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Meet Alice

I couldn’t be prouder to be from Norfolk. I grew up in one of the county’s small villages and went to the local comprehensive school. My first job was on a local farm and,later I worked in local pubs, cafes and shops. Norwich is my home and I know what a brilliant place it is. But our community has been let down, just as the country has.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a good state education, a good job and good health. Everyone deserves those things in a prosperous society. This isn’t the reality in Norwich North under the Tories. Many people simply don’t feel better off after thirteen long years of Conservative Government. 

Throughout my life I’ve stood up for hope – for fairness, for dignity, for equality. I’ve spent most of my career in the charity sector. I’ve worked in some of the poorest countries of the world. I’ve campaigned for children’s rights, against hunger, poverty and inequality.

Wherever,  I’ve lived I’ve been active in my community – I’ve been a school governor, a Hospital Trust governor and during Covid I volunteered at a food bank delivering parcels. My parents instilled in me the value that you never stand by  when you see injustice -you fight to change it.  

Since becoming your candidate, I’ve spoken to thousands of you, listening to your experience under this Government and the change you want to see. With people right across our area, I’ve already fought to save our NHS walk-in centre, shone a spotlight on the state of our buses and backed our local businesses.

I know that we can turn things around. 

I want Norwich North to thrive.I want to work with people and businesses across our great city and restore trust, hope and opportunity.  

Together we can do it. I will always be on your side.

A plan for Norwich North

I will be a strong, independent voice for Norwich North. I’ll stand up for better public services and investment in green transport, jobs and decent housing. I’ll demand a fair deal for workers and fight for action to tackle the biggest challenges we face: cost of living, climate change and a broken health and social care system. I care passionately about  securing investment, opportunity and hope for people in Norwich North. That means:

Action to tackle the cost of living crisis

Norwich North needs an MP that will speak up for the community in the face of the cost of living crisis. Labour would act to support people right now and put in place long term solutions to cut energy bills for good. We’ll make oil and energy giants pay their fair share, instead of putting the burden on working people. 

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Alice Macdonald signing a rivet on an electric plane.

Jobs and Homes

I would work with business and industry to secure investment and well-paid, secure jobs for people here. We need action to tackle the housing crisis with investment in truly affordable homes and action to tackle skyrocketing rents. 

A great start in life for every child

No child should be left behind – I want every child in Norwich North to have the opportunity to succeed. That means investment in early years, schooling and youth services.

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A Doctor and Dentist
when you need it

Norfolk is a dental desert and thousands of you are waiting more than a month to see a GP. As your MP my priority will be more dentists and doctors for you. Labour’s plan would mean 700,000 extra urgent dental appointments and action to get more dentists into areas most in need – like Norfolk.

Clean, green and safe communities

Everyone deserves to live in a great place. Labour would bring back neighbourhood policing, helping to crack down on anti-social behaviour and crime. I’ve campaigned for years to tackle climate change and will prioritise action to protect our local environment and secure investment in green, affordable transport. 

Standing up for Norwich North

Standing up for Norwich North

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Labour pledges increased mental health support for children across Norfolk as Shadow Mental Health Minister visits Norwich

Labour has pledged increased mental health support for children across Norfolk, as ‘heartbreaking’ cases spiral across the country.

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Government is failing to solve the crisis in women’s healthcare says Shadow Minister for Women’s Health and Mental Health during Norwich hospital visit

The Government is failing to solve the crisis in women’s healthcare says Shadow Minister during high profile Norwich visit.

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Cost of Living Event brings together local charities to focus on action as situation worsens across Norwich

Alice Macdonald, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Norwich North and Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South today brought together local charities and organizations to focus on how the cost-of- living crisis is impacting people across Norwich. 

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Tooth decay forced 610 patients to A&E at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital last year

610  people were forced to attend A&E at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital last year due to dental decay, as patients across the country find it impossible to get an appointment with an NHS dentist when needed.

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MORE ACTION NEEDED TO TACKLE RETAIL CRIME AND END SHOPWORKER ABUSE

More action needed to tackle retail crime and end shopworker abuse, says Alice Macdonald.

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LABOUR BUS SURVEY: NEED FOR BETTER EVENING AND SUNDAY SERVICES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS

Today Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Norwich North, Alice Macdonald has published initial results from her survey on bus services across Norwich North.

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Labour parliamentary candidates issue statement regarding the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust

Labour parliamentary candidates in Norfolk and Suffolk have issued a response following publication of an independent audit into the local mental health trust.

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CAMPAIGN TO GET BETTER BUSES FOR NORWICH LAUNCHED

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Norwich North, Alice Macdonald, has launched a new campaign focussed on improving transport for people in Norwich North.

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5374 Children in Norwich North Living in Poverty – New Figures

New figures published this week by End Child Poverty reveal a staggering 5374 children in Norwich North- 29.5%- are living in poverty – up by 3.4% since 2015.

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2,886 households in Norwich Face £2,300 Tory Mortgage Penalty this year

New analysis, based on research by the Resolution Foundation, reveals that a staggering 2,886 households in the Norwich local authority area face a £2,300 Tory mortgage penalty this year thanks to soaring interest rates. 

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Data reveals long local mental health waiting lists

Alice Macdonald, Labour’s candidate for Norwich North, has released data showing the high numbers of local people stuck on mental health waiting lists, as calls grow for the Government to address their failed handling of mental health services across the country.

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Alice ‘delighted’ by decision to save the Walk in Centre

Alice welcomes the news that Norwich’s Walk in Centre will be saved following an announcement by the local NHS.

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Labour GAIN! Eight council seats for Labour across Norwich North

There were Labour gains across Norwich North in the local elections with eight council seats for the party in Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew.

Alice Macdonald with the River Wensum in the background.
Conservative MPs under pressure to vote for Labour’s plan to end sewage scandal​

Norwich North’s Labour Parliamentary candidate has today joined Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, environmental campaigner Feargal Sharkey and Labour Parliamentary Candidates across the country. in writing an open letter to Conservative MPs, ramping up the pressure  to vote for Labour’s Opposition Day motion, which paves the way for Labour’s Bill to end the sewage scandal. 

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Norwich - a great city for women to start a business

Alice celebrates International Women’s Day and calls for more support for entrepreneurship

Alice Macdonald and Clive Lewis outside the NHS walk in centre.
Labour calls on Integrated Care Board to protect Walk-In centre and raises concerns on consultation

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North, Alice Macdonald and Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South have written to the CEO of the NHS Integrated Care Board for Norfolk and Waveney.

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Labour launches campaign to protect Norwich walk-in centre​

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North, Alice Macdonald and Norwich South MP, Clive Lewis have urged the public to join a campaign to protect the centre’s future.

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Warm banks operating across Norwich as winter freeze sees a record number of Google searches for ‘warm spaces’

Google searches for places to keep warm have risen steeply in recent weeks as the cost-of-living crisis deepens, new research from Labour shows.

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Labour calls on HSBC to think again on Mile Cross bank closure

Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Alice Macdonald and Labour’s local representatives in Mile Cross have written to HSBC to urge the bank not to go ahead with the closure of its Mile Cross Branch. 

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'Norwich's vibrant local shops: crucial to economy and community' says Labour's Alice Macdonald

“Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the contribution small businesses make across our community from providing jobs to training and driving economic growth. It comes just after the Norfolk Business Awards showcased some of the amazing small businesses across our area.

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International Day to Tackle Violence against Women - 'We must do more' says Labour's Alice Macdonald​

Domestic abuse related crime accounts for nearly one in five of all crimes reported to Norfolk Police. The most recently available figures show Norfolk Police recorded 14,094 domestic abuse related crimes in a single year. These figures don't even show the full extent of the problem as a significant amount of domestic abuse still goes unreported.

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Alice welcomes Shadow Health Secretary to Norwich

Labour is pledging one of the biggest expansions of the NHS workforce in history, so patients in Norfolk are seen on time again.

The party are promising that patients will be guaranteed a face-to-face appointment with a GP if they want one. While some patients prefer to hold appointments over the phone, many are frustrated at not being able to see their doctor in person, and just 22% of patients are given a choice in the type of appointment they have. Almost one in six people who tried to speak to a nurse or GP were unable to get an appointment at all last year.

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Shortage of city childcare places needs to be 'urgently addressed'

Struggling parents living in one of the most deprived areas of the city are facing a mammoth task to secure childcare for their children.

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Community Groups on the frontline need urgent support

The dire situation faced by community groups and organisations is not getting enough attention. The energy price rises could be catastrophic for many organisations providing vital support. Alice and Labour city Councillor Chrissie Rumsby called for urgent action to address this.

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Alice demands action to tackle mental health crisis

Alice calls for urgent change, saying ‘enough is enough’. Our mental health services must be there for people who need help at their most vulnerable. Together with Labour representatives from across the region Alice has demanded the government take control of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, to ensure a properly funded, publicly provided service for those who need mental health support, whenever they need it.

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Celebrating community spirit – Alice visits Alysham Rd Mosque

Alice celebrated with local faith leaders at the Norwich Central Mosque open day. Alice praised the warm atmosphere and the mutual respect shown for each other’s traditions. Revd Graham Kirk-Spriggs, Vicar of St Lukes, Alysham Rd, said “We love our neighbours as ourselves, that’s what unites us”. As Labour MP Alice would look to build bridges across all our communities.

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Alice sets out her vision for Norwich North

It’s time for a fresh start. In this in-depth interview Alice calls for a fairer deal and more investment for Norwich North. She tackles criticism head on and says she’s up for the challenge because equality matters and she knows the difference a Labour government makes. It’s on me to show people I’m on their side, I’ll work tirelessly for this region Alice says.