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Steve asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, why the Government intended to proceed with the proposed badger cull despite a DEFRA Impact Assessment concluding the cost of the cull would outweigh any benefits to farmers and taxpayers.

Parliament Week is an annual event which aims to build greater awareness of and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK. Parliament Week is organised by the House of Commons and House of Lords and takes place between 19-25 November.

Steve has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, to ask him that in the name of Localism; public opposition to planning applications be taken into account.

 

Steve's call comes following the recent decision by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate to approve an unpopular application for an 11.8 metre high telecommunications mast in the heart of leafy Bournville.

 

The report, by leading tobacco manufacturer JTI, highlights how some 22.7% of cigarettes smoked in the West Midlands avoid UK tax. This includes ‘cheap whites’ or counterfeits of well-known brands.

 

Commenting on Lord Heseltine’s report published today, Steve McCabe has called for the government to come up with a plan B for the economy that will encourage better growth and job creation.

 

Steve McCabe  met with the new President of Kraft Foods UK, Maurizio Brusadelli, to discuss developments in the company and the role of Bournville in long term plans.

 

UK Feminista, a movement of ordinary men and women campaigning for gender equality, turned out in force on Wednesday 24 October to lobby MP’s on several issues.The great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst branded parliament “an old boys’ club” as she led a feminist march of hundreds of women and men to lobby MPs on women’s equality.

 

Steve McCabe MP joined meningitis victims, celebrities Lisa Snowdon, Ian Rush MBE, Joanna Trollope and Ken Loach and health and teaching professionals in the House of Commons this week to fight back against meningitis as part of the Meningitis Trust’s Meningitis Changes Futures campaign.

 

Steve McCabe joined families of missing people to pledge their support  for the charity Missing People’s Missing Rights campaign which is seeking legislative support for families fighting the bureaucracy and heartache of resolving or managing a missing loved one’s affairs.

Steve joined staff and students from Cherry Oak School, in Selly Oak, this month to open their recently built outdoor adventure playground.

 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the culmination of years of fundraising to turn the patch of land into a multi-use, all weather playground.

 

Parents and representatives of the local community were also present whilst pupils played samba music and celebrated the harvest festival.

 

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