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Animated political map of Europe 1000ad-2000ad 

12 Mar

This is an interesting thing to look at.


EU Referendum – What do you think? 

10 Mar

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Statement from leaders to improvement panel – March 2016 

10 Mar

Appearing before the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel’s (BIIP) fourth public meeting, the leaders of the three political groups reiterated their continued cross-party commitment to delivering on the agenda to improve how the council...


ALDI QUESLETT ROAD DEVELOPEMENT UPDATE 

9 Mar

Although Aldi have held a consultation meeting and attended an Oscott Committee meeting to out line their proposals for developing land on the corner of Old Horns Crescent and Queslett Road, near the ASDA, I have been informed by the Birmingham City ...


THE OSCOTT GROT SPOT VOLUTEER LITTER PICKERS IN ACTION 

9 Mar

I would like to thank all those resents who joined the Oscott Grot Squad team helping to clean up litter trouble spots in Oscott Yesterday.


Working with local landlords to deliver affordable housing 

8 Mar

Cllr John Cotton 150 landlords are heading to Millennium Point this Thursday for the Birmingham Landlord Forum, a joint event between the National Landlords Association and Birmingham City Council’s Private Rented Service.


PROTECTING OUR HEDGEHOGS 

7 Mar

At last weeks Planning committee I asked about safe guarding the declining number of humble Hedgehogs much to the amusement of some of the committee members.


The EU and Democracy (making some reference to the referendum) 

7 Mar

The debate about the EU has in many ways similarities to that in respect of the Scottish independence referendum.


THE OSCOTT NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE TASKING GROUP 

7 Mar

The Neighbourhood Police Tasking Group is made up of the Police Local Community Leaders, Council officers and my self representing the Oscott Ward Committee.


WATCH: Steve McCabe MP makes the case for fair funding for West Midlands Police in Parliament 

4 Mar

police funding formula During a debate on the Police Funding Formula in the House of Commons, Steve McCabe MP made the case for fairer funding for West Midlands Police who have been badly hit by Government cuts in the last 5 years.


West Midlands missing out on vital science funding 

3 Mar

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THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE LARGE TREE REPLACEMENT IN OSCOTT BUT A START HAS BEEN MADE 

3 Mar

While I am happy that Amey Highways have started to remove and replace some of the large street trees in Oscott, Atlantic Road, Anstey Road, Birdbrook Road and Birkenshaw amongst others it is still not enough.


CARRIAGE WAY MAINTAINANCE FOR OSCOTT SCHOOL LANE COMING SOON 

2 Mar

What’s Happening, Where and When? What: Carriageway Maintenance – Oscott School Lane Where: Shady Ln To Old Oscott Hill When: Expected start during week ending 15/4/16 How long: Approx.


THE FRIENDS OF QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE DAY 

2 Mar

As usual a dedicated band of volunteers turned up and rolled their sleeves up to tidy up the Queslett nature Reserve last Saturday.


HELPING OUT AT THE FIRST OSCOTT DE CLUTTER DAY 

2 Mar

Given the snowy windy conditions today I was happy to help out as part of the ) Oscott de-clutter day.


Steve McCabe MP warns that nearly a quarter of schools are at or over capacity in Birmingham and the problem is only going to get worse 

1 Mar

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Steve McCabe MP calls on Chancellor to cut beer duty 

29 Feb

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BURFORD ROAD PLAYING FIELD RUMOURS ARE SQUASHED 

29 Feb

I would like to thank those who have contacted me about the Burford Road Playing Fields.


Let’s catch these mindless vandals 

28 Feb

Mindless vandals have painted over an attractive mural in Stirchley Park with silver paint.


Let’s catch these mindless vandals 

28 Feb

Mindless vandals have painted over an attractive mural in Stirchley Park with silver paint.


WATCH: Steve quizzes Minister over future of Katie Road NHS Walk-in Centre 

26 Feb

Click play to watch the debate katie road, NHS On Wednesday 24 February, Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) moved an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on the future of the popular Katie Road NHS Walk-in Centre in Selly Oak.


Introducing Housing Birmingham 

25 Feb

Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management Homes, and Jonathan Driffill, Chair of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership, talk about Housing Birmingham, the new partnership between Birmingham City Council and housing providers...


Local MP quizzes Minister over future of Katie Road NHS Walk-in Centre 

25 Feb

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Steve McCabe MP is encouraging constituents to apply for newly announced apprenticeships with Willmott Dixon 

25 Feb

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ASHGROVE ROAD AND EAST MEWS DE CLUTTER DAY 

25 Feb

There will be a Green and litter free de clutter skip day on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION FOR YOUNG OSCOTT RESIDENTS. 

25 Feb

Younger Oscott residents can pick up information regarding public transport from the Centro youth corner which I created in the 610 Community Centre.


THE MARY VALE ELDERLY GROUP ARE DOING WELL 

25 Feb

It was great to pop into see the Mary Vale elderly residents group at the Mary Vale Community Centre again recently.


English Boundary Review Launched 

24 Feb

The English Boundary review was launched today.


FREINDS OF QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE ACTIVITY SESSION 27TH FEBRUARY 

24 Feb

The Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve will be holding an activity session on Saturday 27th February.


Steve McCabe MP calls on Government to prioritise support services for victims of child abuse 

23 Feb

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Taxing business 

12 Mar

Birmingham city council are unlikely to receive as much rental income as expecetd, warns Alan Clawley.


NHS Birmingham evening session at Bournville College, March 16th 

11 Mar

NHS Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group ‘Different Anglez of Society’ radio presenter Charmaine Burton will host a Question and Answer session and the discussion will be recorded for broadcast on New Style Radio 98.7FM.


Dale’s Diary: Councillor Rip Van Winkle and the LEP where time stood still 

11 Mar

How much longer can Councillor Stewart Stacey’s beard grow before special measures are required to keep it safely in place? The Birmingham cabinet member has always had a bit of...


Banking on Birmingham’s future 

11 Mar

Just under one year ago HSBC announced that it was moving its headquarters for a new ringfenced UK retail and commercial banking business to Birmingham, http://www.


Greater things from hard work 

10 Mar

The University of Birmingham's motto is Per Ardua Ad Alta and it has never been truer as it has shown in recent months both in the conditions for learning and research and the product of these conditions.


Devolution Deals: informal governance or a pig’s breakfast? 

10 Mar

As the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) proudly announces that the seventh and last of the “original” local authorities has formally agreed to become a member, Chris Game from the University of Birmingham’s...


Trio being touted for deputy police role ahead of election 

9 Mar

Three contenders are in the frame following rumours that deputy police commissioner Yvonne Mosquito will be replaced after May 5 vote...


Trio being touted for deputy police role ahead of election 

9 Mar

Three contenders are in the frame following rumours that deputy police commissioner Yvonne Mosquito will be replaced after May 5 vote...


Protest against Osborne’s cuts budget 5-6 pm Wednesday 16 March 

9 Mar

Birmingham Against the Cuts is organising a protest on Wednesday 16 March from 5-6 pm outside Waterstones (next to the Bull Ring).


Partnerships: Happy to take a back-seat if we get the right outcome 

9 Mar

With partnership working growing in importance, Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, looks at a new project that sees Birmingham City Council working with two charities to feed Birmingham’s homeless.


Partnerships: Happy to take a back-seat if we get the right outcome 

9 Mar

With partnership working growing in importance, Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton , looks at a new project that sees Birmingham City Council working with two charities to feed Birmingham’s homeless.


The letter Mark Rogers should write to the improvement panel, but never would 

9 Mar

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel meets tomorrow (March 10) to quiz city council leader John Clancy and chief executive Mark Rogers about progress in delivering the culture change demanded by the...


The Times lauds Birmingham 

9 Mar

Ruth Bloomfield in the Times gives the following grounds for optimism: A report by Knight Frank states that it has more start-ups than any other regional city in Britain, and attracts more foreign direct investment projects than any other English ...


Green Party leader to speak in Birmingham about refugee crisis‏‎ 

9 Mar

Call for governments to act on “vulnerable, desperate people”.


Mugshots & Musings 

7 Mar

As you know, my reconfigured team has been introducing itself over the last few weeks and I hope you have found this both informative and helpful.


Science Capital: innovation-related events in the West Midlands 

6 Mar

Birmingham based Science Capital aims to create a sustainable and internationally recognized hub of entrepreneurial science that contributes to the development of an innovation-driven economy.


Help Marie Curie make a right to palliative care a reality for everyone who needs it 

5 Mar

Everyone has the right to palliative care when they need it,but one in four people who need palliative care die withoutreceiving it.


Where are the British Bangladeshi women when it comes to the centre right of British Politics? 

5 Mar

After reviewing the current political intake of 2015, I’m contemplating to gather force to ensure Bangladeshi women find themselves at the policy discussion tables.


Reflections on Digbeth workshops: ‘Anti Austerity – Pro what? 

4 Mar

Are there better ways of organising society and economies? “Austerity is part of a wider approach called neo-liberalism which is based on five very short and easy to understand principles: free markets; small state; low tax; individual liberty; ...


MIPIM eulogy of Greater Birmingham shows one side of the economic coin 

4 Mar

No one can accuse the authors of the 2016 MIPIM press pack of false modesty.


WMCA’s ‘mates club’ reputation does little for openness and public engagement 

3 Mar

The leaders of the seven West Midlands metropolitan councils like to stress that they have come a long way in the past year, having agreed to form a combined authority...


Clancy talks of Tory misdirection but is unable to sprinkle any magic on the budget he inherited 

3 Mar

The Labour leader has dealt with the legacy of his predecessor and must now start pushing his own agenda...


Vaizey giving out wrong figures on library closures 

2 Mar

From the The Bookseller : “The Chartered Institute of Library Information Professionals (CILIP) has written an open letter condemning Ed Vaizey’s use of “flawed” figures for closures and new openings of public libraries in the House of ...


Birmingham’s Future Waste Strategy – “Be Heard” 

2 Mar

The major 25-year contract for the Tyseley incinerator is due to end in 2019 and the council is taking this opportunity to review the entire refuse and re-cycling service, save money and make major changes.


Time to reduce our packaging excesses 

2 Mar

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director for Place at Birmingham City Council, blogs about what is being done to reduce the amount of waste created by excess packaging on products we buy on a day-to-day basis… Jacqui Kennedy –...


Rubbish Savings 

2 Mar

Yesterday Birmingham City Council passed a budget for 2016/17 intended to take another £90 million worth of cuts.


Join the local mobilisations against tiny, but vicious planned fascist rallies 

1 Mar

Swastika drawn by Nazis on St Georges Hall in Liverpool last weekend Since the collapse of the BNP and the virtual death of the English Defence League, as a result of broad anti-fascist work, Nazi splinter-groups are trying to have an impact round ...


End of the line for ‘Every Child Matters’ in Birmingham 

1 Mar

As Birmingham City Council votes to set its budget for 2016-17 it will also confirm plans to cut £10m from services for the under fives over the next three years which are likely to see the closure of many of … Continue reading...


Economic inequality is all our responsibility 

29 Feb

It’s sad to hear that Equality West Midlands is going to become inactive for the foreseeable future.


Introducing Paul Dransfield 

29 Feb

This is my first ever attempt at a blog.


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Westminster »

Procurement | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers 

30 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contracts placed out to tender by (a) his Department and (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service have been bid on by Synnex Concentrix.


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Birmingham | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

28 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6219, whether his Department holds information on (a) further education colleges, (b) apprenticeships providers, (c) local...


Community Relations | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

27 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6223, what measures he has used to assess the results and performance of the £50 million invested through the integration...


Science: Research | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

24 Jul

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends to (a) maintain, (b) increase or (c) decrease scientific and medical research spending in real terms over the next (i) one year and (ii) five years.


Human Trafficking: Children | Home Office | Written Answers 

24 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will conduct an assessment of whether visas intended for sportspeople have been used to traffick children from non-EU countries into the UK.


Schools: Admissions | Department for Education | Written Answers 

23 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure pupils' names are not removed from school admission registers without an adequate explanation of the child's whereabouts.


Arms Trade: Israel | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

23 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will review his Department's policy on arms export licence agreements with Israel.


Rohingya | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers 

22 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to broker a regional solution which would provide a safe haven for the Rohingya.


Severn Bridges (Tolls) – [Mr James gray in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates 

21 Jul

I think that the Minister may inadvertently have misunderstood my hon.


Finance Bill | Bill Presented – Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill | Commons debates 

21 Jul

I hesitate to be mean-spirited to the hon.


Points of Order | Commons debates 

21 Jul

On a point of order, Mr.


DWP Data | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

21 Jul

How many meetings and discussions have taken place between Ministers and officials over the past 12 months about the compilation and presentation of the data...


Revenue | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

21 Jul

Ernst and Young points out that the rise in household taxes is reducing disposable income, with £47.2 billion of tax rises, including the insurance premium tax and vehicle excise duty.


Tax Credits | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

21 Jul

High tax rates are normally loathed by Conservative Members, but obviously not when they affect ordinary working people.


Apprentices: Pay | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average change in wages is for a former apprentice three years after completion of their apprenticeship.


Seals: Scotland | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Scottish Government on seal (a) culls and (b) conservation; and if she will make a statement.


Cycling | Department for Transport | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the (a) safety of cyclists and existing regulations on HGVs and (b) Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.


Females: Crimes of Violence | Department for International Development | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to support the target on ending violence against women and girls at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.


Walking: Children | Department for Transport | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to achieving its target of 55 per cent of children walking to school; and how his Department arrived at that figure.


Welfare Tax Credits | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued on how tax credit claimants can calculate how much their tax credit entitlement will change as a result of changes to tax credit entitlement announced in the Summer...


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