Earlier today (4th October) almost 400 health care experts and professionals wrote to members of the House of Lords urging them to reject the changes. They believe the reforms will cause “irreparable harm” to the NHS, patients and society and will put patient care and safety at risk. They also believe it will lead to a more fragmented service.



Topics under discussion included changes to the NHS, unemployment, police cuts and various local concerns.


The changes would involve a project to identify the ‘right’ partners at a cost of upwards of £2millon between now and December 2012. Meanwhile the police will see the loss of 2,200 jobs over the next four years – officers with over 30 years service have already been made redundant and compulsory redundancies of other police staff will start shortly.


Whilst there, Steve spoke to prospective members and supporters about his work on the Home Affairs Committee and in the Selly Oak area. BULS regularly pounds the pavement to help local MPs and Councillors ensure a win for Labour in Birmingham, campaigning particularly tirelessly in the constituencies of Edgbaston and Selly Oak.

Steve had asked his constituents where the money should go and it was decided that Steve would donate £213 to each of these fantastic charities that do a wonderful job supporting their local communities.


Steve said:"I asked my constituents who this money should be donated to and they chose two very worthy causes.I’m very grateful to the anonymous donor.


Both of these organisations do great work and this money will make a huge difference to two brilliant local charities."

 Steve is delighted to announce that his friend Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of the Mirror, broadcaster and  political commentator is paying a visit to his constituency to take part in a Question and Answer  event at 8pm<

Steve said: "since I was last in touch with you a lot has happened both in Westminster and in the constituency.   

 The plans amount to the closure of one in four ticket offices at railway stations across England and Wales. This will include Selly Oak, Hall Green, Acocks Green and Aston Stations.
Railway staff argue that unmanned stations are less secure with increases in vandalism and incidents of theft and assault. Surveys have shown that women and disabled users feel particularly vulnerable at stations which aren’t staffed. This was confirmed by a worker at Aston railway station; Vijay (pictured), who has worked for the railways for 23 years.

 Cadbury, now owned by US firm Kraft, will take on a further 54 research and development staff as part of a plan to introduce new products and develop existing ones

Steve said:

"Cadbury's new owner, Kraft, is creating more than 100 kobs in the UK, with more than half of these coming to Bournville.

THis is excellent news, coming a day after employment figures have shown that unemployment has risen to 1.58 million. I welcome these new jobs coming to Bornville, and I am glad to see Kraft investing in Bournvile and in the local economy".

The school also invited members of the local community including: members of Bournville Village Trust, school governors and representatives of the local community and businesses.


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