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Posted by Dawn Primarolo, MP for Bristol South, at 15:05, Fri 17 September 2010:


Here’s the latest edition of my regular newsletter.


In recent weeks I have been contacted by many Bristol South residents who are very concerned about the future of public sector jobs in the face of swingeing Government cuts in public spending. Our local economy relies on the large number of public sector jobs in the Bristol area, such as at the Ministry of Defence, the Government Office of the South West, the Planning Inspectorate and jobs in the Department of Work and Pensions, to name but a few. At the same time as threatening to cut jobs, the Government is introducing plans to drastically reduce the redundancy payments of civil servants before it has held negotiations with the unions. I will be keeping in touch with all people who have contacted me about this important matter, and doing what I can to help.


I was very pleased to attend the opening of Bristol Blue Glass South West’s new premises in Bedminster last week. I joined the Lord Mayor Colin Smith and broadcaster Sherrie Eugene, as they officially opened the new showroom and workshop. It was very interesting to learn more about the range of products produced by Bristol Blue Glass South West and I welcomed the opportunity to watch blue glass ornaments being created in the open plan workshop. I’m delighted that this business has chosen Bristol South as its new home.


If you saw active service in the Second World War, or know someone who did, applications are still open for the Heroes Return scheme. Heroes Return provides funding to WW2 veterans from the UK for travel and accommodation costs to visit the places where they saw active service. If you would like further information, you can contact the Big Lottery Fund either by telephone – 0845 0000 121; email – general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk; or visit – www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_heroes_return.


Celebrations for the tenth anniversary of The Park in Knowle have continued with a visit of HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, this morning. I joined staff and volunteers to give Prince Edward a tour of the The Park which provides a fantastic range of community facilities for people in Knowle and Knowle West.


I met last week with NHS Bristol to discuss how we can continue to reduce teenage pregnancy in Bristol South. It’s very important that young people are provided with information so that they can make informed decisions about this important matter. I’m concerned that projects which help provide this information may be the victim of Government cuts, and will be keeping a close eye on this issue. While we must work to reduce these pregnancies, it’s also very important to support young people here who do become parents. There are some great organisations offering support to young mums and dads in Bristol South, and I’ll certainly be fighting to make sure that these projects continue to receive funding.


Next week Knowle West Media Centre is hosting a two day “Demanding Conversations Conference” which will provide an opportunity for discussion about socially engaged arts practices in a changing political climate. I have recorded two short films for the Conference in support of Knowle West Media Centre’s innovative work in the local community. The Media Centre has really helped to give Knowle West residents a voice and has engaged with local people on their own terms, as demonstrated by the resident-led bus campaign following the withdrawal of the 89 bus in 2008. More information about the conference is available on the Media Centre’s website: www.kwmc.org.uk


If you have any queries about these issues, or have a question you would like to ask about anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Just email primarolod@parliament.uk, phone 0117 909 0063 or write to me at PO Box 1002, Bristol, BS99 1WH.