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Steve has highlighted the recent Office for National Statistics report which shows that the West Midlands has experienced an increase of 6.1% in the unemployment rate. This is the largest increase of any region in the United Kingdom.

 

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Steve was an integral part of the questioning of the Select Committee, asking Sir Paul Stephenson and Dick Fedorcio about the appointment of Neil Wallis, former Executive Editor of the News of the World as an advisor on media issues to the Metropolitan Police. Sir Paul was also questioned by Mr McCabe on his complimentary visit to Champneys, the luxury spa resort. 

 

Mr Dilnot spoke about the report and the importance of taking his proposals forward in to law.
 
Steve said:
 
“It is important that the work of the Dilnot Commission is carried forward and his proposals implemented in law to ensure that we provide dignity in retirement for everyone in Britain.”
 
Steve has successfully led a campaign to prevent a new phone mast being constructed in Bournville following an influx of complaints from constituents living in the local area. The mast was due to be constructed near to St Joseph’s Primary School and on the edge of the Bournville conservation area.
 
 

At a meeting of the Parliamentary Space Committee Steve McCabe MP met Senior Astronaut Michael Barrett, who was a Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Officer on the last ever mission of the space shuttle “Discovery”.

 

On Saturday 25th June Steve attended the annual Bournville Festival held at the Bournville Cricket Ground near the Cadbury factory. This year was the 109th year that the event has been held in Bournville and over 8,000 people attended.

 

On Friday 1st July Steve attended the Executive Forum with representatives of Guangzhou to discuss potential business and education opportunities with Guangzhou and Birmingham. The event was organised by the University of Birmingham and took place at the International Convention Centre.

 

Steve is now working to stop the Conservative-led Government’s plans to force Birmingham City Council into paying for a referendum.

 

Steve said: “This is absolutely scandalous. The Government has cut Birmingham City Council’s budget but now expects us to pay for a Mayoral referendum which the Government is insisting Birmingham holds.”

 

Steve said: “We should be grateful in this country for the efforts of others that spares us the horrors of war. Without the courage and sacrifices of our veterans and current service personnel our lives would be very different” 

 

“The sacrifices, feats of bravery, selflessness in protecting others, and supreme professionalism of those who serve and support our armed forces is something that always deserves admiration and gratitude.”

 

Attending a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry at Parliament, Steve discovered how local targeted schemes are being used to tackle oral health inequalities.
 
The meeting heard from Dr Colette Bridgman, Consultant in Dental Public Health, who highlighted the extent of oral health inequalities that exist amongst children across the UK. In Birmingham, water fluoridation has ensured that the level of tooth decay in 12-15 year olds has dropped dramatically over the last 20 years.
 
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