Inspector Nicola Preston has been appointed the West Area Commander, which is a new role that’s been created following the shakeup of our local police. Hinckley Road and Beaumont Leys Local Policing Units have had to effectively merge so Inspector Preston now has a big job.
Many of my constituents have been worried about the changes to our police, particularly their impact on neighbourhood policing and the loss of New Parks Police station, but I’ve taken these issues up with the Police and Crime Commissioner. My discussion with Inspector Preston focussed more on the local instances of crime and antisocial behaviour that people have raised with me, including mini motors near the Stadium Estate and in Beaumont Leys. We also discussed a recent rise in car break-ins, which provides a good opportunity for me to remind all of my constituents to keep your valuable items hidden when leaving your car.
Mencap’s “Hear my Voice” campaign is working to ensure that Britain’s 1.4 million people with a learning disability are heard in the run up to the General Election. I was delighted to support one of their local events at the Brite Centre in Braunstone.
I met with a group of disabled constituents and we discussed a wide range of issues, from difficulties with filling out benefit forms to support for carers. They were really supportive of my position on the bedroom tax, which is to have it scrapped immediately.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.