Residents identified the fight against crime and drugs, improving the NHS and employment for younger people as their top local priorities.
Washwood Heath, Shard End and Bordesley Green wards requested that their residents' meeting address the issue of crime and drugs. Respondents from Bordesley Green requested a meeting on street cleaning.

One of the most exciting fronts in Labour’s renewal is the burgeoning debate about Englishness. Thanks to the work of politicians like John Denham and Jon Cruddas and thinkers like Jonathan Rutherford and Sunder Katwala, there is now an excellent line of argument pointing the way to how Labour re-attaches itself to a history, ideas, and a wellspring of inspiration that got lost somewhere in the new Labour days.

For those who campaigned, like me to stay in the European Union, it's fairly obvious that the concern to reduce migration was at the top of voters list of ambition. But now we are leaving the EU, a new system will be needed to manage migration from the EU.

Today sees the launch of the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics at the House of Commons.
The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week, sets out a 10-point plan to help Britain’s 2.6 million innocent victims of drink – the children of hard-drinking parents.

In response to rumours in the Telegraph that Donald Trump’s UK visit will be moved to the Midlands and Birmingham, I decided to set up a petition calling on the PM and Birmingham City Council to halt his visit.

Earlier today, I spoke with the Birmingham Mail about how the Government may be planning  to "dump the Trump on us".

Liam Byrne MP has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances as data from the Bank of England shows unsecured household debt rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

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