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The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) ‘Tweet off’ encouraged MPs to help beat heart disease by competing against their fellow MPs in a re-tweeting contest.

 

By taking part in the ‘Tweet off’, Steve hoped to raise awareness of National Heart Month; a time when the BHF urges people in the UK to think about their hearts and the hearts of those around them.

 

Steve also took part to encourage his 4,200 followers to get fundraising for the nation’s heart charity.

Are you tired of the same old Valentine’s Day activities? Why not do something different this year and join Steve McCabe MP to hear talented guest, historian, author and broadcaster Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke Central, tell us all about Chamberlain and Birmingham – A Love Story.

 

For more details please call 0121 443 3878.

 

 

Steve McCabe has signed a motion in Parliament* calling for the NHS to implement guidelines for care and support for people with muscle-wasting diseases and called on the new NHS Commissioning Board to support the development of networks across the country with a view towards reducing costly unplanned emergency admissions to hospital.

 

Billesley residents attended Steve’s latest Report Back event at Yardley Wood Baptist Church on Thursday 24 January 2013.

 

It was a lively session covering a range of issues but dominated by concerns about the government’s proposals to change state pensions and whether or not they are fair.

 

 

Speaking in the Commons on Thursday evening (31 January), Steve called on the Government to commit to reforming the system by which vehicle license plates are produced and registered. The scheme has come under criticism in recent years by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

 

Steve met with bowel cancer patients and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to talk about the importance of good experiences for all patients as part of their campaign, Be Loud, Be Clear. The campaign is pushing for higher standards and better care for bowel cancer patients

 

During Work and Pensions Oral Questions on Monday (28 January), Steve asked the Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb MP, whether the Government was happy with its proposed pension reforms, as outlined in the draft Pensions Bill; despite many working women born between 6 April 1952 and 6 July 1953 predicted to lose out under the changes while men in the same age group will not.

 

Steve drew the Minister’s attention to the plight of one of his constituents, a teacher who will lose thousands of pounds because of when her birthday falls.

 

Hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion people in poverty by 2025, according to the major new campaign, launched by Britain’s leading development charities and faith groups.   The group warns that in a world where there is enough food for everyone, the scandal of children growing up hungry also imposes a grave economic burden on the developing world, costing £78 billion over the next 15 years.

 

January 2013

 

On Friday 17th December 2012, I visited Elim Church Centre in Selly Oak to view the latest plans for the former Battery Park site in Selly Oak (off Bristol Road and Harborne Lane).

Wheelers Lane Boys School and Selly Park Girls School voted overwhelmingly in favour, with 78% supporting extending the vote to 16 year olds.

 

Steve is still keen to hear what other young people in his constituency think and will be bringing the ballot to Kings Heath Boys School this week!

 

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