Delivering innovative, high quality childcare

The Education Secretary has called on councils and childcare providers to come forward with innovative ideas for implementing our manifesto pledge to double free childcare in a year.

Cracking down on illegal working by migrants

Yesterday the Home Office today announced a new package of measures to crack down on illegal working by migrants. Anyone who thinks the UK is a soft touch should be in no doubt – if you are here illegally, we will take action to stop you working, renting a flat, opening a bank account or driving a car.

A Budget for working people

Our Summer Budget delivers security for working people - and delivers on the promises upon which we were elected:Growing the economy and getting the national finances under control with the national debt falling. We have a balanced plan to finish the job on the deficit and run a surplus - so our country lives within its means and we’re better prepared for whatever storms lie ahead.

Neil Shastri-Hurst: It’s time to think strategically about defence

It is five years since the Coalition conducted a far-reaching Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Through fiscal necessity, this resulted in not only the re-organisation of Britain’s defence capability but also its paring down to a more slim-line beast.

West Heath Community Leader's date with the PM

Kings Norton resident Mike Bennett, who has been the Chair of Hampstead House since 2005 headed for the top with prospective MP for Birmingham Northfield, Rachel Maclean with an invitation from Prime Minster David Cameron to Number 10 Downing Street.

Standing up for hardworking Brummies

Birmingham Conservatives have launched their manifesto for the forthcoming local elections on 22 May. This follows on from last weeks unveiling of their six key pledges to local residents. 

Scrap Labour's unfair £35 garden waste tax

The Labour-run City Council is now charging households £35 to collect our garden waste. We'll eventually be provided with a wheelie bin (which will hold around three of the current sacks) and we won't be allowed to put out any extra. To put out more than this, we'll be required to buy more wheelie bins.

Fly tipping in Birmingham on the up under Labour

Angry Birmingham residents are noticing fly tipping is on the increase across the city. One recent account was at Frankley Reservoir in Bartley Green, where some people have decided that due to Labour’s £35 garden waste tax, that they will simply drive to the nearest area of countryside and dump their garden waste.

Lifford Lane Tip at breaking point

Residents who want binmen to cart-off their grass cuttings now have to pay £35, those who don’t buy into the scheme face trips to the tips. To date, only 20,000 of the city’s 400,000 householders have forked out the fee.