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Monument To A Wasteful Council 

22 Apr 18

Labour politicians are always complaining the Council has no money, and yet the Labour run Council wastes money in all kinds of ways.


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Saturday Campaigning 

21 Apr 18

Very sunny Saturday morning canvassing in Edgbaston.


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Sunny Evening For Canvassing 

20 Apr 18

Bright and sunny for our canvassing in Edgbaston this evening, and good to meet people who have already voted for us via post.


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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with local charity ‘Friends of Sick Children in Malawi’ to support future strategy 

20 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has met with Gordon Cowie MBE in the Royal Town to discuss future plans for Friends of Sick Children in Malawi, a UK charity which aims to develop a sustainable paediatric service in the region.


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Beautiful Weather For Canvassing! 

19 Apr 18

Long round of canvassing tonight and still warm enough to eat outside when I got home.


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Sunny Evening In Edgbaston 

18 Apr 18

A lovely sunny day in Edgbaston and we made the most of it with lots of leafletting in the day and canvassing tonight.


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Canvassing On Bristol Rd 

17 Apr 18

A bit blowy on the Bristol Rd this evening but the rain held off.


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Andrew Mitchell MP links up food bank operations with Sutton Coldfield Job Centre Plus and benefit payment officials 

16 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has chaired a meeting between Sutton Coldfield’s Baptist Church United Reform Church (both of which operate Food Banks) and senior figures at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


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Campaigning In Edgbaston This Evening 

16 Apr 18

Another good evening’s campaigning in Edgbaston.


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Proportional representation: Nancy Platts 

16 Apr 18

The West Midlands New Economics blog draws attention to a message from  Nancy Platts, a Labour Party councillor, who has worked for London Fire Brigade, Daycare Trust and Consumer Focus.


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Canvassing In The Sunshine! 

14 Apr 18

Last night when we were canvassing, a resident likened the weather to November.


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Campaigning Hard In Edgbaston 

12 Apr 18

Another good evening’s canvassing in Edgbaston Ward.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Weoley & Selly Oak Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Weoley Selly Oak Ward TWO  candidates to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Stirchley Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Stirchley Ward ONE  candidate to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Rubery & Rednal Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Rubery Rednal Ward ONE  candidate to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Kings Norton North Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Kings Norton North Ward ONE  candidate to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Harborne Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Harborne Ward TWO  candidates to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Frankley Great Park Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Frankley Great Park Ward ONE  candidate to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Government Consultation: Powers for dealing with unauthorised developments and encampment 

12 Apr 18

The government has launched a consultation regarding travellers and the impact unauthorised encampments have on local communities.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Druids Heath and Monyhull Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Druids Heath and Monyhull Ward ONE  candidate to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Bournville and Cotteridge Ward 

12 Apr 18

Candidates for Bournville and Cotteridge Ward TWO candidates to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Canvassing In Edgbaston 

11 Apr 18

Good canvass in Edgbaston again tonight and the rain held off – just…


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Bournbrook and Selly Park Ward 

11 Apr 18

Candidates for Bournbrook and Selly Park Ward TWO candidates to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Medium Term Financial Strategy 

11 Apr 18

At the Councils Budget setting meeting on 1 March we approved not only the budget for 2018/19 but also the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFS) for the next three years.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Bartley Green Ward 

11 Apr 18

Candidates for Bartley Green Ward TWO candidates to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Local Election 2018: Candidates: Allen’s Cross Ward 

11 Apr 18

Candidates for Allen’s Cross Ward ONE candidate to be elected in the local government election 3rd May 2018 If candidates have submitted ‘500 Words’ you can access it by clicking on their name.


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Good Campaigning 

10 Apr 18

Good canvassing session this evening finishing off a full day’s campaigning in Edgbaston.


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Andrew Mitchell MP takes tea with Royal Town’s clergy 

10 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has held his annual meeting with Sutton Coldfield’s Clergy and Faith Leaders, hosted this year by the Sutton Coldfield Muslim Association.


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Website Not In Tune With Reality 

9 Apr 18

Further to my post below about missed collections in Edgbaston: A number of roads in the ward were missed today and this state of affairs is becoming an all too frequent occurrence under Labour.


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Missed Collections in Edgbaston 

9 Apr 18

The depot have informed me that there are a number of missed collections in Edgbaston ward today due to sickness, and I have already heard from constituents that Westbourne Rd, Vicarage Rd, and part of Pershore Rd have all been missed.


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Andrew Mitchell MP launches 2018 annual report 

9 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has launched his annual (2018) report back to his constituents which is being distributed throughout the Royal Town this week.


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Sutton Cottage Hospital 

9 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP hails promising developments for the revitilisation of Sutton Cottage Hospital after meeting with the new Birmingham Community Healthcare Chief Executive.


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Sutton Cottage Hospital 

9 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP hails promising developments for the revitilisation of Sutton Cottage Hospital after meeting with the new Birmingham Community Healthcare Chief Executive.


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Busy Saturday In Edgbaston 

7 Apr 18

Very busy Saturday in Edgbaston – six out on the doorsteps with lots of people busy working behind the scenes too.


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Door Knocking In Edgbaston Tonight 

5 Apr 18

Good to chat to so many people on the door step tonight.


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Good Canvassing 

4 Apr 18

Good evening’s canvassing in Edgbaston tonight – and it didn’t rain…


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Flooding Issues in Ward 

4 Apr 18

Above are a few videos I took of flood water taken mostly on Easter Monday, 3 April 2019, whilst below is a montage of images taken the same days.


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Lenten Lecture 

3 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell has delivered his annual Lenten Lecture at the Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church to an audience drawn from across the Royal Town.


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Andrew Mitchell MP visits Sutton Coldfield Food Bank 

3 Apr 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church during one of their daily food bank services to thank the hardworking volunteers.


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Canvassing In Edgbaston 

31 Mar 18

Good canvass in Edgbaston this morning – but wish it would stop raining…


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It May Be Raining… 

29 Mar 18

…but we’re out campaigning! Good canvass despite the weather…


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Solihull Police Station 

28 Mar 18

The dust seems to be settling on this issue, which I feel has been a bit of communications foul-up.


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Currency Stolen from Tamworth Business 

27 Mar 18

Over £3,000 in British and foreign currency has been stolen from a scaffolding business in Tamworth.


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‘We will demolish every council high rise tower block in Birmingham’, say Tories 

27 Mar 18

‘Every resident of Birmingham deserves to live in a decent quality home’, says Conservative leader…


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Rubbish Issues 

26 Mar 18

Birmingham Council has had issues with its rubbish collection service again today.


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Andrew Mitchell cautiously welcomes emerging ideas for Langley 

26 Mar 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has met again with the Langley Sutton Coldfield Consortium about their proposals for 6,000 homes to be built in Langley.


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Labour Get Their Boundaries In A Muddle 

25 Mar 18

Another lovely day for leafletting today.


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Campaign Launch 

24 Mar 18

Cllr Robert Alden, WM Mayor Andy Street and James Morris MP launched our Conservative campaign to take back Birmingham today and then we hit the doors in Edgbaston once again.


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Let’s Turn Birmingham Blue! 

23 Mar 18

Conservatives from across the city will be out campaigning in Birmingham this weekend.


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Police Launch Investigation Following Suspicious Incident in Tamworth 

22 Mar 18

Staffordshire Police are investigating the report of a man stopping his van by a 12-year-old boy who was walking his dog and then attempting to grab the boy by his jumper.


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PHE Report says Water Fluoridation is Effective and Safe 

22 Mar 18

Public Health England (PHE) has today published its Water fluoridation: health monitoring in England 2018 report on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.


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Tories would stop new Birmingham residents from applying for council houses 

22 Mar 18

Only those who have lived in Birmingham for five years would be able to apply if Tories came to power…


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Hear the State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday 

20 Mar 18

Tamworth goes under the spotlight later this week when all 30 councillors take part in the annual State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday.


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Burntwood Labour councillors call for Conservatives to take action to keep grit bins stocked up 

19 Mar 18

Labour councillors in Burntwood have called on the Conservatives to ensure local grit bins are refilled.


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Gold Falls from the Sky 

17 Mar 18

Tons of gold have fallen out of the sky in Russia after a cargo plane malfunctioned in mid-air.


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Delivering The Magazine! 

17 Mar 18

Many thanks to all the teams out delivering The Magazine in Edgbaston today (and yesterday and the day before as well!).


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Andrew Mitchell MP congratulates young Suttonian elected to Youth Parliament 

16 Mar 18

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


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Housing 30: £2bn social housing fund five months overdue 

16 Mar 18

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has not released the money.


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Edgbaston Council Record! 

11 Mar 18

On a week when we have celebrated International Women’s Day, and the Council honoured former Edgbaston Councillor Dame Ellen Pinsent by renaming a committee room after her; I am grateful to activist Amil Khan for pointing out to me that last …


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Great Campaigning 

10 Mar 18

Great campaigning in Edgbaston this morning and after last night’s brilliant fund raiser we had a real spring in our step…