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NOVEMBER 2017

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, accepts petition against the closure of Lloyds Pharmacy in St Matthews

Friday
November 17 2017
Jon, along with local Councillor Mohammed Dawood, accepted a petition signed by local residents opposing
the decision of Lloyds Pharmacy to close its branch on St Matthews

Jon said: “The pharmacy on Malabar Road is the only community pharmacy on the St Matthews Estate. The opposition to the decision of Lloyds to cease trading is clear from the number of people who have signed the petition.”

“Given the need for a local community pharmacy I hope that a buyer can be found to take over the store on Malabar Road. If not, I fear for the increased pressures on already stretched local GP services.”

Jon accepted the petition from Jean Williams, Chair of the St Matthews Residents and Tenants Association, along with people from the Estate.

Simon Johnson, Chair of St Matthews Big Local, said: “As a community organisation we are very concerned about the potential loss of such an invaluable local resource. The pharmacy is used by people across the Estate and it is vital that it remains.”



 

Since last summer Jon has campaigned against the Government’s cuts to the Community Pharmacy budget, but despite opposition from MPs on both sides of the House of Commons the Government pushed ahead with a massive funding cut at the back end of 2016.

At the end of last month Lloyds Pharmacy parent company, Celesio UK, announced that it will cease trading in 190 branches across England through a combination of store closures and divestments. Three of the branches are in Jon’s Constituency of Leicester South.

Councillor Dawood commented: “As a Councillor for this area I am concerned that St Matthews will no longer have a local pharmacy and this will have a massive effect on the residents.”

 
Jon and Councillor Dawood accepting the petition from Jean Williams with people from St Matthews
Jon and Councillor Dawood accepting the petition from Jean Williams with people from St Matthews
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After the event Jon wrote to the Chief Executive of Lloyds Pharmacy enclosing the petition to raise his concerns about the possible loss of a community pharmacy.

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, supports Barbuda Rise and the local community

Friday
November 17 2017
Today Jon showed his support for Barbuda Rise and the local Barbudan community

Jon has previously met with representatives of The Barbuda Rise Association which is a non-profit organisation comprised of a collective of Antiguan and Barbudan descendants. The goal of the organisation is to raise £50,000 to help in the rehousing, rebuilding and the eventual return of displaced Barbudans who were forced to seek refuge in their sister island, Antigua, after Hurricane Irma damaged over 95% of their homes.

Jon has already supported a fundraising dinner that raised just under £1200 for this important cause. At a recent meeting Jon was told of a members of the community who have purchased barrels to send to Antigua in time for Christmas.

Jon said: “The work of Manny Griffin and his family and friends to help people in Antigua is amazing. As their local MP I wanted to show my support for them. They have bought a few barrels that were filled with gifts for their relatives in Antigua.”

 

In the New Year, Barbuda Rise will be sending aid, materials and barrels for the wider community using donations raised.

Manny Griffin, from The Barbuda Rise Association, commented: “The Island is in desperate need of assistance and there are a number of ways people in Leicester can support this cause. Barbuda Rise has a GoFundMe Barbuda Rise page were you can pledge funds and there is also a Facebook page where you can find information about events.”


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Left to right Siddiq Musa (KPMG Partner), Mr Speaker (Patchwork Patron), Jon Ashworth MP & Sir Martyn Lewis (Patchwork Patron)
 
Jon with (left to right) Robert Griffin and Manny Griffin with two of the barrels to be sent for Christmas
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, wins Labour MP
of the Year Award

Wednesday
November 15 2017

Mr Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP and Patron of the Patchwork Foundation, announced the winners of the MP of the Year Awards 2017 sponsored by KPMG at Speakers House on 15th November 2017

The award is for those MPs who have represented and work well with underrepresented, deprived and minority communities across the country.

Jon said: “I am honoured to be the Patchwork Foundation Labour MP of the Year. So many of my colleagues work hard to represent communities that are often excluded from the political process. I represent a very diverse Constituency but I try my best to ensure that all the different communities are assisted or given a voice. I promise to continue to work hard for all the people of Leicester South.”

 

Labour Party Leader Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP said: “I congratulate Jon Ashworth MP and all the 2017 winners of the Patchwork MP of the Year awards.  The Patchwork Foundation works all year round to ensure young people from deprived and minority communities believe in themselves and understand the power they have to take part in our democracy.”

“I know Labour MPs really appreciated the work Patchwork activists did during the general election and I was delighted to thank Patchworkers personally after my Leader's speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.”


 
Jon with the Patchwork Award
Siddiq Musa, KPMG Partner said: “KPMG is delighted to sponsor the Patchwork MP of the Year Awards for the fourth consecutive year. We fully support the Foundation’s drive to engage under-represented, deprived and minority communities with politics.  The vote to leave the European Union brought into sharp relief regional inequalities which exist across the UK. These inequalities are felt most by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

“As a firm, KPMG is committed to tackling social mobility. Our strong regional and national presence allows us to lead this debate in the business community."


 
Left to right Siddiq Musa (KPMG Partner), Mr Speaker (Patchwork Patron), Jon Ashworth MP & Sir Martyn Lewis (Patchwork Patron)
"By using our convening power and influence, we work collectively with other sectors to address the critical social issues facing the UK today.  It is crucial that as a Firm, we open up access to high-quality employment opportunities, and, that government, business and the third sector work together to strengthen the link between education and employment, ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”
Photo above left, Jon with the Patchwork Award, photo above right, Siddiq Musa (KPMG Partner), Mr Speaker (Patchwork Patron), Jon Ashworth MP & Sir Martyn Lewis (Patchwork Patron)
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, astounded by the Department of Health’s response to the closure of community pharmacies

Friday
November 10 2017
Since last summer Jon has campaigned against the Government’s cuts to the Community Pharmacy budget, and on
26 October Lloyds Pharmacy parent company, Celesio UK, announced that it will cease trading in 190 branches across England through a combination of store closures and divestments.

Jon said: “Despite the protests from MPs on both sides of the House, the Government pushed ahead with a massive funding cut at the back end of 2016. Even though its own Pharmacy Minister at the time feared that the cuts could see as many as 3,000 closures the Government continued with cuts of over £110 million.”

“Now we have a major player pulling out of nearly 200 community pharmacies across England including three in my own Constituency of Leicester South.”

The Managing Director of Celesio UK, Cormac Tobin, put the decision down to “changes to government policy on reimbursement and retrospective clawbacks over the past two years”.

 

Jon commented: “Despite this dramatic development the Department of Health’s view is that these closures only represent just 1.6% of the total and that the Pharmacy Access Scheme will help ensure patients will still be able to access a pharmacist.”

“This lack of concern from the Department of Health is astounding. Apart from the many issues surrounding the effectiveness of the Pharmacy Access Scheme, if a major chain like Lloyds is closing pharmacies because of the cuts what will happen with other providers, especially the small businesses, in the future?”

“I will be visiting one of the pharmacies ear marked for closure by Lloyds that is based in my Constituency next week where I will meet with the local community that could lose a valuable resource.”

 
Jon speaking in parliament
Jon speaking in parliament
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, supports firefighters at Westminster

Thursday
November 2 2017
Jon recently met firefighters in Westminster to recognise and celebrate the invaluable work firefighters do keeping
our communities safe.

‘Love Your Firefighters’, hosted by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), was attended by more than 60 MPs, who met firefighters and union officials. 

MPs were asked to support investment into the fire and rescue service by FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack. He urged the MPs to take the message back to their constituencies that the maintenance of a world class, professional fire and rescue service is something all political parties should support.

Jon said: “It was an honour to have the opportunity to meet some of the professional firefighters who do such invaluable, challenging work.”

“Firefighters who responded to the Grenfell Tower fire had their training and professionalism tested to the limit. All Members of Parliament should support our fire and rescue services, in the interests of both public and firefighter safety.”


 

Two films were shown at the event. ‘Operator’ (bit.ly/2dtilVA) won the Bafta short film award last year (2016) for its depiction of a control room operator taking an emergency fire call.  ‘The Firefighters’ Dilemma’ (bit.ly/2sek2dr) was made this year to convey the stress fire crews are under when they turn out to a fire if they have to wait for a second fire engine before entering the premises due to service cuts. 

Matt Wrack said: “It was a privilege to have so many MPs from across the spectrum here with us to celebrate the work of our members. We want support for firefighters and our fire and rescue services from all politicians. We would urge MPs from all parties to get behind their firefighters now and support the invaluable work they do in their communities, keeping us all safe.”

 
Jon at the ‘Love Your Firefighters’, hosted by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU
Jon at the ‘Love Your Firefighters’, hosted by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, calls for road safety measures in Saffron

Thursday
November 2 2017
Jon has contacted the City Council regarding speeding in The Fairway and Windley Road area of Saffron Lane

Jon accepted a petition from local resident, Mrs Donna Johns, who almost became a victim of speeding traffic as a car crashed into a tree outside her home and flipped onto its side.

The petition, which Jon forwarded to the City Council, has been signed by about 200 local residents who are very concerned about speeding traffic and demand urgent action.

Jon stated: “It is shocking what has happened outside Mrs John’s home, but we cannot wait for a disaster to happen. I have asked the Head of Traffic Management at the City Council to look into this as soon as possible and consider the suggestions made by local residents.”

 

“It is clear from the comments of those who signed the petition that the situation is worrying and local residents do not feel safe.”

A number of residents expressed their concerns over safety given the accidents that have happened and the risk that children will get injured by speeding vehicles.

Mrs Dona Johns, local resident, commented: “Many of my neighbours are very concerned about the speeding traffic on The Fairway and Brookfield Rise. The strength of local feeling can be seen by the number of people who signed the petition. I hope the Council can do something to slow the traffic before someone is seriously injured.”

 
Jon speaking at the Dispatch Box in Parliament
Jon speaking at the Dispatch Box in Parliament
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