gatherings offering information and mutual support for people with Parkinson's disease. Drop in, no need to book.
For more details please call 07851 651 988 
Every First Sunday

Free Sunday Breakfast Club
Where: The Temple Centre, 44 Nottingham Road, Nuthall, Nottingham, NG16 1DP.
What's On: Run by the United Family International Church at the Temple Centre (Next to the Methodist Church) , this monthly group meets on the first Sunday at 9am to share a freshly cooked English breakfast.

Do you like playing Tennis ?

There are now places available at Chilwell Memorial Hall. There are three courts to play on, open over the summer period. All ages are welcome.

Cost including membership of Memorial Hall £80.00 + £2 each per session.
Please contact :- Christine Ball 01159225708.
Anna Soubry MP
97 High Road, Beeston, NG9 2LH
0115 943 6507
[email protected]
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