Category Archives: MP Updates

MP Update No.253 – Brexit & Article 50; QMC Emergency department latest; Nottingham news; workplace rights

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 10th February 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Parliament has been dominated by the Brexit ‘Article 50’ legislation this week – and I tried hard to amend the Bill in order to restrain Theresa May’s headlong rush towards the ‘hard Brexit’ cliff-edge. Unfortunately there weren’t enough Conservative moderate MPs willing to… Read More

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MP Update – 5th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 5th February 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) If you’re getting the impression that ‘Brexit’ is dominating the news agenda, I’m afraid this is going to go on for quite a while longer! After the start of the legislative process to send in the UK’s notice of withdrawing from the EU… Read More

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MP Update – 29th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 29th January 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) The Supreme Court’s judgement this week means the Government cannot trigger Article 50 – to start the process of leaving the EU – without an Act of Parliament giving it authorisation to do so. In our system of representative democracy, elected MPs must… Read More

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MP Update – 20th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 20th January 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) It still seems strange to write the words, but we now must get used to the reality of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. In his inauguration speech this afternoon, Trump re-emphasised his protectionist ‘America First’ message, putting the… Read More

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MP Update – 13th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 13th January 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Happy New Year! Parliament got back to business this week and the spotlight fell quickly on the crisis in the NHS, where performance standards have been under real strain. One in four patients at Nottingham’s QMC Emergency Department – that’s over 3500 residents… Read More

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MP Update – 19th December

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – 19th December 2016 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Every year before Christmas, Ministers announce how much grant they are going to allocate from the central government Treasury in order to part fund local council services (including schools, social housing, waste collection and social services). This year’s ‘Local Government Finance Settlement’ has been… Read More

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MP Update – 9th December

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – 9th December 2016 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) This week I decided to vote against the Conservative Government’s 31st March timetable for triggering Brexit. I do not believe it is sensible to rush unprepared into this crucial negotiation, before we know who in Germany & France we will be negotiating with. While… Read More

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MP Update – 2nd December

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 2nd December 2016 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) The privatised outsourcing of cleaning, catering and maintenance services at Nottingham hospitals finally looks like it is about to collapse. A statement from the hospital management earlier this week was a coded admission that Carillion clearly can’t cope and the hospital intends to… Read More

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MP Update – 25th November

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 25th November 2016 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) On Wednesday the Chancellor delivered the Autumn Statement, which not surprisingly illustrated the looming impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union on public spending, borrowing and the economy. The Office for Budget Responsibility revealed this starkly in the very first paragraph of… Read More

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MP Update – 18th November

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 18th November 2016 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) On Wednesday the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will be delivering his first ‘mini Budget’ – the Autumn Statement. This could have big implications for public services with news about spending on local councils, the NHS and much more. It could… Read More

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