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Relocation of Channel 4

Today the House of Commons debated the relocation of Channel 4. In March Channel 4 announced its 4 for All the UK Plan to increase its presence across the country and create a new National HQ and two creative hubs outside of London.

Our region deserves its fair share of investment from the UK’s national broadcasters. Moving its headquarters to Birmingham would also be a smart and forward-looking choice for Channel 4.

Channel 4 prides itself on being a broadcaster that looks to the future. If Channel 4 want to reflect the UK of tomorrow, they should look to the West Midlands of today and the massive reservoir of talent in our young and diverse population and select the West Midlands as its new headquarters.

Channel 4’s mission has always been to disrupt, challenge, pioneer and fight for new voices to be heard. In the West Midlands, that is what we do. It’s time for C4 and our region to get closer.

April’s newsletter

Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter!

Space prevents the newsletter covering all of what I have been doing over the past month. However, hopefully it provides a flavour of some of the local issues I have taken up as well as my actions in Parliament. You’ll find updates on Northfield Leisure Centre, the Windrush Generation and other issues. As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on these or any other issues.

Best wishes,

Richard

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Figures reveal rising food bank use

In recent years, the rise in the number of people requiring the support of food banks has been alarming and the past year has been no different.

Figures released yesterday by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest food bank network, reveal that food banks provided record levels of emergency food supplies last year. The Trust provided 1.3 million three-day food packages for people in crisis, with almost half a million of these packages going to children.

In the West Midlands, between April 2017 and March 2018, almost 60,000 three day emergency food packages were provided to people facing crisis by the Trussell Trust, over 20,000 which were for children.

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March’s Newsletter

Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter which gives me the opportunity to wish you a Happy Easter!

Space prevents the newsletter covering all of what I have been doing over the past month. However, hopefully it provides a flavour of some of the local issues I have taken up as well as my actions in Parliament. You’ll find updates on local planning applications, legal aid for families of the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings and other issues. As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on these or any other issues.

Best wishes,

Richard

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Legal Aid for families of the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings

Yesterday I led a debate in Parliament calling for legal aid to be granted for the families of the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings.

The families are contesting a ruling by the Coroner that suspects cannot be identified during the reopened Inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. They won their case in the High Court. The Coroner has lodged an Appeal as he has every right to do. While the Corner will receive public funding to present his appeal however, the families are being denied Legal Aid to defend the judgement of the High Court.

The issue is a simple one. Why shouldn’t both sides be treated equally?

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