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19 Mar

I am pleased to hear that the Transportation department will now be drawing up plans to help prevent parking on or near the new Zebera crossing on the Dyas Road near the crossing later tis year.


18 Mar

I would really like to thank those Oscott schools who took the effort to come along to the Oscott Schools Parking and Road safety working party working party last week All schools the Schools in Oscott were invited to send a representative along to ...

Delivering The Magazine! 

17 Mar

Many thanks to all the teams out delivering The Magazine in Edgbaston today (and yesterday and the day before as well!).


17 Mar

Oscott residents should be aware that due to the Governments Boundary commission changing electoral wards across Birmingham including OSCOTT this year a number of residents may find the polling station they may have voted at has changed.

Andrew Mitchell MP congratulates young Suttonian elected to Youth Parliament 

16 Mar

Andrew Mitchell MP has met with Royal Town student, Saoirse Martin-Canning, to congratulate her upon being elected to the Youth Parliament for a term of two years.


13 Mar

As many Oscott Residents will know there was a break in at the 610 Community Centre recently where not only theft took place but also wanton vandalism.


13 Mar

Some Oscott residents may find their polling stations have changed when they go out to vote.

Edgbaston Council Record! 

11 Mar

On a week when we have celebrated International Women’s Day, and the Council honoured former Edgbaston Councillor Dame Ellen Pinsent by renaming a committee room after her; I am grateful to activist Amil Khan for pointing out to me that last ...

Great Campaigning 

10 Mar

Great campaigning in Edgbaston this morning and after last night’s brilliant fund raiser we had a real spring in our step...

Boris Arriving In Birmingham Last Night 

10 Mar

Boris Johnson being met at Birmingham New Street Station last night by Conservative Leader Cllr Robert Alden...

Andrew Mitchell MP meets with local organisation to support victims of female genital mutilation 

9 Mar

Andrew Mitchell MP has met the Executive Director of Allies Network, a West Midlands based community support organisation established in 2008 which provides culturally sensitive support for those at risk - or have been a victim – of female genital ...

Andrew Mitchell MP welcomes Royal Town’s Mayor at the House of Commons 

9 Mar

Andrew Mitchell MP has received the Royal Town’s Mayor, Councillor David Pears, for the annual Sutton Coldfield Mayoral visit to the Palace of Westminster.

International Women’s Day 

8 Mar

It’s International Women’s Day and I am one of nine Birmingham women Councillors featuring on the City Council’s twitter feed today, encouraging women to register to vote in this year’s local elections.

Bus Lane On Harborne Road 

7 Mar

Birmingham Connected are carrying out a consultation about putting a bus lane on Harborne Road between 7.00am and 10.00am as they say it is one of the most congested roads into the city.


7 Mar

Given the particularlyfreezing weather we have had recently it has been inevitable more pot holes should appear on our streets.

Official Opening of Birmingham University’s Sport & Fitness Centre 

5 Mar

Back in September Cllr Matt Bennett and I were given a tour of Birmingham University’s new Sport and Fitness Centre (pictured).


5 Mar

When out and about on the street I am still finding some Oscott residents who do not realise the changes the Governents Boundary Commision have made to ward boundaries accross Birmingham including Oscott.


5 Mar

Just a reminder I would like to confirm that the BCC Waste department will take away cat litter as long as it is securely bagged and in a reasonable amount as part of a collection in the wheelie bin ( black bag) (not wet which would make it heavy for...

Advice Centre Saturday 3 March – CANCELLED 

3 Mar

warning signs.

Labour Council Fines Ambulances For Going In A Bus Lane! (They should be ashamed.) 

2 Mar

We all know cars get fined if they go in a bus lane, but I’m shocked to read today that Birmingham’s Labour Council fines West Midlands Ambulance Service every time an AMBULANCE goes in a bus lane.


2 Mar

I have been out and about again despite the snow checking that the grit bins in Oscott have grit in them.


2 Mar

I would just like to remind Oscott residents using this blog both Councillor Barbara Dring and I are on Face Book and Twitter.


1 Mar

Don't try and walk on (or let your dog run) on the Queslett nature Reserve Lane.

Gritting In Birmingham 

1 Mar

This is where Birmingham keeps its grit.

Budget Day At Birmingham Council 

28 Feb

Yesterday was budget day at Birmingham Council.


27 Feb

As local Oscott residents our selvesCouncillor Barbara Dring and Iunderstand only to well many of our constituents and neighbours are concerned about the need to have the trees in their road pruned.

Andrew Mitchell MP raises concern over proposed closure of police station with Police & Crime Commissioner 

27 Feb

Andrew Mitchell MP has, alongside five other Conservative West Midlands MPs, written to the Police and Crime Commissioner, raising “grave concern” at the proposals to close down Police Stations across the West Midlands - Sutton Coldfield’s own ...


27 Feb

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27 Feb

Especially during this very cold weather check with any elderly neighbours of friends to see if they are ok and have their heating on.

Royal Town’s MP leads cross-party campaign to toughen sanctions against corrupt foreign officials 

26 Feb

Andrew Mitchell MP is spearheading a cross-party campaign to toughen up the sanctions regime against dictators and human rights abusers from around the world.

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Daily Mail’s right about local government’s C-word – why make it so easy for them? 

19 Mar

With the dust settled on MIPIM in Cannes, Chris Game reflects on why the C-word causes so much trouble in local government circles.

What is the Guild? 

19 Mar

Comment Writer Jadzia Samuel argues that the Guild of Students goes unrecognised by many students, and suggests how this can change The post What is the Guild? appeared first on Redbrick .

Sir Howard: Spy link shock horror exclusive mystery 

18 Mar

Democratically elected Comrade Howard Elstonovitch, our espionage reporter, on the searing questions of the day.

How The Cold Could Kill You 

18 Mar

Comment Writer Holly Pittaway discusses how recent cold weather has made some people vulnerable, and what the government can do to prevent this The post How The Cold Could Kill You appeared first on Redbrick .

KFC Crisis: A Wake-Up Call 

18 Mar

Comment Editor Kat Smith argues that KFC's 'chicken crisis' should be a wake-up call that our consumerist greed has gone too far The post KFC Crisis: A Wake-Up Call appeared first on Redbrick .


17 Mar

Presentation to Birmingham TUC Conference “The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a strategy for Inclusive Growth,” 10 March, 2018, by David Etherington (Middlesex University) and Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND ...

St Mungos: A Lesson That Charity Doesn’t Solve Everything 

17 Mar

Comment Writer Rhi Storer criticises charitable organisations in light of the latest scandal surrounding St Mungos The post St Mungos: A Lesson That Charity Doesn’t Solve Everything appeared first on Redbrick .

Housing 30: £2bn social housing fund five months overdue 

16 Mar

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has not released the money.

Syria: Keeping Up With The Conflict 

16 Mar

Comment Writer Helena Shaw argues we should try to broaden our knowledge of international affairs and get to grips with the Syrian conflict The post Syria: Keeping Up With The Conflict appeared first on Redbrick .

On Campus: Jacob Rees- Mogg 

16 Mar

Comment Writer Tom Rose gives his opinion on Jacob Rees- Mogg's talk on campus The post On Campus: Jacob Rees- Mogg appeared first on Redbrick .

Transport Select Committee visits Birmingham 

16 Mar

Whim under the spotlight as West Midlands hosts MPs.

Sensitive Society: The Reality of ‘Fat-Shaming’ 

15 Mar

Comment Writer Alice Macfarlane argues the sensitivity of fat shaming should not belittle the affects it has on our health The post Sensitive Society: The Reality of ‘Fat-Shaming’ appeared first on Redbrick .

Fiddling With Fees Will Fix Nothing 

15 Mar

Comment Writer Emelia Lavender analyses recent discussion regarding tuition fees, arguing that current government suggestions will not fix anything The post Fiddling With Fees Will Fix Nothing appeared first on Redbrick .

The West Midlands economy: why we need an inclusive economic strategy 

14 Mar

This was the subject of Birmingham Trades Union Council’s conference on Saturday 10 March.

WMCA welcomes Chancellor’s boost for West Midlands housing 

13 Mar

£350 million Housing Deal for the West Midlands announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer in Spring Statement.

As with nerve agents, Brexit regional impact is all about exposure 

13 Mar

It’s Not-the-Budget Day.

Ask Howard: How do we stop Vlad The Bad? 

13 Mar

Vlad the Bad Sir Howard Elston answers all those tricky questions that plague our little planet Dear Howard: How can we stop them pesky Russkies from poisoning folks here in Blighty? They’re ruining  everything, including the weather- from Sandra...

Solidarity Forever 

13 Mar

With many students lamenting the UCU strike, Comment Editor Alex Cirant-Taljaard argues why we should stand alongside striking academic staff The post Solidarity Forever appeared first on Redbrick .

Should Alcohol Be Less Accessible? 

13 Mar

Comment Writer Madeline McInnis discusses the rise in alcohol prices in Scotland, and how this can have a positive impact on society The post Should Alcohol Be Less Accessible? appeared first on Redbrick .

A fair and sustainable local way of feeding urban communities 

12 Mar

Julie Brown, director of Growing Communities’ , a trading and wholesaling operation, says her mission is to feed urban communities locally in a way that is fair and sustainable in the face of   corporate dominance   and climate change.

BRUM GREEN DRINKS: Enemy of the People? 

12 Mar

TUESDAY 13 MARCH from 6.00p.

Housing shortfall down but challenge remains 

12 Mar

At the start of what could be an important week for housing in the West Midlands, Mike Best reflects on the long-awaited and much-anticipated Greater Birmingham HMA (Housing Market Area) Strategic Growth...

Eire dynamics 

11 Mar

Irish crossing: soft borders Richard Lutz continues to scratch his head over a right Irish stew Less than a year ago, my wife and I crossed from Canada into the States.

£20 million pledge for Commonwealth Games Village 

10 Mar

WMCA agree to make funding available ahead of 2022.

Save Our Nurseries campaign to lobby the Council meeting on Tuesday March 13 from 1pm 

9 Mar

Parents and supporters will be gathering outside the Council House in Victoria Square from 1pm to protest against the threatened closure of 14 Council nurseries.

Air pollution: petition to be handed to Cllr John Cotton 

9 Mar

An air pollution campaign mounted by Birmingham Friends of the Earth calls on the City Council to adopt a city-wide approach to tackling air pollution which is linked to 900 premature deaths a year in the city.

MPs call for Legal Aid to pub bomb families 

9 Mar

Birmingham MPs call on Legal Aid Agency to reverse its refusal of Legal Aid to families of pub bombings victims.

George Morran, (WMCC), Andrew Carter (Centre for Cities) and Richard Hatcher (BATC) appraise the WMCA and metro mayor 

8 Mar

 “ The West Midlands is beginning to get its act together under its new metro mayor”: Will Hutton Observer 18th February George Morran, Director of the West Midlands Constitutional Convention and former Assistant Chief Executive of Dudley ...

The Women Who Inspire Redbrick 

8 Mar

Redbrick's female editors celebrate International Women's Day by writing about the inspirational ladies in their lives.

City council contacts local government minister to highlight changes 

8 Mar

Improvement Panel and Council to collaborate to tackle improvement challenges.

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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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