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OCTOBER 2015

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, attends Question Time
at Spinney Hill Primary School

Friday October 30 2015

Jon visited Spinney Hill Primary School and following a tour of the school with the Headteacher he answered questions from Year 6 pupils on his role as a Member of Parliament.

Speaking before the visit, Jon said: “I’m looking forward to visiting another primary school in my Constituency, and I can’t wait to hear what questions the children have for me. It will be good to meet with Headteacher too and discuss her plans for the school.”

Questions to Jon included ‘What inspired you to be an MP?’, ‘Are taxes are too high?’, as well as a very topical question on Syrian Refugees.

Spinney Hill Primary is a much larger than average primary school with approaching 700 pupils aged three to eleven years old. The proportion of pupils from an ethnic minority background is well above the national average.

 
Catherine Stretton, Headteacher at Spinney Hills, said: “I am pleased that Jon visited the school. I know that Year 6 were looking forward to meeting Jon. The visit allows our children a first-hand experience of understanding the importance of democracy in our country as well as an opportunity to discuss issues important to them.”
Photo above right, Jon with the Headteacher, Catherine Stretton, on a tour of the School, below right, Jon with the Headteacher and all of Year 6
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Jon with the Headteacher, Catherine Stretton, on a tour of the School

Jon with the Headteacher and all of Year 6’

 

 

Jon Ashworth and the Leader and Deputy Leader of The Labour Party encourages people to register to vote

Saturday October 24 2015

With the news that one million people are set to lose their votes, Jon Ashworth met with Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson and Gloria De Piero to discuss the “Do not lose your voice” campaign in Leicester South.

Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, stated: “The Government’s decision to bring forward by twelve months the full implementation of Individual Electoral Registration will see the biggest disenfranchisement on our history.”

It is a legal requirement to be on the electoral register so people should complete their forms or register online, or they could be fined £80.


 

Jon commented: “It is important that everyone in Leicester registers to vote and has a voice. It is quick and easy – you can register in just three minutes by going to;

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

 

More information is available from the electoral services team on
0116 454 2000 or by emailing;

electoral.services@leicester.gov.uk.
 
Jon Ashworth with left to right Tom Watson (Deputy Leader of The Labour Party), Gloria De Piero, (Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration), Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of The Labour Party) and local young people and students
Photo above, Jon Ashworth with left to right Tom Watson (Deputy Leader of The Labour Party), Gloria De Piero, (Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration), Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of The Labour Party) and local young people and students
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, visits Remploy’s Leicester Branch

Friday October 23 2015

Jon visited Remploy which last year supported 22 of his constituents into sustainable employment, and supported over 150 disabled and disadvantaged people into employment.

Jon stated: “It was interesting meeting the staff and hearing about the work they are doing locally. Given the Government aim of reducing the number of disabled people that are unemployed, the work of Remploy is even more important today. I also met with some of the people Remploy are supporting to find work.”

In April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in a joint venture between MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human service programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia, and Remploy employees who have a 30% stake in the company.

Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.


 
Since 2010, Remploy has found almost 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.

Jon commented: “As a Local Champion for Mental Health I am very much interested in the services Remploy offers to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities. Remploy’s work with more than 2,500 employer partners is a fantastic example of partnership working that enables Remploy to support many more disabled people into work.”

Remploy operates the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, which provides six months’ work-based support to enable individuals who have a mental health condition and are struggling in work retain their employment. The scheme has successfully supported over 4000 people to date.
 
Jon with Reena Gangar, Remploy’s Leicester Business Manager
Photo above, Jon with Reena Gangar, Remploy’s Leicester Business Manager
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Jon Ashworth MP out and about in Clarendon Park encouraging people
to register to vote

Friday October 16 2015

After launching last week’s Leicester’s Voter Registration Drive, “Do not lose your voice”, Jon Ashworth was out and about in Clarendon Park with Councillors Patrick Kitterick and Lynn Senior.

With the news that one million people are set to lose their votes, Jon Ashworth was out door knocking encouraging people, especially students and young people, to register to vote.

Jon stated: “With the new academic having just started it is important to remind students to register to vote. As well as not having a voice, students can face difficulties obtaining credit or securing a mobile phone contract or a loan if they are not registered to vote.”


 

It is a legal requirement to be on the electoral register and you could be fined £80 if you are not.

You can register to vote in just three minutes by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

 

More information is available from the electoral services team on
0116 454 2000 or by emailing;

electoral.services@leicester.gov.uk.
 
Photo right, (left to right) Councillor Senior, Jon and Councillor Kitterick
 
(left to right) Councillor Senior, Jon and Councillor Kitterick
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Jon Ashworth MP congratulates St Peter’s Church on its award of
Heritage Lottery Funds

Friday October 16 2015

Jon was joined by members of the congregation, the Project Manager, Ted Cassidy MBE, and Kally Barot form the Heritage Lottery Fund at St Peter’s Church to celebrate the award of Heritage Lottery Funds.

Jon is a Patron of the St Peter's Project that aims to repair the Grade II listed Church.

Jon stated: “It is great news that the St Peter’s Project has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund so that work to uncover the extent of the repairs needed can be started and, importantly, to engage with the wider community.”


 

“St Peter’s Church and the Community Centre attached to the Church is an important part of the local community and meets various local needs through its pre-school and lunch club”

St Peter’s Church is an important part of the heritage of Highfields. The award from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the Church to develop heritage education work with children and families and involve local primary schools.

Project Manager, Ted Cassidy MBE, commented: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  We will now be able to shine a light on previously hidden heritage and increase public awareness and appreciation of this heritage.”

 
Jon with members of the congregation, the Project Manager, Ted Cassidy MBE, and Kally Barot form the Heritage Lottery Fund at St Peter’s Church
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Photo above, Jon with members of the congregation, the Project Manager, Ted Cassidy MBE, and Kally Barot form the Heritage Lottery Fund at St Peter’s Church
 

“Do not lose your voice” says Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South

Friday October 9 2015

With the news that one million people are set to lose their votes, Jon Ashworth was outside the Town Hall with young people and Councillors to remind people to register to vote.

Along with an empty ballot box, Jon and the students had their mouths taped to demonstrate the loss of their voice and their lack of a vote.

Jon stated: “The Tories have rushed through changes to the electoral registration system and around one million are in danger of losing their right to vote. Next year there are elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner, and soon the country will have a big decision to make as to whether Britain stays in the EU.”

“People who aren’t on the register can have difficulties obtaining credit or securing a mobile phone contract, a loan or a mortgage.”


 

“People who aren’t on the register can have difficulties obtaining credit or securing a mobile phone contract, a loan or a mortgage.”
Last year there were over 83,000 electors in Leicester South. This figure had fallen to just under 78,000 by last month with the potential to fall by a further 2,000.

Jon commented: “It is a legal requirement to be on the electoral register so people should complete their forms or register online, or they could be fined £80. It is important that everyone in Leicester registers to vote and has a voice. It is quick and easy – you can register in just three minutes by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

 
‘Do not lose your voice’

More information is available from the
UK government website;

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Or you can contact the Leicester City Council electoral services team on
0116 454 2000 or by emailing;

electoral.services@leicester.gov.uk.
 
 
Jon with Councillors and students outside the Town Hall
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Photo above, Jon with Councillors and students outside the Town Hall
 

Jon Ashworth MP attends charity donation night at Mecca Bingo

Friday October 2 2015

Jon visited Mecca Bingo at Freemans Common on Friday 2 October to take part in the charity cheque handover.

The Bingo Association, which represents 98% of all retail bingo clubs in the UK, has a charity partnership with Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Speaking before the visit, Jon said: “It is fantastic that the Bingo Association has a charity partnership with Variety. I’m delighted to take part in the cheque handover at my local bingo club which has been raising funds for Variety since the start of the year.”

Variety supports was one of the UK’s first charities to be founded especially for children and young people. It supports children and young people who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

It improves young people’s lives by providing practical help (such as Sunshine Coaches, wheelchairs and specialist equipment) and memorable childhood experiences.

 
Jon with Manager, Paul Martin, with the cheque for Variety
Miles Baron, Chief Executive of the Bingo Association, commented: “As part of our ongoing commitment to social responsibility, I am proud that the Bingo Association has a charity partnership with Variety. To support Variety’s important work, bingo clubs across the UK have been raising funds. We hope to raise over £250,000 for Variety in 2015.”
 
Photo above, Jon with Manager, Paul Martin, with the cheque for Variety, photos right, Jon calling the numbers with Scott Backuss
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Jon calling the numbers with Scott Backuss

Jon calling the numbers with Scott Backuss

 

Jon Ashworth MP visits the new home of Leicester Print Workshop

Friday October 2 2015

Jon met with Lucy Phillips, the Director of the Print Workshop, to be updated on the organisation’s future plans and on their move to their new home.

Leicester Print Workshop is already in the process of moving from its studio on St Stephens Road in Highfields to 50 George Street in the Cultural Quarter.

Jon had a tour of the new premises in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter that will be officially opened later this year.

He commented: “The is an exciting time for the Print Shop and its new bases will be a fantastic addition to the Cultural Quarter.”

For further information on the move and the Print Workshop see:

www.leicesterprintworkshop.com
 
Jon with Lucy at 50 George Street
Photos show Jon with Lucy at 50 George Street
 
Jon with Lucy at 50 George Street

 

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