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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 – ‘The power of words’

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day which marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, – one of the sites where the largest mass murder in history took place. Millions of Jewish people, gypsies, homosexuals and others were murdered simply for who they were.

Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us not only of the importance of commemorating the millions who died in the Holocaust and other genocides that have taken place since then – like in Bosnia and Rwanda in the 1990s. It is also renewing our resolve to prevent such atrocities taking place again and the opportunity to pay tribute to the extraordinary individuals who survived the horror of the camps and whose testimonies remind us never to forget.

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Shocking figures reveal 34% of children in Northfield are living in poverty

The End Child Poverty coalition has today published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. The figures reveal that more than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.

In Northfield 34% of children are living in poverty and four constituencies in Birmingham feature in the 25 areas with the highest levels of child poverty.

These figures should shame the Government. We are still one of the richest countries in the world but the increasing cost of living, stagnating wages and changes to the support available to families are having a big impact and the result is so many children growing up in poverty. Government policy choices have real effects and the Government must take urgent action to tackle these dreadful rates in child poverty.

Animal Welfare Round Up – January 2018

Welcome to my latest Animal Welfare Round-Up. This is a newsletter I regularly send out to update you on the issues that many of you get in touch with me about. My latest update covers the action I’ve taken on your behalf in the latter months of last year and the start of 2018.


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Statement on Carillion liquidation

Undoubtedly there is great concern regarding the impact that Carillion’s liquidation will have on people and businesses in the West Midlands. It is vital that an urgent assessment is conducted to assess the impact of Carillion’s liquation on our region. I have been in close contact with Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Jobs and Skills, Brett O’Reilly and to consider what steps can be put in place to minimise the impact on Birmingham City Council and service users.

I fully support Councillor O’Reilly’s request for Government assistance in co-ordinating a response to mitigate the impact on residents and the local economy. The Government have serious questions to answer about why it continued to award Carillion contracts even after it became clear that Carillion were in serious financial difficulty and must do all that it can to ensure that employees, taxpayers and pension fund members are protected.

Aldi consultation on a new store in Kings Norton

Aldi are consulting on an initial proposal for a new store off the Redditch Road, Kings Norton.

A public exhibition is being held on Thursday 18th January from 3pm to 7pm at North Hall, St Nicolas’ Place, The Green, B38 8RU to enable residents to find out more about the proposals.

Along with Councillor Peter Griffiths and local Labour campaigner, Alex Aitkin, I would encourage local residents to attend the exhibition to view the plans and share your comments with Aldi’s project team.

If you are unable to attend the exhibition on Thursday, you can view the plans and submit your comments online through the link here –

You can alternatively share your comments with Aldi through contacting their Freephone number on 0800 298 7040 or emailing your comments to