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The East Midlands Labour Party has announced that Alex Norris has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Nottingham North constituency to stand in this June’s general election.

 

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A local councillor, Alex lives in Nottingham North and currently represents Basford on the city council. 

 

Over the last few years Alex has worked closely with Labour’s MP for Nottingham North, Graham Allen, supporting him in his role as the MP on many local issues.

 

Speaking after the selection, Alex said: “Nottingham is my home. It’s where I live and work and I am proud to be Labour’s candidate for June’s general election.


“Over the last twenty years Graham Allen has been an outstanding local MP, working hard to represent local people, and he will be remembered for his dedication to Nottingham North and his work on campaigns such as early intervention and voter registration.

 

“He leaves big shoes to fill, but I am ready for the challenge ahead and will work tirelessly between now and June to let local people know that this general election will be a choice between a Labour Party that will stand up for the people of Nottingham North or a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few.


“This Tory government has overseen the biggest cuts to our public services in a generation. The NHS and social care is in crisis, our schools are struggling under the weight of the budget cuts and cuts to police budgets are putting our safety at risk.

 

“People here in Nottingham North need a local representative that will put them first. They need a Labour MP who will stand up for them. Someone who will ensure our local hospitals are given the funding they need to look after you.

 

“Someone who will fight to ensure our schools have the funding they need to deliver good teaching in every school and someone who will work hard to ensure that we get a Brexit that protects local jobs and workers’ rights.

 

"I'm proud of my record as a local Councillor. During that time we've redeveloped Basford Hall College as a construction centre of excellence. We've improved our local parks. We've delivered on our priories of clean and safe streets.

 

“That’s the message that I will be taking out to the people of Nottingham North over the coming weeks.”

 

Graham Allen, Labour’s MP for Nottingham North said: “I welcome the appointment of Councillor Alex Norris as Labour’s Candidate for Nottingham North in June’s general election.

 

“I have known Alex for years and I can say he is the person I would have chosen to replace me, so I am absolutely delighted. We asked for a local person and we’ve got one - he lives in the constituency and represents the area on the city council, I know that if elected on the 8th June, he will put this area first and will be a committed and local MP – that’s what Nottingham North deserves.

 

“ I will be out and about from tomorrow, joining Alex on the campaign trail and I am looking forward to helping put him in Parliament on June 8th.”

Labour announce candidate for Nottingham North

The East Midlands Labour Party has announced that Alex Norris has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Nottingham North constituency to stand in this June’s general election.  

Today, Wednesday, Labour have announced their three point election guarantee for NHS staff:

  • Pay increased to a sustainable level which reflects the complexity of the work carried out
  • Safe staffing levels put into law so that finances never take precedent over patient safety
  • And fully funded education which prepares our NHS staff to be the best in the world

After seven years of neglect by the Conservative Government, Labour will make sure NHS staff are properly supported to provide the best possible quality of services for patients.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, speaking at the Unison Health Conference in Liverpool, will say:

“Our NHS staff are the very pride of Britain. Yet they are ignored, insulted, undervalued, overworked and underpaid by this Tory government. Not anymore. Enough is enough.

“NHS staff have been taken for granted for too long by the Conservatives. Cuts to pay and training mean hard working staff are being forced from NHS professions and young people are being put off before they have even started. Now Brexit threatens the ability of health employers to recruit from overseas.

“What is bad for NHS staff is bad for patients too. Short staffing means reduced services and a threat to patient safety. Labour’s new guarantees for NHS staff will help keep services running at the standard which England’s patients expect.

“I can pledge today that a Labour government will scrap the pay cap and give our NHS workers the pay they deserve.

“We’ll invest in their education and training. We’ll bring back bursaries which the Tories scrapped. Our ambition is nothing less than ensuring the best trained health staff in the world.

“This will mean better quality of care for patients as well. We will never compromise on patient safety.

“Safe staffing levels will be a priority for a Labour Government. After seven years of Tory mismanagement our health services are dangerously understaffed. We are thousands short on the numbers of nurses, midwives, GPs and paramedics that we need.

“Time and again expert reports have told us that staffing levels are linked to patient safety but the Conservative Government has failed to deliver the numbers of extra staff that patients need.

“So the next Labour government will legislate ensure safe staffing levels in England’s NHS.

“We will ask NICE to undertake work to set out how safety can be determined in different settings. And Labour will ask NICE also to assess whether there are health settings which would benefit from legally enforced staffing ratios.

“By bringing in a new law to make safe staffing legally enforceable, Labour will ensure that finances never again take precedent over patient safety.

“And let me be clear we won’t make promises on behalf of the NHS without giving the NHS the resources and the tools to deliver those promises. The NHS under Labour will always get the funding it needs. That’s the difference between Labour and the Tories on patient safety.”

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Notes to editors

Increasing NHS pay to a sustainable level:

  • Labour will lift the 1 percent NHS pay cap imposed by the Government which is artificially holding NHS wages below inflation and causing a health recruitment crisis

  • Labour would make a return to public sector pay agreed through collective bargaining and the evidence of independent pay review bodies.

  • The move will help to address staffing shortages in the NHS by improving morale and increasing retention of staff, reducing the current reliance of health employers on agency staff and overseas recruitment

Legislating for safe staffing:

  • Labour will introduce legislation requiring NHS trusts to have regard for patient safety when setting staffing levels in their hospitals.

  • Labour will ask NICE to recommence work to support trusts to judge safety in different settings. This work was started in November 2013 but then dropped under the current Government in June 2015. Labour will reinforce the work carried out by NICE by giving it a new legal basis.

  • Labour will ask NICE to assess whether there are health settings which would benefit from legally enforced staffing ratios.

  • This new legislation will ensure that patient safety always takes priority over financial considerations when staffing levels are being set in England’s NHS.

Fully funded education for health professions:

  • Labour will reinstate funding and other support for students of health related degrees

  • The move will incentivise more young people to train to work in our NHS so that health employers can access the numbers of staff they need to keep patients safe

  • Labour will commission evidence on the equality impact of the Tories’ decision to remove funding from degrees predominantly taken by older and female students and will review what other support can help mature students to undertake health degrees

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Today, Tuesday, Angela Rayner was in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, to visit Holgate Primary School, one of the county’s new schools built by the Labour run County Council.

 

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Angela visited Nottinghamshire to see how the Labour run County Council has invested in Education in the county and has worked extremely hard to ensure children are not being taught in large classes, despite the continued pressure on school budgets due to underfunding from the Tory Government.  

Joined by Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, and Councillor Alice Grice, Angela met with headteacher Emma Severn to discuss the challenges facing the county’s schools and their teaching staff.  

Before they came into office the Tories promised ‘small schools with small class sizes’. But Labour’s analysis shows that this isn’t happening for many children across the country.


Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary said:  

“Across the country thousands of children are being taught in classes which are simply too big. 

“I’m visiting Nottinghamshire today to see how a Labour run County Council is working extremely hard to protect education funding and continue to invest in the county’s schools. This is a hugely important step by a Labour council, when the Conservative government are delivering the first cuts to school funding in a generation, breaking a clear manifesto commitment.  

“The system for school place planning is broken. The Tories need to let go of their unjustified fixation with Free Schools. Theresa May has no answers to the big challenges facing Britain – just more of the same failed policies which take the county backwards and make us more unequal.” 

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Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Alan Rhodes said: “We know there is a national problem with large class sizes and the pressure that our schools are facing continues with the ongoing cuts to school funding. 

“But here in Nottinghamshire Labour is proud to have invested in local education and make it a priority.

 “We’ve built a number of new schools in Hucknall, including Holgate Primary School, which has led to the creation of 350 extra places. 

“We’ve also invested in schools right across Nottinghamshire and in the last four years we’ve created over 3,100 school places across the county.  

“But we face challenges. Conservative cuts to education are a big issue for the county. Holgate primary school is facing a reduction of £350 per pupil and faces losing the equivalent of five teachers.  

“I am pleased that we’ve been able to show Angela the investment that we’ve made here in Hucknall, and across Nottinghamshire, whilst hearing about the Tory cuts to education that we face over the coming years.”

Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Praises Labour run Nottinghamshire County Council over Education investment

Today, Tuesday, Angela Rayner was in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, to visit Holgate Primary School, one of the county’s new schools built by the Labour run County Council.  

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