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Labour would crash to a worse defeat than it suffered under Michael Foot if the party enables Brexit, according to a huge new poll. YouGov surveyed a huge sample of 25000 people and the results show that the party risks losing millions of supporters in two scenarios under which it either votes through some form […]

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What happened Monday night?

by danielbarker on 10 January, 2019

Previously I posted blogs about motions being put to Walsall Council’s Monday night meeting. To update you on what happened………. The motion regarding the NHS – asking the Council to write to the Government and local MPs to tackle various NHS-related problems – was, after a minor amendment (the Tories had to politicise the wording […]

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Reforming Britain’s wealth taxes could help the Government raise £7bn a year by 2022-23 to help cover the cost of public services, a think tank has argued. A new briefing note from the Resolution Foundation claims that reforming five wealth taxes will help meet an estimated £36bn a year increase in the cost of public […]

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Public money not being scrutinised effectively

by danielbarker on 9 January, 2019

Yesterday I attended a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Scrutiny Workshop, which focused on the WMCA draft budget for 2019/2020. What is becoming increasingly clear with every meeting I attend, and this meeting was even more eye-opening, is how shambolic the Tories’ handling of devolution has been. Huge sums of money are being devolved to […]

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Responding to the reports that HMV is on the brink of collapsing into administration, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: “Although there is nothing to stop the march of technological progress, the issues HMV and other high street stores are facing have been compounded by the out of date business rates system. While […]

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Motion to Walsall Council regarding the NHS

by danielbarker on 7 January, 2019

One of the motions (which we are supporting) to be discussed at tonight’s full council meeting reads as follows: This Council: (1) celebrates the fact that 70 years ago Parliament created a National Health Service, essentially free at the point of delivery (2) accordingly seeks to maintain those benefits in this Borough (3) resolves to […]

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Motion to Walsall Council regarding Universal Credit

by danielbarker on 4 January, 2019

One of the motions to be discussed at Monday night’s council meeting – which we are supporting – reads as follows: Council agrees that the intention of Univeral Credit (UC) to make benefits less complicated and to allow those in paid work to keep more of their wages is a good idea, but believes that […]

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No surgery this Monday

by danielbarker on 4 January, 2019

Apologies, but I will be unable to see Short Heath residents as I usually do on the first Monday of each month this coming Monday, as I shall be attending the Full Council Meeting at Walsall Council House from 6pm until…..who knows! Petitions on the Community Alarm Service and Streetly Police resources will be heard, […]

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LIB DEM CALL TO SCRAP VAGRANCY ACT GETS LABOUR BACKING

by danielbarker on 3 January, 2019

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran’s campaign to scrap the 1824 Vagrancy Act has received Labour party support. Responding to the announcement, Ms Moran said: “The 1824 Vagrancy Act is a heartless, Dickensian law that is shamefully still being used thousands of times a year by police forces – including to try and remove homeless people […]

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The year ahead promises a time of great challenges – or opportunities, depending on how you look at it. Either way, it will be a time for some radical thinking. Councils will be increasingly forced to ask why they exist and what they are supposed to do. If money makes the world go round, it […]

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