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 MP hosts Airbus Parliamentary Space Showcase

Portsmouth MP hosts Airbus Parliamentary Space Showcase

Mr. Morgan joint hosted an event in Parliament that saw MPs swapping their order papers for Virtual Reality goggles. The event, which was Airbus’ first virtual reality showcase, took MPs on a guided virtual tour of the manufacturing process of their world leading satellites.

The well attended event allowed the parliamentarians to experience high tech manufacturing lines, including orbiting the earth at 35,000km.

Following the showcase Mr. Morgan said:

“This has been an excellent opportunity for MPs to see what a valuable asset the space industry is to the nation.

We have seen the space sector treble since 2000, meaning that in 2015/15 the sector had a turnover of nearly £14 billion.

The fact that it employs many people in my constituency highlight’s the far-reaching impact of the sector.”

Airbus also took the opportunity to introduce their apprentices to parliamentarians. Throughout the day the apprentices spoke to attendees to inform them of the Airbus Space Apprentice Programme and showcase their microsatellite which they have been building as part of their course.

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Following Mr. Morgan’s discussions with the apprentices, he said:

“Meeting the next generation of satellite engineers again highlights the excellent talent pool that we have here in the UK.

These young people will go on to be the leaders in their field and will be responsible for connecting people around the world and keeping our armed forces safe and connected.”

Mr. Morgan has a particular interest in Airbus as they have a facility located near his city in Hilsea which employs nearly 1000 people, making it a valued asset to the community.

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.”

MP’s Vote 100 Plant 100 leaves legacy for Portsmouth

MP’s Vote 100 Plant 100 leaves legacy for Portsmouth

Stephen Morgan MP initiates tree planting project to mark the end of a year of celebration of the centenary since some women got the vote

Vote 100 Plant 100, the brain child of the Portsmouth South MP, seeks to commemorate this significant focal point whilst simultaneously paying tribute to those who worked tirelessly in the face of adversity and in the name of equality.

Backed generously by national charity the Tree Council and supported by international design company I Love Dust, the city council, local schools and community groups, one hundred trees are being planted across the constituency in key locations to mark the 100 years since some women achieved suffrage and were given the opportunity to stand for public office.

Following the drawing up of the initial plans, the Portsmouth MP made efforts to reach out to tree wardens and local volunteers, prioritising those who were aged 18-24.

Every school in Portsmouth South received a letter from Mr. Morgan and a number of local community groups were contacted urging them to get involved in the campaign and join the constituency-wide project.

The initiative has been well received by schools and by the community resulting in plans to plant dozens and dozens of trees across the constituency with women of all ages taking part in the process over the next few days.

Over 70 trees have been donated by the Tree Council, with the remaining number requiring donation. A commemorative map by I Love Dust marking where the trees have been planted will be produced for volunteers in appreciation of their time and effort.

The project concludes a range of initiatives over the past year including a modern sash competition with young people, inviting local school girls to the House of Commons for International Women’s Day and a collaboration with the Portsmouth Music Hub to commission songs for school children to sing locally but also at a performance in Westminster last November.

The campaign has sought to raise awareness of the centenary and bring together different aspects of the local community united by one goal, democratic engagement.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I’m so pleased to have had such a great response to my Vote 100 Plant 100 project bringing an end to a year of community initiatives in Portsmouth to mark one hundred years since some women were given the right to vote.

I‘m hugely grateful for the donations of trees from the Tree Council, and support from the tree wardens and volunteers who have given up their time to help, and the city council and community groups for helping to secure sites for this lasting legacy for our celebrations.

Having I Love Dust on board, a graphic design company based in the heart of Portsmouth of international acclaim, is really exciting and I’m delighted they are working with us to help capture our community efforts for generations to come.

Less than 30% of MPs in Parliament are women.  At the last election, only 12 additional women were elected. That is not good enough. I hope that through this simple community project we see more women to step forward into public life as we pay tribute to the heroic women who tirelessly fought for their democratic rights 100 years ago”.

Sara Lom, Chief Executive of The Tree Council, said:

“As we mark International Women’s Day, we’re proud to have supported Stephen Morgan MP’s initiative, Vote 100 Plant 100, which will plant 100 trees in Portsmouth South to commemorate the centenary of the first women winning the right to vote.

Trees root us in history and offer hope for our future. In our cities, they strengthen communities, provide homes for wildlife and contribute to our health and wellbeing and through this project, they will also honour the legacy of women’s suffrage.”

The campaign has sought to raise awareness of the centenary and bring together different aspects of the local community united by one goal, democratic engagement.

The tree planting project complements a broader programme organised through the Charles Dickens Community Orchards which seeks to grow fruit and improve the environment over at least the next 5 years.

Assurance sought from new owners of Knight & Lee site by City MP

Assurance sought from new owners of Knight & Lee site by City MP

Stephen Morgan MP today hosted discussions with the founders of THAT Group, the new owners of the Knight & Lee building.

The meeting, which took place in Parliament, was aimed at ensuring the new owners of the building have Portsmouth’s interests at heart. 

Mr. Morgan has stated:

“I was pleased to meet with THAT Group today following their public consultation that took place last night.

The creative ideas they have proposed seem promising and I look forward to future discussions to ensure that they are enacted.”

Stephen Morgan MP made efforts to push the fact that it is paramount the building remains a destination in the area and has retail opportunities to keep Southsea’s shopping area alive.  

The Portsmouth MP afterwards said:

“The idea to have a ground floor space that is likely to include retail, restaurants, bars and ‘pop ups’ is something that many people have said they would like to see in Southsea.

The footfall generated by this could benefit the local economy and the prosperity of other local businesses nearby.”

The purpose of the meeting, which follows weeks of correspondence, is to provide further information to feed into THAT Group’s preliminary plans and ideas prior to their submission for planning permission later this year.

It also served to outline the timescales within which THAT Group intends to act and as a means for the MP to get clarity on the proposed work.

Mr. Morgan has stated that:

“I thought it was essential to meet with THAT Group so that they could outline the full extent of their plans.

The closure of Knight & Lee could be highly detrimental to the city if the new developments do not fill the void left by the much-cherished stores closure. I wanted them to hear the constituents concerns directly.”

Whilst Mr. Morgan described the plans as promising, he has said that he is committed to working with all the stakeholders involved to ensure that the ideas are initiated, and the people of Portsmouth come first. 

Stephen Morgan has said:

“So far, I have spoken to John Lewis Head Office, written to the leader of the Council and now met with the founders of THAT Group.

I will continue to meet and liaise with all involved to protect our highstreets and the flourishing, vibrant community of independent shops in Southsea”.

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