Category Archives: Constituency news
Here are the opportunities to get involved in our local campaigns this week. Here is where I and the team will be:
Today (Tuesday 14th April):
16:30 – 18:30
The team and I will be out door knocking with the South Yardley campaign later today – meet at 16:30 outside 3 Cowley Grove, Birmingham, B11 2JD.
Wednesday 15th April:
10:00 – 12:00
We will be joining Basharat Dad and the Stetchford and Yardley North team for some door knocking – meet at 10:00 outside 1 Tanfield Road, B33 9ER.
Thursday 16th April:
15:00 – 17:00
We will be out door knocking in Shard End in support of the brilliant Ian Ward. Details to be confirmed soon.
Friday 17th April:
10:00 – 12:00
We will be joining Basharat Dad and the Stetchford and Yardley North team for some door knocking – meet at 10:00 outside 1 Jacamar Avenue, B33 9AZ.
Saturday 18th April:
18:00 – 20:00
We will be back doorknocking in Yardley from 18:00 – meet outside 7 Francis Road, B33 8SL
More information can be found at www.birmingham-labour.com/events
Hope to see you there!
You may have seen that Ofsted has brought out new reports today, including ones into Park View and Nansen Primary School.
You can see my statement in response here below:
“I welcome today’s Ofsted report into Park View. This report is a credit to the parents and Governors at the school who have worked hard to turn the ship around and it is encouraging to see their progress being recognised.
However Ofsted’s report into Nansen shows that there is still more work to be done.
Our priorities must remain securing a first class education for our young people and opportunities for parents to be involved in their children’s education – in every school across the constituency. Today’s reports demonstrate that we are making progress towards that goal but there is still more work to be done.
In order to reach that goal we must have a good dialogue between parents and Governors and, importantly, a strong and supported team of permanent teaching and leadership staff – not a roundabout of temporary supply staff.
Ofsted and the Department for Education must work with parents and Governors at Nansen to help them secure the permanent staff they need to see the school flourish.”
With all best wishes
I thought I would share with you some figures from the House of Commons Library on unemployment in Hodge Hill. The total number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in February 2015 was 4,461. This represents a rate of 9.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 4th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)
The number of claimants is 1397 lower than in February 2014 and 8 higher than in January 2015. These data are not seasonally adjusted.
All the best,
Yesterday the House of Commons Education Select Committee published a report entitled: “Extremism in schools: the Trojan Horse affair” criticising the response of the Department for Education and Ofsted to the so-called ‘Trojan Horse Affair’ last year.
You can read the report here
My statement in response to the report is below:
“I welcome yesterday’s report from the Education Select Committee. The report exposes the shockingly poor service which parents at Park View and the other schools involved in the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ affair have received from both Ofsted and the Department for Education.
The chaotic response from the establishment, highlighted by yesterday’s report, has undermined efforts to get our schools back to providing the brilliant education which our young people deserve.
Both Ofsted and the Department for Education have a mountain to climb in terms of restoring trust amongst parents in my constituency.
Right from the get go my priority has been, and always will be, a first class education for our young people and opportunities for parents to be involved in their children’s education. We are making progress in our schools towards that goal. A number of the schools have now received favourable reports from Ofsted and the new set of Governors at PVET have my support.
The publication of this report should draw a line under this episode and reinforce the message that Government must work with parents to ensure the best education possible for our young people.”
Early last year Parkfield Community School won my first ever Hodge Hill School award for their amazing work helping redesign the nearby old tyre park into an innovative new fitness area.
As the winners, I nominated Parkfield Community School to work with Parliament to design a flag that represents the constituency of Birmingham Hodge Hill. The flag has been designed as part of Parliament’s commemoration of the 800th year anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
You can see their flag below, along with hundreds of others here, this is a great opportunity to celebrate this great moment in our democratic history.
Parkfield Community School’s winning Hodge Hill Flag
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to my residents’ meeting the other Saturday, together with Cllrs Ansar Ali Khan and Mohammed Idress, or returned a survey.
As promised, I am writing with a summary of what we discussed plus an action plan.
If there is anything you would like to add, then please do use the enclosed feedback sheet and send it back to me. You do not need a stamp!
Thanks again – and do stay in touch!
RT HON LIAM BYRNE MP
Birmingham Hodge Hill
I wanted to let you know about some great new activities that are available in Hodge Hill thanks to the Council’s Active Parks:
I wanted to share with you the report of my visit to Palestine earlier this year. Click on the image below to see it full size.
With all best wishes
Progress at last – Letter from Nicky Morgan MP – Secretary of State for Education – on Parent Governors at Park View – 23 February 2015
I wanted to share with you the letter I have received from Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, earlier this week.
You read the letter below (click on the letter for larger image).
I am glad to read that we have progress at last and that the Government has now committed to seeing an openly elected parent council.
I wanted to share with you a copy of the East Birmingham Growth Prospectus which I launched this morning.
This is the biggest plan for jobs in East Birmingham we’ve ever had. It was hard fought. But by demanding the government, the Council and HS2 pull together we’ve got an amazing plan for jobs and skills. At Washwood Heath we’ve forced HS2 to look at new plans to ensure 2,334 jobs are created rather than a giant train carpark – plus a £1 million investment in skills for local people and the City Council’s regeneration plan. It’s a once in a generation opportunity to transform our local economy.
You can find the full press release with statements from Shabana Mahmood MP and Jack Dromey MP here.
The news was covered by both the Birmingham Post and the Birmingham Mail.
With all best wishes