Lilian Greenwood

Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South

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I am not currently an MP as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election on 8th June 2017.

 

 

General Election Dissolution

I am not currently an MP as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election on 8th June 2017.    

Lilian spent 4 hours tonight on patrol with the Community Protection team covering the Lenton/Derby Road area. Lilian said "It was a real privilege to see the vital work the Community Protection team do to tackle noise, anti-social behaviour and environmental problems in the Lenton triangle and Lenton Drives. My thanks to the team for taking me with them on their shift and highlighting local issues around the area. 

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On Patrol with Community Protection Officers

Lilian spent 4 hours tonight on patrol with the Community Protection team covering the Lenton/Derby Road area. Lilian said "It was a real privilege to see the vital work the... Read more

On the day that the Prime Minister finally triggered Article 50 Lilian met with the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Nottingham Means Business to discuss the Government's Industrial Strategy and the East Midlands response.  Lilian said " I found our discussions extremely helpful - enabling me to understand the priorities of local businesses and identify unanswered questions to raise with Ministers in Parliament.

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Productive discussion on Government Industrial Strategy

On the day that the Prime Minister finally triggered Article 50 Lilian met with the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Nottingham Means Business to discuss the Government's Industrial Strategy...

Social mobility will be damaged irrevocably if Theresa May does not heed the advice of headteachers, governors and parents about the national funding formula, writes Lilian Greenwood MP today for Progress online. 

Last Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn not only managed to unite the Labour benches, he probably had the support of a fair few members on the Tory benches too. Yes, really … The government’s school funding plans are causing widespread dissatisfaction, with many members of parliament facing despairing headteachers, governors and unhappy parents. Corbyn was able to taunt the prime minister by pointing out that her plans faced opposition from the editor of the Evening Standard; the Tory member for the Cotswolds; headteachers in (Tory) Sussex and primary school teacher, Eileen.

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How does the government find itself in this mess? When they launched the consultation on the new national funding formula back in mid-December it was warmly welcomed by Tory MPs who believed that their schools, serving less-deprived communities, would be winners. But as my colleague and former college head, Nic Dakin MP, wisely observed, ‘the devil is in the detail’.

Within weeks, f40, which represents the lowest funded education authorities and had long campaigned for a new formula, was calling for substantial revision – realising that the government’s proposals resulted in ‘an outcome that none of us really anticipated: that some poorly funded authorities will not gain and that many schools, both primary and secondary, within poorly funded authorities will lose out’.

But it was not just schools in wealthier areas, which failed to attract the additional needs funding, who were unhappy. Schools serving the most deprived communities were also big losers, with every single school in Nottingham South worse off. Even then the transitional protections might still have staved off rebellion but for the wider context of school funding cuts.

In December 2016, the National Audit Office published its report, financial sustainability of schools, noting that while real terms funding per pupil was set to increase very slightly during the parliament, when additional costs for schools – including pay rises, the introduction of the national living wage, higher employer contributions to national insurance and the teachers’ pension scheme, non-pay inflation and the apprenticeship levy – were taken into account, schools actually faced ‘an eight per cent real-terms reduction in per-pupil funding between 2014-15 and 2019-20’. With every school already a loser, the NFF only mitigated the size of losses for some while exacerbating them for others.

Headteachers have been remarkably candid about the likely impact of the cuts, with one Nottinghamshire secondary head in a relatively affluent area warning parents that ‘the position faced by the school is critical and, should government funding remain as suggested, schools … will be unable to fund even an adequate quality of education’.

Councillor Sam Webster, portfolio holder for schools in Nottingham City commented that ‘it’s the added enrichment, the out of normal hours services, the holiday clubs, the breakfast clubs, the trips to broaden the horizons of our children, the reading sessions for parents, the extra-curricular sports, culture and arts activities that I fear will be first to go’. In places like Nottingham, which already face huge challenges in raising attainment, these things really matter.

Britain’s schools need real fairness

Social mobility will be damaged irrevocably if Theresa May does not heed the advice of headteachers, governors and parents about the national funding formula, writes Lilian Greenwood MP today for Progress... Read more

Lilian visited Blessed Robert Widmerpool School in Clifton today to meet with Year 5 pupils who had written many letters to her as part of their project on 'Inspiring Leaders'.  What a fantastic group! They are definitely leaders of the future. 

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Clifton Leaders of the Future!

Lilian visited Blessed Robert Widmerpool School in Clifton today to meet with Year 5 pupils who had written many letters to her as part of their project on 'Inspiring Leaders'.... Read more

Opening of the Clifton Flower Park

Lilian visited the new flower themed playground which has now opened much to the delight of Clifton children and young people. "It was great to see the Labour City Council's... Read more

Over the last 18 months residents have raised concerns about the quality of the landscaping along the A453 near Twyford Gardens and Fabis Drive.  After contacting Highways England, I organised 2 public meetings where residents could speak directly to officers from Highways and Nottingham City Council about the problems with the landscaping. After several months of discussions and possible solutions the upgraded landscaping has now been completed.

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Residents pleased with New Landscaping along A435

Over the last 18 months residents have raised concerns about the quality of the landscaping along the A453 near Twyford Gardens and Fabis Drive.  After contacting Highways England, I organised... Read more

Workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions recently welcomed Nottingham South Lilian Greenwood MP to its 37 Park Row office, to celebrate the company’s growth and successful recruitment drive, one year on since opening. Lilian, who originally attended the launch and ribbon cutting ceremony in November 2015, was met by CEO Morten Nilsson and Director of Policy Adrian Boulding, as well as members of staff from client support, finance and operations.

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The group discussed the company’s progression growing from 30 to 160 staff, the acquisition of a second floor of the office building, as well as the office becoming the business’ main operational site between London and Nottingham.

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The meeting also covered key areas of policy focus for the business, including the approaching 2017 auto enrolment legislation review due out this year, which is advocated by both NOW: Pensions and the MP.  

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Lilian visits NOW Pensions

Workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions recently welcomed Nottingham South Lilian Greenwood MP to its 37 Park Row office, to celebrate the company’s growth and successful recruitment drive, one year on... Read more

Shortly before the terrible events yesterday afternoon, I took my Clifton constituents Chris and Lydia Leek to meet Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan to seek his support in their fight for justice. Their young son Jamie was killed by a speeding motorcyclist whilst the family were on in Greece in 2012 and although the man responsible was convicted and received a prison sentence, he appealed and has not yet served any time in custody. Reassured that Sir Alan and the Consular team are doing all they can to support Chris and Lydia and hopeful that after the appeal in June justice will finally be done.

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Chris & Lydia Leek's Fight for Justice

Shortly before the terrible events yesterday afternoon, I took my Clifton constituents Chris and Lydia Leek to meet Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan to seek his support in their...

Lilian raised the issue of School Funding in her question to the Prime Minister today.

The Prime Minister is in denial. Today’s report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies confirms that schools are already facing“the largest cut in school spending per pupil over a 4 year period since at least the early 1980s”, and that, as a result of her new national formula, funding is being diverted from schools with very high levels of deprivation. Every single school in my constituency will lose an average of £584 per pupil. Has the Prime Minister failed at maths, or failed to read her own manifesto? 

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Prime Minister's Questions School Funding

Lilian raised the issue of School Funding in her question to the Prime Minister today. The Prime Minister is in denial. Today’s report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies confirms... Read more

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