Liam Byrne, Minister for the West Midlands, today welcomes news that the Cabinet will come to the region for its meeting on 8th September.

The minister, who was involved in planning the meeting with No 10 last week, said:

"This is a huge vote of confidence in the progress we've made in the West Midlands this year.

The date:18th July 2008

The time: 12:15pm

The place: Fox & Goose Pub, (Fox & Goose Shopping Centre) Washwood Heath Road, B8 2NB

Liam Byrne MP will be dropping in at the Fox & Goose Pub in Birmingham Hodge Hill as publicans across the country celebrate the second Proud of Pubs Week.

And the public are being urged to join them as the fightback to keep the great British pub alive begins.

Liam Byrne met with representatives from Tesco following the city council’s decision to sell off Brockhurst Playing Fields in Hodge Hill. Tesco have agreed to work with him to regenerate the Fox and Goose shopping centre to make it a more desirable place to shop and relax.

The MP for Hodge Hill has vigorously opposed the development with local residents for several years. The council has not paid any attention and pushed the superstore through.

Liam Byrne MP presented prizes to students who had taken part in an innovative educational programme to develop character at a ceremony last week.

The programme was run by Learning for Life, a charitable organisation who started the Values Award programme in 2005. The project enables students to reflect on human qualities such as enthusiasm, courage, honesty, generosity, trust, and perseverance.

Liam met with representatives from Central Networks and local residents this week to put forward concerns about the disruption that a new energy sub station in Shard End is causing.

The Hodge Hill MP was outraged that designers from Birmingham City Council who had worked with Central Networks had not consulted with local residents about the fencing for the site.

Resident Sheila Bowcott said:

Liam Byrne today organised a protest outside Birmingham Council House to highlight the council's failure to demolish two high rise towers.

Unable to be there himself as he has been ordered to stay in Westminster due to the Terrorism votes, Liam arranged for residents and local councillors from the Bromford Estate in Hodge Hill, where Bayley and Stoneycroft towers are situated, to protest in the city centre.

400 local residents have backed Liam Byrne's campaign for public toilet facilities at the Fox and Goose Shopping Centre.
The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill started the campaign after numerous complaints from local people.
Liam said:

"I want to encourage shoppers to use the Fox and Goose shopping centre and to spend their pounds they need to be able to spend a penny."

He added:

Liam has kick-started talks with health chiefs about a huge new health centre for the Bromford and the Firs.

The Hodge Hill MP invited 400 local residents to meet NHS officials to talk through plans and to flag worries about how cars should access the site. Local residents have welcomed the new health centre but have been worried about cars coming in from Firs Farm Road instead of Shawsdale Road, which is wider.

Liam said: