A People’s Plan for the West Midlands

I’m afraid the rumours are true! I’m really grateful to friends across the region who asked me to stand to be the Labour candidate for the West Midlands Metro Mayor. But, I can confirm today what some of you know already… Before he died, I’d spent many hours talking things over with legendary Sandwell leader, […]

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Sport 4 Life Free Sports Leadership Course

Dear friends, I thought you might be interested in an exciting new opportunity for 16-25 years olds to gain a free level 1 qualification in Sports Leadership. The course is being offered by Sport 4 Life, a local Birmingham charity who aim to change the lives of disadvantaged young people between the ages of 12 […]

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National Lottery Funding in Birmingham Hodge Hill

Dear friends, I thought you might be interested to know just how much funding we’ve received from the National Lottery here in Hodge Hill. Since 1994, Hodge Hill has received a total of  £22,140,552 million in National Lottery funding, benefiting 422 local projects. Since July 2004, we’ve received £5,964,153 through 260 grants. In 2015 we […]

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Birmingham Labour: The Positive Offer 2016

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  This morning I was delighted to help launch Birmingham Labour’s Positive Offer for Local Government ahead of the Council elections on Thursday 5th May 2016.   You can read a copy of the Positive Offer document by clicking on the front cover below.   Here I am launching the Positive Offer document this morning: […]

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Statement on news that Rockwood Academy and Nansen Primary School have been rated good

  Great news; Nansen Primary and Rockwood Academy, formerly Park View, have both been removed from Special Measures and are now rated “good” by Ofsted. Here’s my statement:   “This is great news for both Nansen and Rockwood Academy and recognises the hard work of so many at the schools and in our local community.” […]

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Prime Minister agrees to look again at plight of unaccompanied children in Calais following questions from Liam Byrne

**For Immediate Release**                                                                      Monday 21st March 2016 Prime Minister agrees to look again at plight of unaccompanied children in Calais following questions from Liam Byrne The Prime Minister has today agreed to look again at the plight of unaccompanied children stranded in Calais following a question from Liam Byrne MP in the House of Commons. […]

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Byrne calls on Osborne to axe PIP changes

**For Immediate Release**                                                  Monday 21st March 2016 Byrne calls on Osborne to axe PIP changes Following Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation, Liam Byrne MP is today calling on the Chancellor George Osborne to axe his cruel cuts to disability benefits. As opposition grows to these cuts, Liam Byrne MP is calling on residents to back a […]

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Birmingham MPs protest at Chancellor’s “£100 million Birmingham Bombshell”

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Birmingham MPs protest at Chancellor’s “£100 million Birmingham Bombshell” Birmingham MPs will today use the Budget debate to protest at the Government’s £100 million ‘Birmingham Bombshell’ of unfair cuts and tax rises hitting the city. They will argue that the government has promised a fairer funding deal for Birmingham but has refused to introduce this […]

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