An internationally supported, long-term plan is needed to bring peace to Israel-Palestine

The announcement of a ceasefire will bring a much-needed and welcome respite for the peoples of Israel and Palestine following the horrific violence of the past two weeks. However, past history suggests this could result in another uneasy stand-off – one that will do nothing to address the Palestinians’ desire for self-determination and the Israelis’Continue reading An internationally supported, long-term plan is needed to bring peace to Israel-Palestine

Local MP calls on Government to tackle Child Poverty

New figures released by the End Child Poverty coalition have revealed the growing scale of child poverty across the country, even before the pandemic hit. The research carried out by Loughborough University for the End Child Poverty Coalition shows that in the latest year (2019/20) there were 7483 children trapped in poverty in Selly Oak. That’s 38% of children. SteveContinue reading Local MP calls on Government to tackle Child Poverty

Universal Credit uplift must be extended to prevent hundreds of thousands falling into poverty

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham-Selly Oak, is a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee who in a report released today, recommend that the Chancellor must maintain for another year ‘at the very least’ the £20 per week increase in Universal Credit (UC) and Working Tax Credit introduced to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.   The report notes that sinceContinue reading Universal Credit uplift must be extended to prevent hundreds of thousands falling into poverty

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