Steve recently met with Dr Caroline Whalley (CEO) and Hugh Greenway (Managing Director) of the Elliot Foundation to discuss their plans for two primary schools in the constituency.


The Elliot Foundation, a new, not-for-profit organisation; currently serve as the sponsor of Billesley Primary School and hopes to serve Tiverton Junior and Infant School in Selly Oak starting in 2013.


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 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%.



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.


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.


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.


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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Steve McCabe is taking the pledge to encourage people throughout the area to give time to benefit the local community, after joining Music Producer, Pete Waterman in the build up to CSV Make a Difference Day, the biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 27 October 2012.


Pete Waterman has given MPs across the nation a ‘pledge kit’ with a host of ideas to benefit others, such as sharing their career skills with local community clubs, groups and small charities.


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