The Union has produced a leaflet and petition against the cuts and will use its annual Respect for Shopworkers Week, which takes place between 7–11 November, to urge shoppers and members of the public to back the campaign and sign Usdaw's petition.
Usdaw Deputy General Secretary Paddy Lillis was joined at the launch in the House of Commons by Steve McCabe MP.
The Office of National Statistics released figures today which suggest Britain’s economy grew by a meagre 0.5%.
Although the economy grew in Q3, economists are warning people not to expect an imminent economic rebound. Instead, Bank of England policymakers Martin Weale and Paul Fisher argued this week that there is a significant risk that Britain could well sink back into recession.

An enormous 85% of respondents agreed that if the government insists on a referendum on elected mayors then they should pay for it.


Almost everyone (97.5%) thought that Steve should continue to ask about and expose the true cost of the referendum to Birmingham Council Tax payers.

Steve said:

“I have asked my constituents what they think and I think it’s safe to say they do not want the City Council to foot the bill for a Mayoral Referendum.


The “Giving Voice” campaign is designed to give political voice to those people with speech, language and communication impediments, and to ensure their needs, and those of their carers, are met. The campaign also emphasises the value of speech therapy to society.


Just over a 100 guests turned out to hear Mr. Maguire’s commentary on the state of affairs in British politics today. Following a well received opening speech from Steve, Kevin gave a captive audience his thoughts on the Murdoch hacking scandal, the state of the Labour Party and the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.
A question and answer session followed, before Lord Peter Snape led an auction and raffle in which several Bullingdon Club tea-towels were up for grabs.
Steve said:
On the evening of Wednesday 5th October I attended the consultation exercise organised by the University Hospitals Birmingham Trust (UHB) on their plans for the future of the Selly Oak Hospital site. About 40 people took part in the exercise; its purpose was to agree a ‘master plan’ or overall planning framework to guide future developments on the site.


Consumer Price Index annual inflation stands at 5.2 per cent, up from 4.5 per cent in August. CPI has risen largely as a result of increasing electricity and gas bills.



Whilst at the West Midlands HQ, Steve met with Chief Fire Officer, Vijram Deniya, to discuss fire control arrangements and enjoyed a tour of the Safe Side facilities.


More than 180 of the country’s biggest companies and business organizations have demanded that employability and entrepreneurship education should be included in the national curriculum by backing the ‘Enterprise Curriculum’ Campaign.
The War Memorials Trust and the SmartWater Foundation have teamed up to locate and protect thousands of war memorials across the United Kingdom.
The effort centres on SmartWater; a unique marker which can help trace items should they fall foul to theft. It is also a highly durable material, which can withstand high temperatures should an effort be made to melt down stolen metals. Memorium 2014 aims to use SmartWater, generously provided free of charge, in a bid to protect our nation’s memorials from theft or damage.
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