MP Updates

MP Update – 13th March

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – 13th March 2016 There was a surprise defeat for the Government on the issue of Sunday trading this week, after Labour MPs joined with some Tory rebels to remove the proposal for longer trading hours for large retail if local authorities wanted it. Thank you to those MP Update – 13th March

MP Update – 5th March

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – 5th March 2016 For those of us fortunate enough to live in decent housing, technical changes in the housing benefit rules may go unnoticed. But for those who are homeless relying on hostels, for young people with mental health needs or elderly people in sheltered accommodation, the MP Update – 5th March

MP Update – 27th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 27th February 2016 The starting gun on the European Union referendum has been fired; David Cameron announced that the vote will take place on Thursday 23rd June. The PM set out the ‘deal’ agreed by the other 27 members of the EU including a commitment to MP Update – 27th February

MP Update – 14th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 14th February 2016 I don’t want to bore you with the finer administrative details of how local government services are funded (partly from central government, partly from council tax & business rates), but this week Conservative Ministers took the funding for our council services to shocking MP Update – 14th February

MP Update – 6th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 6th February 2016 Britain’s membership of the EU is now under the spotlight following Wednesday’s statement by the Prime Minister and the publication of the renegotiation details. The PM says he’s made progress in four areas of sovereignty, economic governance, social benefits & free movement, and MP Update – 6th February

MP Update – 30th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 30th January 2016 Over 3000 tenants in sheltered ‘supported’ housing in Nottingham, including some of the most vulnerable in our community (including victims of domestic violence and those with mental illness) face uncertainty about where they live because of new changes to housing benefit announced by MP Update – 30th January

MP Update – 24th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – 24th January 2016 Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust (based around Kingsmill Hospital) has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by the NHS inspectorate – which has triggered a Government ‘rescue plan’, including a requirement for their management to be taken over by another NHS Trust. Derby NHS Trust and Nottingham University MP Update – 24th January

MP Update – 16th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 16th January 2016 So much of our city’s future success depends on the educational opportunities available to local children. In Nottingham we have to work very hard indeed to ensure local schools provide the best possible environment for learning. Djanogly City Academy has over 750 pupils MP Update – 16th January

MP Update – 9th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 9th January 2016 Friday afternoon was an exceptionally busy time in our local Emergency Department (ED) at the QMC hospital – but it was an insight for me into the process and systems used by the local NHS which, of course, never closes its doors to MP Update – 9th January

MP Update – 18th December

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 18th December 2015 I was pleased to learn on Friday that Nottingham has been chosen by UNESCO to be a City of Literature. This is a huge honour for Nottingham, as there are only 20 Cities of Literature around the world. I hope that the accolade MP Update – 18th December