Steve also visited Swanshurst Girls School in Billesley on Friday 11 November for their Remembrance Day service. Steve spoke with veterans and pupils about the sacrifices made by our military forces and how important it was to remember those that gave their life for our country.


Steve joined the community at St Marys Hospice for the day to help staff care for the patients at the hospice. Having previously supported CSV through volunteer work at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Steve is a firm supporter of the work that CSV is doing.


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.


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.

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.


Topics under discussion included changes to the NHS, unemployment, police cuts and various local concerns.


The changes would involve a project to identify the ‘right’ partners at a cost of upwards of £2millon between now and December 2012. Meanwhile the police will see the loss of 2,200 jobs over the next four years – officers with over 30 years service have already been made redundant and compulsory redundancies of other police staff will start shortly.


Whilst there, Steve spoke to prospective members and supporters about his work on the Home Affairs Committee and in the Selly Oak area. BULS regularly pounds the pavement to help local MPs and Councillors ensure a win for Labour in Birmingham, campaigning particularly tirelessly in the constituencies of Edgbaston and Selly Oak.

Steve had asked his constituents where the money should go and it was decided that Steve would donate £213 to each of these fantastic charities that do a wonderful job supporting their local communities.


Steve said:"I asked my constituents who this money should be donated to and they chose two very worthy causes.I’m very grateful to the anonymous donor.


Both of these organisations do great work and this money will make a huge difference to two brilliant local charities."

 Steve is delighted to announce that his friend Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of the Mirror, broadcaster and  political commentator is paying a visit to his constituency to take part in a Question and Answer  event at 8pm<

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