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Last week’s ‘Andy who?’ is this week’s ‘Andy wow!’ 

18 Jan 18

I hold no brief whatever for the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and have been critical, including in these columns, of aspects of both his election campaign and his eight…


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Outdoor cinema returns to Tamworth Castle Grounds 

16 Jan 18

From Back to the Future to Top Gun, voting is open soon…


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Birmingham Home Care workers will be on strike on Saturday 20th January, with a rally from 12 – 2pm in Victoria Square 

14 Jan 18

Please support our 350 home care workers who are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system.


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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 …


News
Most people in the West Midlands don’t know the name of regional mayor Andy Street 

8 Jan 18

He was supposed to be a high-profile leaders that voters could hold accountable, but our exclusive survey reveals West Midlands mayor Andy Street is failing to make his mark…


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My article for Walsall Advertiser 

29 Dec 17

As the chimes of Big Ben rang out for the start of 2017, little did we know what an eventful year it would turn out to be.


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OSCOTT RESIDENTS DON’T BE CONNED WEEKLY WHEELIE BIN COLLECTION TO BE CONTINUED 

16 Dec 17

Sadly there are some trying to con Oscott residents into thinking Wheelie bin collections are to stop and fortnightly collections will start next year.


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Preet Gill MP Fails to Disclose Interests! 

13 Dec 17

Here we go AGAIN! The failure by Sandwell Labour’s sleazy councillors to properly declare interests (potentially a criminal offence) has been a leitmotif running through this blog.


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Birmingham Labour candidate apologises after saying ‘no proof’ that ISIS exists 

9 Dec 17

Safia Noor, 25, has been selected as Labours new candidate for the Small Heath ward in elections next year…


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Why Labour’s candidate selection secrecy is undermining our local democracy 

8 Dec 17

Rumours and conspiracy theories abound as Labour selects 101 candidates for the 2018 city council election…


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Why Labour’s candidate selection secrecy is undermining our local democracy 

8 Dec 17

Rumours and conspiracy theories abound as Labour selects 101 candidates for the 2018 city council election…


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The Boundaries Bill 

1 Dec 17

Valerie said: “On Friday 1 December 2017 I voted to support the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill at its second reading and it will now move on to its Committee Stage.


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Technical Blog – Standards Complaint – Cllrs Eling and Marshall 

30 Nov 17

Here is the main part of the Standards Complaint about Cllrs Eling and Marshall that I am hand-delivering to Oldbury Council House tomorrow morning when I attend to see the charade of probably the most ridiculous Standards case in the history of …


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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to be scrapped in 2020 

22 Nov 17

In a long awaited move the West Midlands Mayor will take over the role after the next round of elections…


News
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to be scrapped in 2020 

22 Nov 17

In a long awaited move the West Midlands Mayor will take over the role after the next round of elections…


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Q3 Academy Langley elect Excellence Leaders 

22 Nov 17

A group of students in Oldbury have been selected as special representatives at their Academy – after putting their names on a ballot paper in a special election.


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Housing 27: what would a Corbyn premiership mean for the building industry? 

6 Nov 17

In the Financial Times , Jim Pickard, its Chief Political Correspondent and one of Mr Corbyn’s consistent detractors, writes: “After largely ignoring Labour for two years, many business leaders are now scrambling to work out what a Jeremy Corbyn …


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Disappointment as businesses turn down Business Improvement District plan for Tamworth 

3 Nov 17

BUSINESSES in Tamworth have voted against the establishment of a Business Improvement District (BID) which would have made significant improvements to the town over the next five years.


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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Our MPs won’t back it but campaign to protect real-terms schools funding after 2020 won’t go away 

27 Oct 17

In July, education secretary Justine Greening acknowledged public concern over schools funding.


Local news
Vote for us for the Aviva Community Fund 

25 Oct 17

We have a project set up on the Aviva Community Fund page and would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to give us your vote: https://www.


Rugby
Royal snub for Sutton Coldfield as Perry Barr joins Erdington – boundary changes explained 

18 Oct 17

Sutton Coldfield will not be given the Royal prefix as the Boundary Commission for England rewrites the electoral map ahead of the next General Election…


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Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant “very disappointed” after latest voting boundary plans are unveiled 

17 Oct 17

Lichfield’s MP says he is “very disappointed” after plans to move parts of the constituency into the Tamworth voting area were not reversed.


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New proposals for Parliamentary boundaries will still see people in parts of Lichfield voting for Tamworth’s MP 

17 Oct 17

Updated plans for new Parliamentary boundaries have been published – but some people in Lichfield could still end up having to vote for Tamworth’s MP instead.


Blog politics
Conservative Women’s Organisation 

14 Oct 17

Delighted to help out at a West Midlands Conservative Women’s Organisation training session this afternoon, talking about local election campaigning.


Local news
Death of former Longbridge Councillor announced 

9 Oct 17

A former Longbridge Councillor has died after a long battle with cancer, it has been announced by the charity organisation which she worked for.