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Labour candidate believes Tories will face by-election backlash from Lichfield residents “angered” by collapse of Friarsgate development 

26 Jun 18

Residents “angered” by the collapse of the Friarsgate scheme could take their revenge out at the ballot box, according to Labour’s candidate for a by-election in Lichfield.


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Staying Cool in Hot Weather 

21 Jun 18

‘We’re having a heatwave, we’re having a heatwave…’ I cant remember what musical this comes from but it seems we are in for great weather in the next week or so.


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Labour’s Travel Tax Will Hit Edgbaston Hard 

20 Jun 18

Conservatives were the only party in Birmingham to announce their Clean Air Plan BEFORE May’s Local Elections.


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Community Litter Pick 

20 Jun 18

Yesterday we undertook a community litter pick on Stratford Road (A34) in Monkspath.


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Boldmere Age Concern to get lucky if England v Panama game ends 2-0 

19 Jun 18

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Boldmere’s William Hill to show his support for the Football Shirt Friday campaign to tackle bowel cancer.


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Looking At The Flood Damage At The Guinea Gardens 

19 Jun 18

In the aftermath of last month’s torrential rainfall and flooding in Edgbaston, this is what the restored bothy at the Edgbaston Guinea Gardens looked like.


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Windrush Public Services Day Exhibition 

18 Jun 18

This week sees a number of events in Birmingham celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush – celebrating the journeys and lives of those who came to help rebuild the country after the Second World War.


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Royal British Legion launches outreach service in Solihull 

16 Jun 18

Together with fellow ward Councillor James Butler it was a privilege to support Elaine Butler at the launch of the Outreach Service in Solihull this week.


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Dementia Risk Now Included as Part of NHS Health Check 

16 Jun 18

Adding the dementia element to the NHS Health Check programme will enable healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, such as by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically …


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Fighting Crime In Edgbaston 

15 Jun 18

Very useful meeting this evening with some Edgbaston residents and the police about car crime in their area of the ward.


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Google confirms Royal title in victory for Sutton Coldfield 

15 Jun 18

Internet Goliath Google has finally agreed to use Sutton Coldfield’s Royal Title on all Google Map products throughout the world in a victory for the Royal Town.


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Supporting Our Local Grammar Schools At Full Council 

14 Jun 18

The Government has announced the first tranche of a £200 million pot of money to expand the number of places at grammar schools which already exist.


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Councillors’ Market Place 

13 Jun 18

Lots of interesting things at the Councillors’ Market Place yesterday (ahead of the June Full Council meeting) including coming face to face with this replica of Dippy’s skull! Don’t forget you can see Dippy the dinosaur all summer at the …


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S2 and S3 Bus Services – Solihull 

12 Jun 18

I have been engaged with residents from the more rural area of Blythe ward (Cheswick Green, Tidbury Green and Dickens Heath) for a while now; collating details of service disruption.


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Andrew Mitchell MP highlights recruitment challenges for St Giles Hospice in Sutton Coldfield and palliative care sector 

11 Jun 18

The Royal Town’s MP tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Health Secretary following a meeting with the CEO of St Giles Hospice in Sutton Coldfield.


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Andrew Mitchell visits the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice 

11 Jun 18

Andrew Mitchell visits the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice and secures support for Royal Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital revitalisation plans.


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Andrew Mitchell MP visits Elmhurst Ballet School 

11 Jun 18

The Royal Town’s MP has highlighted the importance of Government and local support for the arts while visiting the prestigious local Elmhurst Ballet School to learn more about the important work that the school carried out in training the next …


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Let’s Ride Birmingham 

10 Jun 18

HSBC Let’s Ride Birmingham is taking place today with a route which starts in the city centre, comes out down the Pershore Rd in Edgbaston and then doubles back to form a loop.


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Number Of Workless Households Falls 

7 Jun 18

The number of workless households has fallen to its lowest level since records began – falling by 970,000 since 2010.


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Butterfly House At The Botanical Gardens 

6 Jun 18

The Butterfly House has now opened for the summer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.


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Traffic Chaos In Edgbaston 

4 Jun 18

Part resurfacing has been carried out at several locations in Edgbaston today – including Spring Road and in Westbourne Rd (pictured).


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Road Repairs On Harborne Road 

3 Jun 18

After lots of pressure from Cllr Matt Bennett and myself, work finally underway this weekend to repair first the sewer, and then the damaged road surface on Harborne Road (damage caused by last Sunday’s floods).


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Homes To Be Destroyed in Bent Lion Farm Deal 

31 May 18

It is not just the Fields corrupt Labour Sandwell Council are desperate to obliterate at Lion Farm but in the bent property deal with Jeremy Knight-Adams they are going to destroy homes too! Council housing! The Skidder can exclusively reveal that …


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Civic Sunday Service reflects Town’s pride and sadness 

30 May 18

Civic Leaders came together to reflect on recent tragic events in the town at the Annual Civic Service on Sunday, 20th May.


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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with Rev Dr Carver Anderson to promote findings by the Birmingham Commission on Gangs and Violence 

30 May 18

The Royal Town’s MP has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the new Home Secretary following a meeting with Rev Dr Carver Anderson in Sutton Coldfield.