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Solihull MP Julian Knight backs Theresa May for Conservative leader 

1 Jul 16

SOLIHULL MP Julian Knight has thrown his support Theresa May in her bid to become the new leader of the Conservative Party.


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Battle Of The Somme 

1 Jul 16

Today marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.


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If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul 16

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your …


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Remembering the Somme 100 years on 

1 Jul 16

They went with songs to the battle, they were young Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted They fell with their faces to the foe They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old Age …


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Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant backs Michael Gove in Conservative leadership battle 

30 Jun 16

Lichfield’s MP has backed Michael Gove to be the next leader of the Conservatives.


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‘Principles not personalities’ should decide next Prime Minister… 

30 Jun 16

THE shock decision by Boris Johnson NOT to stand to become the next Prime Minister has led to the MP for Sutton Coldfield demanding answers from candidates before he will declare his hand.


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Margot supports Theresa May – for a country that works for everyone 

30 Jun 16

I was delighted to attend the launch of Theresa May’s campaign for the leadership this morning.


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Meriden MP backs ‘safe pair of hands’ Theresa May for new Conservative party leader 

30 Jun 16

MERIDEN MP, Caroline Spelman, has come out in support of Theresa May for the position of new leader of the Conservative Party.


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MOTORWAY SERVICE AREA JUNCTION 4? 

30 Jun 16

Together with fellow ward councillor Alex Insley I attended a briefing session at the Ramada Hotel, Solihull yesterday by representatives of Applegreen.


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New Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands 

29 Jun 16

CEO and Executive Principal of Ninestiles Academy Trust, Christine Quinn, has been appointed as Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands.


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iTunes Bogus Phone Calls Scam Warning 

29 Jun 16

Action Fraud is warning people of a new trend that has hit the UK where offenders contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue Customs (HMRC) or a PPI Claims company and using deception, con them into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift…


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Extra Disabled Spaces to be created in Aldergate Car Park 

29 Jun 16

A number of extra disabled spaces are to be created in the Aldergate car park, after Blue Badge holders said they wanted to see more disabled parking in the town centre.


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Tears, threats and resignations….what’s left for the Labour party? 

29 Jun 16

Never underestimate the ability of the Labour party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


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HILLFIELD LOCAL NATURE RESERVE, MONKSPATH 

29 Jun 16

I received this email from one of the councils ecology officers today – some brilliants news about Orchids, some of them rare to our area.


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EU Referendum Petition Hijacked by Bots 

28 Jun 16

An online petition calling for a second EU referendum has been hijacked by automated bots adding false signatures.


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Microsoft Payouts $10,000 for Windows 10 Update 

28 Jun 16

Microsoft has agreed to pay a Californian woman $10,000 (£7,500) after an automatic Windows 10 update left her computer unusable.


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Playing Card Games Aids Stroke Recovery 

28 Jun 16

Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, say Canadian researchers.


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OUT 

24 Jun 16

Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Dave Cameron, James Morris , Margot James Sajid Javid, Tom Watson, Adrian Baily , Eddie Izzard, Peter Mandelson, Will Straw, Richard Branson, Sayeeda Warsi, Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde, Mark…


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Citizens Advice Bureau Relocating to Marmion House 

23 Jun 16

The Tamworth Citizens Advice Bureau is moving to Marmion House – with its new base opening on Monday July 4.


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Healthwatch Survey for Patients with Neurological Condition 

21 Jun 16

Healthwatch Staffordshire and Healthwatch Stoke on Trent, in partnership with the Staffordshire Neurological Alliance, have been working together to explore the experience of neurology care pathways and identify current gaps in services across the …


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SCHOOL PLACE PLANNING – Blythe Ward 

21 Jun 16

This post is a follow-up to the a post dated 3 February 2016 (see https://cllrkenhawkins.


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How Safe are Our Children? 

21 Jun 16

A comprehensive review of child protection in the UK from the NSPCC, published today.


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Tamworth takes another step towards Dementia Friendly Status 

20 Jun 16

Tamworth has moved closer to becoming a dementia friendly community after the Borough Council’s Cabinet gave its approval to the in-depth action plan, which will allow the borough to work towards achieving dementia friendly status.


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PROPOSAL FOR NEW MOTORWAY SERVICE AREA – 

20 Jun 16

Together with councillors from neighbouring wards and planning committee members with Solihull Council I received on Friday a brochure from Applegreen who intend a proposal to build a new motorway service station adjacent to Junction 4 of the M42.


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Unregistered Gas Fitter Given Suspended Prison Sentence Following Work at House in Tamworth 

19 Jun 16

A gas fitter from Walsall has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he fitted a hob at a house in Tamworth when not on the Gas Safe Register.


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CFOB Board Members meet at CCHQ to discuss future plans for the Conservatives Friends of Bangladesh. 

18 Jun 16

In early May, CFOB met in CCHQ to discuss the role of Conservative Friends of Bangladesh and future programmes.


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Labour urge Tories at Staffordshire County Council to think again over plan for £14million of cuts 

17 Jun 16

Labour has urged the Conservatives to think again on the way it carries out £14million of cuts.


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EU Q&A Event Cancelled 

16 Jun 16

Following the shocking and tragic death of Jo Cox MP, the QA Event has been cancelled tonight.


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Opinion: This EU referendum is ripping the Conservative Party apart 

15 Jun 16

David Cameron and George Osborne never guessed it would get as bad as this.


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Opposition Tories claim they have lost ‘trust and confidence’ in Labour’s running of Birmingham failing children’s services 

15 Jun 16

Labour leader John Clancy leaps to defence of under fire cabinet member Brigid Jones as trust move is approved by council…


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Newman House Chaplaincy Golden Jubilee 

12 Jun 16

Today I was delighted to be invited to Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy’s Golden Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving and shared lunch, to celebrate fifty years of the University of Birmingham’s Catholic Chaplaincy being located in Harrisons Road, …


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Opinion: Desperate Cameron will trash his own party to win the EU referendum 

11 Jun 16

David Cameron will do anything to win the EU referendum – however much it damages the Conservative Party.


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Could Spicy Curry Combat Dementia 

10 Jun 16

A new study from Australia has shown a shot of spicy curry might just keep us sharper in our old age.


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Royal Sutton Coldfield Great Euro Debate to be Live Streamed 

10 Jun 16

Excitement Mounts for the Royal Sutton Coldfield Great Euro Debate this Saturday which will be streamed by the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer.


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Theft from Vehicle in Tamworth 

9 Jun 16

Staffordshire Police are reporting a vehicle has been broken into in Crossfell, Wilnecote sometime between 15:00 and 15:30 on 08/06/2016.


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New Bowel Cancer Screening Test 

9 Jun 16

Public Health England has announced a new bowel cancer home testing kit that tests for hidden blood in stool samples, will be rolled out across England.


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Meet Your Mercian Ward Councillors This Saturday 

8 Jun 16

Mercian wards three Borough Councillors.


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Stourbridge MP to host Senior Cabinet Minister for EU Q&A 

7 Jun 16

Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, will host a senior Cabinet Minister to answer questions and listen to comments from local residents in a session ahead of the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).


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Community Together CIC Awarded Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 

7 Jun 16

Tamworth’s Community Together CIC is celebrating after their nomination was successful in achieving The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.


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MP welcomes first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield for 42 years 

7 Jun 16

Royal Sutton Coldfield MP welcomes first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield for 42 years and pledges support for greater powers for our new Council.


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Work to Install Memorial Raft in Wigginton Cemetery 

6 Jun 16

Work to install a new memorial raft system in the new section of Wigginton Cemetery is due to start this week.


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True Patriots talk while lesser MP’s Hide 

4 Jun 16

Last night Mr Gove gave a passionate talk about the UK leaving Europe and how we can rid this country of unelected faceless people who over 40 years have dictated the very rules that have destroyed our society and factories, the same faceless rulers …


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Theft from Vehicle in Dunedin, Tamworth 

3 Jun 16

A van was broken into and items were stolen from the vehicle in Dunedin, Tamworth sometime overnight on 02/06/16.


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Stepping Out For a Fourth Year against Domestic Violence 

3 Jun 16

The men and women of Tamworth are being invited to swap shoes and walk a mile, all to raise money for a domestic abuse charity.


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Football Association to Lead Study into Brain Disease in Footballers 

2 Jun 16

Jeff Astle in action for West Bromwich Albion v Fulham in 1966 The Football Association will lead a study into possible links between football and brain diseases.


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BHS Set for Liquidation 

2 Jun 16

Department store BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs after efforts to find a buyer failed.


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HEAT Can Help You Receive Priority Service from Energy Supplier 

2 Jun 16

Vulnerable people living in Tamworth are being urged to call the free HEAT number to find out if they are eligible to sign up for their energy supplier’s Priority Services Register.


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Creative Businesses Invited to Set Up Shop in Prime Retail Spot 

2 Jun 16

Creative individuals who would like to take their talents to the next level are being given the opportunity to set up shop in Tamworth town centre as part of an innovative project, which aims to give start-up businesses a helping hand.


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RECYCLING IN SOLIHULL 

1 Jun 16

Following a few complaints and comments on local Facebook sites it was my intention to write up another piece about recycling on my website.


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Most Tories Don’t believe Cameron’s Lies 

31 May 16

While Cameron’s team threaten you with World War 3 if we leave the EU, more sensibly today we offer you VAT free energy bills and a commitment to protect our British borders.


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Send One Free Text to Opt Out of Nuisance Calls to Your Mobile 

28 May 16

Millions of mobile phone users can now send a free text message to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls under a new campaign by telecoms watchdogs to end the practice.


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Coventry Tories slam ‘waste of time’ council EU referendum debate amid anger over no Greater Birmingham vote 

27 May 16

The Conservatives highlighted the amount of time council chief executive Martin Reeves was spending working in Birmingham on the formation of the WMCA…


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Solihull – Local Plan Review 

27 May 16

Solihull’s Local Development Plan 2013, which planned for development in the borough up to 2023 can be accessed here: http://www.


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Staffordshire Police in Landmark UKTV Television Series 

27 May 16

Staffordshire Police have agreed to be part of a major television series that will be aired on UKTV in autumn 2016 and spring 2017.


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Coventry’s Greater Birmingham membership in doubt as Tories threaten legal action over “withheld information” 

26 May 16

The Conservative opposition have lodged a formal complaint and suggest the could have a crucial meeting postponed…


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Trade in So-Called Legal Highs Illegal from Today 

26 May 16

Unscrupulous dealers in psychoactive substances face up to 7 years in prison as the trade becomes illegal today.


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Nearly 600 Miles of Roadworks Removed for Late May Getaway 

26 May 16

Parents may not be able to rely on the British weather for bank holiday fun, but Highways England hopes it can help make the break better for all drivers as it lifts roadworks from Friday.


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Illicit Tobacco Seized in Tamworth during Four-Day Operation Across Staffordshire 

25 May 16

Illicit tobacco has been seized from premises in Tamworth as part of a national operation.


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Alan Sugar Appointed Government’s Enterprise Tsar 

25 May 16

Lord Sugar has been appointed Enterprise Tsar as part of the government’s drive to get more young people to consider starting their own business or undertaking an apprenticeship.


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Early Completion for Roadworks on M6 Junction 5 Slip Road near Birmingham 

25 May 16

Important maintenance work to safeguard the M6 slip roads near Castle Bromwich in Birmingham is set to be completed this weekend – a month ahead of schedule.