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Letter to DEFRA on Bees and Neonicotinod Pesticides

Letter to Michael Gove

Funding Opportunity for Local Charities and Community Groups

Local charities and community groups in the Northfield area have the opportunity to apply for funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

The Aviva Community Funds awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health and wellbeing, and community support.

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 500 projects across the UK so I would encourage local charities and community groups to apply for this funding.

Charities and community groups in the Northfield area make an invaluable contribution to our local area, improving life chances and making Northfield a better place to live in. This is an exciting opportunity for groups in the Northfield area to continue this work through applying for funding for new projects.

Applications for the Community Fund can be made until 10th October. There will then be a vote on the projects, with the winners announced in January.

Applications for funding can be made here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/…/us…/aboutthecompetition

My speech on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

This week in Parliament I outlined why I could not support the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at its Second reading in its current form.

Neither the people of Birmingham Northfield, nor anyone anywhere else in the country, were ever asked about, or voted for, the kind of ministerial power grab that the contents of the Bill represent. We must not allow Ministers to grab powers to avoid scrutiny by Parliament.

You can see watch my speech here:

BIN STRIKE UPDATE

After weeks of missed collections across Birmingham, I am relieved that agreement has been reached to bring the bins dispute to an end and I thank the Council and Unions for doing so. Birmingham residents have understandably been left angry and frustrated by all of this, but they too will be relieved to have the clean streets that they expect and are entitled to.

The immediate focus must now be on the backlog of missed collections and clearing the mountains of rubbish that have been left behind on Birmingham’s streets and estates. My team and I will continue to work with local councillors and residents to report outstanding collections and piles of rubbish while the clean-up gets underway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-40948937

Summer Newsletter

 

In this, my first Parliamentary Newsletter since the General Election, I want to say thank you to the people of Birmingham Northfield Constituency for re-electing me as your MP. To have been re- elected with a majority that was almost double that of the previous election is an even greater honour.

So in saying a personal thank you to all who voted for me, I also want to underline that I am the MP for everyone in the constituency, whoever you voted for at election time. My priority has always been to be a good local MP, with solid roots in the area. If there is any issue you would like to bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can find out how you can get in touch, here.

I hope you all have a wonderful and restful summer.

Best wishes,

Richard Read more