A View From The House – 2nd March

Housing has come to dominate the calls, letters and emails that my Erdington office receives. A third of the cases my office handles are due to housing problems. I have heard the appalling story of one young woman with two children currently living in a shed at her parents’ house and in desperate need of suitable housing. Another, a man, came to my advice bureau just before Christmas and told me he and his young daughter were homeless and currently staying at a hotel in Walsall, isolated from the support of his family, friends and daughter’s school. He is still there!     Continue reading


Through our Erdington District, we conducted a survey of the 41 junior, infant, special and secondary schools in Erdington. With our Member of Parliament, Jack Dromey, we took our findings to meet Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, and detailed the impact of school budget cuts on our children and young people, their parents and our teaching and support staff   Michelle Gay – Head of Osborne Primary, Vicky Nussey – Head of Paget Primary, Jon Smart – Head of Brookvale Primary, Julie Anne Tallon – Head of Abbey RC Primary, Helen Hastilow – Head of Slade Primary, Anna Stevenson – Head of Birches Green Infants, Helen Slack – Head of Twickenham Primary   Continue reading

Jack Dromey MP urges local charities and community groups to apply for funding

I am urging local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28th August. Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000. Jack Dromey MP pictured above with Witton Lodge Community Association who received funding last year  Continue reading

Proud to be re-elected as MP for Erdington

I am delighted to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington with an increased majority. Thank you for your support. Click the picture below to hear my speech  

I am standing for re-election

As your Member of Parliament, it is a privilege to stand up for the people of Erdington. I am standing for re-election, standing on my record of seven years of service to the people of Erdington and Birmingham. I have been proud to serve Erdington and I will continue to fight for Erdington. From an Irish working class background, I have fought for working people all my life. I have worked hard for you, wining a secure future for the Jaguar plant, keeping our local NHS Walk-In Centres open, ensuring the safety of local children by maintaining our much loved lollipop ladies and men and saving hundreds of our PCSO’s and Police Officers. Continue reading

Poppy Arabella Fete

Poppy-Arabella was tragically knocked down and killed on a zebra crossing on the Chester Road when a 74 year old man failed to stop at the lights. The gentleman had been told that he could no longer drive and should wear spectacles. He did not heed this advice resulting in the death of Poppy-Arabella when he continued to drive. The perpetrator has been sent tp prison for 4 years. Jack is working with the family to make it a legal requirement for all professionals dealing with people with eye problems eg doctors and opticians to notify  the DVLA with the details of any individual who should no longer drive. In the case of Poppy-Arabella this was not done.  Join the family and friends of Poppy Arabella at her Fairytale Family Fun Day on May 1st

My speech to Parliament on Monday March 13th 2017

WORKING PEOPLE DESERVE—THE TORIES HAVE LET BIRMINGHAM DOWN In his contribution, the Foreign Secretary undertook a global perambulation, bumbling for Britain. May I bring the debate back to Birmingham, a city of 1.5 million people—I am proud to represent Erdington—the city of Chamberlain, and an ambitious, growing, young city that is determined to build on its strengths?   Continue reading

Birmingham left behind London in investment despite Midlands Engine

Today plans were announced to invest £392 million across the Midlands through the Local Growth Fund. There is widespread support for some measures that have been taken, not least because MPs have worked with local authorities, LEPs and employers to secure investment and devolved powers for the Midlands. Continue reading

Tory boasts about the economy don’t ring true in Birmingham

Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington and Shadow Minister for Labour, said: "Tories boast that the economy is going well but their claims don’t ring true in Birmingham. The city is a great place to work and live, but we’ve not been dealt a fair hand from the Government. Average wages have fallen in real terms from £517 to £497 in the West Midlands and unemployment is up 10,000.  Continue reading

Erdington Health and Wellbeing Walk-In Centre saved for a second time

The Erdington Health and Wellbeing Walk–In Centre has been saved for a second time after being under threatfor four years. After the efforts and campaigns involving 4,000 local people, led by Jack Dromey MP it has never closed its doors to people seeking treatment. Continue reading