Tariq Jahan Endorses Waseem

Tariq Jahan, credited with stopping the 2011 Riots, has spoken about the support he has received from Waseem when seeking justice for the tragic circumstances that his son and two friends lost their life's on Dudley Road. Tariq has recently launched a petition demanding the Home Secretary set up a public enquiry to examine the police investigation into the murders of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir in August 2011. Please support this good cause and sign the petition. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvsVOMWPCUU[/youtube]

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Apache Indian Endorses Waseem

Handsworth legend, Apache Indian, has endorsed Waseem's re-election campaign. Waseem has helped Apache set up his academy in Handsworth working with over 100 young people in 2 years. This endorsement has attracted a lot of interesting with coverage from the Birmingham Mail [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb8T7ouxcuc[/youtube]

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Open Letter to NHS England & Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Relating to Proposed Closure of Finch Road GP Surgery

This afternoon, a letter signed by all three Lozells & East Handsworth Ward Councillors and 20 local institutions who represent thousands of local residents, was sent to NHS England and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG representatives raising serious concerns about the future of a GP surgery within Finch Road Primary Care Centre. By Email: Dr. Nick Harding, Chair, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG nick.harding@nhs.net Howard Finegan, NHS England - howard.finegan@nhs.net Cc: Cllr Susan Barnett, Chair, Birmingham City Council Health & Social Care Overview & ...

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Handsworth Park Arts Trail

Artists and Handsworth based community groups are invited to participate in the Handsworth Park Arts Trail taking place in summer 2015. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm Tuesday 31st March 2015. There are four different ways to participate in the project as follows: 1. As a paid commission for artists to make an artwork with involvement from local community groups which may involve a participatory process to make the art work, or through workshops before or after the installation ...

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Labour’s General Election Pledge Card Announced

Today, at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, Ed Miliband along with his Shadow Cabinet, Members of Parliament, members and activists came together for the formal launch of the Labour Party's General Election Pledges. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTalLArhmxI[/youtube]   And here’s the pledge card: We are 54 days away from the most important election in a generation. Now is the time, for activists and members to unite behind the leader and our policies to take these pledges to the constituencies, to the wards, to the communities, to ...

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The Role of Councillors on District Committees

This inquiry builds on the work of the District & Public Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s inquiry: Are Ward Committees Fit for Purpose? and began before the Kerslake review was published The Committee has held three evidence gathering sessions (18th November 2014, 9th December 2014 and 20th January 2015) and undertaken a visit to the Erdington District (2nd December 2014). A survey was also sent to all Councillors – 16 responses (13% response rate) which received wide ranging views. The aim of ...

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Birmingham Trees for Life plants Nelson Mandela Memorial Plantation at Handsworth Park

Birmingham Trees for Life (BTFL), the local tree-planting organisation for Birmingham, planted 10 trees in Handsworth Park on 4th February 2015 to create a new Nelson Mandela Memorial Plantation.  I was joined by my colleague Councillors of Lozells and East Handsworth Ward, Cllrs. Hendrina Quinnen and Mahmood Hussain; all on hand to help to plant the trees, ably assisted by 13 students from Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy. The event was funded from BTFL’s Big Tree Plant grant, a national Government programme, ...

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‘Are Ward Committees Fit For Purpose?’ Final Report

At the January 2015, Birmingham City Council meeting of all 120 elected councillors, I presented the scrutiny report of the Districts & Public Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Committee that I chair titled: Are Ward Committees Fit For Purpose? This report came a few weeks after Sir Bob Kerslake presented the findings of his report. You can download and read the full report here. A shorter version of the report can be downloaded here. And to read the response from the Leader of Birmingham City ...

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