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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.


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In the city this evening: local, national and international perspectives on the agenda 

27 Mar 17

Invitation to an open meeting on March 27 th 5.30pm in Colmore Row: Birmingham Pound – the way forward! (see information about the Attwood award here.


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Housing 24: a brownfield register for Birmingham? 

27 Mar 17

The Planner reported last year that 73 Councils in England are now piloting the new brownfield registers in an attempt to bring forward derelict and underused land for new homes.


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MP John McDonnell: new deal for self-employed and small businesses 

22 Mar 17

Birmingham has been named the most entrepreneurial city in the UK for four successive years – with more start-up businesses than anywhere outside of London.


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Small grants assist promotion and production of electric cabs in the West Midlands 

22 Mar 17

The government is to provide £14m to ten cities, including London, Birmingham and Coventry, to help with the installation of electric charge points.


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Rail safety on the agenda: Council House 29th March 

21 Mar 17

The agenda will include RMT’s concern about driver-only-operated trains on Southern Railways and Northern railways.


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WMNEG meeting: ‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society’ 

20 Mar 17

West Midlands New Economics Group WMNEG chairman Alan Clawley will present extracts from Jeremy Rifkin’s 2014 book, ‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society’ the internet of things, the collaborative commons and the eclipse of capitalism.


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City council: apprenticeships to retain talent & strengthen the local economy 

19 Mar 17

Earlier this month, Cllr.


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NEC: domestic CHP, fuelled by hydrogen, like buses, cars and boats 

19 Mar 17

David Lowe ( Commercial Boat Operators Association ) sends news of a noteworthy event, which preceded the ‘Hydrogen and Fuel Cells into the Mainstream’ Conference , covered on this site in February.


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Local waterways can take freight off congested roads 

18 Mar 17

Jonathan Guthrie, Financial Times Enterprise Editor reported that canals could regain their role as conduits for trade – because of gridlock on the motorways that superseded them, according to a study for West Midlands councils, the Highways Agency…


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Birmingham City University in top 25% of British universities ‘divesting’ from fossil fuels 

17 Mar 17

This news was sent by Aldo Mussi, Tutor-Activist in Health Promotion/Public Health, Public Health teaching team Birmingham City University.


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A message to government from City Hall, London, 16th March 2017 

16 Mar 17

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is calling on the Government to guarantee that all EU nationals can stay in the UK after Brexit.


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Housing 23: NEF’s Laurie MacFarlane lists five Budget omissions 

11 Mar 17

The West Midlands New Economic Group’s blog gives a link to a useful summary of these five omissions   and focusses on o ne question asked by MacFarlane*: “ What about the housing crisis?” The Chancellor failed to mention housing even once, …


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Chancellor in need of feedback from Professor Hatcher 

10 Mar 17

The Chancellor visited Birmingham and the Black Country yesterday to launch the Midlands Engine Strategy.


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Birmingham air pollution 15: Moseley Forum meeting, 28th March 

9 Mar 17

The air we breathe is a hugely important issue for Birmingham – in fact, around 900 premature deaths a year in the city can be attributed to poor air quality.


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CCIN: 22 councils respond to government cuts 

7 Mar 17

Groups in the city concerned about the cuts/austerity are demonstrating against these measures which oblige the poorest in our society to pay the price for the 2008 financial crisis, for which successive governments and the banking hierarchy were …


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Air pollution 14: What Traffic Fumes Do to Our Children 

6 Mar 17

Birmingham traffic George Monbiot looked for a summary – in clear and simple language – of the damage that traffic pollution can do to children, but he could not find one.


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Planet Centred Forum at Carrs Lane: B4 7SX 

6 Mar 17

  An April event: advance notice for those with a crowded schedule…


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Housing 22: there is a modern prefabricated solution 

3 Mar 17

A link was sent today by a Bournville reader and followed by Cllr John Clancy’s message: “I know we have to do more to deliver the houses our citizens desperately need and deserve.


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Government cuts for disabled people escalate 

26 Feb 17

The recent by-elections gave cover for the latest government announcement of emergency legislation inflicting further cuts on disabled people – ‘a good day to bury bad news’.


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Air pollution 13: Theresa May is urged to take action on air quality 

25 Feb 17

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the leaders of Derby, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham and Southampton have written to Theresa May urgently calling for: making vehicle manufacturers more accountable for emissions – with a zero-tolerance approach to…


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City services 2: A2B – a reliable, efficient taxi company 

25 Feb 17

This series – to which reader are invited to contribute – opened with a tirade about the failings of our bus services .


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HS2: a blatant example of vested interest ridden politics? 

21 Feb 17

Political Concern reports that Mace, a large consultancy and construction company.


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WMNEG meeting: the economic policies of the mayoral candidates 

17 Feb 17

West Midlands New Economics Group Thursday 23 rd February 5-7 pm Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH What are the economic policies of the mayoral candidates for the West Midlands Combined Authority? – presented by Ann Wackett.


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MP Roger Godsiff: the practical reasons for opposing Trident 

17 Feb 17

Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff focusses on the practical reasons for opposing Trident as a drain on resources which could be spent constructively on education and healthcare – and an irrelevance in the post-cold war period.


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March event: a Birmingham Pound – the way forward! 

16 Feb 17

Received: news about an invitation to an open meeting on March 27 th 5.30pm in Colmore Row .


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Housing 21: Birmingham Council awards, Co Louth action and advice from the FT 

13 Feb 17

Long after the high quality housing programme initiated by Mayor Ken Livingstone – monuments to socialism at its best (see specifications in Chapter 2 here ) – we read that homelessness is soaring in the capital as “immaculate houses in central…


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March: International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference at the NEC 

12 Feb 17

Hydrogen Fuel Cells into the Mainstream – powering our homes, workplaces and transport The organisers of the 13th Hydrogen Fuel Cell conference, Climate Change Solutions , are based at Ryton’s Garden Organic.