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Human rights after Brexit, ‘reliant on Parliamentary goodwill’ . . . 

18 Jan 18

Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment to th e European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , aimed to retain the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and ensure that it would be transferred, with the rest of EU law, when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

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“What do you think of the new Cabinet?” 

15 Jan 18

This question was posed last week and I replied cautiously, “Wait and see”.

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West Midlands New Economics Group: AGM 25th January 2018 

14 Jan 18

Annual General Meeting Roundup of news and planning for future meeting 25th January,  5-7pm at the John Lewis Community Hub, available to community groups.

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Labour’s effective opposition in 2017 

12 Jan 18

Steve Walker blogs: In spite of Labour’s General Election surge and its continued polling strength – not to mention more than  thirty  u-turns Labour under Corbyn had already forced from the Conservatives before the election – the line …

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Housing 29: London showing of film, The Great Social Housing Swindle – Birmingham next? 

9 Jan 18

In 2017 housing rose to the top of the British political agenda for the first time in a generation.

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John Madin’s Central Library: January 2018 

7 Jan 18

Gone but not forgotten – but will Birmingham ever learn? Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Birmingham, asks why Birmingham seems to dislike its Brutalist history so much  Birmingham’s Central Library before demolition Read on here :  …

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BFOE supports councillors’ proposal for food waste collection 

5 Jan 18

In July on this site a Gloucestershire reader recommended the local food waste collection which began in 2016.

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“Birmingham banker Thomas Attwood must be cheering from his grave” 

27 Dec 17

‘The Labour party would have found an ally in Attwood’ Dr Geoffrey Ingham, Financial Times (Letters) : “The early 19th century member of parliament, proto-Keynesian and pro-industry Birmingham banker Thomas Attwood must be cheering from his …

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A university ‘spinoff’ – permanent magnets for wind turbines? 

23 Dec 17

Birmingham’s Professor Rex Harris (FREng) is drawing attention to a recent article in the Guardian Review on wind energy giving an up-beat view of off-shore wind farms which, he agrees, are showing a lot of promise, particularly compared with the …

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Presented in Birmingham: plan to give undemocratic powers to the Conservative hierarchy 

21 Dec 17

On November 25 the Conservative Party held a convention in Birmingham attended by 100 invited people, which rewrote sections of the party’s constitution.

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Chamberlain, Mrs May and industry 

17 Dec 17

There is a substantial and interesting article about the work of Joseph Chamberlain on the website of the Centre for Retail Research.

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Head teachers hear Jeremy Corbyn’s programme for the 99% 

16 Dec 17

Corbyn’s core philosophy We must recognise that every single child in this country has talents and every single child deserves the chance to flourish and thrive to their maximum potential in whichever field suits them best.

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Housing 28: will city MPs vote for stable rentals – or retaliatory evictions? 

14 Dec 17

“100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit” – The Observer July 2017.

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Birmingham Grand Central platforms: dingy polluted subterranean canyons 

9 Dec 17

Reading Christian Wolmar’s article: ‘Rail’s dirty secret’ , recalled last year’s  question on this site : ‘How many lungs and hearts will be damaged by air pollution before action is taken?’ There is concern about the levels of diesel-…

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Bournville’s Visitor Information Centre: a revelation 

4 Dec 17

‘Visitor Information Centre’ is a name that kept the writer away for many months anticipating only leaflets and the usual memorabilia made in China.

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2 Dec 17

Saturday 2nd December, 2-7pm Bournville Village Council will oversee the traditional switching on of the landmark Christmas tree lights 6pm.

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Is the first zero pollution passenger vessel Belgian? Birmingham has had one since 2006 

1 Dec 17

  Congratulations to the   Compagnie Maritime Belge  ( CMB), one of the oldest Antwerp ship owners, which has built the first commercial ship that runs on hydrogen and produces zero pollution.

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U-turn? BCC adopts the Clancy/Unite agreement, with token modifications 

26 Nov 17

In July, Birmingham City Council reneged on an ACAS-mediated, cabinet-approved agreement between the Unite union and Birmingham’s talented Council Leader, John Clancy, which was to end the seven-week refuse collection dispute.

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New Green Party councillor with Birmingham links 

24 Nov 17

Herefordshire Greens decisively gained a seat from the Conservatives in yesterday’s by-election.

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WMNEG: Green Economics discussion introduced by Robert Kornreich 

24 Nov 17

West Midlands New Economics Group meeting: Robert Kornreich’s introduction to a discussion on Molly Scott Cato’s book:  Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice will include PowerPoint slides.

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Gentrify Stirchley? 

23 Nov 17

One of the charms of Stirchley is the active community bonding between many of its residents, regardless of age, income or education.

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Difficult winter ahead: West Midlands distribution base for food banks? 

20 Nov 17

The late Hilary Powell, who lived in Shirley, would – like many others volunteering to help food banks – have reacted with great concern to the forecast in the Financial Times by Chris Tighe writing from Newcastle: “Winter is coming, Britain’…

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Housing 28: landlords foresee yet another impact of UC – unpaid rent 

16 Nov 17

Theresa May: “the government wants people to be able to manage their own (universal credit) budgets” Yet again, the vulnerable suffer.

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Housing 27: abandon Section 106 

14 Nov 17

The Financial Times has reported that John Healey, shadow housing minister, has set out Labour’s plans to tighten a housebuilding loophole introduced by the Conservatives that has been blamed for halving the number of “affordable homes” built …

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Employee Ownership Association Annual Conference at the NEC 

10 Nov 17

The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) 12 th Annual Conference represents organisations which are employee owned or transitioning to employee ownership.