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APRIL / MAY 2017

Jon Ashworth, Labour candidate for Leicester South, launches his campaign

Friday
May 5 2017

On Friday 5 May, Leicester South Labour Party launched his campaign for the General Election in June. Jon’s campaign launch took place at St Phillips Church Hall at 7pm.

The meeting, chaired by Councillor Patrick Kitterick, officially adopted Jonathan Ashworth to stand as the Labour Party candidate for Leicester South for the General Election. Councillor Adam Clarke will be Jon's agent for the Election.

Jon said: “It is an honour to be standing as the Labour Party candidate again in Leicester South. People put their trust in me in 2011 and again in 2015."


 

"Over the past six years, I have worked hard as a local MP, helping thousands of constituents, setting up a food bank and standing up for the people of Leicester South against this Tory government.”

After the meeting Jon was out and about in the area talking to electors.

Adam Clarke, Jon's agent for the General Election, commented: “I am looking forward to be Jon's agent and campaigning hard for a victory in Leicester South.”



 

 
Jon with supporters at St Phillips Church Hall at the launch of his campaign
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Photo shows Jon with supporters at St Phillips Church Hall at the launch of his campaign

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, completed London Marathon and raised over £7,000 for Children Of Alcoholic’s Charity

Sunday
April 23 2017

Jon Ashworth ran London Marathon for the first time on Sunday 23 April. He completed his run in 4 hours 19 minutes.

Jon was running for NACOA (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics), a children of alcoholic’s charity, and managed to raise over £7,000.

As Jon finished the marathon, he said: “I have just done the London marathon. I want to say thank you to everybody in Leicester, who has given me support and made donations. To everyone who has put on this tremendous event.”



 

“Today I have been running for the two and half million children of alcoholics. And I have been running for my Dad, who was an alcoholic as well. Thank you to all of you who have supported me, it's been absolutely brilliant and I could not have done it without you.”

Jon has recently spoken out on the issue and has made supporting children of alcoholics a personal crusade in his national role a shadow Health Secretary.

 
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Photo shows Jon holding his medal as he finished the London Marathon

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, accepts petition objecting to Arriva’s changes

Friday
April 21 2017

Jon accepted a petition from Mick Hermiston, a local resident, on Pendlebury Drive. Jon was joined by other local residents and Councillor Lynn Moore.

Mick Hermiston has organised a petition for people to sign to object to the changes proposed by Arriva to the 44 bus route. Last month Jon wrote to the Managing Director of Arriva Midlands to demand that Arriva abandon changes to the 44 and 44A bus routes, but has yet to receive a response.

Jon said: “I know Mr Hermiston has put a lot of effort and hard work into his campaign. The 44 bus provides a lifeline to the many residents who live on and just off Pendlebury Drive. I will make sure that the Managing Director of Arriva receives the petition and I will ask Arriva again to reverse its decision to cut the bus along Pendlebury Drive.”

Arriva is due to change the route of the 44 bus from Saturday 22 April 2017, forcing disabled or elderly people to travel unnecessary distance to catch a bus.



 

Local resident Mr Mick Hermiston said: “On behalf of all residents, I am very grateful for all Jon’s help and support for my campaign. It is important that Arriva listens to local residents who are in desperate need of the 44 bus route along Pendlebury Drive.”

Mr Hermiston started the petition with the intention of ensuring that residents around Pendlebury Drive are not left completely isolated.

Local Councillor Lynn Moore commented: “This issue is vital to the wellbeing of residents in West Knighton. There is an online petition to sign for people who agree.”

 

People can sign the petition at https://goo.gl/X6H07o

 
Jon next to a 44 bus
 Jon with the petition, with Councillor Moore and Mick Hermiston to his left
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Photos show (top) Jon next to a 44 bus, (bottom),  Jon with the petition, with Councillor Moore and Mick Hermiston to his left

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, officially opens the Leicester Urban Community Shop

Friday
April 21 2017

Jon launched the Leicester Urban Community Shop which opens five days a week. It is located at 10 Bishop Street
and is staffed by volunteers. 

Jon opening the Community Shop
 
Jon talking with Zinthiya
 
Jon talking with Zinthiya

The shop was set-up with support from Our Urban Shop funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation via their partnership with the Plunkett Foundation and Locality. It is a partnership with the local community and was launched in response to the growing pressure on the household budgets of Leicester residents and the number of people in poverty.

Jon said: “It was a pleasure to officially launch the Community Shop. I have no doubt that the shop will be a huge help to local people. As well as offering a wide range of household goods, people can also receive free advice and guidance on benefits, money and debt.”

 

The shop is membership based, with membership costing as little as £1.25 per quarter. In return members can access competitively priced household staples including food, toiletries, cleaning products, children’s toys and bedding.

Steve Tuitt, the chair of Leicester Community Shop, said: “Since the opening two weeks ago we have already had 113 households become members, enabling them make their income go further and help reduce poverty. The early success of the shop is largely attributable to the work of our dedicated team of eight volunteers who have helped make the shop such a friendly place to shop.”

 
Photos show Jon opening the Community Shop and talking with Zinthiya
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The continuing success of the shop is reliant on the support of the local community in donating items that can be sold or donating money so that the shop can be continually re-stocked.

Any donations can be brought to
number 10 or 12 Bishop Street
or call the shop on 0116 254 5168
to arrange a collection.
If you would like to join as a member please pop into the shop and sign-up.

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, visits a community pharmacy as the funding cuts bite and on the day the judgement on the legal challenge to the cuts was expected

Friday
April 7 2017

Since last summer Jon has campaigned against the Government’s cuts to the Community Pharmacy budget, and on Friday 7 April visited Yakub Chemist on Hartington Road to hear for himself the effects that the cuts are already having.

The Government imposed a £113m reduction in community pharmacy funding for 2016/17 as compared to 2015/16. As a result, smaller and medium size community pharmacies have lost, on average, £3,000 of income for the next three months and they are facing further cuts in the following quarter.

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. I warned at the time that the cuts could see 60 pharmacies closing in Leicester and now those cuts are beginning to hit community pharmacies in the City.”

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the National Pharmacy Association challenged the Government’s cuts in the High Court. The case was heard last month and the judgment was due to be handed down on Friday 7 April.

Jon commented: “During the High Court challenge private letters to the Prime Minister from Philip Hammond and Jeremy Hunt came to light. These letters from last August warned that pharmacies would have to close because of the cuts to community pharmacies, but despite these warnings in August last year the government pushed ahead with cuts of over £110 million.”

 

“As pressure continues to build on GP practices and hospitals, the closure of community pharmacies will only increase the demand on these services. Community pharmacies provide a range of NHS services and ensure local people can get face-to-face professional healthcare advice without an appointment.”

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee had previously described the Government’s proposals as “founded on ignorance” and warned that they will do “great damage”.

Ms Luvjit Kandula, Chief Officer, Leicestershire Community Pharmacies Committee, commented: “It is becoming clear that the cuts are already doing great damage to the day to day running of smaller and medium sized pharmacies. Some pharmacies are having to reduce staff numbers and reduce the support given to vulnerable patients who take multiple medications and require help. Pharmacies are also having to reduce their home delivery services to elderly, vulnerable and housebound patients.”

“Reductions in the number of staff and the services offered by community pharmacies will only increase the pressure on GP practices and hospitals. Making better use of the network of pharmacies embedded in our communities would suit both patients and reduce pressure on other healthcare services.”

In a recent survey Jon undertook in the Saffron and Aylestone area of the City, 98% of constituents stated that they knew where their local chemist is.

 
Jon discussing the cuts with Luvjit Kandula and Yakub’s Superintendent Pharmacist, Liyakat Nurmahomed
 
Jon being interviewed by Tony Roe from BBC east Midlands Today
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Photos show (top) Jon discussing the cuts with Luvjit Kandula and Yakub’s Superintendent Pharmacist, Liyakat Nurmahomed, bottom, Jon being interviewed by Tony Roe from BBC east Midlands Today

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, visited the Jain Centre during Navapad Oli Festival

Friday
April 7 2017

Jon visited the Jain Centre in Leicester on the fifth day of Navapad Oli festival to learn more
about the Jain community
and culture

The visit was organised by Mrs Usha Mehta, the President of the Jain Centre, and lead by Dr Ramesh L Mehta, a fundraiser at the Jain Centre.

During the visit the nine-day Navapad Oli, a period of semi-fasting when Jains take only one meal a day of very plain food, was explained and discussed with Jon.

Jon had an opportunity to meet and greet local Jain Community members, learn about the Temple and have an informative tour of the Centre.

Jon said: “It was a pleasure to visit such a beautiful Jain Temple in Leicester. I learned a lot about Jainism, Jains history and culture. I wish all Jains in Leicester to have a peaceful and harmonious festival.”

 
Jon with Jain community members

Photos show (above) Jon with Jain community members, Jon with Dr Mehta in the Temple


 
Jon with Dr Mehta in the Temple
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, to run Virgin London Marathon

Monday
April 3 2017
Jon Ashworth has announced he is running the 26 mile race later this month

Jon will be running for a children of alcoholic’s charity NACOA (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics).

Jon has recently spoken out on the issue and has made supporting children of alcoholics a personal crusade in his national role a shadow Health Secretary.

Jon said: “I've never ever ran a marathon before and the prospect is daunting to say the least. However I enjoy running and regularly take park on the Park Run every Saturday morning in Victoria Park.”

“I've been in training for a few weeks and have started doing longer runs along the river soar but 26 miles is a massive challenge".

 

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Jon getting ready for the Virgin London Marathon
Jon getting ready for the Virgin London Marathon
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