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Since the referendum last June, I have received a huge number of emails, letters and phone calls from constituents, both Leavers and Remainers asking me to vote for or against invoking Article 50 which allows the government to start the negotiations for Britain to leave the EU.

 

Friday 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

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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.

 

Shocking figures released today show rough sleeping in Birmingham has increased by over 500% since 2010. The Department for Communities and Local Government have released their annual figures for rough sleeping across the UK. The statistics show yet another shocking rise in homelessness and rough sleeping in Birmingham and across the UK.

Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) has hit out against the Government’s decision to re-open the consultation into the closure of Baverstock Academy, despite repeated assurances that the Department for Education were looking for a sponsor to save the school.

 

Information emerged this morning that the Government is now planning to re-open a 4 week consultation period into closing the school.

 

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Steve has been working with the Save Baverstock Group, made up of parents and local residents, to fight for the school’s future. Together they have collected over 1,500 signatures all calling for the Government to save the school.

 

 

Steve McCabe called for the debate after being contacted by constituents who have had distressing experiences trying to get fertility treatment through the NHS.

 

In the last year, three clinical commissioning groups (South Norfolk, Mid-Essex CCG and North East)have already decommissioned their assisted conception services as a cost saving measure and now a further twenty-six are either considering reducing provision or decommissioning their assisted conception services entirely.

 

 

Birmingham Labour MPs have warned the Government about their catastrophic funding plans for Birmingham which will result in devastating cuts to children’s centres, local libraries, leisure centres and services for the elderly.

 

Steve McCabe MP’s Protection of Family Homes Private Members Bill was stopped short last week during its Second Reading. Steve’s Bill was number 4 on the order paper but it was only debated for very briefly and was adjourned until January.

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

“I was disappointed that my Bill didn’t receive its Second Reading last week but I will be back in the New Year to have another go.

 

Steve McCabe MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the Government to act quickly and stop Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England from reducing or entirely decommissioning their assisted conception services.

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