The meeting gave the children the chance to quiz Steve on what it is like to be an MP and what skills employers look for most. Steve told the pupils how lots of employers look for transferable skills and people with a good attitude to work.



·         75% of constituents felt that things are moving in the wrong direction

·         86% of people felt that the number of low paid jobs in Birmingham is a major issue facing our city. The number of zero hour contracts has now reached 1.8 million nationally. These contracts mean no guaranteed hours or minimum pay for far too many working people.

Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham, Selly Oak) has called for greater measures to be taken to help prevent cervical cancer, including strategies to prevent declining rates of uptake for cervical screening, and continued promotion of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination amongst teenage girls.


Post Office Ltd. is proposing to move Kings Heath Post Office to WHSmith, 113 High St, Kings Heath. The lease at the current Kings Heath Post Office is up for renewal later this year and the changes are part of a modernisation programme which will see Crown Post Offices run by third parties.



Tesco’s planning application will be deliberated by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday 17 October 2013 after many years of delay over legal wrangling. Tesco first submitted a planning application to turn the site on Hazelwell Street into a brand new super store in 2004 which was approved, however because of circumstances out of Tesco’s control nothing has moved on.


Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has slammed Government plans to bring down energy bills, claiming not only will they not help the majority of people but it will also result in the scrapping of  special pensioner tariffs.


The Government is set to introduce new rules forcing energy companies to reduce the number of tariffs they offer to four, in an aim to ensure every household is on the cheapest tariff.



Yardley Wood Baptist Church has recently applied for a grant from the Lloyds Community Fund and hope to be awarded £3,000 to buy a new interactive whiteboard for the Education Centre.


Steve McCabe MP visited Subway Sandwiches to hear about their work with Heart Research UK and their concerns about the ‘Toast Tax’.


Subway is often seen as just another hot food takeaway but they work hard with Heart Research UK to try and ensure that they produce healthy products as well as raising money for the charity.  They offer a range of foods containing low fats and highlight those products with a Healthy Heart Symbol on their menu.



It’s not clear what purpose military action was designed to achieve. To destroy Assad’s chemical weapons would require very specific intelligence and targeting and be unlikely to succeed without killing a large number of innocent civilians and releasing toxins into the atmosphere. A punitive missile strike risked the life of innocent civilians and meant taking sides in a civil war.

Birmingham City Council’s Transportation staff are back at their old trick of ‘consulting’ on a major transport scheme during the summer months in the hope that the full impact of their proposals will escape public attention.

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