City MP responds to announcement Trump will be visiting Portsmouth for D-Day 75

City MP responds to announcement Trump will be visiting Portsmouth for D-Day 75

Stephen Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, has been lobbying the Government in an attempt to get specific funding allocated to D-Day 75.

On today’s news Mr Trump is set to visit Portsmouth the MP said: “I have been lobbying the government and writing to the Prime Minister urging her to support Portsmouth in making the best of the commemorations for our veterans. I find it deeply saddening that the Government can’t find money for our brave veterans, but it can find money to give Mr. Trump a state ceremony.”

On the city’s D-Day Commemorations, Mr. Morgan has said:

“Our city should rightly be proud to be the national focal point for the D-Day 75 commemorations this June. The world’s attention will be on Portsmouth.

International and local community events in Portsmouth should be for those who fought for our nation in order to achieve world peace.

This will be an important opportunity for the city to mark its vital role in helping to launch the D-Day landings at such a pivotal point in time where the events of 1944 are passing from living memory into history, which is why I have been lobbying the Government for funding support for Portsmouth.

The commemorations also provide an opportunity to show Portsmouth as a place that helps foster a legacy of remembrance, reflection and reconciliation. 

Our attention should be on ensuring commemorative events that will do justice to veterans – like my own Southsea grandfather – and showing Portsmouth at its best”.

Following the announcement that Trump will visit Portsmouth as part of the commemorations, Mr. Morgan has said:

“The importance of the D-Day 75 commemorations, set to take place this June, transcend the presence of any one individual.

His last visit cost £18 million pounds in additional policing costs and sucked vital resources from our nation’s communities, it caused widespread protests and was a catalyst for division across our country.

Our nation has a long history of close relations with the US, and Americans have long been our natural allies. We must remain united in defeating the politics of division and stand up for values both our nations have historically championed.

I have been lobbying the government and writing to the Prime Minister urging her to support Portsmouth in making the best of the commemorations for our veterans.

I find it deeply saddening that the Government can’t find money for our brave veterans, but it can find money to give Mr. Trump a state ceremony.”

Local campaigner and City MP join forces over road safety in Old Portsmouth

Local campaigner and City MP join forces over road safety in Old Portsmouth

Portsmouth Labour are campaigning with residents in Old Portsmouth to improve road safety in the area and calling on the council to install a new zebra crossing.

Working with local election candidate Sumel Chowdhury, Stephen Morgan MP has been hearing concerns from residents and community groups in Old Portsmouth about the need to improve road safety in the area.

Taking a number of actions, Mr Chowdhury has set up a petition to lobby the council, written to local residents, organised a street stall to hear views and ideas, and called on city MP Stephen Morgan for support.

Issues being raised with campaigners include the speeding of vehicles along the High Street and at the junction with Pembroke and Lombard Street and the need for improved crossing facilities for local shops, St Jude’s School and the Cathedral.

Backing Sumel’s campaign, Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I am grateful to Sumel for setting up a community petition to the council to ensure they take action and to understand the strength of feeling on this issue.

I thank Sumel for his hard work and for standing up for residents in Old Portsmouth.

Sharing his, and other local people’s concerns, I have now written to the city council’s director for transport instructing the local authority to undertake a road safety survey and feasibility study for a zebra crossing in the area.

I urge others to get involved with this campaign by signing Sumel’s petition to call on the council to listen to our demands and improve road safety in Old Portsmouth”.

City MP exhibits ‘Postcards From My Neighbourhood’

City MP exhibits ‘Postcards From My Neighbourhood’

Exhibition of art from people from across the PO district who have visually responded to their neighbourhood on display at the Portsmouth South MP’s constituency office. 

How would you draw, paint or photograph your local neighbourhood? Aspex Gallery and Southsea Lifestyle asked people living within the PO area to visually respond to what they love or loathe about their local area.

Hundreds of residents, of all ages and abilities have submitted postcard-sized artworks, culminating in their exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays and now at the offices of Stephen Morgan MP on Albert Road, Southsea.

Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex said:

“We are thrilled that this partnership has given Aspex the opportunity to showcase the creative contributions of local residents of all ages.

The artworks are stunning and provided our visitors with an extremely entertaining exhibition”.

Since relocating to the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth in 2006, the Aspex gallery has focused on finding ways to meaningfully engage its visitors by facilitating connections with artists and revealing the creative process.

A participation programme provides activities for toddlers through to pensioners, and its work with children on the autistic spectrum and with Special Educational Needs has been described as exemplary.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I am a huge fan of Aspex and its contribution to the life of our great city, so it is a real pleasure to display the Postcards From My Neighbourhood in my constituency office to give people another chance to see the talent we have here in Portsmouth.

This outreach and partnership to increase access and participation in arts and culture is exactly what I want to see more of. I thank Jo and her team for making this a fun and engaging project for the people of Portsmouth.

I hope others enjoy the exhibition and can pick out a favourite image from our city!”

Following the exhibition at Stephen Morgan MP’s office, all of the postcards will be donated to the Portsmouth City Archive, creating a visual reflection of our local area for future generations.

 

 

Portsmouth MP takes a leap in the name of local tourism

Portsmouth MP takes a leap in the name of local tourism

On Saturday morning in support of efforts to support local attractions and English Tourism Portsmouth MP Stephen Morgan took take part in ‘The Drop’ at Spinnaker Tower.

Following a 100-step ascent, the Portsmouth born MP jumped from a platform 25 meters above sea level onto a target below.

The Portsmouth South MP took the leap after the reopening of The Drop last weekend for the summer season and following the recent English Tourism Week, a campaign designed to generate support for local attractions.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“It was fantastic to use some of holiday time to help promote local attractions in our city. There’s so much to offer Portsmouth’s families on our doorstep – as local people we often take for granted what’s available to us during downtime.

I was dared by the brilliant team at Spinnaker to take ‘The Drop’ to help raise awareness of the fantastic attractions that Portsmouth has to offer and couldn’t resist the opportunity with family on a day off.

With crowd-pleasers varying from the historic Mary Rose to iconic Spinnaker Tower, it is no wonder our great city draws people from both within our shores and internationally, and why tourism creates so many jobs and generates over £600m to our city’s economy.

English Tourism Week was an excellent opportunity to showcase the visitor experiences on offer nationally. This Easter, I encourage other Portsmouth families to take advantage of what we have available for us locally.”

Tony Sammut, General Manager at Emirates Spinnaker Tower added:

“It’s great to have our local MP trying out our latest adrenaline experience at the Tower.

We are always trying to think of new and fresh ideas to keep the Tower a fun and interesting place to visit.”

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Mr. Morgan has for some time championed the city’s tourism industry and rich cultural and creative sector. He is the patron of the National Royal Marines Museum bid for a new Royal Marines Museum.

 

 

Portsmouth groups encouraged to apply for SSEN’s communities fund

Portsmouth groups encouraged to apply for SSEN’s communities fund

Stephen Morgan MP calls on local groups to boost their resilience through SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund

Portsmouth South MP is encouraging community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to £20,000 for projects that support local resilience. 

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has set aside £220,000 to fund projects across its network distribution area, including Portsmouth, and applications will remain open until 17 May 2019.

The fund will support projects that achieve one of the following criteria:

  1.   Vulnerability – to protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.
  2.   Resilience for Emergency Events – to enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

This is the fourth year of SSEN running the RCF being open. During this period SSEN has provided £2.13m of funding to 325 projects. Previous projects that have been successful include; HOPE Portsmouth that received funding for a defibrillator; Solent Rescue, that received funding for a flood rescue kit; and Isle of Wight Search and Rescue, that received funding for a 4×4 vehicle.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I am consistently impressed by the wonderful work of charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Portsmouth, often on limited budgets.

I welcome therefore SSEN opening a funding stream for these groups to access funds to support efforts that promote resilience.

However, this funding can only be delivered to my constituency if Portsmouth groups apply. This is what I want to see, so I encourage all interested parties to find out if their projects qualify on SSEN’s website and apply before 17 May so we can boost resilience across Portsmouth.”

Gareth Shields, Community Investment Manager for SSEN, said:

“Our previous funding rounds have shown a diverse range of successful applicants and we’d really like to encourage communities who may not have not applied before to come forward with their resilience projects.

 We are encouraging applications that will directly impact vulnerable customers and make a real difference to local communities by helping them build their overall resilience.”

Set up in 2014 as a two-year pilot scheme, SSEN has pledged to extend the fund to 2023 using a proportion of the income it receives from the industry regulator Ofgem in relation to its stakeholder engagement performance.

Guidelines and applications forms are available on SSEN’s website: www.ssen.co.uk/RCF/England/ with a full report on the fund available here –https://www.ssen.co.uk/RCF/

The 2019 fund is particularly focused on projects helping vulnerable or isolated people living in SSEN’s network areas, with applications of up to £20,000 to be considered by an independent fund panel.

The closing date for applications is 17 May 2019, with decisions on awards to be made by September 2019.

 

Portsmouth MP kicks off English Tourism Week with a visit to Spinnaker Tower

Stephen Morgan MP kicks off English Tourism Week with a visit to Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Every Spring, English Tourism Week seeks to highlight the value and quality of tourism in the UK as well as promote attractions across the country

The effect of tourism in Portsmouth is far-reaching, whether you are a visitor, resident, business owner or employee the value cannot be underestimated.

The latest figures show that within 12 months, Portsmouth welcomed around 9.3 million visitors and as an employment sector it accounts for nearly 13% of all jobs in the city.

Today, Mr. Morgan visited Emirates Spinnaker Tower, one of the city’s most prestigious attractions, to meet with staff and enjoy the view of the city that he grew up in.

Stephen said:

“We know that tourism is significant for Portsmouth because of all the high-quality attractions the city boasts. From the Mary Rose Museum to Spinnaker Tower, our city is on the map as a national leader when it comes to the tourism industry. We are all aware that our seaside destination draws people from our own shores and internationally. 

Tourism plays an integral role in the economy of our great city and I am pleased to be part of English Tourism Week’s excellent campaign to promote and showcase the first-rate attractions that we have.”

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