7 Years ago I warned that Child Poverty was costing our city over £1 billion. Now, new figures from @IIECP show things are going from bad to worse with 20,000 more children in poverty than when we first reported. The East Birmingham Taskforce is asking the Government to take concrete action now. You can read more here
I stood to be Mayor to make homelessness history and to render foodbanks something of the past; to lead green Britain and bring back industry. We won convincingly in 2 of our great cities – Birmingham and Coventry and in the Borough of Sandwell. But that was not enough to win the Mayoral election. To the winner, Andy Street, I offer my support and congratulations.
To my Muslim friends far and wide, a very happy Ramadan
The Ummah welcomes the Blessed month of Ramadan, the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to guide mankind with a month for extra prayers, reflection, generosity and fasting.
I extend to you all my warmest greetings and good wishes at this important time.
As the Sikh community here in the West Midlands and across Great Britain mark an auspicious date in the Sikh calendar this week, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all those who are celebrating a very happy and joyous Vaisakhi.
In the midst of this global pandemic which we are all facing, it has become even more important to commemorate the historic occasion of the creation of the Khalsa - the Sikh brotherhood - in 1699 by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
Reflections on this year's World Bank - IMF Spring Meetings
"We have had to perform at one and the same time the tasks appropriate to the economist, to the financier, to the politician, to the journalist, to the propagandist, to the lawyer, to the statesman-even, I think, to the prophet and to the soothsayer' - Lord Keynes at the founding of the IMF and World Bank