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[10/02/2016 | No comment]



Today I have pledged my support for Leicestershire Police’s CEASE campaign which aims to eradicate child abuse and sexual exploitation in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The CEASE campaign has four key aims:

  • To raise public awareness of child sexual exploitation
  • To educate people how they can spot the signs of potential abuse
  • To increase the number of cases reported to police and the authorities
  • To prosecute more offenders

Child sexual exploitation is an appalling crime which sees vulnerable young people deliberately targeted and preyed upon and we all have a responsibility to help tackle it. You can read more about this story here

[08/02/2016 | No comment]


On Friday 5thFebruary I held a “patch walk” with local residents outside Braunstone Frith Primary School to take a look at the traffic and parking problems in the area. We were joined by the Head of Highways at Leicester City Council, the police and the school’s headteacher, Mrs Smith.

Local people and the school raised concerns about the congestion of buses and cars along Tatlow Road and Cuffling Drive during school pick up and drop off times and pavement parking. The Council have agreed to compile a plan for the area on how best to tackle the problem. I will continue to work with the Council and the school to make sure the area is safe for children and local residents.

If you have concerns about these issues, or would like to be kept updated on this issue, please do get in touch with my office either by writing to 42 Narborough Road, Leicester, LE3 0BQ, via email at {at} parliament(.)uk or phone on 0116 2044980.

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[08/02/2016 | No comment]


On Wednesday 3 February, I held a debate in Parliament on the Government’s cuts to local council funding which are hitting the poorest areas hardest. In Leicester, the City Council has suffered grant cuts of 37% in real terms since 2010. The council has already had to make annual savings of £100m and will need to make an additional £55m of savings over the next 4 years.

Even with all the difficult changes the Council is looking at and using up virtually all of their current reserves, they will struggle to fill the gap. And the impact on vital local services will be severe.

This picture is repeated up and down the country. That is why I am trying to secure a full opposition day debate in Parliament on this vital issue, as so many MPs are concerned about the impact council cuts are having on their constituents and communities. You can watch the full debate here

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[02/02/2016 | No comment]


On Friday 29 January, I went to Glebelands Primary School to support their refugee awareness day. Mrs Sinhal, who teaches at the school, recently launched ‘Leicester Schools Welcome Refugees’, a project which aims to teach children about what its like to be a child refugee.

The school has already donated welcome packs with essential items for distribution by the Red Cross. On Friday, the children brought in teddy bears and I was overwhelmed by the number of teddies that had been donated, each of them with their own touching message. I think this is a fantastic initiative and would encourage as many local schools as possible to get involved.

You can read more about my visit here.

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[02/02/2016 | No comment]


I recently visited Bethany Court, an amazing supported housing scheme which helps get mums who have suffered from domestic violence and other problems get back on track. The scheme supports 12 mums and their children, providing one to one support, including on how to manage their budgets, find work and build up their confidence.

I met with some of the mums at Bethany Court – all of whom praised the project and their staff for their fantastic help and support.