“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech”

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“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

Benjamin Franklin

Tam Tak-chi was found guilty on 11 of 14 charges against him last month, including seven counts of “uttering seditious words”, the first person to be charged with sedition in Hong Kong under a pre 1997 law used against pro-democracy protesters and supporters.

He was sentenced to a total of 54 months for the various charges, serving 40 in totality.

“exemplifies the dizzying speed at which Hong Kong’s freedoms are being eroded. Once known as Asia’s protest capital, Hong Kong is now sentencing people to years in prison simply for shouting slogans.”

Maya Wang, Human Rights Watch.

Campaigning with Birmingham Hongkongers

For the sixth time now, delighted to be joined by our merry band of newly arrived Hongkongers in Birmingham, some from their local church- the BCEC, out campaigning this time for our two brilliant Conservative candidates- Dominic and Connor, who are standing up for a better future in Quinton ward.

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Birmingham Launch of YOU West Midlands

Alex was representing Birmingham City Council at the City’s launch of You Midlands, an initiative bringing together 11 youth organisations in uniform in the West Midlands offering young people opportunities to develop their full potential. These include Boys Brigade, Sea Cadets, Scouts, St Johns Ambulance, RAF Air Cadets, Army Cadets, Police Cadets others. The initiative has been spearheaded by the WM Lieutenancy and the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands Mr John Crabtree OBE with support from the West Midlands.

Confident speeches and presentations from young adults who in their manner and conduct showed the real value gained from a healthy and full participation with these youth organisations, gaining skills, qualifications, knowledge and friends making a real difference to their lives and others.

Sponsor a Ukranian Family

Incredible meeting with faith leaders of many faiths across the UK supporting #UkranianRefugees into Britain. If you, your church, business, charity are able to consider sponsoring a Ukranian family- they do not have to live with you!- do sign up via http://www.sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk #SponsorARefugee @krishk

Hong Kong Ready Churches

Delighted to be part of the Hong Kong Ready Churches across the UK supporting the some 100,000 HKers looking at moving to Britain taking advantage of the new BNO visa route opened by my Conservative Party and Government. More than 500 churches across the UK have responded to the call including my own in Walmley Sutton Coldfield where I am it’s representative, demonstrating clearly in actions and words our Christian values to our fellow brothers and sisters. Many are being forced to leave because their home has become unrecognisable, or worse, they are fearing or have had to deal with the consequences of a severe restriction on their freedoms and liberty. We will be working together to develop a series of Friendship Festivals across the country, as well as support efforts for the peaceful integration of so many people coming into a country that is in so many ways different, but grounded in thre same principles.

No Waste Collections; No Accountability; No Transparency

Appalling scenes at our Birmingham City Council Full Council meeting this evening where the Birmingham Labour Group repeatedly blocked efforts by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Group to discuss the Lib Dem’s motion calling ‘No Confidence’ in the city’s waste service.

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Uyghurs Subjected to Genocide by China

Systematic abuse, torture, separation indoctrination, imprisonment and surveillance
of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in Xingjiang Province is an appalling human
rights abuse, ignored by the wider world largely unreported in the wider press.Continue reading “Uyghurs Subjected to Genocide by China”

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