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Walsall’s new Tory bosses undemocratic, negative and uncaring say Lib Dems 

17 Jul 18

The new Conservative administration on Walsall Council has clearly set out its stall as the most negative, uncaring and undemocratic administration to date.


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Newly-elected councillor keen to show people of Lichfield that not all politicians are the same 

16 Jul 18

A newly-elected councillor says he wants to show the people of Lichfield that not all politicians are the same.


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Where are the Tories Hiding? 

15 Jul 18

Warning On this very blog on Saturday, 16 th July 2016 to be precise, I foretold that Mrs May would be the last leader of the Conservative Party, how true that prophesy seems today.


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Healthwatch Annual Report 

13 Jul 18

Please find attached the Annual Report from Solihull’ s Healthwatch 2017/18.


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Planning Application – Lady Lane 

12 Jul 18

An interesting application has been submitted this week, seeking outline permission to develop housing on a plot of land adjoining 68 Lady Lane, Cheswick Green.


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No charges for assault probe Nuneaton councillor 

11 Jul 18

Rob Tromans, the former deputy PCC, had quit the Conservatives amid the assault probe.


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Andrew Mitchell MP pledges to help stop pets being stolen 

11 Jul 18

The Royal Town’s MP has pledged his support to the campaign by the Stolen and Missing Pet Alliance (Sampa) to amend the 1968 Theft Act to reclassify Pet Theft as a specific crime in its own right and improve the Sentencing Guidelines.


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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with Peddimore property developers to discuss major commercial development at the Peddimore site 

11 Jul 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has met with IM Properties for discussions about their emerging proposals for the first phase of the development of Peddimore and was accompanied by Cllr Charlotte Hodivala, newly elected to Birmingham City Council.


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The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul 18

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.


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MAY BANK HOLIDAY FLOODS 

10 Jul 18

Just a few days prior to the floods on Sunday 27 May I met with the councils Flood Protection officers to discuss the (relatively smaller) flooding which took place over Easter weekend; these were mainly related to parts of Cheswick Green and I …


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Universal Credit – School meals in line for Conservative cuts 

9 Jul 18

Changes to Universal Credit mean nearly 1 million poorer children will lose out on a free nutritious meal at lunch – costing parents £400 a year.


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Garden Grabbing – Planning Objection 

9 Jul 18

This post is in conjunction with a previous post on this matter: https://cllrkenhawkins.


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Claim by-election result shows culture of closed door democracy at Lichfield District Council must change 

6 Jul 18

The culture of closed door democracy at Lichfield District Council must change, according to the leader of the opposition group.


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Labour candidate wins seats from Conservatives in Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council by-election 

5 Jul 18

Labour have taken seats from the Conservatives after a by-election in Lichfield.


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Creynolds Lane – Request for reduction in speed limit 

5 Jul 18

On behalf of residents of Creynolds Lane I have submitted a representation seeking a reduction of the current 40mph speed limit to 30 mph.


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Residents begin voting for new councillors in Curborough ward by-election 

5 Jul 18

People in the Curborough ward have begun casting their votes to elect new councillors in Lichfield.


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Labour peer accuses Lichfield Conservatives of being stuck in the past after Friarsgate “fiasco” 

4 Jul 18

A Labour peer has accused the Conservatives in Lichfield of being “stuck in the past” ahead of a by-election in the city.


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Midland Metro Alliance Highway Works 

4 Jul 18

Today Matt and I went to the drop in event organised by the Midland Metro Alliance regarding forthcoming highway works which will be necessary as the Midland Metro route is extended to come down Broad Street into Edgbaston.


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Lichfield MP says Conservatives “have produced the key” to unlock people from poverty 

4 Jul 18

Lichfield’s MP has insisted the Conservatives have “produced the key” to unlock people from poverty.


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Conservative Party Conference 2018 to be held in Birmingham 

4 Jul 18

The Conservative Party Conference (CPC) is a four-day national conference event held by the Tories…


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Andrew Mitchell MP supports Boldmere St Michaels Football Club and congratulates them on £100,000 award 

3 Jul 18

Andrew Mitchell MP recently met with Alan Parsons, Chairman and Secretary for Boldmere St Michaels Football Club, to congratulate them on their £100,000 award from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and hear about the important work the Club does …


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More businesses since 2010 

1 Jul 18

More businesses, more jobs, more opportunities.


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Opening & Unveiling At BCU 

28 Jun 18

Today I was invited to a double event at Birmingham City University’s South Campus in Westbourne Road, Edgbaston.


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Back Garden Planning Application – Dickens Heath 

28 Jun 18

A long awaited application for development behind houses in Birchy Leasowes Lane, Dickens Heath (on border with Tidbury Green) has been submitted to the council – application PL/2018/01710/PPFL refers.


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Thank You Dinner For Fergus Robinson 

27 Jun 18

Edgbaston Ward Conservatives’ Executive Committee held a dinner at The Physician tonight to thank former Cllr Fergus Robinson for his years of service as an Edgbaston Councillor between 2002 and 2018.


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Labour candidate believes Tories will face by-election backlash from Lichfield residents “angered” by collapse of Friarsgate development 

26 Jun 18

Residents “angered” by the collapse of the Friarsgate scheme could take their revenge out at the ballot box, according to Labour’s candidate for a by-election in Lichfield.


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Staying Cool in Hot Weather 

21 Jun 18

‘We’re having a heatwave, we’re having a heatwave…’ I cant remember what musical this comes from but it seems we are in for great weather in the next week or so.


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Labour’s Travel Tax Will Hit Edgbaston Hard 

20 Jun 18

Conservatives were the only party in Birmingham to announce their Clean Air Plan BEFORE May’s Local Elections.


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Community Litter Pick 

20 Jun 18

Yesterday we undertook a community litter pick on Stratford Road (A34) in Monkspath.


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Boldmere Age Concern to get lucky if England v Panama game ends 2-0 

19 Jun 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Boldmere’s William Hill to show his support for the Football Shirt Friday campaign to tackle bowel cancer.


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Looking At The Flood Damage At The Guinea Gardens 

19 Jun 18

In the aftermath of last month’s torrential rainfall and flooding in Edgbaston, this is what the restored bothy at the Edgbaston Guinea Gardens looked like.


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Windrush Public Services Day Exhibition 

18 Jun 18

This week sees a number of events in Birmingham celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush – celebrating the journeys and lives of those who came to help rebuild the country after the Second World War.


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Royal British Legion launches outreach service in Solihull 

16 Jun 18

Together with fellow ward Councillor James Butler it was a privilege to support Elaine Butler at the launch of the Outreach Service in Solihull this week.


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Dementia Risk Now Included as Part of NHS Health Check 

16 Jun 18

Adding the dementia element to the NHS Health Check programme will enable healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, such as by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically …


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Fighting Crime In Edgbaston 

15 Jun 18

Very useful meeting this evening with some Edgbaston residents and the police about car crime in their area of the ward.


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Google confirms Royal title in victory for Sutton Coldfield 

15 Jun 18

Internet Goliath Google has finally agreed to use Sutton Coldfield’s Royal Title on all Google Map products throughout the world in a victory for the Royal Town.


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Supporting Our Local Grammar Schools At Full Council 

14 Jun 18

The Government has announced the first tranche of a £200 million pot of money to expand the number of places at grammar schools which already exist.


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Councillors’ Market Place 

13 Jun 18

Lots of interesting things at the Councillors’ Market Place yesterday (ahead of the June Full Council meeting) including coming face to face with this replica of Dippy’s skull! Don’t forget you can see Dippy the dinosaur all summer at the …


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S2 and S3 Bus Services – Solihull 

12 Jun 18

I have been engaged with residents from the more rural area of Blythe ward (Cheswick Green, Tidbury Green and Dickens Heath) for a while now; collating details of service disruption.


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Andrew Mitchell MP highlights recruitment challenges for St Giles Hospice in Sutton Coldfield and palliative care sector 

11 Jun 18

The Royal Town’s MP tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Health Secretary following a meeting with the CEO of St Giles Hospice in Sutton Coldfield.


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Andrew Mitchell visits the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice 

11 Jun 18

Andrew Mitchell visits the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice and secures support for Royal Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital revitalisation plans.


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Andrew Mitchell MP visits Elmhurst Ballet School 

11 Jun 18

The Royal Town’s MP has highlighted the importance of Government and local support for the arts while visiting the prestigious local Elmhurst Ballet School to learn more about the important work that the school carried out in training the next …


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Let’s Ride Birmingham 

10 Jun 18

HSBC Let’s Ride Birmingham is taking place today with a route which starts in the city centre, comes out down the Pershore Rd in Edgbaston and then doubles back to form a loop.


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Number Of Workless Households Falls 

7 Jun 18

The number of workless households has fallen to its lowest level since records began – falling by 970,000 since 2010.


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Butterfly House At The Botanical Gardens 

6 Jun 18

The Butterfly House has now opened for the summer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.


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Traffic Chaos In Edgbaston 

4 Jun 18

Part resurfacing has been carried out at several locations in Edgbaston today – including Spring Road and in Westbourne Rd (pictured).


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Road Repairs On Harborne Road 

3 Jun 18

After lots of pressure from Cllr Matt Bennett and myself, work finally underway this weekend to repair first the sewer, and then the damaged road surface on Harborne Road (damage caused by last Sunday’s floods).


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Homes To Be Destroyed in Bent Lion Farm Deal 

31 May 18

It is not just the Fields corrupt Labour Sandwell Council are desperate to obliterate at Lion Farm but in the bent property deal with Jeremy Knight-Adams they are going to destroy homes too! Council housing! The Skidder can exclusively reveal that …


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Civic Sunday Service reflects Town’s pride and sadness 

30 May 18

Civic Leaders came together to reflect on recent tragic events in the town at the Annual Civic Service on Sunday, 20th May.


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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with Rev Dr Carver Anderson to promote findings by the Birmingham Commission on Gangs and Violence 

30 May 18

The Royal Town’s MP has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the new Home Secretary following a meeting with Rev Dr Carver Anderson in Sutton Coldfield.


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A Month’s Rain Fell In One Hour In Edgbaston On Sunday 

28 May 18

When I visited Winterbourne on Saturday afternoon, little did I guess that on Sunday afternoon the Met Office would be reporting the Winterbourne site in Edgbaston had recorded a massive 58 mm of rainfall in just one hour, and 81 mm in twelve hours.


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Road Closures In Edgbaston 

28 May 18

Due to yesterday’s heavy rain, this morning Priory Rd in Edgbaston is closed as it approaches Church Rd  (damaged wall) and Harborne Rd is closed between Harborne High Street and Yateley Road (due to the road surface being damaged).


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Record Rainfall In Edgbaston 

27 May 18

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


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One Of Edgbaston’s Delights 

26 May 18

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


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Walking to Work Could Cut Risk of Dying from Heart Disease 

26 May 18

Leaving the car at home and walking to work could cut the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by almost a third, according to new research from Cambridge University.


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Tesco Fined £1.6m After Pedestrian Crushed Against Loading Bay 

26 May 18

Supermarket chain Tesco has been fined £1.6m following a prosecution brought by Ealing Council.


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Council accused of double standards over plan to foot the bill for Friarsgate development in Lichfield 

25 May 18

A plan for Lichfield District Council to foot the bill for Friarsgate is a case of double standards, the leader of the Labour opposition group has claimed.


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Dippy Arrives in Birmingham! 

24 May 18

“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…


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Mayor-Making At Birmingham City Council 

22 May 18

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


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Walsall Council – Reputations will be won or lost at tonight’s Mayor making ceremony 

21 May 18

Walsall Council still remains in no overall control following the Local Elections on 3rd May 2018.