Women’s Suffrage- Celebrating 100 years

Celebrating 100 years since the first UK Election in which women were able to vote. Immensely proud of the progress we have made together in ensuring womens’ voices are heard extending the franchise by 8.4 million women. 1928, was a Conservative government which passed the Representation of the People Act giving the vote to all women over the age of 21 on equal terms with men.

 

Operation Black Vote in Birmingham

Delighted to catch up with my good friend and mentor Simon Woolley, Director of the influential Operation Black Vote in Birmingham. Over the past ten years we have worked together on voter registration, BAME representation in politics, getting young inspiring stories front and centre inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. An incredible individual who has done so much for so many.

Mental Health matters

Summary of the powerful Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2018.

Summary of the key trends contained in this report.

  • In 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK and 392 occurred in the Republic of Ireland.
  • In the UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times more likely.
  • The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49.
  • The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54).
  • There has been a significant decrease in male suicide in the UK, and the male suicide rate is the lowest in over 30 years.
  • The suicide rate in Scotland decreased between 2016 and 2017 – this appears to be driven by a decrease in the female suicide rate.
  • Suicide in young men in Scotland increased for the third consecutive year in 2017

We can all do a little something from really asking ‘how are you’ to someone else, striking up a conversation to someone on the train platform, spending a few hours volunteering at a helpline, or fundraising and sharing social media posts. The more we talk about it, the more it becomes okay to talk about it.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50. Lets talk about it.

Hosting a Chinese International Delegation in Birmingham

Proud to host a delegation from the Chinese Legislative Affairs from China in Birmingham with the Lord Mayor Cllr Mosquito. They spent their time in our city and prominent members of the Birmingham Chinese Community asking about our systems, democratic processes and the challenges between National legislation and local decision makings. Very informative for all attending and further building relations.

Travel Assist- a failed service failing Disabled Children

Back in early October, over a month on from when guides and chaperones were arbitrarily removed from school routes taking disabled children to and from their home three days before the start of term, parents and schools had yet to hear back from officers

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Questions have been asked how these potentially dangerous and last minute changes could have been put through, what is being done to safeguard these children, what risk assessments have been done and why lessons have not been learnt from past years and the OFSTED inspection a few weeks ago. And despite meetings and reassurances given for immediate replies, no answers have been given.

As the Shadow Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing, I have been leading the voice for the parents. I have yet to receive satisfactory answers, but I am pushing hard to have the questions raised, answered by those who have implemented these changes.

Over the weeks I have had meetings with parents, whose children have been affected by this poor decision. Many have expressed that they are their wits end and are at a total disappointment with the actions condoned by the Council.

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As the Governor at Wilson Stuart School, one of the schools affected, I have formally asked for a review into the Travel Service system to ascertain exactly what happened in September, if risk assessments were done to children affected as suggested, that only the children with the lowest needs had their guiding support removed, and why parents and schools were not consulted ahead of these changes being imposed.

With just days after OFSTED rendering a damning judgment on the council’s SEND department, if the Council cannot safeguard the wellbeing of 30 disabled children to and from school, and cannot treat children, schools and families in a humane and compassionate manner, how are we able to trust them with the running of the wider council?

I will continue my battle for these children, schools and parents until all questions have been rightfully answered.

A Representative Magistracy for Britain

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Delighted to be down in London with fellow magistrates who are all under 40 and Lord Adonis discussing ways to improve the representation of our magistracy in Britain.

A shocking 96% of magistrates are over 40 and only 12% are BAME. I myself am the only British Chinese Magistrate in the whole of the West Midlands and was the youngest when I got appointed over ten years ago. Time flies, and it has been an immensely enjoyable and rewarding experience making a real and lasting difference to my home city of Birmingham. Would strongly encourage anyone thinking of serving their community to apply and find out more information.

Birmingham Young Conservatives

Ever determined to support the growing number of unheard young Conservatives in Birmingham, together with the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street we have established a Birmingham YC Branch!

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Over several meetings hosted at various locations including the BCEC Birmingham, we have got over 35 people from a variety of backgrounds all under 25 keen to get involved and drive this forward.

With the lead up to Conservative Party Conference in October hosted in Birmingham, and with so many opportunities to get involved this is a brilliant time to get involved.

I am very inspired by what a group of passionate individuals such as the ones around the table are setting out to achieve- to really be the difference they want to see in the city. We in the Conservative Party are supporting them all the way

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Do get in touch if you are interested in getting stuck in!

Home for Good- Chinese Community Centre Birmingham

35686644_10156577178487112_434601942476390400_oDelighted to be part of wonderful civic leaders and generous donors including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Yvonne Mosquito, Dr Yeow Poon, Bill Good, Marcus Hawley, the ever generous James Wong, Wellington Yau, and Anna Yim. Over the one evening we raised over £10,000 for a brilliant cause led by the CCC-B. The money will go to help the centre facilitate the speedy return of elderly Chinese people from hospital back home supporting their long term recovery and freeing up vitally needed beds at hospital.

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Thank you for the generosity of so many and the generosity of so many including James at the Chung Ying for hosting.

Sutton Coldfield Youth Council- Mental Health Awareness Week

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A big well done to members of the Sutton Coldfield Youth Council and students from Sutton Coldfield College for completing their two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Friday 10th May ready for Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Sutton Coldfield Youth Council, is an assembly of students from each of the eight secondary schools and colleges in Sutton Coldfield, aiming to lead social action projects to make a positive impact in the local community.

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