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‘Self-build’ housing for the city 

26 Jul 17

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved a proposal to enable the development of new homes for self and custom build in the City; read more here.


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Ms May’s government does not discriminate: in good or bad health, all on low incomes lose 

25 Jul 17

In January, Aditya Chakrabortty pointed out that though statistically the UK is enjoying a recovery, in reality: “this has been a recovery for owner-occupiers in London and the south-east.


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WM New Economics Group meeting 27th July 

24 Jul 17

WMNEG meeting: Thursday 27 July, 5-7 pm A discussion on a book by Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato; Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice introduced by Robert Kornreich, Kings Heath   Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 …


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Deprivation, job losses, depression and suicides follow cruel ‘welfare’ legislation 

21 Jul 17

Cuts protest during the last Prime Minister’s Questions session before parliamentary recess.


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Jacqui Smith has been elected to chair Birmingham’s Lunar Society 

21 Jul 17

Political Concern has recorded many instances of rewards for ethical commercial or financial failures.


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Chernobyl Children’s visit: July-August 

14 Jul 17

A volunteer with the project has drawn our attention to the visit of a group of teenagers from Chernobyl who will be welcomed to Solihull this summer for a four week recuperative holiday, organised by Chernobyl Children’s Project Solihull Group (…


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Times: Birmingham is one of Britain’s greenest places 

11 Jul 17

This upbeat article was omitted from the depressing daily e-alerts sent to the Murdoch-owned paper’s online subscribers, but – thanks to David Bailey’s retweeting – it will now reach others, including readers of the Brummie .


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July: EEF open days in Aston for future apprentices 

9 Jul 17

Young people in the West Midlands considering a manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship and their parents are invited to attend an open day at the EEF’s manufacturing and engineering at the Technology Hub  in Aston, Birmingham.


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Meeting in Earlswood, Monday 10th July 

8 Jul 17

Learn more about renowned botanist world traveller Ernest Wilson, trained at Edgbaston Botanical Gardens, next Monday evening, at 7.30.


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Birmingham’s drinking water:  expensive fluoride has not protected first teeth 

7 Jul 17

  Royal College of Surgeons’ dean points to ‘sweet habits’ as first teeth are removed It has been reported that NHS data obtained by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) shows there were 9,206 extractions …


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Birmingham’s refuse collection services … food bins one day? 

1 Jul 17

The sketchy reports on the dispute about the refuse collection changes on the BBC and Birmingham Mail websites have been supplemented by welcome information from Jacqui Kennedy , Corporate Director for Place.


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This weekend: independent coffee houses and speciality roasters hold a coffee festival at the Custard Factory 

30 Jun 17

40 Vendors.


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WMNEG, 29th June: project based at Uplands Leisure Gardens, Handsworth Wood 

23 Jun 17

  Open meeting   West Midlands New Economics Group FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH ‘MISSION POSSIBLE’ Thursday 29 June, 5-7 pm   29 June  – The ‘Mission Possible’ project based at the Uplands Leisure Gardens in Handsworth Wood…


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Housing 26: Labour champions Brummie Bonds, first proposed in 2004 

19 Jun 17

Proposals for Brummie Bonds were first put forward by former Greenpeace economist Colin Hines at the end of 2004 ( Birmingham Post – Comment: 5.2.04 ), at the end of 2004 by then Conservative council leader Mike Whitby mentioned here , advocated in …


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Exhibition: local canal views, BMI Margaret Street 

19 Jun 17

MARGARET FAIRHEAD RBSA: Exhibition in Reception Foyer Canal views – Farmer’s Bridge Flight, Birmingham Fazeley Canal Until Friday 7 July Margaret’s remarkable exhibition of works featuring manipulated machine stitching incorporating a variety …


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Madin’s commanding landmark destroyed 

17 Jun 17

The Powergen building, in Shirley Solihull, was vacated in 1995, when the council refused planning permission for the CEGB to extend this striking   Madin building.


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Book sale to raise funds for Stirchley Library 

12 Jun 17

Peter Walker, chair of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, forwards a notice from Theresa Summerfield, Chair, Friends of Stirchley Library.


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Co-operative showcase and networking event, 15th June 

10 Jun 17

Book now for our cooperative showcase and networking event, 15 June 2017, 4.30pm-7.30pm What connections will you make at our cooperative showcase and networking event? There will be facilitated and informal networking, a light buffet, short talks on …


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Election antidote: a nineteenth Birmingham hoax? 

9 Jun 17

Travelling menageries were popular in the 19th Century but Dr Helen Cowie, a historian at the University of York, says they “were not too preoccupied” with security and there were “an alarming number” of escapes and accidents.


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POSTPONED: BMI meeting, Monday 12th June 

7 Jun 17

  Focus on climate change and the UN role: 12 th June To be held in Moseley in autumn, date to be announced later.


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Discussion Group: Where is Putin going? Russian imperialism today 

5 Jun 17

The Birmingham Socialist Discussion Group public meeting at 7 pm 12 th  June committee room 1, Council House There will be two speakers : John Rees a leading figure in the Stop the War Coalition and author of a new book entitled the Levellers …


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In the FT: “Corbyn has caught the mood of a UK grown tired of austerity” 

5 Jun 17

Paul Mason, political economist and film-maker, examines the spectacular polling revival ‘staged’ by Jeremy Corbyn in the space of six weeks.


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Jeremy Corbyn: Energy and Environment Policy for the 60 Million 

2 Jun 17

A scientist recently asked in a private email message: “Just how much of a scientific rationalist is Jeremy Corbyn? As far as I know he has never distanced himself publicly from his climate-denialist brother Piers”.


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European leaders esteem Jeremy Corbyn – Theresa May has got it wrong again 

31 May 17

As Jonathan Walker has reported , “Conservative leader Theresa May attempted to turn the focus of the general election back on to Brexit by saying: ‘Jeremy Corbyn’s minders can put him in a smart blue suit for an interview with Jeremy Paxman, …


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Big business funding Conservatives: two recent media reports 

31 May 17

Deeply troubling? Is this democracy? Is this sovereignty?   Should not political decisions be taken in the interests of the 99% ? The Guardian article refers to  troubling revelations by Carole Cadwalladr in the Observer and notes that the …


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Conservative party chairman advises: “Don’t vote tactically” 

31 May 17

As the New York Times summarises, tactical voting is a response to a British electoral system in which millions of minority voices can be ‘drowned out’.


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Focus on climate change and the UN role: 12th June 

30 May 17

Local author Christine Parkinson, who will be speaking about the United Nations’ role in addressing climate change, is a biologist who worked in medical research before coming to this city where she has co-founded regeneration projects, the most …


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BREXIT – looking forward: WMNEG meeting 

19 May 17

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 …


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

19 May 17

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.


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San Carlo in Temple Street: ahead of the game 

18 May 17

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


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Octogenarian Brummie agrees with Plastic Hippo – up to a point 

18 May 17

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


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Rumbush Lane Coppice: saved 

15 May 17

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).


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A win for the Conservatives is a loss for foxes and many human animals 

12 May 17

Theresa May has announced that the Conservatives will renew a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning 2004 ban on the blood sport.


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A Conservative vote will ensure a positive future for the richest and further cuts for the poorest 

10 May 17

An emboldened Conservative government would indeed be good news for ‘Strong and Stable’ funeral directors, as: air pollution continues unabated, the health service deteriorates, the incidence of adult depression and mental illness in children …


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A good outing: Birmingham Moor Street to the Saltisford Canal Centre 

8 May 17

Take the train to Warwick Parkway from Birmingham Moor St and visit Saltisford Canal Basin with tranquil moorings set in gardens and orchards.


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Independent Birmingham Festival at The Bond Digbeth: 13th May 

5 May 17

On Saturday 13th May (12pm – 6pm), the inaugural Independent Birmingham Festival will be taking place at The Bond, Digbeth, showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent restaurants, bars, pubs, street food traders, local retailers and …


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Community conference on education: 11th May, Moseley 

4 May 17

A community conference on education will be held at 6.45 pm on Thursday 11 May at Moseley School Sixth Form Centre.


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David Green, Birmingham born and educated lawyer, blogs about the latest Brexit news 

2 May 17

The real and worrying significance of the Downing Street dinner leaks Ed: summarised, FT text and two links added: Green writes: “The real significance of the leaks from the Downing Street dinner between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker is what …


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Tom Young (Redbrick) should hail the city’s work on housing which Corbyn would emulate 

1 May 17

Tom Young says he is unimpressed by Jeremy Corbyn’s housing plans but the 2016 report (left) is eminently sensible and down-to-earth.


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I will vote Labour on 8 June . . . I urge you to do the same 

28 Apr 17

So says George Monbiot in the Guardian.


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Basic Income Street: Ontario today, West Midlands later? 

26 Apr 17

Two candidates for the West Midlands Mayor have committed to conducting pilots into the Universal Basic Income ( Labour and Greens ) and the Conservative candidate has said on record he is fascinated by the proposal, although doesn’t commit to a …


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Birmingham Trades Union Council 2017 May Day Rally 

25 Apr 17

The Birmingham Trades Union Council invites you all to our annual May Day rally; open to all trade unionists their families friends to commemorate historic, industrial, political peace struggles around the world.


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Reducing air pollution and easing congestion in Solihull 

24 Apr 17

Employees at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull can now use a free shuttle bus from Solihull and Birmingham International to and around this business park.


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West Midlands New Economics Group meeting 27th April 

24 Apr 17

WMNEG MEETING Thursday 27 April, 5-7 pm Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH Reflections on the well-attended seminar organised by the Planet Centred Forum : ‘Values for the Future’.


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Market stall-holders’ dispute with the city council 

23 Apr 17

As the council has been planning the development of the wholesale markets and Birmingham Smithfield, it is alleged that the indoor, outdoor and rag markets are no longer properly promoted, local roads have been closed, buses have been re-routed with …


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Mayoral Election hustings in Kings Heath 

23 Apr 17

Tuesday 25th April – 7.30PM | Kings Heath Baptist Church, Alcester Rd (Opposite ASDA) Polling day will soon be here.


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Jeremy Corbyn: remarkable support from some Financial Times readers 

20 Apr 17

Comments on an FT article by Philip Stephens   No policies? Every time I see Jeremy Corbyn being interviewed or giving speeches he is addressing these very issues and more.


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Elite stranglehold on Britain – unbreakable? 

19 Apr 17

As Steve Beauchampé writes in the Birmingham Press and Political Concern , generations of an e lite have ruled this nation (with a few intermissions) for as long as anyone can remember, due to a rigged electoral system.


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Firing up the Midlands Engine? George Morran 

16 Apr 17

Peter Madeley ( Express and Star ) writes, “ On the face of it, £392 million sounds like a fair amount of money to fire up the Midlands Engine”.


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Central funding cuts: JAM families suffer as bus fares rise 

14 Apr 17

In 2016, though the price of oil was low, average bus fares rose three times faster than the consumer prices index.


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NEC: Exol Lubricants receives the CBOA Award of Excellence 

13 Apr 17

Exol Lubricants , based in the West Midlands and Yorkshire, won an Award of Excellence from the Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA) for its commitment to the waterways.


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Three excellent speakers at Carrs Lane Centre: April 22nd 

11 Apr 17

Values for the Future seminar Cost for the whole day is £10 – paid at the door or booked through the PCF website: www.


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Carrs Lane Centre event: “A Moral Economy” 

9 Apr 17

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The Times’ Louis Emanuel reports on the Central Mosque tea party 

9 Apr 17

Though an account of the event has already been covered ( link via the Brummie) this account by freelance Emanuel* has a dispassionate charm rarely seen in the dismal Times Online.


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Housing 25: FT advocates more public sector housing; Birmingham is well ahead 

8 Apr 17

Its message: the greatest need is for affordable rented housing in urban areas.


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Photographic exhibition: free entry, proceeds of catalogue sales to Headway 

5 Apr 17

Richard Wise writes: “This portrait of my daughter Samantha daydreaming on our doorstep in 1969 fuelled my interest in photography”.


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April Fool speaks truth in jest: canal buses or taxis are already serving Leeds, Manchester and London 

4 Apr 17

Hannah Green’s Chamberlain Files April Fool article boomerangs.


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Scottish Calamity, Redbrick? Or a belated storm in a teacup? 

2 Apr 17

Amelia Hiller ( Jeremy Corbyn’s Scottish Calamity ) should listen to Jeremy Corbyn – first-hand – giving his views on the issue of a second Scottish Independence referendum in this video clip .


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No food waste in these London and Birmingham venues 

31 Mar 17

Robert Kornreich (Kings Heath) recommended ‘The Third Plate’, a programme on BBC Radio 4 : American Chef Dan Barber, who had early success as a ‘farm to table’ chef, is currently in the UK with a project called ‘WastED London’ – an …


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Metro Mayoral debate on transport: ‘Keep the West Midlands Moving’ 

29 Mar 17

RailFuture West Midlands , assisted by Birmingham Friends of the Earth are holding a Metro Mayor forum event at the Council House.