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Jon Ashworth MP to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister in visit to
Occupied Palestinian Territories

Wednesday August 27 2014

Jonathan Ashworth will be travelling to the Occupied Palestinian Territories today, staying in the West Bank as part of a delegation with Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, and CAABU (the Council for Arab-British Understanding).

As part of the visit, Mr Ashworth will be meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

The delegation comes after news of an agreed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking before the visit, Mr Ashworth said: “This delegation will allow me to meet with influential individuals in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and I’ll see for myself exactly what life is like when living in those territories.”

“I also fully welcome this ceasefire. The recent violence we’ve seen in Gaza and Israel has been horrific. I have looked on in absolutely dismay at the unfolding events in Palestine, and the loss of so much innocent life is heart-breaking.”

The delegation will last for five days.


In addition to meeting the Palestinian Prime Minister, Mr Ashworth will also meet with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a relief and humanitarian development agency of the United Nations.

He will also meet with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and other agencies on the ground.

Mr Ashworth commented further: “In recent weeks a huge number of constituents have contacted me about this issue, and I will report back upon my return.”

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A copy of part of the survey about the NHS

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, launches his Big NHS Survey. Jon is to ask over 10,000 constituents their views on the NHS

Tuesday August 26 2014

As one of the three MPs in Leicester Jon spends a great deal of time meeting with local people and listening to their hopes and concerns.

More and more often concerns are raised with Jon about the state of our National Health Service, whether it be delays in people having operations or people not being able to see their GP.

Jon said: “We all know the national headlines - that the crisis in the NHS is the responsibility of the government. Under Cameron and Clegg £3 billion has been wasted on a damaging NHS reorganisation we were promised would not happen, thousands of frontline staff have lost their jobs, waiting times in A&E are increasing and waiting lists for treatments, having fallen under Labour, are increasing again. However, I want to know from local people what they think of our NHS.”

There are a number of ways Jon will seeking local opinions on the NHS. Jon will be writing to over 10,000 of his constituents across the whole of Leicester South, including parts of Stoneygate, Knighton and Clarendon Park, so look out for these letters.


Jon will also be going door-to-door in different parts of the Constituency asking people’s views directly, and people can send their views to Jon by email, facebook and twitter. Jon will be setting up a special NHS website for people to post opinions too.

Jon commented: “I want to get a wide-ranging view of local opinions on the state of our NHS. I will then present these findings to top level Westminster figures to give them a picture of the state of the NHS across Leicester South.”

“My constituents tell me that it is getting harder to see their family doctor. As a direct result of David Cameron scrapping Labour’s guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours, nearly 10% of patients in Leicester now wait a week or more to see their GP, which is approximately 30,000 people.”

“This is clearly unacceptable. Not only will a Labour Government guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours, and on the same day for those who need it, a Labour Government will repeal David Cameron’s NHS changes that put private profit before patients, so that NHS professionals can focus on your care.”

Jon speaking in Parliament
A copy of part of the survey about the NHS
Photo above top, Jon speaking in parliament, photo above, bottom, a copy of part of the survey.
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Jon Ashworth MP opened this year’s St Matthews Community Parks Day

Friday August 22 2014

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth opened this year’s St Matthews Community Parks Day.

Speaking before the event Jon said: “I am delighted to be asked to officially open such an important community event. This is the fifteenth year that the Parks Day has been held and, as always, it promises to be a fun day that brings the community together.”

There were many activities on Bushey Park including bouncy castles, Ping!, stage acts, musical statues, hot and cold food, fun family activities, and much more. The Community Parks Day ran from 3pm to 7pm.

Jon commented: “The Parks Day would not be possible if it were not for the many agencies coming together with volunteers from the local community. The Parks Day shows the best of St Matthews and its amazing community spirit. Let’s hope for some sunshine and that everyone has a great time.”

Jon opening the St Matthews Community Parks Day

Photo above, Jon opening the St Matthews Community Parks Day, photo top right, Jon with an ice cream at the Park, bottom right, Jon with Mohammed Artan, Vice Chair of the St Matthews Big Local
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Jon with an ice cream at the Park
Jon with Mohammed Artan, Vice Chair of the St Matthews Big Local

Indian Independence Day Celebrations

Thursday August 14 2014

On 15 August India celebrates 67 years of Independence, and I am sure that tonight’s performances of dance, poetry and music at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre will be enjoyed by everyone.

As is evident here in Leicester, Indian Independence is so important not only to those who live in India, but to Indian communities across the world.

This year in particular is significant to reflect upon the wider importance of Independence. Just three months ago, India held its latest General Election – clearly the most important demonstration of Independence in what is now the world’s largest democracy.

This freedom, and this right, to vote for your own Government is a powerful symbol of what the Independence activists fought for. People like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B R Ambedkar, Vallabhbhai Patel – they all fought so that people would have the freedom to live in India not as colonial subjects, but as equal civilians.


As Nehru said in his ‘Tryst with Dynasty’ speech, “at the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom”.

I know that there are people in Leicester who still remember that speech: who prayed for the awakening of a nation that upheld individual freedoms and rights, and who hoped for a county that gave reality to their dreams.

And I know just how important it is to so many of my constituents that we in the UK continue to have strong ties with India, so as the Labour MP for Leicester South I will do what I can to ensure that Leicester’s links with India are strengthened.

Jai Hind.

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Indian Independence Day Celebrations

Pakistan Independence Day

Thursday August 14 2014

On 14 August Pakistan celebrates 67 years of Independence, and I am sure that in line with the usual Leicester tradition people will be celebrating across Highfields to mark this day.

As much as it is important to those who live in Pakistan, I know that the British Pakistanis who live in Leicester will feel equally proud to celebrate Independence Day on 14 August.

The work of Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League in undivided India was essential in the creation of Pakistan. Unfortunately Jinnah passed away before he could build the nation he had worked so hard to create, but he will always be known in Pakistan as the Quaid-i-Azam.


I know that people across Leicester will be celebrating Pakistan’s Independence and Jinnah’s achievements, and I hope they all have an enjoyable day.

As the Labour MP for Leicester South, I will continue to raise issues on behalf of the Pakistani community in my constituency, and ensure that their views are reflected in the work I do as Member of Parliament.

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