Voter ID

Her Majesty’s Queens Speech this week will include a new Electoral Integrity Bill which will make photo ID’s a requirement at the ballot box, limit the number of relatives who can act as a proxy, and outlaw the “harvesting” of postal ballots by political parties and activists.

Unsurprisingly this has met with resistance from Labour MP’s, Councillors and activists who say this would threaten democratic participation and disenfranchise large sections of society. A central part of their argument is that approximately 3.5 million UK Citizens do not have access to photo ID and in 2013-14, around 11 million did not have a passport or driving licence and so potentially ineligible to vote.

The starting point in this debate must be the integrity of our democracy: would Voting ID’s restrict voting or enhance it’s integrity. I believe firmly in a strong democratic process that has integrity and in which people can rely upon.

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Wylde Green Residents Meeting

Another packed Wylde Green residents meeting and Neighbourhood Forum AGM updating residents on another very active year by the forum and holding the election of committee members for the coming year. We also discussed local matters in Wylde Green including waste, planning applications, crime, parking, a Q&A from our MP Andrew Mitchell and briefing from New Hall Police.

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Macmillian Coffee Morning

Delighted to support #MacmillianCoffeeMorning at my local church of St Johns in Walmley where we raised a terrific sum to support a brilliant organisation.

Macmillians provide physical, emotional and financial support for those with a cancer diagnosis. With one in three being affected by cancer at some point in their lives “whatever cancer throws at you, they are there for you”

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EHS Ethics Forum Discussion

Superb morning today at my sisters old school Edgbaston High School speaking on their Ethics Forum discussion panel covering questions posed by students including knife crime, homelessness, the use of language in politics, voting at 16, and of course Brexit!

Thank you for listening so respectfully to dissenting and opposing views, sharing, your sharp and insightful questions and being so wonderfully engaged in our democracy!

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Growing Economy!

Job stats show consistently that the economy is growing and getting stronger.

Employment is at a new record high

Unemployment has fallen by 1.2million since 2010

Wages are growing at their fastest in a decade

Income tax has gone up from £6,450 in 2010 to £12,400 now- lifting record numbers of people out of paying ay income tax at all.

Borrowing is at a 17 year low

Britain is outperforming Germany, France, Italy, Japan and many other countries.

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Christchurch’s response to Mosque shootings in March

Little seen in British press is the news that over 10,000 firearms have been bought by the New Zeland Government in a month as part of a gun buy-back scheme.

51 men women and children were killed in two mosques in March and since then the government has moved rapidly to react to the tragedy. A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons was passed 119 votes to 1 in April and people have till December to hand in now-prohibited weapons under amnesty of under this scheme.

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Home-to-School Transport for 0-25yr olds in Education

Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council today voted to push ahead with an entire overhaul of their 0-25yr old home-to-school Assisted Transport service despite concerns raised by parents, cross party councillors and the Department for Education.

These changes combine all transport arrangements for everyone using home-to-school transport. After the initial decision was ‘called in’ by my myself and Cllr Debbie Clancy, and unanimously agreed by the cross-party Children’s Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the matter was referred back to Cabinet for their reconsideration 22nd May 2019.

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