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Steve said births per midwife were rising. Figures for the first quarter of 2012 show that 4,600 more babies were born in England than in the same period of the previous year. These figures suggest that more than 700,000 babies will be born in England this year, which will be the highest number of any year since 1971. Even before this most recent rise, the growing number of births per midwife has worsened in the North West, the West Midlands, London and the South West.

I was very happy to attend the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham on Sunday 10th February 2013. It’s a wonderful event which is growing in strength from year to year.

Despite the poor weather, it’s estimated that around 30,000 people of all ages and ethnic groups attended; some from Birmingham and others from much farther afield. Birmingham Chinese New Year is now the largest celebration of its kind in the whole of the Midlands.

 

Steve was quizzed on a wide variety of issues ranging from the damning Francis Report about the failings of Mid-Staffordshire Hospital, foreign intervention in Mali, EU membership and deficit reduction.

 

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.

 

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