China West Midlands UK

Honoured to be invited to speak at the CWM2020 dinner alongside Cllr Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council Leader, Beverly Nielsen from Birmingham City University, Paul Faulkner, Chamber of Commerce and many other distinguished guests.

“China will soon be the biggest economy in the world. It holds a fifth of the world’s population and has a distinctive cultural inheritance. Although the West Midlands has good connections with China, we can all benefit from further developing this relationship by celebrating and strengthening the economic, social and cultural ties between China and the West Midlands.”

CWM2020

We envisaged that throughout 2020 there will be a series of events with China related elements at various times and in different places, starting with the Chinese New Year 2020 and finishing with Chinese New Year 2021. For example, museums, theatres and art centres in the region that could run exhibitions and shows with a cross-cultural China theme. Similarly, the universities, schools, sports clubs, community organisations and business groups could run seminars and events during the year. The various local authorities could invite their twin cities in China to visit and participate in the events. All these China related events can be badged as China West Midlands 2020. The key message CWM2020 wants to convey during the preparation stage in 2018/19 and in 2020 is the strengthening of connections in business, education, culture, arts and sports for deeper understanding, greater collaboration and mutual prosperity between the West Midlands and China.

CWM2020 was started by the Chinese Community Centre, Birmingham Business Focus and Birmingham China Business Forum, with it’s steering group consisting of Julian Lloyd-Webber (Chair), Beverley Nielsen, Didi Xiao, Debbie Jagla, Peter Cannon, Bill Good, Yeow Poon and myself. It’s aims and ambitions have been endorsed by Andy Street the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor.

Strong community leaders working together supporting the future of the region.


Greg Clark Fundraising

Delighted to host our third Conservative Fundraising dinner in Birmingham for AndyStreet and the Birmingham Conservatives this year with our special guest Greg Clark MP Business Secretary.

Immensely grateful as ever for the support of friends, family, sponsors and colleagues who together helped us make the event such a great success. We welcomed 240 people to the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre in the heart of Birmingham.


Happy Chinese New Year 2019!

Chinese New Year is a very special time for Chinese people, I was delighted to celebrate it with friends, family and also to meet our Prime Minister at No. 10; which was beautifully decorated. Chinese school children from across the country were absorbed making arts and crafts at the heart of government, running around oblivious to their surroundings!

2019 is the year of the Pig, which brings great fortune and luck. People born in the year of the pig are (according to Chinese superstition!) good-tempered, kind-hearted, positive, and loyal. People born in the Year of the pig are honest and frank in personality.

Wishing everyone prosperity and good health in the year to come!


Ask Andy

Andy has continued his tour around the West Midlands hosting his “Ask Andy” events, this time in Sutton Coldfield. Around 70 Sutton residents braved the winter weather to ask Andy a wide range of questions from Green Belt protection, the decline of our high streets, cycling and future technologies. Answered with humility and experience and unafraid to get back to residents if he did not have the complete answer, Andy is someone who once you meet, you will know he is not your normal politician.



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.


Opening of John Taylor Hospice Store in Wylde Green

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As the Local Councillor for Wylde Green, I had the delight of being present for the opening of the new John Taylor Hospice charity store in the ward and saying a few words to those who were present about the valuable work the hospice does. It was a pleasure to have been a part of it all alongside John Taylor’s Lead Nurse, Jody Thompson, who had the honour of cutting the ribbon, and the CEO of the hospice, Penny Venables.

John Taylor Hospice has been providing expert ‘Taylor-made’ end of life care for families in Birmingham since 1910.

You can visit the charity shop on 370 Birmingham Road, it is open Monday-Saturday between 9am-5pm.


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.