Update from Birmingham City Council on Small Heath School Situation

Dear friends, I thought I would share with you the following update I have received today from Birmingham City Council on the situation at Small Heath school. Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, comments on the situation at Small Heath school. As negotiations continue and further strike action by the NUT takes place […]

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Government backs Byrne’s plan for world class Birmingham burial services

**ImmediateRelease**                                                                                                                             09/12/2015 Government backs Byrne’s plan for world class Birmingham burial services The government has backed Liam Byrne MP’s call for world class burial services for deceased loved ones in Birmingham. The support from the government follows a campaign by Mr Byrne to improve burial services for his constituents. Mr Byrne has been campaigning for […]

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HS2 concede fresh talks are needed on Washwood Heath site

**Immediate Release** – Thursday 26 November 2015 HS2 concede fresh talks are needed on Washwood Heath site HS2 today conceded in Parliament that fresh talks are needed to maximise jobs at the old LDV-Alstom site at Washwood Heath – currently earmarked for a marshalling yard. The railway firm made the concession at an extraordinary hearing […]

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Report back on summit for first class burial services

Here’s a report back from our summit with the Coronor, and senior officials from the city council, the registrars and Heartlands hospital: First of all it’s clear that the Coronor and others are fighting to provide the absolute best service they can. They care. They’re compassionate. And they want to be the best. But what’s […]

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Burial services summit in the Birmingham Mail

Dear friends, I thought you might be interested to see the Birmingham Mail’s coverage of today’s summit to end the scandal of second class burial services in the city. You can read their article below and here. Families turn to pay day loan companies to meet funeral bills of £6,000 Grieving families are having to […]

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Byrne holds summit to demand first class burial services for deceased loved ones

**Immediate Release** 05/11/2015 Byrne holds summit to demand first class burial services for deceased loved ones Liam Byrne MP will tomorrow host a summit of Birmingham’s senior coroner, health and council chiefs designed to end the scandal of second class burial services. Byrne will be joined by fellow Birmingham MPs, Shabana Mahmood and Khalid Mahmood, […]

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Statement on leadership changes at Heart of England NHS Trust

Dear all, Following the news of Monitor’s proposals to help Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust fix problems with its performance and management and the announcement of the new team of Dame Julie Moore as a new Chief Executive and Jacqui Smith as a new Chair of the Board, Liam Byrne MP has made the […]

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Follow up letter for Residents Meeting on 6th December 2014

Dear Friend,   Small Heath Residents Meeting: Action Plan   Many thanks to everyone who came along to my residents’ meeting at the Khidmat Centre before Christmas.   As promised I write with a summary of what we talked about – and what we’re planning to do next!   NHS: I’m really worried that our […]

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December 13th, 2014

Follow up letter for Residents Meeting on 7th November 2014

Dear Friend,   I promised to write with feedback from our residents’ meeting at Saltley Leisure Centre on Friday Nov 7 – a big thanks to everyone who came or sent me back a survey.   We discussed four priorities: 1. Rubbish and the need for cleaner streets. There was a widespread view that action […]

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November 15th, 2014