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FEBRUARY 2017

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, visited Gelato Village to discover the secrets of traditional Gelato making

Friday
February 10 2017
On Friday 10 February Jon visited Gelato Village, Leicester’s only authentic Italian gelateria to learn about the local business.

Jon received the invitation having expressed an interest in finding out more about award-winning local business at the Global Flavours of Leicestershire showcase held at the Houses of Parliament in October 2016.

Jon said: “It was my pleasure to visit such a prominent local business in the centre of Leicester and to learn about fine art of gelato making. It was good to see that Gelato Village uses local milk and cream for their gelato.”

Co-owners Daniele Taverna and Antonio De Vecchi gave Jon a private tour of their in-house Gelato Laboratory; where the Maestro Gelatiere uses fresh ingredients from Leicestershire and beyond to make his own-recipe gelato and sorbetto.


Daniele Taverna, co-owner of the Gelato Village, said: “We care greatly about the quality of our ingredients and we work hard to create recipes which do those ingredients justice. It was great pleasure to introduce our local Member of Parliament to our artisan gelato.”

 

Jon took the opportunity to sample a number of flavours, including Italian favourites like tiramisu, before finally settling on a combination of the popular salted caramel, ‘Richard III’, with rose and fruits of the forest, and ‘Gelato di Campioni’- created in support of Leicester City Football Club.

Jon commented: “I really enjoyed my visit to Gelato Village. All the samples were amazing, as was the cup of three flavours. I definitely want to come back.”

Photo top right; Jon sampling a number of flavours with (left to right) Daniele Taverna and Antonia De Vecchi.

Photo bottom right; Jon with a combination of the popular salted caramel, ‘Richard III’ and ‘Gelato di Campioni’- created in support of Leicester City Football Club.
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Jon sampling a number of flavours with (left to right) Daniele Taverna and Antonia De Vecchi
Jon with a combination of the popular salted caramel, ‘Richard III’ and ‘Gelato di Campioni’- created in support of Leicester City Football Club

Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, named as an Ambassador for the Leicester Cathedral Revealed Project
Friday
February 10 2017
Jon visited Leicester Cathedral to be updated on the Leicester Cathedral Revealed Project.

Jon has been involved with the Project for a number of months and today he was named an Ambassador.

Speaking before the visit, Jon said: “I am a strong supporter of this Project which aims to celebrate the Cathedral’s Victorian heritage as well as creating new exhibition, learning and engagement spaces. It is an honour to be asked to be an Ambassador for the project, and I will do all that I can to ensure that these exciting plans become a reality.”

As an Ambassador Jon will promote the Project and be the link between the Cathedral and all the Members of Parliament in the City and the County who are all supportive of the Project.

Following the reinterment of King Richard III in March 2015, the Cathedral now attracts up to 200,000 tourist visitors a year, as well as many others for services, events and personal prayer. A church has stood on the site since at least the 11th century, and was significantly rebuilt under the leadership of Canon David Vaughan in the mid-19th century. It was designated a cathedral in 1927.

Revd Pete Hobson, Project Director, commented: “This will be the first major works of improvement to our cathedral since it gained that status 90 years ago, apart from the addition of some vestries in the 1930s and the more recent work around the reinterment of King Richard III.”

 

Jon with Revd Canon Alison Adams (Canon Pastor and sub-Dean) and Revd Pete Hobson (Project Director) outside the Cathedral


"The project will make the cathedral better able to fulfill all its purposes in the 21st century, and enable us to offer very large numbers of visitors a more effective welcome and richer insights into a neglected part of our common history and heritage.”
 
Jon with Revd Pete Hobson (Project Director) and Revd Canon Alison Adams (Canon Pastor and sub-Dean) at the tomb of Richard III
Photo left; Jon with Revd Canon Alison Adams (Canon Pastor and sub-Dean) and Revd Pete Hobson (Project Director) outside the Cathedral

Photo above: Jon with Revd Pete Hobson (Project Director) and Revd Canon Alison Adams (Canon Pastor and sub-Dean) at the tomb of Richard III
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Click here to view a video of the Cathedral’s development through the ages can be found here on YouTube. .
 

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, backs breathing space for families in problem debt

Wednesday
February 1 2017
Jon has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances as data from the Bank of England shows unsecure household debt rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

Debt often strikes when people experience sudden changes in circumstances such as job loss or ill health. Aggressive action from creditors and pressure to repay debts at an unaffordable rate can lead families to cut back on everyday essentials like food, or even take out other expensive loans or fall further behind on essential bills.

The rise in personal borrowing has led to mounting concern that households who get into debt need safer ways to manage financial difficulties.

Jon has written to the Government to ask it to introduce the ‘Breathing Space’ scheme that would offer people seeking debt advice a 12-month legal protection from mounting interest, charges and enforcement action. The scheme would build on protections offered under the Debt Arrangement Scheme in Scotland, which has made sure that families sticking to an affordable repayment plan agreed with their creditors are not harried or hassled for the duration of that plan.

 

Jon said: “It can’t be right that children’s mental health and happiness is suffering as a result of creditors unfairly escalating people’s problems."

“Families in problem debt need time and space to get back on their feet. By providing a period free from additional interest, charges and enforcement action, the Breathing Space scheme would help families recover their financial situation and put in place a plan to affordably repay their debts.”

StepChange Debt Charity and The Children’s Society estimate that in Leicester South Constituency alone there are 4,149 families with 7,181 children living with problem debt.

Jon commented: “I am pleased that the Breathing Space proposal has widespread cross-party support, including from the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance. The Government now needs to act by putting a comprehensive Breathing Space scheme in place.”

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