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Record Rainfall In Edgbaston 

27 May

Birmingham Updates is reporting that Edgbaston has recorded 60mm of rain in an hour according to the Environment Agency.

One Of Edgbaston’s Delights 

26 May

Spent a lovely afternoon at Winterbourne in Edgbaston Park Road – one of Edgbaston’s delights.

Dippy Arrives in Birmingham! 

24 May

“Dippy on tour” has arrived in Birmingham! Delighted to be at tonight’s preview of what is going to be a very successful exhibition I’m sure! (His tail’s so long, it wouldn’t fit in the picture...


23 May

Ref The ALDIPlanning appeal to the Government inspectorate regarding their proposed development at the Old Horns site next to the Queslett Nature Reserve, Adecision has been made and the appeal has been dismissed.


23 May

The Councils Leisure Services department has a constant battle to rid the reserve of Japanese Knot weed The FQNR and the Birmingham City Council would ask residents not to donate and plant flowers and bushes in the Queslett Reserve.

Mayor-Making At Birmingham City Council 

22 May

Today was Birmingham City Council’s AGM and Mayor-Making ceremony.


21 May

I was pleased to be able to spend a bit of time doing some light pruning and litter picking in the Queslett Nature Reserve today I even managed to get a couple walking past to have a go at litter picking.

Freedom Of The City – RAF Cosford 

19 May

Delighted to be invited to the ceremony today to confer the Freedom of the City upon RAF Cosford, a decision which was resolved by the City Council on July 11th 2017.


19 May

As I informed reader of this blog previously the Great Barr Academy are putting together a planning application for a drop of zone for parents and buses in their school grounds.

Cycle Way & Cricket Ground 

18 May

Cllr Matt Bennett and I had a busy morning today first meeting with Council officers and residents regarding on-going concerns which residents have about the knock on effect of the Bristol Rd cycle way on traffic in various other parts of Edgbaston...

Andrew Mitchell MP meets with local Friends of the Earth to welcome Government proposals for bottle deposit return scheme 

18 May

Andrew Mitchell MP has welcomed the Government’s proposals for a deposit return scheme in England for single use drinks containers (whether plastic, glass or metal), which will be put out for consultation later this year in a meeting in the Royal ...


17 May

I was please to see at the AGM of the Oscott Residentsassociation Bob Wild has been elected to become Chair of the ORA.


17 May

The Local Scout Group based at Desford Avenue spent many hours carrying out a clean up of their area only to find within day some shameful fly tippers once again dumped rubbish near the Scout Groups HQ.


17 May

As most residents are aware the underground bottle banks located at the junction of Old Oscott Hill and Oscott School Lane are no longer in use and have been capped.

Lee Crescent Meeting 

16 May

The District Engineer and I met with residents from Lee Crescent this evening.


16 May

I will attending a joint meeting of the Oscott Residents Association and the Oscott Elderly Residents Group today.


15 May

I have been pleased to see that a planning application has been presented to the Councils Planning department from the Great Barr Academy.

All Change In Harborne! 

13 May

Good to meet up with Peter Fowler, (centre), Harborne’s new Conservative Councillor, at the Harborne Farmers’ Market yesterday.

Calthorpe Business Alliance In Greenfield Crescent 

12 May

Good to catch up with people at the Calthorpe Business Alliance meeting in Greenfield Crescent yesterday lunch time.

Royal Town’s MP secures victory for greater financial openness in the overseas territories 

11 May

In a victory for transparency campaigners, Andrew Mitchell MP and a cross-party group of MPs – including around 20 Conservatives - forced the UK Government to accept an amendment which imposes Open Registers of ownership in Britain’s overseas ...

Andrew Mitchell MP visits Cadbury’s chocolate factory to support its “Be Treatwise®” campaign 

8 May

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory (Mondelez) in Minworth to support its Be treatwise® campaign.

Andrew Mitchell MP congratulates young Suttonian elected to Youth Parliament 

8 May

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


4 May

I would like to thank my fellow Oscott residents who came out and voted for me and my excellent colleague Councillor Barbara Dring.

Conservatives Re-Elected To Serve Edgbaston! 

4 May

I’m delighted that my ward colleague Cllr Matt Bennett and I were re-elected to represent Edgbaston Ward for the next four years, and with a greatly increased majority of 496 between the 1st placed Conservative and the nearest Labour candidate (who...

Polling Day – May 3rd 

2 May

Thursday May 3rd is Polling Day! If you live in Edgbaston Ward you have two votes – please use them to re-elect your two Conservative Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett.

Conservative Campaigning 

1 May

Campaigning  continues relentlessly with the Edgbaston team working hard in Edgbaston and sparing some time to help our colleagues in neighbouring wards.

Super Saturday! 

28 Apr

Fantastic team of helpers out today! So many volunteers, so much ground covered, so much work done.

Andrew Mitchell MP welcomes ban on ivory sales 

27 Apr

The Royal Town’s MP has welcomed the Environment Secretary’s confirmation that the UK will introduce a ban on ivory sales.

Andrew Mitchell MP visits Arthur Terry School sixth formers 

27 Apr

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Arthur Terry School to talk with A-Level Politics students, taking questions on a diverse range of hard-hitting policy issues both locally and nationally, from the proposed closure of Sutton Coldfield Police Station to ...


27 Apr

The Birmingham City Councils Planning Committee at a meeting yester day again made it clear they did not agree with the Aldi Planning application for the Old Horns site.

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Why teachers are going on strike at Springfield Primary School 

27 May

NEU members believe that the proposed staffing restructure will have a negative impact on the educational provision for children at Springfield Primary School in Moseley.

Whither West Midlands 

24 May

If the answer was Brexit, then surely, we were asking the wrong question.

Mayor launches Faith Action Plan 

23 May

Faiths unite to help Mayor tackle key issues.

The award-winning Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth has moved downstairs and is open again 

23 May

Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s building, The Warehouse, enters the final stage of its refurbishment project.

Save Our Nurseries campaign lobbies the Council and calls on Labour councillors to use the extra £95m reserves to fund services 

23 May

The Birmingham Mail report of the protest, with videos of speakers, can be seen here – https://www.

The Conservatives’ Brexit Divide 

22 May

Extending the timescale for Brexit could work to the Conservatives’ electoral advantage suggests Steve Beauchampé.

Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

21 May


The Council’s reserves increased by £95m last year. We say use the extra money to fund vital services! 

19 May

The Save Our Nurseries campaign says the Council should find the extra money to top up the budgets of the 14 Council-run day nurseries.

Housing 31: reform taxation, build community housing, use surplus public land 

18 May

Will Cllr Ward, lauded for recent political manoeuvring , continue John Clancy’s good housing initiatives? A Bournville reader has drawn attention to a Guardian article which says falling house prices are not disastrous, ever-rising house prices ...

Council: Ward breaks new boundaries 

17 May

Ian Ward may have been the leader of Birmingham city council for little more than six months, but he’s already achieved two things of significance that eluded his immediate predecessor...

Never mind who you voted for, where did you do it? 

14 May

They’ve become a standard feature of the election season – complaints about the complete or partial closure of schools selected as polling stations.

Yeezy vs. the People 

13 May

Comment Writer Kieren Williams argues that Kanye West's recent Twitter outburst has negative repercussions for the black community The post Yeezy vs.

Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation 

13 May

Immediate action needs to be taken to punish those responsible for creating a 'hostile environment' for the Windrush Generation, argues Comment Writer Kieren Williams The post Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation appeared first on ...

Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy 

11 May

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big ...

SAVE BIRMINGHAM NURSERIES – lobby of the new Birmingham Council, Tuesday 22nd May at 3.15 at the Council House 

10 May


Far right, UKIP & Tommy Robinson looking to forge path forward; time to build resistance 

8 May

(pic – Guy Smallman) Various strands of the far right and openly fascist groups assembled in central London, last Sunday.

Andy’s Anniversary: two questions 

5 May

We didn’t have time or space to mark the anniversary of the first Mayoral contest in the West Midlands yesterday.

Alan Clawley – A life less ordinary 

4 May

Steve Beauchampé pays further tribute to the community activist and Birmingham Press columnist .

Vote2018: polling day manifesto summary 

3 May

With the polls open, you’ll have already scoured each of the manifestos to determine where to place your vote in elections for Birmingham city council, writes Kevin Johnson.

Vote2018: Thursday’s other West Midlands elections 

2 May

The media focus on this week’s council elections, we’re told, will be principally on London.

Medical research co-authored by Aston’s School of Life and Health Sciences lecturer 

30 Apr


Syria Policy Should Be Based in Realism, Not Emotion 

30 Apr

Comment Writer Harpreet Pannu argues western intervention in Syria is futile and there is a need to reevaluate our actions The post Syria Policy Should Be Based in Realism, Not Emotion appeared first on Redbrick .

Birmingham in Pictures XXVI 

30 Apr

This is the latest in my Birmingham in Pictures series showing the amazing city of Birmingham.

Move Over Rees-Mogg: UoB’s Women in Politics Welcomes Top Guest Speakers 

29 Apr

Comment Editor Alex Goodwin praises the UoB Women in Politics Society Conference and links it to wider issues of gender inequality in parliament.

Mapplebeck: local stop at the polls 

27 Apr

You may have heard, it’s election time again, warns Will Mapplebeck.

Paradise Rising – Update VI 

27 Apr

It has been six months since I last wrote about the Paradise development and construction of One Chamberlain Square.

People Power Brum aims to put local power in the hands of citizens 

25 Apr

A Kings Norton reader draws attention to the events of 2015, when a coalition of self-styled independents, united by the belief that democracy needs to be revived, were elected to Frome’s town council and continue to serve the town.

‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival 

25 Apr

‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival on Sunday brought together the diverse communities of Balsall Heath.

EGX Rezzed | Eurogamer Gives Advice on How to Get into Games Journalism 

24 Apr

Gaming Editor Emma Kent rounds up the EGX Rezzed 2018 session on breaking into games journalism, and asks Eurogamer about diversity problems in the industry The post EGX Rezzed | Eurogamer Gives Advice on How to Get into Games Journalism appeared ...

SUNDAY 22nd: Street Festival – Balsall Heath Mela 

21 Apr

MELA social enterprise’s new ‘We Are’ neighbourhood campaign will start with ‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival on Sunday April 22 bringing together the diverse communities of Balsall Heath.

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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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