Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Phillip Bradbourne MEP

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Malcolm Harbour MEP

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Deidre Alden

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Roger King

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Mike Whitby addresses the audience

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All settled

Last night we attended the Conservative group meeting. The major item was the challenge to the Leader Mike Whitby. Suffice to say that this was easily seen off and we can now look forward to taking the city forward with our partners the Lib-Dems whilst showing up the socialists for the busted flush they are.
On Saturday we were at Tally Ho for the launch of the Euro campaign. This was very well attended and we heard some excellent speeches especially from Deirdre Alden who will be a terrific MP for Edgbaston and a major influence for Birmingham in the next parliament.
We have a few photos for you. We hope to have some video as well but seem to be encountering technical difficulties.

Monday, 18 May 2009

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On the radio

On Thursday evening we had a new experience, a recording of a radio programme.
BBC radio wm came to the Holly Hill Centre to record a programme about Frankley. On the panel were Keith, Andy Ross, Councillor Sue Anderson and our sensitive local MP.
We all answered questions from members of the public and were asked to make pledges to cover the next 12 months.
Keith pledged to push the refurbishment of the Frankley Shopping Centre and pursue the Forestdale Community Park Project.
Afterwards we managed to get some photos of the presenter Joanne Mallin.
Keith was at the Frankley Shopping Centre the next morning at 7.00am in the pouring rain to do an interview with Phil Upton on the morning show. Some others were supposed to turn up but they didn't make it and left the field clear for Keith.
We managed to get a couple of photos for you.
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Sign of the times

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New welcome signs for Frankley

As part of last years Frankley Summit it was decided that some of the Community Chest money should be used to put "Welcome to New Frankley in Birmingham" signs at the entrances to the estate. These are now being installed and Keely and Keith went to have a look at them.

Jolly Green....?

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Clean up

Last Sunday about 35 people turned out at the Reaside Centre to take part in a clean up of the area. This was a great turnout and reflects the enthusiasm for their neighbourhood that a lot of people feel despite some of the negativity towards Frankley that some people express.
Here is a photo of Keely Huxtable with some of the Reaside Centre Stalwarts, Bill Hollis, Karen Boulton, both Parish Councillors, and Dave Joynes.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Yet Another Busy Week

On Thursday Sue, Keith and Ken attended Birmingham University to listen to the outcome of a report into the effects the Rover closure had had on the area and the people who lost their jobs. It was a facinating insight and Birmingham University should be congratulated for the excellent piece of work. The seminar was well attended with the audience including representatives from Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham City Council, Trades Unions and of course the current MP. Much of the content was even more poignant considering the current situation at LDV.
Throughout the seminar a well balanced and interesting report was given and its such a shame that the MP then had to spoil it by trying to turn it into a party political broadcast.
So just to balance things up a little bit here are a couple of questions people should ask him if they bump into him 1. Why is it that the University have managed to produce a report BUT his government have failed to produce any sort of report into the demise of Rover despite spending approx £15m of taxpayers money ie your money, on it? 2. Just what is he doing to ensure that his Westminster cronies come up with the money to ensure Bournville College move onto the Longbridge site? ( Call us cynical but I hope it wont be the case that the money suddenly appears just when the general election is called !!)
3. As chairman of the All Party Motor Group, just what is he doing to try and preserve the thousands of manufacturing jobs that rely on the automotive industry for survival.