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Steve visited Wheelers Lane Technology College and spoke to students doing Citizenship GCSE about campaigns they are working on and asked them what they thought about giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds.

 

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has pledged his support for the White Ribbon Campaign UK, which is part of a global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence towards women.

 

Steve is helping to raise awareness of the issue as part of White Ribbon Day on 25 November, a day which is also recognised as the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Steve is calling on the Government to do more for the unemployed in the West Midlands as Labour Market Statistics reveal continued regional imbalances.

 

In Labour Market Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the unemployment rate for the West Midlands stood at 8.6%. The national unemployment rate totalled 7.8%, down 0.2% on the last quarter.

 

Youth unemployment (aged 16-24) fell by 49,000 on the preceding three months but stands at a staggering 20.7%.

 

Speaking in a House of Commons debate on child exploitation Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said many lessons can be learned from recent revelations but most importantly the victim must be the first priority.

 

The Backbench Business Debate on Child Sexual Exploitation was well attended by MP’s, not surprising after recent revelations of widespread child sexual exploitation.

 

Steve has expressed concern about the increase in inflation, which rose sharply last month.

 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics said the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation rose to 2.7% in October, up from 2.2% the month before.

 

 

The men and women who serve in Britain’s Armed Forces make enormous sacrifices to protect our country. They are central not just to our national security but our national character. Remembrance Sunday provides us each with the opportunity to honour all those who have given their lives in the defence of our country and to support today’s Service community.

 

 

Steve attended the re-launch of the Brandwood Centre, which was recently refurbished after securing funding from Birmingham City Council Community Chest.

 

Steve has welcomed a number of recommendations made by the Home Affairs Select Committee, of which he is a member, on the work of the UK Border Agency.

 

The Home Affairs Select Committee has expressed concern on the Border Agency’s failure to tackle its 300,000 case backlog; which is spiralling out of control. Members have recommended that Border Agency chiefs provide an explanation as to where a further 4,000 cases have come from.

Steve is supporting a motion put down by the Labour Party asking the Government to reconsider the changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme which will see thousands of blameless victims lose out.

Steve has expressed dismay at yet another set of disappointing NHS waiting times statistics, which showed an increase of 1.3% on the previous month.

 

 

 

 

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