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A grassroots uprising against terrorism 

26 May 17

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.


FixMyStreet
Broken electrical street furniture, 26th May 

26 May 17

Broken and exposed electrical equipment Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 169 Warstock Lane, Yardley Wood Report on FixMyStreet…


Rugby
Neighbour suffers heart attack during mass street brawl watched by 100 people 

26 May 17

Around nine police cars and two ambulances were called to reports of a large fight in Alexander Road, Acocks Green…


Rugby
Watch: Toyota Supra engulfed in flames in Stechford after suspected arson attack 

26 May 17

Witness reveals windows EXPLODED due to intensity of flames…


FixMyStreet
Obstruction of footpath, 25th May 

25 May 17

Truck park on footpath Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 38 Broad Road, Acocks Green Report on FixMyStreet…


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

22 May 17

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.


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

22 May 17

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.


FixMyStreet
Abandoned fridge, 20th May 

20 May 17

Fridge dumped on pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 36 Douglas Road, Acocks Green Report on FixMyStreet…


Blog politics
Labour Candidate faces integrity test on Nukes slur 

20 May 17

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


News
Sheldon locals raise £480 for Cats Protection 

20 May 17

Charity event was attended by over 400 people…


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

19 May 17

This is a link to a debate in 2007.


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

19 May 17

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.


FixMyStreet
Motor bike in the park, 18th May 

18 May 17

Motorbikes riding ing in the park Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 38 Broad Road, Acocks Green Report on FixMyStreet…


Rugby
General election 2017: Who’s standing in Yardley? 

18 May 17

What can we expect in Birmingham Yardley in the general election…


Blog politics
The top 10 articles people are interested in 

18 May 17

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.


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

17 May 17

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


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

17 May 17

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


News
Prestigious Blue Plaque honours ‘forgotten’ Winter Olympic gold medallist John Curry 

16 May 17

John Curry OBE (1949 – 1994) was a world champion ice skater and gold medal winner at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games.


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

16 May 17

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.


Blog politics
Lib Dems to reinstate bursaries for student nurses 

16 May 17

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.


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

16 May 17

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.


Blog politics
The Labour Candidates Book Promotion Tour and Why it matters 

16 May 17

In the 2015 General Election the Labour Candidate criticised John Hemming for having an external interest and made a pledge that she would be a “Full Time MP for Yardley and my only other job will be mom & carer …


FixMyStreet
Slabs left by Wates after garden repair., 15th May 

15 May 17

Birmingham City Council failed to collect the slabs as stated after a garden repair job.


FixMyStreet
Pothole – where kids go to and from due to schools, 15th May 

15 May 17

In short, this is a hazard and needs to be fixed as it’s a road where there’s a few primary schools around.


Blog politics
Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Birmingham 

15 May 17

The Liberal
Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in
Birmingham and build more affordable homes.


Local news
The Orchard Story 

14 May 17

For all those who came to Mallard Community Orchard for the Village in Bloom Launch – here is the full visual story of the hard work transforming this derelict site into the beautiful space it is now.


Blog politics
RCN warning on patients – Lamb responds 

14 May 17

The Liberal Democrats have responded to a report by the Royal College of Nursing warning of the threat to patient safety caused by the number of nurses jobs left vacant.


Blog politics
Paddy Ashdown steps up bid to save the Royal Marines as Lib Dems commit to 2% NATO Defence Spending 

14 May 17

On the same day that the Liberal Democrats have announced a manifesto commitment to the NATO 2% defence spending target, former party Leader Paddy Ashdown has launched a petition to stop further cuts to the Royal Marines in which he served.


FixMyStreet
Potholes, 13th May 

13 May 17

Potholes Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 320 Yardley Green Road, Small Heath Report on FixMyStreet…


Local news
Public Meeting on Tuesday 

13 May 17

Filed under: Events…


Rugby
We tested the Birmingham chip shops named best in UK and this is what happened 

12 May 17

it’s Hall Green vs Yardley Wood as we put Fry Magazine’s top two Birmingham chippies to the test…


Council
Woman lied to get a council house – despite owning two houses 

11 May 17

A woman from Yardley, Birmingham was given a community order and ordered to pay £1,600 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (11 May 2017) after lying to try and get a council house – despite already owning two houses.


Blog politics
Lamb: Hospital long waits reveal “dismal human cost” of NHS crisis 

11 May 17

The number of people waiting longer than they should for hospital care have hit a five-year high in England, figures show.


News
Emergency services rescue schoolboy trapped under a car in Acocks Green. 

11 May 17

West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics and firefighters, from Haymills Fire Station, joined forces this morning (11/05) to free a boy who became trapped under a car following a collision.


Blog politics
Lib Dems announce £1bn of funding to transform mental health care 

11 May 17

The Liberal Democrats have today announced that £1 billion of the party’s additional health funding would be spent tackling the “historic injustice” faced by people with mental ill health.


FixMyStreet
Cars blocking footpath, 10th May 

10 May 17

Church Road, Yardley.


Blog politics
Figures on Additional Education Funding for West Midlands 

10 May 17

Local Authority Per Pupil Spend Funding Formula Pupil Premium TOTAL ADDITIONAL FUNDING Birmingham £29,113,122 £79,674,219 £16,159,684 £124,947,025 Coventry £27,331,190 £21,114,102 £3,219,599 £51,664,891 Dudley £25,385,634 £9,337,914 £2,633…


Blog politics
Cable: IoD now to the left of May on executive pay 

10 May 17

In response to a call by the Institute of Directors for the government to give investors a bigger say in executive pay, Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, said: “Even directors think executive pay can be excessive, yet the …


Blog feature
Rare monkey arrivals 

10 May 17

We’ve reintroduced two critically endangered new world monkeys to the DZG collection, a decade after we last held the species.


Blog politics
Resolving Asymmetric Conflicts 

9 May 17

In a world which is getting more dangerous it is important to look at how conflicts can actually be resolved.


Blog politics
Lib Dems will invest £7bn in schools to protect funding per pupil 

9 May 17

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament.


FixMyStreet
Car blocking footpath, 8th May 

8 May 17

Cars in Church Road, Yardley.


FixMyStreet
Chinese state circus flyposting, 8th May 

8 May 17

Flyposting of Chinese state circus posters on entrant to sheldon country park on Coventry road, on council notice board outside hatchford vale allotments and on lampposts along road.


Blog politics
Why Marxism is wrong (Dialectical Materialism and the theory of Surplus Value) 

8 May 17

It is, admittedly, unusual to have a proper Marxist as the Shadow Chancellor standing for election.


Blog politics
Bus Regulation and Bus Wars 

7 May 17

In 2010 the Labour Party ridiculed me because I asked a question about bus regulation in Prime Ministers Question Time.


Blog politics
Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 15,430 senior citizens in Yardley 

7 May 17

15,430 pensioners living in Yardley will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the ‘triple lock’ for state pensions.


Blog politics
Marxism in Labour party has more in common with Groucho than Karl 

7 May 17

Responding to John McDonnell’s speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said: “John McDonnell seems to think it’s 1917, not 2017.


Blog politics
Lib Dems Pledge More Money for NHS 

7 May 17

Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £146.8m extra for Birmingham The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election …


Blog politics
Lib Dems make manifesto commitment to protect pensions Triple Lock 

6 May 17

Pensioners will receive at least an extra £772 per year by 2021 under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the Triple Lock.


Blog politics
Lib Dems promise £6bn extra a year for the NHS and care 

5 May 17

The NHS and social care would receive an extra £6bn a year from the Liberal Democrats, it has been announced.


Rugby
Arrests in Erdington and Stechford as police probe high performance car thefts 

5 May 17

Two men arrested on suspicion to commit burglary to steal high performance vehicles…


Blog politics
The Courts – particularly the family courts 

5 May 17

One area I have campaigned on in the past and would intend to campaign on after the election (whether I win or not) relates to the judicial system.


Event
Chinese State Circus, 9 May 2017 – 14 May 2017 

4 May 17

9 May 2017 – 14 May 2017 – Theatre at Sheldon Country Park The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns to the UK with a spectacular new production – DYNASTY.


Local news
New Sculpture Arriving in the Village 

4 May 17

A sculpture inspired by the work of the Village in Bloom team and the heritage of our area is shortly to be installed on the island in the centre of Acocks Green this week.


Blog politics
Hospital waiting lists to rise above 5m – Lamb responds 

4 May 17

Norman Lamb has responded with anger to reports that more than five million people could be waiting for NHS treatment within two years, according to confidential documents reported in The Times.


Blog politics
Farron: May must not rush into unilateral military action in Syria 

4 May 17

Responding to reports Theresa May plans to push through a vote to bomb Syria if she wins the elections, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: “The idea that after months of disinterest and inaction Theresa May would back military intervention …


FixMyStreet
Haunch Lane – Graffiti On Lampost., 3rd May 

3 May 17

On Haunch Lane just before the mini island that meets with Yardley Wood Road and Chinnbrook Road, there is graffiti on a Lampost on the side at bottom.


Blog politics
Lib Dem response to Labour proposal on STPs and hospital closures 

3 May 17

Responding to Labour’s announcement it would halt NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said: “The original purpose of the STP process was a good thing – to bring fragmented parts …


Blog politics
May knows she isn’t telling the truth 

2 May 17

Commenting on the latest untruth delivered from the stump in Bristol, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister is deliberately misleading the public.


Blog politics
Labour Leaflet Analysis 2017 

2 May 17

I did an analysis of the Labour leaflets in 2015 which can be seen here.