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13 Jul

There will be another Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve environmental group ACTIVITY DAY on Saturday 21st July( weather permitting) the time will be 11.00 am and the meeting place THE OLD HORNS CRESCENT.

Andrew Mitchell MP pledges to help stop pets being stolen 

11 Jul

The Royal Town’s MP has pledged his support to the campaign by the Stolen and Missing Pet Alliance (Sampa) to amend the 1968 Theft Act to reclassify Pet Theft as a specific crime in its own right and improve the Sentencing Guidelines.

Andrew Mitchell MP meets with Peddimore property developers to discuss major commercial development at the Peddimore site 

11 Jul

Andrew Mitchell MP has met with IM Properties for discussions about their emerging proposals for the first phase of the development of Peddimore and was accompanied by Cllr Charlotte Hodivala, newly elected to Birmingham City Council.

Statement re Police investigation into Harrassment and Perverting the Course of Justice. 

10 Jul

It was recently reported that the police were not investigating the allegations of Perverting the Course of Justice that I had made.

Midland Metro Alliance Highway Works 

4 Jul

Today Matt and I went to the drop in event organised by the Midland Metro Alliance regarding forthcoming highway works which will be necessary as the Midland Metro route is extended to come down Broad Street into Edgbaston.

Andrew Mitchell MP supports Boldmere St Michaels Football Club and congratulates them on £100,000 award 

3 Jul

Andrew Mitchell MP recently met with Alan Parsons, Chairman and Secretary for Boldmere St Michaels Football Club, to congratulate them on their £100,000 award from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and hear about the important work the Club does ...

More businesses since 2010 

1 Jul

More businesses, more jobs, more opportunities.

Opening & Unveiling At BCU 

28 Jun

Today I was invited to a double event at Birmingham City University’s South Campus in Westbourne Road, Edgbaston.


28 Jun

As Chair It was nice to meet up with Brenda the Friend of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Groupsecretary and key activist.


28 Jun

Be warned!! Anyone found guilty of flytipping inOscott could have their vehicles seized and put to community use for the benefit of citizens or even crushed!!! Pleaselet your friends and neighbours know and spread the wordthatBirmingham is now ...


28 Jun

Over the last 20 years I have helped set up a number of resident community groups in Oscott.

Thank You Dinner For Fergus Robinson 

27 Jun

Edgbaston Ward Conservatives’ Executive Committee held a dinner at The Physician tonight to thank former Cllr Fergus Robinson for his years of service as an Edgbaston Councillor between 2002 and 2018.


27 Jun

It looks like it is official we are going through a heat wave in Oscott with tempretures around the 30 degree mark.


27 Jun

I have been asked to remind Oscott residents that Khalid Mahmood MP for Perry Barr will be holding his next Oscott MP's Advice surgery on the 7th of June.


26 Jun

I have been out and about again as part of the Oscott Labour team meeting local residents and reporting issues like speeding vehicle's Sundridge Road and fly tipped rubbish at the junction of Oscott School Lane and Old Oscott Hill.


26 Jun

Councillor Barbara Dring and I operate a rotor system for attending our Councillor Surgery.


26 Jun

Do not be tempted in this hot weather to try and swim in the Queslett Nature Reserve lake.


23 Jun

There will be a meeting of the Oscott Police Neighbourhood Tasking group on the 25th of this month at 6.30pm.


23 Jun

During this nice weather why not take a walk in the Queslett Nature Reserve.


22 Jun

I must admit I was surprized that the Planning committee gave planning permission for bungalows to be build of the land near the Servicte House Complex.

Labour’s Travel Tax Will Hit Edgbaston Hard 

20 Jun

Conservatives were the only party in Birmingham to announce their Clean Air Plan BEFORE May’s Local Elections.

Boldmere Age Concern to get lucky if England v Panama game ends 2-0 

19 Jun

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Boldmere’s William Hill to show his support for the Football Shirt Friday campaign to tackle bowel cancer.

Looking At The Flood Damage At The Guinea Gardens 

19 Jun

In the aftermath of last month’s torrential rainfall and flooding in Edgbaston, this is what the restored bothy at the Edgbaston Guinea Gardens looked like.

Windrush Public Services Day Exhibition 

18 Jun

This week sees a number of events in Birmingham celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush – celebrating the journeys and lives of those who came to help rebuild the country after the Second World War.

Fighting Crime In Edgbaston 

15 Jun

Very useful meeting this evening with some Edgbaston residents and the police about car crime in their area of the ward.

Google confirms Royal title in victory for Sutton Coldfield 

15 Jun

Internet Goliath Google has finally agreed to use Sutton Coldfield’s Royal Title on all Google Map products throughout the world in a victory for the Royal Town.

Supporting Our Local Grammar Schools At Full Council 

14 Jun

The Government has announced the first tranche of a £200 million pot of money to expand the number of places at grammar schools which already exist.

Councillors’ Market Place 

13 Jun

Lots of interesting things at the Councillors’ Market Place yesterday (ahead of the June Full Council meeting) including coming face to face with this replica of Dippy’s skull! Don’t forget you can see Dippy the dinosaur all summer at the ...

Andrew Mitchell MP highlights recruitment challenges for St Giles Hospice in Sutton Coldfield and palliative care sector 

11 Jun

The Royal Town’s MP tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Health Secretary following a meeting with the CEO of St Giles Hospice in Sutton Coldfield.

Andrew Mitchell visits the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice 

11 Jun

Andrew Mitchell visits the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice and secures support for Royal Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital revitalisation plans.

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Tudor Grange House conversion 

16 Jul

Tudor Grange House, described in The Victorian as ‘a significant Jacobean style house’, was built in 1887 for Alfred Lovekin, a Birmingham silversmith (background here ).

The West Midlands is full of diversity but its leadership bodies, public and private, are dominated by white men. What should be done? 

16 Jul

Last year the West Midlands Combined Authority set up a Leadership Commission to address the under-representation of people of all backgrounds in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Housing 33: a tale of two cities 

14 Jul

The Times reports that housing developments in Birmingham have benefited from billions of pounds of new investment attracted by the prospect of HS2, the high-speed rail line that is planned to connect London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds...

Birmingham MPs back Red Cross at parliamentary reception 

13 Jul

Call for more public support after record year for emergency organisation.

Public meeting – West Virginia teachers’ strike and Springfield primary school strike, Monday 16 July 7.30 Council House 

12 Jul


Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city 

12 Jul

Well, last week certainly had its excitements, didn’t it?  First, that penalty shoot-out business.

Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty 

12 Jul

Comment Editor Amelia Hiller discusses Alfie Deyes' mistake and the responsibility YouTubers have to educate their fanbases The post Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty appeared first on Redbrick .

The Council must stop the forced academisation of Springfield primary school 

11 Jul

 A new angle on Springfield Primary has opened up.

Alan Clawley – a life well-lived: his less well-known contributions 

10 Jul

Alan was trained as an architect and lived in Birmingham for several decades, providing technical support to a wide variety of community projects.

This is the week that is: chapter 46 

10 Jul

Trump Boris Richard Lutz steels himself for the week ahead.

The Upskirting Bill – Why Have We Had To Wait So Long? 

10 Jul

Deputy Editor Kat Smith asks why it has taken so long for upskirting to be criminalised, and explains why it is unlikely to be a perfect solution The post The Upskirting Bill – Why Have We Had To Wait So Long? appeared first on Redbrick .

Award for the planting of urban orchards, nut groves and forest gardens in Stirchley 

6 Jul

The Heritage Lottery Fund Schedule of Decisions has recorded a grant given to a two year project which will work with local communities to establish heritage fruit and nut tree sites in Stirchley, Birmingham.

Carillion’s collapse leaves a rotting carcass of Midland Metropolitan Hospital 

6 Jul

The Keep NHS Public protest at the MMH hospital on the 5th July was a major success with 100-120 people from diverse communities when the organisers had only expected 30-40 in attendance.

Online course in Selly Oak: Islam and the Environment 

5 Jul

Woodbrooke Islam, like other Faiths, calls for stewardship of the Earth.

Trump’s Space Force: The Empire Strikes Back 

5 Jul

Comment writer, Lola Ogunsanya, considers whether Trump's decision to create a 'Space Force' is just another desperate reach to regain US hegemony The post Trump’s Space Force: The Empire Strikes Back appeared first on Redbrick .

Campaign group to protest at hospital site 

5 Jul

NHS anniversary marked by call for public funding to build unfinished project.

LGA Conference: “Councils can no longer be expected to run our local services on a shoestring” 

3 Jul

After the leader of Birmingham City Council welcomed the 2018 Local Government Association Conference to Birmingham (ICC, 3-5 July) Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, spoke.

Birmingham’s affordable housing shortage – how developers exploit loopholes to put profit first 

3 Jul

The Council promised that 35% of new developments would be affordable housing, but achieved less than 10%.

Springfield primary school strike update 

3 Jul

This week will see NEU members at Springfield Primary School, Birmingham take their 14th, 15th and 16th days of strike action in opposition to the proposed staffing restructure.

Jeremy Corbyn pays tribute to UB40 at anniversary gig 

3 Jul

Approval from the many for Brummie legends.

Council: ‘time is running out,’ but when? 

29 Jun

“Time is running out and we need to see real progress.

Culture: time for Mayoral leadership? 

28 Jun

As the crisis in the cultural sector deepens, Andy Howell asks is it time for the Mayor and Combined Authority to take a greater lead? Models of Municipal Mayors vary...

The Paradox of Choice: ‘Love Island’ and Online Dating 

28 Jun

Comment Writer, Holly Pittaway, argues that Adam Collard's actions on 'Love Island' are not too different from our own when it comes to online dating The post The Paradox of Choice: ‘Love Island’ and Online Dating appeared first on Redbrick .

Centre for Cities advises ‘reimagining’ boarded up shops 

27 Jun

In a report published this week , the   Centre for Cities , noting that many high streets are full of boarded-up shops, advises local authorities to ‘reimagine’ the space for offices, homes and leisure: “These places should focus on making ...

Trump’s Heartless Asylum Policy Upholds an American Tradition 

27 Jun

President Trump's recent executive order to keep asylum seeking families together in incarceration is a cynical attempt to deflect negative press, argues Comment Writer Amy O'Neill The post Trump’s Heartless Asylum Policy Upholds an American ...

WMCA award grant to employment support pilot 

23 Jun

Scheme to help disadvantaged into work given the go-ahead.

Jeremy on Jeremy 

21 Jun

Brian Donaldson talks to comic Jeremy Hardy.

CELEBRATE THE NHS’S 70TH BIRTHDAY – PROTEST THE PRIVATE FINANCE COLLAPSE at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital site, 5.30-6.30 Thursday 5 July 

20 Jun

The reason for the demo is simple: Almost exactly 2 years ago, we said “don’t build this hospital under private finance”.

Commissions: will resources follow recommendations? 

20 Jun

It is commission reporting season, apparently.

WMNEG political round up: local elections results. 

19 Jun

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Thursday 28 th June, 5pm-7pm Political round up: local elections results.

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    Procurement | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers 

    30 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contracts placed out to tender by (a) his Department and (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service have been bid on by Synnex Concentrix.

    Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Birmingham | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

    28 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6219, whether his Department holds information on (a) further education colleges, (b) apprenticeships providers, (c) local...

    Community Relations | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

    27 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6223, what measures he has used to assess the results and performance of the £50 million invested through the integration...

    Science: Research | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

    24 Jul

    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends to (a) maintain, (b) increase or (c) decrease scientific and medical research spending in real terms over the next (i) one year and (ii) five years.

    Human Trafficking: Children | Home Office | Written Answers 

    24 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will conduct an assessment of whether visas intended for sportspeople have been used to traffick children from non-EU countries into the UK.

    Schools: Admissions | Department for Education | Written Answers 

    23 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure pupils' names are not removed from school admission registers without an adequate explanation of the child's whereabouts.

    Arms Trade: Israel | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

    23 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will review his Department's policy on arms export licence agreements with Israel.

    Rohingya | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers 

    22 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to broker a regional solution which would provide a safe haven for the Rohingya.

    Severn Bridges (Tolls) – [Mr James gray in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates 

    21 Jul

    I think that the Minister may inadvertently have misunderstood my hon.

    Finance Bill | Bill Presented – Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    I hesitate to be mean-spirited to the hon.

    Points of Order | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    On a point of order, Mr.

    DWP Data | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    How many meetings and discussions have taken place between Ministers and officials over the past 12 months about the compilation and presentation of the data...

    Revenue | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    Ernst and Young points out that the rise in household taxes is reducing disposable income, with £47.2 billion of tax rises, including the insurance premium tax and vehicle excise duty.

    Tax Credits | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    High tax rates are normally loathed by Conservative Members, but obviously not when they affect ordinary working people.

    Females: Crimes of Violence | Department for International Development | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to support the target on ending violence against women and girls at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

    Walking: Children | Department for Transport | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to achieving its target of 55 per cent of children walking to school; and how his Department arrived at that figure.

    Welfare Tax Credits | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued on how tax credit claimants can calculate how much their tax credit entitlement will change as a result of changes to tax credit entitlement announced in the Summer...

    Burma: Rohingya | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the government of Burma provides education for Rohingya children.

    Apprentices: Pay | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average change in wages is for a former apprentice three years after completion of their apprenticeship.

    Seals: Scotland | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Scottish Government on seal (a) culls and (b) conservation; and if she will make a statement.

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