Housing plans central to who we choose as mayor

REMEMBER Mrs Thatcher selling off all those council houses! The government’s got a new plan called ‘Right to Regenerate’ which they say will increase house building and improve local areas. Like council house sales, it involves selling off council land, garages and empty properties, but will it work? Birmingham, with a population of over oneContinue reading Housing plans central to who we choose as mayor

Birmingham MP joins Women’s Aid in Calling for safe Accommodation

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak and Women’s Aid Federation of England (‘Women’s Aid’) are calling for oversight of exempt accommodation to protect vulnerable women and children.  Steve McCabe MP met with Women’s Aid to hear their concerns about the growing number of exempt accommodation providers housing victims of domestic violence without any expertise or experience, and inContinue reading Birmingham MP joins Women’s Aid in Calling for safe Accommodation

Anti-vaxxers are undermining the work of scientists in battling Covid

WE’VE come a long way since Edward Jenner first inoculated a 13-year-old with vaccinia virus (cowpox), resulting in the first Smallpox vaccination, and almost 200 years later a global programme to eradicate the disease altogether. It’s sometimes easy to forget the awful suffering caused through conditions such as Polio, Rubella and Diphtheria before the discoveryContinue reading Anti-vaxxers are undermining the work of scientists in battling Covid

Reverse Advent Calendar, please join my foodbank appeal

We have all been affected by coronavirus this year but it’s true to say that people will have had very different experiences. Too many people are being pushed further into poverty and as unemployment continues to rise, I am worried this is going to get worse before it gets better. The Trussell Trust Foodbank NetworkContinue reading Reverse Advent Calendar, please join my foodbank appeal

Care homes need practical help, not costly gimmicks

I really missed the veterans this Remembrance Sunday. The pandemic has robbed us all but none more so than elderly people with precious years left. It’s been especially cruel for those in care homes. Face-to-face visits were banned during the first lockdown. This time the government’s offering guidance which says visitors can meet residents inContinue reading Care homes need practical help, not costly gimmicks

Cometh the hour, cometh the man – we’ve got the wrong man for this situation

I got short shrift from the Prime Minister on Monday for daring to ask him to his face what so many of his own MPs are saying behind his back. I asked him if he should quit. Actually, I asked him if he’d thought of making way for someone with a skillset, better suited  to getting us through this crisis.  This is the kind of situation that should bring people together but that’s not how it’s comingContinue reading Cometh the hour, cometh the man – we’ve got the wrong man for this situation