Birmingham Day in Parliament


It was a real privilege to co-host the Birmingham Day in Parliament today, which was a great initiative put forward by my Labour colleague Gisela Stuart MP.

Birmingham is a vibrant, dynamic and innovative city. Today our city had the chance to showcase some of the best of what it has to offer to Parliament. On show we had local manufacturing, design, music, Asian food and – of course – plenty of Cadbury’s chocolate.

Birmingham Day certainly created a buzz around Westminster, with lots of MPs and Peers visting throughout the day. They had the chance to hear about liquid air technology innovation at the University of Birmingham, Asian firms bringing overseas investment to Birmingham, Cadbury’s apprenticeship scheme and much more. They also got to see several musical performances by young people from Birmingham – including a rare exhibition of hip-hop in the House of Commons!

The day was a fantastic demonstration of the UK’s first city – as London is technically the capital. I hope the end result is greater interest and investment in Birmingham – exactly what our great city deserves.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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