101 Birmingham Councillors urge Foreign Secretary & UN to intervene on Genocide of Rohingya People in Burma

On Sunday, 21st June 2015, nearly 1,000 Brummies of all faith and no faith, attended a peaceful demonstration organised by the Rohingya Solidarity Movement in Chamberlain Square to show solidarity towards the Rohingya community who are suffering at the hands of the Burma authorities. At this event, a number of elected Birmingham Councillors committed to making representation to the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Phil Hammond MP to seek intervention from the United Nations Security Council in Burma. Today, a letter signed by ...

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Chair of O&S for Corporate Resources

Last week, at the Annual General Meeting of Birmingham City Council, I was elected by the meeting as the Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Corporate Resources for the municipal year 2015-2016. I would like to thank all Councillors of the previous committee that I chaired, the Districts and Public Engagement Scrutiny Committee for their support and efforts during my time as chair. I am also hugely grateful of two fantastic officers, Benita Wishart and Amanda Simcox for their sterling ...

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Thank You For Re-electing Me!

      I am delighted to have been re-elected as the Councillor for the Lozells & East Handsworth Ward. We had a 56% turn out in the ward of whom 80% voted for me as the Labour Candidate. I managed to double the majority I achieved in my first election in 2011. Thank you to the 8,535 residents who voted for me but also to the 2,035 residents who did not vote for me but participated in the democratic process. As I said in ...

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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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