Shabana Mahmood MP talks deficit myth busting, standing up for Birmingham and politics of hope

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Ladywood and Shadow Treasury Minister, joined Steve McCabe MP for an evening of lively debate with Selly Oak’s campaigners.


Shabana Mahmood, who is born and bred in Small Heath Birmingham, became an MP in 2010 and has since shot through the ranks taking positions first in Labour’s Home Office Team, then as Shadow Higher Education Minister and now working closely with Ed Balls as Shadow Exchequer Secretary.


Shabana spoke to campaigners about Labour’s economic policy and dispelled some Tory lies about the economy, explaining the Conservative-led government has presided over the slowest recovery in 100 years and have actually borrowed more money in 3 years than Labour did in 13!


Shabana and Steve spoke about Labour’s alternative to the Tories, like introducing free childcare for 25 hours for 3 and 4 years olds, a commitment to the living wage to make sure people are paid a decent wage for a decent days work, freezing energy bills while the energy market is reformed, reducing business rates for small businesses and introducing the young people’s job guarantee. Labour has announced more policies than at any comparable pre-election period.


Campaigners chatted with the MP’s about the Standing up for Birmingham campaign which is trying to find a way to deal with the huge and unprecedented cuts to Birmingham City Council handed down by the Tory government.  


Perhaps most importantly, Shabana talked about how we get more ordinary people involved and engaged in politics and how campaigners on the ground are the ones to offer hope of a better alternative to this government and hope of better politics.


Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was great to have Shabana come to my neck of the woods and speak to campaigners about Labour’s economic policy and how we work together to safeguard Birmingham’s future at this uncertain time of government cuts. Both Birmingham and Labour has certainly got talent in Shabana!”

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