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JUNE

Jon Ashworth MP receives a Cake4Syria

Wednesday June 29 2016

Jon received a cake from Islamic Relief for his support to Cakes4Syria campaign. The Cake campaign is a volunteer-led cake delivery service that runs during the month of Ramadan.

Every year over 1000 young volunteers nationwide deliver an estimated 20,000 cakes whilst fasting in order to make a positive difference to those affected by the Syrian conflict.

Jon commented: “It is a pleasure to support such an important campaign. My thoughts are with those affected by the Syrian Conflict and I strongly encourage everyone to get involved in Cakes4Syria to make a positive difference during such hard times in Syria.”

 

Since the conflict began Islamic Relief has delivered more than £130 million worth of aid inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, assisting over 6.5 million Syrians. Islamic Relief distributes food packs, clothes and medical supplies to communities under siege within Syria and displaced people along the Turkish border.

To support the campaign you can order a chocolate fudge cake which will be delivered to your door. For more information and to place your order visit-

https://thecakecampaign.org/.
 
Jon and Yvette Cooper MP receiving their cakes
Jon and Yvette Cooper MP receiving their cakes
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Jon Ashworth MP makes presentation to Janet Tibbey at the
Clarendon Park summer fair

Sunday June 19 2016

Jon inviting Janet onto the stage

Today, Jon called in to Clarendon Park’s Annual Summer Fair, which took place from 11am to 5pm.

Jon always visits the fair, but this year he made a presentation to Janet Tibbey BEM, Manager of the Clarendon Park Playgroup.

Janet will be retiring from running the pre-school, based at Christchurch Baptist Church on Clarendon Park Road, which has given care to over 3,000 local children over the last 34 years.


 
Jon thanking Janet for all her brilliant work

Jon said: “It is very sad that Janet is retiring after 34 years, and I am very pleased to honour her at the Clarendon Park Summer Fair. She has been incredibly dedicated to her work but I am sure she is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren now.”

Janet was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2012 after being nominated by grateful parents.

Local parents are sad to see Janet go as she has provided a warm and happy place for young children, from setting up each day at 7am to preparing activities on a Friday night.

 
Jon presenting Janet (centre) her bouquet of flowers
Photo left; Jon inviting Janet onto the stage, photo middle; Jon thanking Janet for all her brilliant work, photo above; Jon presenting Janet (centre) her bouquet of flowers
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Jon Ashworth MP visits South Lodge care home

Friday June 17 2016

Jon visited South Lodge care home as part of National Care Home Open Day. This successful initiative organised by Care England is being held for the fourth year in a row.

Jon said: “I have previously taken part in Care Home Open Day as it is important to appreciate care home staff and their continuous support to our loved ones. It was great visiting South Lodge and meeting staff and residents.”

National Care Home Day aims to reinforce connections within local communities and showcase the excellent care being provided by care staff across the UK. It is a great opportunity for the public to see the range of care services available and for care homes to establish valuable connections.

 
Jon with Sarah Croxtall, Client Liaison Manager at South Lodge

Janet Dennis, Care Services Manager, commented: “We are delighted that Jon chose to visit South Lodge for Care Home Open Day. We are celebrating the Olympics in Rio and visitors participated in the fun we had planned for the day”

 
Jon and Sarah Croxtall talking with Linda
Photo left; Jon with Sarah Croxtall, Client Liaison Manager at South Lodge, photo above; Jon and Sarah Croxtall talking with Linda
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Jon Ashworth MP calls on Samworth Brothers to reinstate a Trade Union activist

Tuesday June 14 2016

Jon said: “My Party had concerns over the introduction of the so called National Living Wage as it is not a true ‘living wage’. But I was astounded to learn from the Bakers Union, BFAWU, that Samworth Brothers are making their own workers pay for the National Living Wage.

“The Leicestershire-based food giant, Samworth Brothers, have used the introduction of the National Living Wage to cut back on their staff’s paid breaks and stopped the unsociable hours’ premium rates and overtime.”

“The changes to staff’s working conditions resulted in a hundreds joining the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union.”

“It is disgraceful that one of the leading Union organisers who has spoken out against the pay restructuring was sacked earlier this month. Kumaran Bose was sacked after working for Samworth Brothers for 12 years. Kumaran Bose was sacked with no disciplinary record at Samworth Brothers."

 
"In fact, it appears that Kumaran’s only so called crime was to recruit workers at Samworth Brothers to the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union”

“I have written to Samworth Brothers to raise my concerns over the sacking of Kumaran Bose and to request that BFAWU is granted formal recognition at the site. I encourage all the workers to join BAFWU and to stand up for a fair and decent pay.”

“I have also asked The Chancellor and the Business Secretary if they have recently met Mark Samworth and whether he attended events requiring very large donations to the Tory Party. I was told that the lists of who The Chancellor and the Business Secretary have met will be released in due course.”
 
Jon speaking in parliament
Jon speaking in parliament
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Jon Ashworth MP attends EU rally at Jubilee Square

Friday June 10 2016

Jon speaking at the rally

Jon Ashworth MP, along with the Right Honourable Keith Vaz MP, Glenis Willmott MEP and Deputy City Mayor Councillor Palmer, attended a Remain Rally in Jubilee Square.

Following Councillor Palmer’s Introduction, Jon spoke on why Britain is better off in the EU and the importance of those assembled campaigning hard over the next 13 days to spread the message that Britain must Remain In.

 
Glenis Willmott MEP speaking with Jon, Keith Vaz MP and Councillor Palmer

Jon commented: “Thank you to Barrie Fairbairn for organising the fantastic Rally, and for the members and friends who came along to support Labour IN for Britain.”“We have to knock on as many doors between now and 23 June and convince people that Britain is better off in the EU.”

Jon’s speech was followed by Keith Vaz MP and Glenis Willmott MEP, the Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, before the group photograph was taken.

 
The group photograph
Photo left; Jon speaking at the rally, photo middle, Glenis Willmott MEP speaking with Jon, Keith Vaz MP and Councillor Palmer, photo above, the group photograph
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Jon Ashworth MP on Kohinoor Radio for the EU referendum

Friday June 10 2016

Jon with Councillor Gugnani

Jon Ashworth MP, and Councillor Inderjit Gugnani, were interviewed on Radio Kohinoor on the approaching EU Referendum.

Jon appeared on Sital Singh Gill’s morning show and answered various questions on the EU Referendum including the cost of the EU, immigration, business, travel and how the EU benefits Leicester.

 
Jon with presenter Sital Singh Gill

Councillor Gugnani also answered questions on the EU and interpreted Jon’s answers into Punjabi.

Jon commented: “Thank you to Kohinoor Radio for giving me the opportunity to answer questions on the EU Referendum. This is the biggest decision facing our country in a lifetime. Please vote in the Referendum on 23 June.”

 
Jon answering questions on the EU
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Jon Ashworth MP shocked with the University of Leicester’s decision to stop
Lifelong Learning

Thursday June 9 2016

Yesterday, 8 June, the University of Leicester announced that it plans to accept no new Lifelong Learning students. Once existing students have completed their current course, the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning will close.

Jon stated: “I am shocked and saddened at this decision of the University. At the time that the University closed Vaughan College at St Nicholas Circle, I raised my concerns that this would ultimately lead to the demise of adult education by the University. I was told this would not happen and that the University remained committed to adult education and lifelong learning.”

“Now, within three years, the University has announced its intention to shut the whole of the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning. I have today written to the Vice Chancellor at the University expressing my concerns and sadness at this decision.”

 

“This decision flies in the face of the views of the University’s Registrar and Chief Operating Officer that he recently expressed in the Leicester Mercury. In this piece the Registrar stated the University’s commitment to work in and with the city of Leicester to improve economic, social and cultural wellbeing.”

“Closing the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning will not help to improve the City’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing. I have also written to the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Universities to raise my concerns.”

The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning is the only provider of face-to-face, part-time, evening, certificated, Higher Education in the region.

There is a ninety day consultation period.

All staff in the Vaughan Centre have been made officially 'at risk of redundancy'.

 
Jon speaking in parliament
Jon speaking in Parliament
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Jon Ashworth MP calls into the Lunch Club at Wesley Hall

Friday June 3 2016

Jon Ashworth MP called into the Elders Lunch Club at Wesley Hall on Hartington Road.

The Lunch Club is run by Active Wesley Hall, which provides a great deal of early years provision, mental health services and local community activities for elderly people.

Active Wesley Hall offers a minibus service which transports elderly people in the Asian community from their homes to Wesley Hall, and vice versa. The minibus service also assists people in doing their daily grocery shopping in Highfields.

Prior to the Lunch Club the elderly people take part in sitting down exercises, designed to improve their health and wellbeing.

 

Jon said: “The Lunch Club at Wesley Hall always provides a delicious meal. It is also great to speak to familiar faces as well as meet new people.”

The Elders Lunch Club runs every Friday afternoon from 1pm.

Photo top right;  Jon chatting with ladies from the Asian Community. Photo bottom right, Jon meeting people at the Lunch Club
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 Jon chatting with ladies from the Asian Community
Jon meeting people at the Lunch Club

Jon Ashworth MP Out & About in Highfields

Friday June 3 2016

Jon Ashworth MP visited local businesses on Hartington Road today.

Jon spoke to various businesses and local residents about issues that affected them, not just locally, but also nationally, such as the upcoming EU referendum.

Jon commented: “I enjoy visiting different areas in my Constituency and it is really important to engage with people on issues such as the EU referendum. People can raise any concerns they may have without needing to come to my office in the city centre.”

 
Jon chatting to a shop keeper about the EU Referendum

 
Jon buying fresh chappatis on Hartington Road
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