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Birmingham’s Labour MPs call on Legal Aid Agency to reverse its refusal of Legal Aid to families of Birmingham Pub Bombings victims

Birmingham’s nine Labour MPs have today written to the Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Agency calling on him to reverse the Agency’s decision to refuse Legal Aid to the families of 10 of the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings at the Court of Appeal.

The families are contesting an appeal by the Coroner, Sir Peter Thornton QC, against a High Court ruling that he should reconsider his decision to prohibit the identification of suspects during the reopened inquest into the Pub Bombings.

Lawyers presenting the Coroner’s case will be publicly funded but, following the Legal Aid Agency’s decision, the families will be denied equivalent funding to present their case.

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World Book Day 2018

Today is World Book Day, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly reading. The aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

The theme of this year’s Day is ‘Share a Story’ and World Book Day is encouraging a daily ten-minute storytelling slot to make reading with the children the nation’s new habit. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to a child’s development.

You can read together anywhere and everywhere, from breakfast to bedtime. That is why this World Book Day, by spreading the ‘ten minute’ message we can make a habit of every day reading with children of all ages.

You can find out more about World Book Day here –


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100 years of votes for women

Today is 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women and all men the vote for the first time. It gave the rights of democracy to 8.5 million women, raising the electorate from 8 to 21 million people.

The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step towards enabling women to have a say in the way our country is governed. Ten years later the Equal Franchise Act 1928 gave women the vote on the same terms as men. Together these are two of the most important milestones in British democratic history.

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Popular bus stop to be reinstated

I am pleased that a popular bus stop is to be reinstated outside Northfield Shopping Centre.

In October Transport West Midlands took the decision to decommission several bus stops in and around Northfield Town Centre as part of a pilot to review journey times on the local bus network. However the suspension of several bus services from outside Northfield Shopping Centre has caused disruption for both local businesses and bus users.

I know how important local buses are for the accessibility and wellbeing of Northfield Town Centre. Many local residents added their names to a petition put forward by the Northfield Business Improvement District (BID) calling for Transport for West Midlands to suspend its pilot and reinstate. I also wrote to the Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands to urge them to consider the request of Northfield BID and reinstate the decommissioned bus stops.

I would like to congratulate Northfield BID on their successful campaign to reinstate this popular bus stop that will reopen outside Northfield Shopping Centre on Monday 5th February.

January Newsletter

Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter. In my first newsletter since Christmas and the New Year, let me wish you all a Happy New Year.

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 food banks, community transport and other issues. As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on these or any other issues.

Best wishes,


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