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!


Steve McCabe MP is holding a Report Back session in Yardley Wood, Billesley Ward, on Thursday 24th January to discuss important national and local issues with constituents.


Steve said:

I’d like to inform constituents that a cold weather payment has been triggered in Birmingham.

If you qualify for Cold Weather Payments and live in Birmingham, you are due to receive a cold weather payment.

Steve was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.


Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.


Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has asked the Ministry of Defence what they have done to publicise the introduction of the Defence Privilege Card.



Steve has called on the Government to extend the Warm Front scheme following the news that thousands of families are still waiting for assistance.


Thousands of low-income families who have applied for help are yet to receive it; despite the expiry date of the scheme set for this Saturday (19 January). Ministers have also under-spent £50 million on the scheme.


Steve said:


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