News letter: Saturday 20th June

We have had a huge response to the car parking petition with more than 2600 people signing it and organisations like Nantwich Civic Society and charities in Crewe supporting the call for Cheshire East to change their approach.

If you listen to this interview it is pretty clear this hasn't been thought through properly:
https://www.facebook.com/KieranMullanUK/posts/740200223187847

Stoke Council right next to us have had the good sense to give their businesses a few weeks of space. I will keep pressuring for this! You can still sign the petition below:

https://www.drkieranmullan.org.uk/news/petition-against-car-parking-charges

This week I have been talking in Parliament about the need for more support for businesses like Crewe Lyceum and Good Time Charlies. We also have Loneliness Awareness week to think about. And there is a great video supporting the announcement about us entering into free trade talks with our great friend Australia! 

I also tried to speak up for what I think is the overwhelming majority of my constituents and the British public as a whole in relation to the protests, riots and police. We stand against racism, we stand against violence and we support our police! In response, the Home Secretary voiced her support for our police officers and confirmed that all those who had acted violently towards the police would be held to account. It is vital that during this time we come together as a community and do not allow the disruptive criminal behaviour of a few individuals pull us apart Video below.

Thanks,

Kieran

Dr Kieran Mullan
MP for Crewe & Nantwich

Wedding fees and birth registrations 
Free Trade Deal Negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
The CAT 107.9 Community Hero Award 
Supporting Local Businesses 
Supporting BAME NHS Staff 
Supporting Our Police 
Loneliness Awareness Week 

Wedding fees and birth registrations 

I know a lot of people have had to make difficult decisions regarding their wedding plans throughout the Covid-19 outbreak – with almost 1,000 marriage and civil partnership ceremonies having to be rearranged in the Cheshire East area. A lot of planning goes into these events with both partners legally required to give Notice of Marriage at least 28 days in advance with a £35 charge per person. I understand that some of my constituents were not able to marry and their Notices expired but I’m pleased to say Cheshire East will not charge a fee for those having to give a new Notice due to coronavirus. 

I’m aware that a lot of families haven’t been able to register their new-born children because of coronavirus and that this brought complications along with it. Cheshire East have restarted registrations as of 17 June. These do need to be face-to-face which you can book online or over the phone. As always you must practice social distancing and not make an appointment if you or anyone in your household is experiencing coronavirus symptoms. 

Free Trade Deal Negotiations with Australia and New Zealand

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1385112315013539 

This week we entered the first stages of negotiations for free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand. I took part in a conversation with Britain’s Chief Negotiator for the talks with Australia and discussed the advantages such a deal would have for individuals and businesses in Crewe and Nantwich. We are nations with a long, shared history and already close ties. A free trade deal will improve these ties further by strengthening both our industrial and financial sectors, aiding the sharing of ideas, and improving links between our nations. This is just one step in the Government’s strategy to make Britain a truly global, free trading nation. 

The CAT 107.9 Community Hero Award 

During these difficult times a lot of people have been able to contribute to supporting others. The Crewe and Nantwich Community Radio Society was formed in 2008 and has been broadcasting as The Cat 107.9 FM. In April, The Cat launched an award for Community Heroes. The award is given to individuals who made extra special efforts – receiving a certificate and a special cake made by Gill Clark at Baked by Gill. 

This week’s Community Hero for The Cat 107.9 is Nikki Allen – well done Nikki! Here is the message for her nomination: 

Nikki Allen who has been Community champion in Morrisons Nantwich since the corona virus started who was thrown into the role nearly 7 weeks ago has embraced it wholehearted not only helping Chance the local support group and the Nantwich food bank and many others. She has built a good relationship with most local schools and care homes giving them support when needed. She has also helped a group of Nantwich women raise over £500 for equipment in the staff rooms at Leighton NHS by knitting and selling “Bears in scrubs”  

Nikki is always happy to help anyone, always has a smile on her face. She has been my link to the outside world as I have been shielded for the past 10 weeks, has done everything to make sure I have everything I need, contacted me every day to make sure I'm ok. 

I just want say a massive thank you to Nikki and all others who are continuing to be local heroes. I’ll be featuring the Community Hero Award in my upcoming newsletters. If you know of anyone or have any stories like Nikki’s please do get in touch as it’s brilliant to read about our local heroes. 

Supporting Local Businesses 

https://www.facebook.com/KieranMullanUK/videos/1133475633684143/ 

To show my support for businesses in my constituency, I asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury as to whether the Government would consider establishing sector specific deals in order to support businesses in the medium to long term that are unable to open and operate at full capacity.  I used the examples of Crewe Lyceum Theatre and Good Time Charlies to emphasise the challenge that a number of businesses in constituency will face as they are unable to open.

This week I also had a meeting with the Minister responsible for the theatre industry Caroline Dinneage MP. Crewe Lyceum is such a vital part of the local economy and huge part of Crewe’s nightlife. The theatre generates a further £2.2m for the local Crewe and Nantwich economy each year, over and above any money spent at the theatre itself and they deliver tonnes of activities with young people. The Government has provided help so far with grants and furlough scheme. But I understand why more help is going to be needed to ensure survival in the long term I explained to the minister how valued the theatre is and encouraged government to look closely at this alongside other sectors that need help and additional assistance. 

Supporting BAME NHS Staff 

Throughout my time working in hospitals, I have met countless hard working and dedicated BAME NHS staff. On Wednesday I asked the Minster for Equalities what steps the Government is taking so that the COVID-19 BAME review is engaging with the necessary experts. It is vital that we get this report right so we can fully address the impact of theCOVID-19 virus on BAME individuals.  I am pleased that the Minister confirmed that Government are taking an evidence-based approach and are engaging with public health consultants and leading academics in the field. The government will continue to also engage with other experts, such as the ONS. 

Supporting Our Police 

https://www.facebook.com/KieranMullanUK/videos/1476826609192777/

In Parliament I emphasised the importance of not allowing the violence of a few individuals pull our community apart and I was joined by the Home Secretary in voicing support for our police officers. It is very important to continue to support officers who support the local community and keep us all safe. The Home Secretary also confirmed that those who had acted violently towards the police would be held to account (https://www.facebook.com/KieranMullanUK/videos/1476826609192777/). 

Loneliness Awareness Week 

This week is Loneliness awareness week. Loneliness can be a major problem at the best of times. Under the current lockdown restrictions however with many still needing to shield themselves, unable to go outside and meet others, it is much more prominent.  If you are aware of anyone who is living alone and may be struggling why not take a few moments to give them a call to check in on them? If you yourself are struggling with mental health or loneliness currently, please reach out for help: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

This week I was also able to meet with Independent Age, a charity that provides advice and support for the elderly, to discuss their work. Over the course of the lockdown Independent Age have been providing vital support for lonely elderly people and in our meeting, we discussed the support Independent Age has provided over the pandemic, improving clarity in Government guidance for over-70s, and getting people involved with the charity at a local level. I greatly look forward to working with them on these matters going forward. 

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