Local issues

I have lived in Birmingham all my life and am proud to have served as MP for Birmingham Selly Oak since 1992.

I have spent many years as a councillor, and a number as Chair of Housing, on Birmingham City Council.   I appreciate that, for many people, the most pressing matters are not whether we should embrace the single currency or how we should structure higher education, but how we are going to make the streets safer for our children to play in or ensuring that our homes are in good repair.

Of course, I believe that national policy has a great impact on our quality of life in Birmingham, but I also work to try to solve those problems that many people face day to day.

11th March 2010
Selly Oak New Road Phase 2, latest information from Birmingham City Council

5th March 2010
Stirchley Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting Feedback

February 2010
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) progress at last!

December 2009
South Birmingham Bus Network Review - Centro's response

October 2009
South Birmingham Bus Network Review - my letter to Centro

September 2009
New Developments at Jobcentre Plus

September 2009
My response to Centro’s draft rail development plan

July 2009
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath and Stirchley Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting

June 2009
West Midlands Police: Stirchley Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting

May 2009
Warwickshire County Cricket Ground

May 2009
Camp Hill Railway Line Update

April 2009
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath and Stirchley Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting

April 2009
Official opening of the new GP surgery at Poplar Road Health Centre

April 2009
National Industrial Symbiosis Programme

January 2009
Announcement of new GP Health Centre and GP practice

January 2009
TUC Advice for Economic Downturn

January 2009
Apprenticeship Awards

December 2008
Planning Application for "Meteor Ford" site in Moseley

November 2008
Local Schools Help Orphans in Africa

November 2008
Energy Prices and Keeping the Most Vulnerable Warm

October 2008
Bottle Watch Scheme

October 2008
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting (24 September)

September 2008
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting (30 July)

August 2008
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting (25 June)

August 2008
The Green Post Office Saved From Closure

July 2008
Post Offices & the Post Office Card Account

July 2008
Post Office closures

July 2008
Polyclincs and GP access

July 2008
Enforcement of parking restrictions on private land
- update

June 2008
Click here for new 'Sustainable Moseley' Report

June 2008
Enforcement of parking restrictions on private land
- update

April 2008
Post Office Network

February 2008
Birmingham International Airport - planning application for runway extension

December 2007
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting (29 November)

November 2007
Enforcement of parking restrictions on private land
- update

West Midlands Police: Kings Heath Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting (24 October)

October 2007
West Midlands Police: Kings Heath Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting (27 September)

September 2007
Mature Garden Suburb (Back Land) Developments

August 2007
West Midlands Local Transport Plan

Camp Hill Railway Line

May 2007
Post Office Closures

April 2007
Birmingham Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan
'Studentification' in Bournbrook

March 2007
Growing the Railways campaign launch

February 2007
Post Office Network constultation... have your say!

January 2007
My response to the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy consultation

December 2006
Illegal Money Lending

December 2006
Householder Development Consents Review

November 2006
Alcohol Licensing
Planning Enforcement

August 2006
Diabetes and eye screening in South Birmingham

May 2006
Parking - update
Launch of Kings Heath Farmers' Market
Primary Care Trusts announcement on 17 May (also see April 06 posting below)

April 2006
Information on how our NHS is organised locally

February 2006
Access to NHS Dentistry

August 2005
Enforcement of Parking Restrictions on Private Land

December 2004
Selly Oak Local Centres Study

August 2004
Cycling - update

Restoration! July/August 2004

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The Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Pictured opposite is the Old Grammar School, Kings Norton, which with the Saracen's Head, was the winner of this year's BBC's Restoration Programme. Click here or on the picture to find out more.

June 2004
Post Office Closures

January 2004
Cycling in Birmingham

December Update 2003
Burglary Reduction Initiative on the 3 Estates in Kings Norton
TETRA Telecommunications Mast – An Update
You Are Your City – Clean and Safe
Moseley Takeaway Planning Application

November Update 2003
NHS Complaints
'Bus Barging'
Environmental Problems

October Update 2003
Shannon Road – street lighting
Popes Lane environment
NHS Complaints
Moseley Ward Environmental Improvements
Tackling anti-social behaviour

September Update 2003
Telecommunications masts

Criminal Justice – support for witnesses
Anti-Social Behaviour
Nearhill Road – garages
Ingoldsby Estate cleaning contracts
Pit Leasow Close – window replacement
Taxi Services for disabled people

August 2003
Local Optician's Open Day Launch

October Update 2002

Refuse Collection Problems in Cotteridge
Victims of Air Raids - Memorial
Birmingham Mint
West Heath Junior School – Parking and Road Safety

Previous postings

Refuse Collection and Recycling

All Saints Community Development Project - 1.5 Million Fundraising Campaign Launched

Stirchley – planning applications for major shopping developments

My response to Birmingham Health Authority’s Consultation on proposals to establish Primary Care Trusts - November 2001

My response to Birmingham Health Authority's proposals for a new hospital for South Birmingham

My response to the Selly Oak Development Study questionnaire 1999

Adjournment debate about Residential Care for Elderly People in Birmingham - 8 February 1999


Reporting Road and Street Problems to the Council - this useful service allows you to report any problems you encounter on the streets of Birmingham -  faulty traffic lights, broken pavement slabs, pot holes - by e-mail

Click here for info from the Audit Commission on their inspection of the Council

Want to know what's going on in your area?
Check the "In Your Area Database". This is a Government service which allows you to see key Government facts and figures for your area.

By typing in your postcode, you can find out what the Government's been doing where you live. Some of the figures are very local, others are regional.


Local councillors

Local Councillors

Your councillors provide a link between you and the various Departments, whether you have a problem with housing, your children's school, overgrown trees, rubbish not being collected or are not happy with an aspect of Council policy - your local councillor will offer advice and representation.

'Letters to the Editor'

In June 2008 I started a 'Letters to Editors Archive' in time this will include letters on a number of local matters.


Click here for info on Sustainable Moseley

People say...

"As my MP you have always shown such openness to my concerns. I do appreciate this."


"You have taken a lot of concern and worry from us."


"I am so very grateful that you managed to find time in your extremely crowded schedule to come to my help."


"I am writing to thank you and your team for all you have done to help me, keep up the good work and thanks again."


Local links...

...in and around the constituency

Local Drugs programme

For info on Birmingham's Drug Interventions Programme

Fuel costs

The Eaga Partnership is a social enterprise who carry out grant-funded programmes on behalf of central and local government - as well as utilities - to help those who are fuel poor.  Their website includes information on applying for a grant.

Mobile Phone Masts

Click here for information on planning applications for telecommunications masts


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