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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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