Steve joined young people from across Birmingham to celebrate the talent and energy of young people with dance, music, poetry and a blend of different cultural traditions.

The event, held at Priory Square on 9 August, brought together youth organisations including Voice is Power, Young Peoples’ Parliament, Young Disabled Champions and Children in Care Council.  



You may be aware that the Sainsbury’s planning application to build on the former Battery site is currently making its way through Birmingham City Council’s planning process.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to inform residents that Birmingham City Council has decided to re-open the public consultation process for your comments on the revised proposals; in light of recent recommendations by the Council’s Planning Department.


Labour is currently engaged in a series of campaigns against cuts; our actions demonstrate a degree of solidarity with public sector workers and of course the view that further job losses can only increase the damage to our already fragile economy. But despite our desire to protect public services can we honestly say that these services always represent the best interests and needs of the public?


The bad debts and toxic products of our banks have already scarred the early years of this century and destroyed the hopes of a generation. Now we discover that while many of these banks were using our money to bail them out, they were also manipulating the Libor rate to inflate their profits and the mortgage payments of millions of hard pressed tax payers.


For advice about flooding contact the Environment Agency’s floodline: 0845 988 1188 (24 hour service) or Type talk 0845 602 6340



Steve is supporting this year’s Carers Week (18-24 June) and wants to recognise the huge contribution made by those people in Birmingham and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. The work they carry out is vital for their families and friends, and for their communities.



Veterans’ Day honours our servicemen and women who did so much to protect Britain in the Second World War and beyond. The Veterans will be sharing stories and memories of their past experiences to help the students learn about the exploits of a generation who had grown up in a very different time.



The number of households where no one has ever worked rose sharply in the last quarter of 2011 to 291,000 - a rise of over 7% on the year before. 


Labour has revealed House of Commons library research showing the Government is now set to splurge an incredible £9 billion more than planned on dole payments and housing benefits.


Fresh revelations this week confirm:


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