From Rt Hon Anna Soubry <[email protected]>
Subject Please use your Postal Vote to re-elect Anna Soubry
Date November 27, 2019 3:21 PM
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Working hard for Broxtowe

1st March 2019

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Hello again,
It's been pretty hectic since my last email newsletter - and I have been overwhelmed by the emails and messages of support following my decision last week, to resign from the Conservative Party.
All that aside, there is some important news and updates on local work - so please read on.
Have a great weekend
As ever,

Anna
Over 300 jobs are to go at Boots' HQ in Beeston and many more workers could be moved to other roles. One of Nottingham's biggest employers is making the changes as part of an overhaul of its retail business. As we all know, people are now shopping differently with many choosing to buy on line rather from shops. The loss of jobs is always a blow and I am assured Boots will conduct a proper consultation, however, I am also assured it is part of a plan to protect the financial future of Boots and keep the business firmly rooted in Beeston. I have written to Seb James, Boots' Managing Director, requesting a full update on their plans and assurances about the consultation process and efforts to help redundant workers in to new jobs.


** Much needed rail improvements further delayed
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Stagecoach the company that operates the rail franchise as east Midlands Trains has taken a large amount of money out of the service to London. I raised this in the House of Commons as I feared they are, in effect, running down the franchise. They asked to meet and denied any run down. We met and had a frank discussion.
The Government has extended the existing franchise to August and has promised to announce the new operators before May. Whether Stagecoach win it or not we will not be getting much needed new rolling stock (trains!) until 2022. Much of this delay is due to the Government going back on its plans to electrify the line. I will raise this with Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary as passengers deserve modern, efficient trains. The current rolling stock includes trains that are not fully accessible to disabled passengers and all of them dispose of toilet waste directly on to the tracks.
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** Heritage Fund meeting
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** Beeston FC support
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I am delighted to support Beeston FC's ([link removed]) application for funding from Nottinghamshire County Council for a new community space as part of their development of a new pavilion. I've written to the council and I hope their application is successful.

I visited the club last year and know that they do great work, but they are in desperate need of safer and better facilities for visitors and members. They still need to fundraise more in order to make all the changes they would like so if you are a business and want to help then please let me know.


** Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre
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The bowls club ([link removed]) on Beechdale Road in Bilborough has been one of the most successful in Nottingham however declining memberships, increasing costs and rent rises have put it under threat of closure. I was first contacted by the issue at Notts County by a club member and subsequently by the club President who is a Chilwell resident. The club opened at the centre in 1980 and still has over 350 members. I have written to the Leader of Nottingham City Council who are the club's landlords, to ask him to do all he can to keep the club open.


** Forever Stars update
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I had an excellent meeting last week with constituent Richard Daniels who founded the charity Forever Stars ([link removed]) . He updated me on the charity’s plans for the new Remembrance Garden in Highfields Park and their continued work in developing further bereavement suites in the Queens Medical Centre.

Forever Stars will be holding an open day on the 23^rd March at the Nottingham City Council House to share information about the work that they do. Details of this can be found in the ‘what’s on’ section of the newsletter below.


** Long Eaton
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** Academy schools gain more support
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Hollywell Primary School in Kimberley is the latest school in Broxtowe to become an Academy. This change is good news for the school as it will provide a number of benefits, including more control over budgets and greater independence. I understand Roundhill Primary in Beeston has also begun the process of becoming an Academy. Freeing schools from the control of local authorities so they have more control of their budgets and greater independence begun under the Labour Government and was proactive;y encouraged by the Coalition Government of 2010-15. A number of Broxtowe's hard left Labour Councillors were vehemently opposed to the choice made by local schools - some even picketed pupils and parents at Kimberley School. Labour's Momentum backed parliamentary candidate opposes our schools choosing to become an Academy.


** What's next and the "nasty" parties
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After I announced I had resigned from the Conservative Party one of the first people to call in support was the former Chair of Broxtowe Conservatives Bob Lilley. Like me Bob takes the firm view that the Conservative party has fallen away from the centre of British politics and is firmly in the grasp of the right wing.
Frankly, someone with my views, even if they wanted to be a Conservative MP, would not get through the initial process far less elected by a local Conservative association. It is not a question of staying and fighting in the party for the values and principles I have always held. The battle is over and the Conservative Party is now the party of Brexit and frankly, anyone who doesn't agree with that is no longer wanted. As I said in my letter to the Prime Minister I haven't changed - the Conservative Party has.

The principles and values I stood on in 2017's General Election have not changed. That is why I do not believe there is any need for a by election and I have to say from talking to constituents and from the emails I have received, that is the view of the majority in Broxtowe.

In my resignation letter to members of Broxtowe Conservatives I thanked the many thoroughly decent people who had supported me in three General Election campaigns - leaving them was the hardest part of my decision. There are other activists who have helped me - many are not members of any political party. I also made it clear I would help and support honourable hard working Conservative candidates in the forthcoming Borough Council elections. It was and remains a genuine offer.

Broxtowe Conservatives reaction to my leaving the party was generous and touching but then tinged with a response to my offer of help which revealed the undoubted shift in its leading group. Not only was I not to assist Conservatives candidates I am informed they have in turn been instructed not to ask me for their help. It's a silly rather nasty side in the Association which is not reflected in the Conservative Councillors and activists I am proud to call my friends.




What's on in Broxtowe
Beeston Wildlife Group - Free Guided Walks

Saturday 23rd March; Saturday 20th April; Saturday 25th May; Saturday 22nd June 2019
10am-1pm
Where: Meet at Nature Centre Car Park, Barton Lane, NG9 6DY.
What's On: Free guided walking tour. Contact Martin Butler on 07847 015151 or email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) for more information.
Attenborough Village Bowls Club Open Day

Saturday 27th April 2019
10am-4pm
Where: The Strand, Attenborough (Close to Attenborough Nature Reserve)
What's On: Attenborough Village Bowls Club are holding an Open Day. Everyone is welcome to attend and to have a go at Lawn Bowls. To find out more about Attenborough Village Bowls Club, please click here. ([link removed])
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

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 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 and Thursday

Wander the Waterways in Beeston
111.00am - 12-30.pm
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.
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.
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.
Wednesdays

Lunch Club
10:30am
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.
Wednesdays

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 ([link removed]) for more information, or call Greg on 07847096141.
First Wednesday of every Month

Stapleford & District U3A Monthly Meetings
2-4pm
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. ([link removed])
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. ([link removed])
Every other Wednesday (Fortnightly)

Knit'n'Stitch'n'Natter
7pm-9pm
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.
Second Thursday of Every Month

Attenborough District Probus Club
10am - 12pm
Where: Bowls Club Pavilion, Attenborough.
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 contact Richard Coupland, on 0115 925 7720 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
9am
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.

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