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The ruling was made using the controversial FOI Section 36 exemption which is known as the “Get Out of Jail Free” card which public authorities use when they want to withhold information and no other suitable exemption can be applied.

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, will launch his local campaign – Healthy Smiles for Birmingham – today (27th April), alongside Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth, to end the scandal of escalating child hospital tooth extractions in Birmingham.

 

Steve McCabe MP has written to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ask her to refuse the application from the National Farmers Union to temporarily lift the ban on harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.

 

You can read Steve’s letter here

 

 

Steve has given his support to the charity’s Working for Change campaign which aims to change attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace amongst employers. Steve has supported a number of his deaf constituents in the past who have had problems getting the support they are entitled to in the workplace via the government’s Access to Work funding scheme.

 

The local MP has repeatedly called on the government to find a sponsor to rescue the school which was first plunged into uncertainty in June 2016. Despite promising to do so, and reports of a viable offer from a sponsor to take it over, the Department for Education have dragged their feet for 10 months and treated pupils, parents, teachers, staff and the local community with complete contempt.

 

Following the announcement by Tesco at the start of March that they will no longer be building a store in Stirchley, local MP Steve McCabe and Councillor Mary Locke have been going door to door to ask Stirchley residents what they think should happen to the site in future.

 

They’ve already spoken to hundreds of residents who are angry and dismayed after putting up with all the disruption for so long. Steve and Mary are determined that local people should have their say in any future plans for the site.

 

Steve McCabe MP is asking the Government why there is no money to save Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath despite announcing that over £320 million worth of funding will be available for new grammar schools in the budget.

 

The announcement was made ahead of tomorrow's budget where the Chancellor is expected to confirm funding of £320million for new free and grammar schools and £216million to refurbish existing schools.

 

The GP Practice which serves people across Druids Heath and the Maypole areas is run by South Doc Services who requested that Birmingham South Central CCG (responsible for South Maypole Surgery) agreed to terminate the contract and close the surgery because of financial difficulties. It appears that questions were first raised about the surgery’s viability in November last year but patients were not told until February after the final decision was made at the end of January.

 

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The future of Baverstock was first plunged into doubt in June last year, but the Department for Education assured the local MP that a sponsor would be found to rescue the secondary school. However, the Department for Education restarted their consultation into closure in January this year. The consultation ends tomorrow.

 

Speaking at Education Questions in the House of Commons, Steve McCabe MP said:

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The Department for Education have formally responded to a petition Steve McCabe MP presented to parliament with over 1,500 signatures calling for the Government to Save Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath. But the local MP is still yet to hear from the Education Secretary who has so far refused to discuss the desperate situation with the MP.

 

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