Summer Newsletter from Richard Burden MP


As Parliament breaks for summer recess it’s certainly not been a quite couple of months. This months update contains updates on the recent fire at Northfield Manor, the sad passing of former Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones and the election for his successor, and the choice over the future of Northfield’s leisure facilities.

In towns and cities across the world – including here in Birmingham – people are speaking out against the carnage taking place in Gaza. The number of local people that have written to me calling on the UK Government to take action to stop the devastating cycle of violence has been striking. More and more people are saying that the status quo in Israel and Palestine just cannot continue if peace is ever to be achieved.

But we have had some better local news this summer too. From an £8 million investment in transport improvements for Longbridge, to new investment in local leisure facilities and the outstanding success of this year’s Northfield Beach, the sun has certainly been out in South West Birmingham recently!

I hope you enjoy reading this month’s news and remember you can also sign up to receive the monthly newsletter straight to your email account.




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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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