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MP Update No.281 – Harry & Meghan in Nottingham; local news; Brexit ‘divorce bill'; Trump; Irish border

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Friday 1st December 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Nottingham has given a very warm welcome to Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle, who chose to visit earlier today on their first official trip after announcing their engagement. Their visit brought a welcome spotlight to two really good causes that deserve widespread
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MP Update – 25th November

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 25th November 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Philip Hammond’s Budget on Wednesday was more notable for the dire forecasts for the British economy than the small policy measures he announced. We used to be able to expect growth rates of 2% or above in this country – but instead he unveiled
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MP Update – 18th November

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 18th November 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Brexit is now soaking up most of Parliament’s time and attention – with the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in its ‘committee stage’ this past week. On Monday Brexit Secretary David Davis tried to buy-off potential Government rebels with a phoney offer of a further piece
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MP Update – 4th November

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 4th November 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) With the Brexit negotiations stalled and the Government conveying distinctly mixed messages about how to proceed, I believe the time has come for the public see the full detail of what is at stake. Ministers admit that they have prepared detailed ‘impact assessments’ predicting
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MP Update – 27th October

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 27th October 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) The situation in Spain and Catalonia is quite rightly at the top of the Europe-wide news agenda this weekend. There’s no doubt that the Spanish government have handled this situation badly, using force to close down an unauthorised referendum and stoking the annoyance of
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MP Update – 21st October

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 21st October 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) What is going on with crime levels locally – and nationally? The latest statistics make for some troubling reading. In the 12 months to September 2017, Nottinghamshire Police recorded a 30.4% increase in All Crime, which equates to 21,736 more crimes than in the
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MP Update – 13th October

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Friday 13th October 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) How do you feel our local NHS hospitals are performing? At our regular meeting between local MPs and the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust management team, I raised a number of issues that have been flagged up by local constituents – including access to emergency
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MP Update – 16th September

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 16th September 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) It was a fateful week for our parliamentary democracy. First, the Government introduce a Bill take power away from elected MPs and place it the hands of the Prime Minister to decide on the Brexit deal. Second, Ministers decided to rig the composition of
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MP Update – 9th September

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Saturday 9th September 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Parliament has reconvened after the summer recess, returning straight to the quagmire of Brexit. The Government have wasted the months since triggering the process with hardly any progress on negotiating a ‘withdrawal agreement’ deal, with the situation made worse because the EU are insisting
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MP Update – 21st July

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE – Friday 21st July 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Despite promises before the election, the Government’s ‘commitment’ to electrifying the Midland Mainline suddenly evaporated this week – in an announcement from Transport Ministers snuck out on the last day of Parliament sitting before the summer recess. By ditching electrification, Ministers are holding Nottingham’s
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