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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, encourages students to take part in lessons from Auschwitz project

January 12 2018

This week Jon wrote to schools and colleges in his constituency encouraging them to take part in a Government funded Lessons from Auschwitz Project organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The Lessons from Auschwitz Project consists of two seminars, a one-day visit to Poland and a Next Steps project, through which students share their experience with their peers and local communities.

Jon said: “As someone who has joined the Holocaust Educational Trust on a visit to Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau I witnessed the lasting impact the Project can have. During my visit at the camp I realised the full extent of the industrialised nature of the Holocaust. The lessons learned must be passed on to the younger generations to fight bigotry and hatred today.”


“This is a unique opportunity for students to see the camp for themselves and pay respect to those who lost their lives. We can all learn from this horrific part of our recent history.”

Through the Lessons from Auschwitz Project two post-16 students from each school or college studying any subjects can join others from the East Midlands on the Lessons from Auschwitz Project.



Photo, Jon, Suleman and students from Leicester College and Leicester High School for Girls


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Jon, Suleman and students from Leicester College and Leicester High School for Girls


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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, takes questions from
year 4 pupils

January 12 2018

Today Jon was at St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School to give a talk to Year 4 pupils

Jon talked about his role as a Member of Parliament and answered questions as part of the school’s topic on Mr Stink in which the girl's mother is running for election to Parliament.

Jon said: “It was great meeting the children and answering many tough questions. I really enjoyed my time at St Johns and I hope that the pupils found it interesting.”


“We had a vote on where the pupils would spend money if they were Prime Minister. Out of three choices the NHS came top, then the police and then schools. Maybe this is because I was talking about my national role! It was great fun.”


St John the Baptist Primary is currently attended by over 500 pupils who are aged between 4 and 11.

The school is committed to enabling children to achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives through its distinctively Christian ethos and following their most recent Ofsted inspection the school was rated “good” in all areas.

Jon with Year 4 pupils
Mr Andrew Marshall, Headteacher of St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School commented: “We are very grateful to Jon for being able to engage with the children in year 4 as they are involved in this entertaining aspect of their creative curriculum. The book has certainly raised many questions and I am sure that Jon found the children as challenging in their pursuit of answers as any political interviewer!”

“I know that the children and staff were really looking forward to the visit and we continue to be very grateful to Jon for all the support and time he gives to the St John's school community.”

Jon with Year 4 pupils
Photos show Jon with Year 4 pupils
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, stands up for his ill Constituent in The Commons

January 10 2018
As Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Jonathan Ashworth led today’s Opposition debate on the NHS Winter Crisis

NHS England recently took the unprecedented decision of deferring non-urgent operations until the end of January which is a clear sign that the health service has been left ill-prepared for the additional, yet predictable, strain on services as temperatures drop.

In today’s Opposition Debate, Jon said: “Now we are beginning to hear that it is not just routine non-urgent operations being cancelled.”


“How about my constituent Mr Geoff Brooker, who was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder? He has had his planned operation cancelled twice this winter. When Mr Brooker was asked about the Secretary of State’s apology, he said: “He may have apologised for postponements but it was as if he was apologising for the cancellation of a jumble sale.”


“My constituent went on to say that Ministers were “uncaring” and he blamed “poor planning”. He added: “If operations like mine are postponed then it’s likely it will cause deaths. The decision could even be the death of me”.


Jon has already written to the Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to raise concerns over the level of service Mr Brooker has received from the Trust.


Jon continued: “There we have it: cancer patients having operations cancelled and trusts looking at delaying chemotherapy, yet these Ministers sit there with their NHS badges on their lapels. They should be ashamed of what is happening in the NHS today.”

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