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A grassroots uprising against terrorism 

26 May

One thing I used to do when I was the Member of Parliament for Yardley was to call together meetings of all of the religious organisations in Yardley as a Yardley multi-faith group.


ALL THE SCHOOLS IN OSCOTT HAVE ISSUES WITH NEAR BY ROAD SAFETY 

26 May

If your child goes to a school in Oscott, ask that School to get involved with the meetings I have helped set up to look at, problem parking and road safety issues around all Oscott Schools.


Opening Of Audley St George’s Place, Edgbaston 

25 May

Delighted to be invited to the official opening of the Audley luxury retirement village in Edgbaston yesterday.


Salma Yaqoob: ‘Hate will not prevail, we stand together.’ 

24 May

'As we woke up today, there was still disbelief about the attack in Manchester.


OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN WITH THE OSCOTT GROT SPOT LITTER PICKERS 

24 May

It was good to be out and about again with some of the FQNR grot Spot litter pickers.


YET ANOTHER ACCIDENT ON THE ALDRIDGE ROAD NEAR THORNBRIDGE AVENUE 

24 May

There has been yet another accident at the Aldridge Road/ Thornbrige Avenue and Greenholm Road Junction This time an 11 year old child has been injured.


Message from the Lord Mayor following attack in Manchester 

23 May

Message from the Lord Mayor following last night’s attack in Manchester: “It is with profound sorrow that I offer condolences on behalf of the City and people of Birmingham following last night’s atrocity at Manchester’s MEN Arena...


The Conservative manifesto could lump residents of Birmingham with £65,182 social care bill 

22 May

Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Birmingham could be forced to pay 39.5% of the value of their homes for social care after they die, it has been revealed.


MAKING SURE OUR NEW TREES IN OSCOTT ARE LOOKED AFTER 

22 May

Checking out a recently planted tree near Forgers Walk of Bowman Road.


Full scale of ‘dementia tax’ revealed as diagnosed cases rise to record high of 442,000 

22 May

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative proposed "dementia tax," as official figures have revealed the number of people diagnosed with dementia reached a record high of over 442,000 last month.


Labour Candidate faces integrity test on Nukes slur 

20 May

The Labour Candidate has recently claimed that John Hemming was campaigning for unilateral nuclear disarmament at the 2015 General Election.


Delivering For Caroline Squire 

20 May

Edgbaston Ward Conservatives out delivering leaflets and letters for Caroline Squire this morning.


Justine Greening In Birmingham 

19 May

Fantastic campaigning from Justine Greening in Birmingham today – campaigning in Northfield, Selly Oak, Edgbaston and finishing with a door knocking session in Erdington.


This is not a political game, it’s peoples’ lives 

19 May

The shenanigans at Wednesday’s event demonstrate how we need a sea of change that starts with hearts, minds and integrity.


Labour Plan To Charge For Car Parking At Cannon Hill Park 

19 May

On Wednesday I attended Scrutiny Committee to request the Call In of the decision by the Labour Council to introduce car parking charges at the car park which serves Cannon Hill Park and the Midland Arts Centre.


Rotherham and similar situations – independent scrutiny is needed – Labour were warned in 2007 

19 May

This is a link to a debate in 2007.


BMA GP committee warns general practice is on the “brink of collapse,” 

19 May

BMA GP committee warns general practice is on the "brink of collapse"  John Hemming says: “Instead of £350m a week for the NHS, under the Conservatives we’ve seen the health service being gradually run into the ground.


Dinosaurs In Edgbaston! 

18 May

Dinosaurs are arriving in Edgbaston ready for the Jurassic Kingdom event at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens which opens Saturday May 20th.


FLY TIPPED RUBBISH REMOVED AT LAST 

18 May

before the rubbish was moved After the rubbish was removed I am pleased to say that I have ( with the support of some local Resident and the Oscot Labour Team managed to get the rubbish including the dangerous gas container moved for the access way ...


The top 10 articles people are interested in 

18 May

One thing about online systems is that it is possible to find out what articles are read by more people and which ones appear unimportant.


THE OSCOTT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AND THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS GROUP HELD THE AGM’S TODAY 

17 May

NIGEL QUIN AND SUE FOWLER ANNOUNCED THEIR ENGAGEMENT AT TODAY'S MEETING CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH They both met as a result of attending the groups meetings over the years A well attended AGM of the Oscott Residents Association and the Oscott ...


Bradford West Election Hustings hosted by JUST Yorkshire 

17 May

*Bradford West Election Hustings* Hosted by JUST Yorkshire *Wed 31st May @ 6 pm* Carlisle Business Centre 60 Carlisle Road Bradford BD8 8BD _Please register use the link below_ # TeamSalma # VoteSalma https://www.


FLY TIPPING TIPPING IN OSCOTT MUST BE STOPPED 

17 May

Sadly there continues to be fly tipping hot spots in the Oscott Ward despite the fact rubbish can be taken to the Local Holford Drive Salvage department just minutes down the Road off the Aldridge Road.


Lib Dems announce £6,205,320 to give children in Birmingham a brighter future 

17 May

7,181 3-4 year-olds in Birmingham would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged ...


WATCH: Steve McCabe’s 2017 General Election Pledges 

17 May

General Election, Pledges Jobs and Training Work with others to cut unemployment in the constituency which is still higher than the national average, secure investment, good jobs and high quality apprenticeships for our area.


Lib Dems would give the West Midlands police force an extra £16,220,000 a year 

17 May

Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year.


GLENMEAN FIELD GET GRASS SECOND CUT. 

16 May

Went out to check on the second grass cut of the year of the grass on the Glenmead Playing Field site.


Lib Dems commit to £780 pay rise for public sector workers 

16 May

Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and up-rating wages in line with inflation.


Lib Dems to reinstate bursaries for student nurses 

16 May

Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing Congress, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has confirmed that the Party would reinstate student bursaries, which benefit nursing, midwifery and allied health students, with immediate effect.


Lib Dems launch “start-up allowance” for budding entrepreneurs 

16 May

The Liberal Democrats would give a “start-up allowance’ to help budding entrepreneurs with living costs in the first six months of setting up their business.


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Denver delegation sees best of Birmingham 

26 May

Waqar Ahmed, Prevent Manager for Birmingham City Council, blogs about a fact-finding delegation that the city hosted from the USA over the last week (May 18-25)… Last week the council welcomed a delegation from the US cities of Denver and Aurora ...


Which side are you on? 

26 May

I have to admit that until Monday evening, I had never heard of Ariana Grande and even now, more than 72 hours later, I remain completely unfamiliar with her work but recognise that her talent and status make her important as an icon and role model ...


My year as Lord Mayor 

24 May

Lord Mayor Cllr Carl Rice 2016-17 The following blog by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Carl Rice is an extract from his annual report marking the end of his year as Lord Mayor, and presented to council on 23 May … Having been a member of Birmingham City ...


Be vigilant, but carry on and don’t let peddlers of evil win 

24 May

David Jamieson, who will be marching at Birmingham Pride on Saturday, pays tribute to emergency services and calls for people to go about their daily lives...


Theresa May’s dementia tax doesn’t look so bad in Erdington, where a house is worth £136,000 

24 May

How did Theresa May get her social care policy so wrong...


Why Every Student Should Register to Vote 

22 May

Don't miss tonight's deadline for registering to vote in the June 8th General Election The post Why Every Student Should Register to Vote appeared first on Redbrick .


Proud to support Pride 

22 May

  Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, blogs on this weekend’s Pride event in Birmingham, and her new role as a champion for LGBT issues within Birmingham City Council… With the showpiece event in the city’s Lesbian, Gay...


General Election 2017 – The anti-drubbing strategy 

22 May

Not quite a suicide note, but will Theresa May’s manifesto turn epic-sized victory into something rather less asks Steve Beauchampé? I’ll use a footballing analogy: You’re 4-0 down with thirty minutes remaining and you’re playing for pride, ...


A regenerative ‘Circular Economy’ includes more localisation of economic activity 

20 May

The Circular Economy is advocated to replace and address the social and environmental damage done by the current ‘Linear Economy’ with its ‘take, make, dispose’ model, depleting finite reserves to create products that end up in landfill or in...


Conservatives are banking on our love for Theresa May 

20 May

The Conservative manifesto was short on detail but Tories hope voters trust Theresa May enough not to care...


Conservatives are banking on our love for Theresa May 

20 May

The Conservative manifesto was short on detail but Tories hope voters trust Theresa May enough not to care...


BREXIT – looking forward: WMNEG meeting 

19 May

West Midlands New Economics Group Thursday 25 th May 5-7 pm Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH 25 May –  BREXIT – looking forward What do we want as the outcome to the negotiations? What worked for us in the EU? Are there ...


Come together to campaign against the cuts in Birmingham Wednesday 28 June 7-9pm, Council House 

19 May

Families for Fair Funding – Fighting the cuts in school budgets Speaker: Kath Scott, Boldmere Mums Massive government budget cuts of £108million will affect nearly every school, including academies and faith schools.


City Council has finally called time on a bad deal 

19 May

and election fever, a whose got the biggest competition and good and bad news for city leader...


ARTICLE: İslamofobinin Kolay Hedefleri – Perspektif 

19 May

I’ve recently had my first article published that was translated into Turkish.


Can you help to make BFOE’s Warehouse energy efficient and accessible to all? 

19 May

BFOE’s community share offer closes on June 2 nd Birmingham Friends of the Earth own The Warehouse in Digbeth, operating it as a not-for-profit business whilst campaigning for the improvement of the local environment.


Pen pals 

19 May

In an age of brutally instant electronic communication, how pleasant and delightful it is to receive an actual letter through the post that is not a final demand, court summons or an invitation to the home owner or occupier to wave goodbye with ...


San Carlo in Temple Street: ahead of the game 

18 May

    In February Pat Thomas wrote an article ‘ Let’s get UK chefs talking about GMOs’ .


Octogenarian Brummie agrees with Plastic Hippo – up to a point 

18 May

Hippo says: “We can forget the divide between left and right or whatever other divide the ambitious politician might try to invent.


Yeah whatever 

17 May

In a mature democracy, regardless of overwhelming evidence of reckless irresponsibility, any government deciding to deny voting rights to millions of citizens might appear a little harsh if not actually undemocratic...


Love Your Vote scheme launched 

17 May

Innovative voting passport to help disabled people to vote in Birmingham.


Green Party Broadcast Takes a Risk to Break Labour’s Monopoly 

16 May

Marketing Secretary William Baxter argues that the Green Party Broadcast aims high, but falls short of their previous efforts The post Green Party Broadcast Takes a Risk to Break Labour’s Monopoly appeared first on Redbrick .


Post-Human Lovers: How Sex-Bots Degrade and Dehumanise 

16 May

Comment Editor Kat Smith argues that far from being harmless fun, sex-bots are perpetuating damaging perceptions of women The post Post-Human Lovers: How Sex-Bots Degrade and Dehumanise appeared first on Redbrick .


What does our ‘Money In, Money Out’ devo equation look like? 

16 May

Instead of just six, we might easily have had at least nine new Combined Authority (CA) mayors by now – a whole baseball team of them – and a very...


General Election 2017 – Corbyn goes on the attack 

16 May

Labour leader says he’s not a pacifist and runs down cameraman to prove it.


Rumbush Lane Coppice: saved 

15 May

On 12 th May, the Chairman of the Dickens Heath Residents Association reports that the Planning Inspectorate has refused the landowner’s appeal against for permission to build a detached house in Rumbush Lane Coppice (B90).


Policy Round-Up: What’s in Store for Students? 

15 May

Commentator Amelia Hiller explains and questions the proposed policies that will affect students the most The post Policy Round-Up: What’s in Store for Students? appeared first on Redbrick .


Fascist Britain First ‘postpone’ Birmingham demonstration, after arrests of leaders 

15 May

The notorious fascist group Britain First have said they are ‘postponing’ their demonstration in Birmingham, scheduled for June 3rd.


May and Corbyn’s Rules Strangle the Free Press 

15 May

By restricting what journalists can ask and write, both May and Corbyn are hurting the freedom of the press, argues Comment Writer Feidhlim Macauley The post May and Corbyn’s Rules Strangle the Free Press appeared first on Redbrick .


Always let your conscience be your guide 

14 May

Perhaps he has been lured away by two scurrilous villains known as Honest Liam the Fox and Gideon the Evening Standard Cat to join Stromboli`s evil puppet show or he has been transported to so-called Pleasure Island where foolish boys unable to tell ...


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    Westminster »

    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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