My latest newsletter gives an update on what I am doing locally and in Parliament to represent people in Birmingham Northfield.
This newsletter covers national issues from the recent floods to the rising cost of living, as well as my local work to boost jobs and employment in our area, support local residents at Kingswood Care Homes, and respond to the huge financial challenges facing Birmingham City Council.
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On the 5th March, I held a debate in the House of Commons to ask the Government why two farmers’ markets in South Birmingham, including Kings Norton Farmers’ Market in my constituency, had suddenly lost their tax exemption – at the same time as the huge multinational firms like Amazon, Google, Starbucks and Vodafone continue to get away with paying almost nothing.
All political parties try to grab headlines and present stories in a way that makes a political point. But there are bottom lines. That is why it is just not right to manufacture stories to discredit your opponents and scare local people in the hope of getting votes for yourself. Unfortunately, that seems to be what at least some Conservatives are trying to do in Northfield right now.
They have launched a campaign to “Save Northfield Baths.” The only problem is that there is no threat. Indeed, even despite the cuts being imposed on Birmingham by David Cameron’s Government, Birmingham City Council plan to create better swimming facilities for local people than there are now. Here are the facts:
Next Friday, the 21st of February, I’m very proud that I will be hosting a major jobs fair for South Birmingham at Bournville College in Longbridge, as part of The Climb Project I launched last year.
I hope that local people will be able to attend and see the fantastic opportunities that are available here in South Birmingham.
Residents have contacted me about reports that the North Worcestershire Golf Course in my constituency may be sold off for redevelopment as a housing estate.
Local councillors and I have opposed this in the past and we had been assured by the Golf Club that they had no such plans. Therefore, we are as concerned to hear the latest reports as local residents have been.