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Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, urges charities to apply for share
of £3million funding pot

July 20 2017
Charities and community groups in Leicester are being encouraged to apply for their share of a massive £3million
funding pot.

Launched on 14 July, the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund is looking for charities to apply for funding to bring their dream project to life.

The Dream Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance their dream project – an idea they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to develop.

Jon said:  “People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund gives charities the opportunity to be bold and courageous. This is an exciting opportunity for charities in Leicester to work together to develop their dream project. I urge charities to be creative and ambitious and remind them to get their applications in before the deadline.”

Funding from the scheme, now in its eighth year, will be offered over two years from 2018. This year’s prize fund is the largest ever with a top award of £1million and a total award fund of £3million.


To date the Dream Fund has invested more than £7.3 Million in 24 projects across Great Britain, with previous winners including Heritage Heroes, a joint project between Canal & River Trust and Help for Heroes, and Missing People’s ‘Child Rescue Alert’.

Postcode Dream Trust is encouraging applications to Dream Fund 2018 from projects that fit within one or more of the charitable purposes which include: supporting families; improving people’s lives through animals; green communities and increasing life chances for young people.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:  “I am proud that players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be awarding an impressive £3million to winners of the 2018 Dream Fund. If you’ve got an idea or a project that you think is a little bit different then this is the funding opportunity for you. Good luck to all applicants.”

Jon speaking at the Dispatch Box in Parliament
Jon speaking at the Dispatch Box in Parliament
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Applications for the Dream Fund are open from Friday, 14 July until Tuesday, 22 August. Winners will be announced in January, 2018.
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, demands to know when the Southfields Drive Post Office will re-open

July 17 2017

Today, 17 July 2017, Jon has written to Post Office Ltd about the Southfields Drive Post Office.

This Post Office was closed temporarily on Tuesday 4 April 2017. This temporary closure was due to the shop where the branch was located.

Today, over three months later, the Post Office remains closed without any indication as to when it will re-open. Jon has therefore written to the Post Office to ask why this is the case.

Jon said: “I have written to Post Office Ltd to ask why the Southfields Drive Post Office is still closed after three months. It would appear that the temporary closure is becoming a permanent one.”


“Such a closure would hit the local community hard as residents in Saffron and Eyres Monsell used the Southfields Drive Post Office on a daily basis. This Branch is vital to the local community and I want to know what is happening with the temporary closure and if the Post Office has any intention of reopening the Branch.”

Jon speaking in parliament
Jon speaking in parliament
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Jon Ashworth MP shows his support for East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre

July 7 2017

Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South and Shadow Secretary of State for Health, spent the afternoon at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre (EMCHC) at Glenfield showing his support to the on-going congenital hearts consultation.

With just ten days left until the NHS England consultation comes to a close, Mr Ashworth was given a tour of our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Ward 30 and Outpatients, by Leicester’s Hospitals Chief Executive John Adler.

The visit gave Mr Ashworth a first-hand experience on how the service works, as well as the chance to meet valuable staff members and patients.

The East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre identifies and treats patients with congenital heart defects (a fault in the structure of the heart and vessels which is present at birth). The Centre consists of services to treat children and adults, which include a dedicated children’s cardiac ward, PICU/ ICU, theatre, catheter lab and outpatient department.

The Centre is also home to our internationally-renowned ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) service, which treats some of the sickest babies, children and adults in the country, making it the busiest centre in the UK.

The Centre and its services are currently under threat after NHS England announced in June 2016 its proposals to stop heart surgery being performed at Glenfield.


Jon with Claire Westrope (Clinical Lead for PICU) and John Adler (Chief Executive of Leicester Hospitals Trust)
John Adler, Chief Executive at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “I was more than happy to welcome Jon to the centre to meet staff and patients and hear in more details our plans and to understand more about the great work we do and how vital the service is to our patients. I would like to thank him for his continued support.”

Jon Ashworth, MP, said: “We are proud of our congenital heart surgery unit at the Glenfield and it was extremely informative spending time there talking with staff and patients from various departments.”

“My friend Liz Kendall has been leading the campaigning to keep the unit at Glenfield, and I’ve worked with her and Leicestershire MPs on this important issue. I would urge everyone across to Leicester to respond to the consultation before it closes."

“Readers of the Leicester Mercury recently set out their priorities for new Government following a survey run by the paper with saving Glenfield’s heart unit a top priority for more than 60 per cent of those who took part in the survey.

Jon with Sharon Bowcutt (Senior Paediatric Liaison Nurse)
We are listening to that public voice, and as part of our continued support a cross-party group of MPs from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland met on Tuesday with hospital bosses and clinicians in London, which was really positive.”

The consultation comes to an end on Monday 17 July.

There is still time to respond to the NHS England consultation - CLICK HERE


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Photos show top left, Jon with Claire Westrope (Clinical Lead for PICU) and John Adler (Chief Executive of Leicester Hospitals Trust), photo right, Jon with Sharon Bowcutt (Senior Paediatric Liaison Nurse)

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, supports ‘Vision Van’ campaign for Macular Week 2017

June 30 2017

Jon Ashworth MP backs free eye health initiative, as figures reveal a third of Leicester residents are at significant risk of age-related macular degeneration

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Leicester South MP, Jon Ashworth, supported Vision Express Macular Week (26 June –2 July 2017), as it targets Leicester with a free eye health campaign, prompted by figures revealing a third of the city’s residents are aged 65 and over – a significant risk group for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Jon Ashworth MP was aboard the Vision Express Vision Van – a high tech mobile testing unit - as it hits Highcross shopping centre in St Peter’s Square. Members of the public are invited to have a comprehensive 30-minute eye test on board between 10am – 5pm.

Leicester was selected as the final Vision Van pit stop of its UK wide tour for Macular Week 2017 after the city was identified as having almost a third of residents aged over 65, a significant risk group for age-related macular degeneration.


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The most common form of sight loss in the UK, AMD currently impacts more than 600,000 people in the UK and another 200 new cases are detected every day. In Leicester alone, around 110 per 100,000 people are suffering from preventable sight loss relating to the condition.

Jon Ashworth MP said: “With such a high proportion of elderly people in Leicester at risk of age-related macular degeneration, I encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of the free eye test whether on Friday or by using the voucher.”

“It is important that people know if they have age-related macular degeneration as treatment can slow the disease and prevent a severe loss of vision.”

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Jonathan Lawson, CEO of Vision Express, stated: “AMD significantly impacts people aged over 65 and in the UK, almost 40% of the population falls into this age bracket. So, we are taking our Vision Van back on the road for Macular Week to raise awareness of this sight-threatening condition and to encourage more people to have an essential eye check.”

“In a bid to reach those most at risk, we’re targeting areas such as Leicester where there is a high percentage of people aged over 65.”


Click here to find out more about
Macular Week
Photos show from top left, Jon and Jonathan Lawson, CEO of Vision Express, outside The Vision Van, and Jon at the pre-eye test and during the test

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, on the beat in Saffron

June 23 2017

Jon Ashworth was on the beat with Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, in Aylestone Park and Knighton Fields.

Before the General Election was called Jon undertook a resident’s survey in the area. Of those who returned the survey over 90% “strongly agreed” and “agreed” that there should be more police on the streets.

Jon said: “Earlier this year I wrote to residents in Aylestone Park and Knighton Fields. Nearly 65% of the residents that responded stated that crime and anti-social behaviour is a problem in their area.”

“As the local MP I was concerned with these survey results. I was to visit the area earlier this year, but the General Election was called. As the General Election is now over I was out and about speaking with local residents and seeing the area for myself.”

Jon was accompanied on the patrol by Inspector Michael Cawley and local Councillors Bill Shelton and Elly Cutkelvin.

According to Leicestershire Police Federation, Leicestershire Police has seen the second biggest percentage decline in officer numbers in England and Wales in the past year. Currently approximately 1,800 officers serve the City and County, whereas at its height, in 2009, the Force consisted of about 2,300 officers.

Speaking before the patch walk, Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, said:  “Police visibility is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan.  We have already budgeted for eight additional officers bringing the total to 18 since April last year and I hope to do more in the future.”

Jon with (left to right) Police Commissioner Bach, Inspector Cawley and Councillor Shelton
“But the police cannot work in isolation. As we have seen, tackling problems such as antisocial behaviour is much more successful with support from a wide range of service providers.”

“I’m delighted to be able to come along to this patch walk and see for myself the problems people have outlined. We have proved the power of multi-agency working before and I would like to think that we can do so again.” 

Jon commented: “Police numbers were significantly reduced under the previous Tory government and it appears that they will be reduced further following the General Election. It is clear that cities with a population as large as Leicester need more police on the streets.”

Jon with Police Commissioner Bach (far right) and Councillors Shelton and Cutklevin.
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Photos show top left, Jon with (left to right) Police Commissioner Bach, Inspector Cawley and Councillor Shelton, top right, Jon with Police Commissioner Bach (far right) and Councillors Shelton and Cutklevin.


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