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DECEMBER 2017

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, meets the winner of his annual Christmas Card Competition 

Friday
December 15 2017

Jon visited Rolleston Primary School in Eyres Monsell to congratulate six year old Isabelle Sibson-Coltman, the winner of this year’s Christmas Card competition

Every year Jon invites local schools to participate in his Christmas Card Competition. This year’s winner, Isabelle, will be presented with a signed certificate and a book voucher.

Jon said: “This year I received some great designs from schools in my Constituency and it was very difficult to pick just one winner. Isabelle’s drawing has Father Christmas next to a Christmas tree. It is very bright and cheerful which is why I chose it to be my Christmas card.”

There are two runner-up designs that will also appear on Jon’s Christmas card. The entry from eight year old Humaira Ahmed features Father Christmas delivering Christmas presents. The youngest participant, Bella Moseley, is 5 years of age and her drawing has a Christmas tree, Father Christmas, a reindeer, a snowman and a bag of presents.



 

Both runners-up received a signed certificate from Jon congratulating them for their excellent designs.

Mr Dwayne Toon, the Head Teacher at Rolleston Primary School, said: “At Rolleston we like to promote participation in community events and having a winner in our school is great news. The Children really enjoyed designing their Christmas cards.”

“I would personally like to congratulate Isabelle for her achievement. We are so proud of Isabelle and delighted to welcome Jon into our School. This is a very exciting time of year for all our children who love the creative aspects the preparations for Christmas brings.”

Jon commented: “I want to thank all the children that entered my Christmas card competition this year and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

 
Jon and Head Teacher, Mr Dwayne Toon, with Isabelle
Photo: Jon and Head Teacher, Mr Dwayne Toon, with Isabelle
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, is ‘Giving The Gift Of Play’ this Christmas with The British Toy and Hobby Association

Friday
December 15 2017
Jon Ashworth MP recently attended the British Toy and Hobby’s Association’s (BTHA)* ‘Giving the gift of play’ Parliamentary event to show support for the thriving British toy industry
Jon with Terry Watts from Toys on the Table
Photo left; Jon with Terry Watts from Toys on the Table
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In collaboration with the BTHA, Jon will be donating a selection of toys to Toys on The Table and giving the gift of play for local children at Christmas.

Today, Jon handed over the gifts to Toys on The Table at his Constituency Office on Charles Street.

As the official organisation representing manufacturers for Britain’s £4.2 billion toy industry, the BTHA event brought together member businesses based across the UK, 35 MPs and peers and wider industry stakeholders to celebrate the growth of the sector and the important contribution of quality, safe toys to the fabric of our UK society. The toy industry employ 51,000 people and contribute £1 billion to the UK Treasury and raised awareness of this significant economic contribution.

Jon said: “I was absolutely delighted to join the BTHA in Parliament and support them to give the gift of play to local children this Christmas. I appreciate their efforts to provide Toys on the Table with gifts at this festive time of year. The large donation of toys and games includes Tell the Time, Jungle Rugby, a Food Truck, cuddly toys and loads more.”

 

“Since becoming the Member of Parliament for Leicester South I have supported Toys on the Table. Every year this charity does an incredible job for children in Leicester and Leicestershire. A small gift or toy can make this holiday season even more special, especially for the little ones. I strongly encourage everyone to donate funds or gifts to Toys on the Table.”


New gifts or funds for Toys on the Table
can be dropped off at various collection points including BBC Radio Leicester, Leicester Mercury, Yorkshire Building Society and all branches of Santander.
Further collection points can be found at http://www.toysonthetable.org.uk/
 

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, signs TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ charter

Tuesday
December 12 2017

In Westminster, Jon made a commitment, by signing the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ charter, to support and protect any of his employees who become terminally ill.

Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million employees with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion, Rolls Royce and the Royal Mail joining E.On and signing up along with a number of public sector bodies including NHS trusts, police authorities and many local authorities.

The Dying to Work campaign was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The campaign is calling for a change in the law to prevent the same thing happening to other working people.

Jon said: “It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.”

“That is why I am proud to have signed the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ charter to protect my employees and I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to follow suit and sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter.”


 

Jon commented further: “In addition, I hope something will soon be done to ensure that every individual with terminal illness will receive the protection and support they deserve.”

The campaign has also been endorsed by a number of trade unions and charities, including The National Council for Palliative Care, Hospice UK, Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope.

Paul Nowak, TUC Deputy General Secretary said: "Serious illness is tough enough without having to put up with extra hassle at work. Everyone can surely agree that terminally-ill workers deserve protection.”

"That's why unions, MPs, employers and charities are coming together to ensure that workers get the support and protections they need when times are toughest."

This broad support was demonstrated in a recent Survation poll of over a thousand people which found that 79% of respondents support a ‘protected period’ for terminally ill workers where they could not be dismissed as a result of their condition with only 3% opposing it.

 
Jon with Jacci Woodcock and Lee Baron, TUC Midlands Regional Secretary
Photo: Jon with Jacci Woodcock and Lee Baron, TUC Midlands Regional Secretary
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, and Unite the Union supporting local food banks

Tuesday
December 12 2017
Since 2012 Unite the Union has been organising donations for local food banks across Leicestershire. This year Unite’s Leicestershire and Rutland Area Activists Committee arranged donations for eight food banks in the City
Jon at the Saffron Christmas Celebration
 



 

Previously Unite has donated food supplies, but this year it is making a financial donation to local food banks. Open Hands, Highfields Food Bank, Gilmorton Food Bank, The Zynthiya Trust, Braunstone Food Bank, Morton and Northfield Tenants and Residents Association Food Bank, The Peace Centre and The City of Sanctuary will each receive over £250 via Jon’s office.

Jon said: “The number of people who depend on local food banks is very worrying. I am pleased I could assist food banks across the City to receive funding from Unite. I urge everyone to think of those who will find this time of year very difficult and donate to a local food bank or a local charity.”

“The food bank can provide those in need with essential provisions such as milk, rice and beans. I want to thank Unite for supporting our food banks and helping to make the festive season easier for those who rely upon them.”

Photo left; Jon at the Saffron Christmas Celebration
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Paresh Patel, Regional Coordinating Officer, Unite the Union commented: “Whilst it is not a large sum of money, we very much hope that our donations will go some way in supporting the organisations to buy items which will support those many people who are in need.”



If you want to donate to the above food banks please contact my office or go to:
openhandsleicester.org.uk/donations.php
https://leicester.cityofsanctuary.org/donate
http://b-inspired.org.uk/index.php/contact-us
https://zinthiyatrust.wordpress.com/contact/
 

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, opens Saffron Christmas Celebration

Friday
December 8 2017

Jon officially opened the Saffron Christmas Celebration event at the Kingfisher Centre

The event was organised by local residents with help from local Councillors Elly Cutkelvin and Bill Shelton. Every year this event brings together the community for an evening of fun and entertainment.

Speaking before the event, Jon said: “This annual celebration has been a great success in Saffron over the past years and I always enjoy being a part of it. I have no doubt that people will have a great time at this Christmas Party and I look forward to meeting local residents.”

“I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”


 

The event is funded by the Saffron Ward Campaign Fund and local organisations and businesses. There were lots of different activities for children including meeting Father Christmas who gave out presents to local children.

May Jones, one of the organisers of the event, commented: “Saffron Christmas Celebration has always been a great success. Events like these bring people together and build strong communities. The celebration would not be possible without local Councillors Elly and Bill, and a huge thank you to Jon for opening the event.”

 
Photo: Jon at Saffron Christmas Celebration with Councillors Elly Cutkelvin and Bill Shelton
Photo: Jon at Saffron Christmas Celebration with Councillors Elly Cutkelvin and Bill Shelton
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, supports ‘Making Christmas Special’

Friday
December 8 2017

Jon visited the Royal Infirmary to support the Making Christmas Special campaign and met some patients to deliver his gifts.

This year University Hospitals Leicester in partnership with Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, and a new partner, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, are encouraging people to donate a Christmas present for one of the older patients who due to ill health will not be able to spend Christmas at home with their loved ones.

Jon said: “I regularly support Leicester’s Hospitals’ ‘Making Christmas Special’. It is a fantastic initiative, involving the Volunteers Service and Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland that makes a huge difference to older patients who, sadly, will be too ill to leave hospital this Christmas.”

“I was pleased to donate a selection of gifts to George who was on Ward 41.”






 

Last year this campaign was a massive success with local people donating 1300 bags of gifts ensuring that every single one of the older patients received a gift on Christmas Day.

Anyone can contribute to this campaign by leaving presents at the main reception of any of the three hospitals in Leicester, or you can also take your gift to any Age UK shop or resource centre in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

 

 
For more information, please click below
 http://bit.ly/1SiTzkL
 
Jon with (from left to right) Tony Donovan, Executive Director Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, Ballu Patel, Non Executive Director of the Hospital Trust and 91 year old George
Photo: Jon with (from left to right) Tony Donovan, Executive Director Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, Ballu Patel, Non Executive Director of the Hospital Trust and 91 year old George
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