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  • Thank you and goodbye to Church Hill on Redditch Borough Council

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone in Church Hill who voted for me on Thursday 5th May 2022. I am sorry we were not able to get a win over the line, but I congratulate Bill Hartnett on his 65 vote victory for the Labour Party. Defending a majority of just one […]

  • Redditch doesn’t have a university, but this could be the next best thing

    Photo courtesy of The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology

    Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday 8th March, Sir Robert Buckland KBE QC MP introduced a “Ten Minute Rule” Bill that aims to see Institutes of Technology (IOTs) be granted a Royal Charter. In plainer English, this means an Institute of Technology (IOT) would be on the same kind of footing as a […]

  • The Old and the New

    Housing is probably the most contentious issue a council deals with, and that means local councillors are often consumed with debate about what kind of houses are needed, where they should go, how many of them, and even in to the detail of their design and impact on the area. That is one of the […]

  • Loxley Close application for apartments withdrawn

    The application to build two blocks of 1-bed apartments in Loxley Close has been withdrawn. Welcoming the news, Cllr Mike Rouse said: “I have listened to residents in Loxley Close and across Church Hill on this issue, and they have given me a very reasonable position.” He added: “Residents on the whole accept that the […]

  • Holocaust Memorial Event Redditch 2022

    I joined with colleagues and the wider Redditch community earlier to mark #HMD2022. Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

  • My 5 tests for Loxley Close proposed development

    I want to update residents on the proposed new council apartments for the bottom of Loxley Close. I have got five ‘tests’ that would need to be met before I would support the development as one of your local Borough councillors. The apartments must be two bedrooms, not one. We have enough one bed apartments […]

  • Letter to Redditch Standard Editor: 07 January 2022


    The letter text is: Dear Editor, S Harvey from the local Labour Party doesn’t think the Conservative-run council is doing the kind of consultation that meets with her approval (‘No consultation’, Redditch Standard Letters, Dec 24). It’s hardly surprising that a Labour Party candidate doesn’t agree with how the Conservatives are doing things. However, S […]

  • A cold and crispy start to campaigning in Church Hill


    A cold and crispy start to campaigning in Church Hill, but keen to get my latest leaflet out to you all, reporting back on what’s been done and looking forward to the challenges ahead. Thanks to Julian and Emma for joining me. If you would like to help out with my campaign please email me […]

  • The Deliberate and Systematic Engineering of Human Outrage

    I just saw a TikTok by Ari Melber that feature a clip of Eric Schmidt with an apparent warning about social media and how it drives outrage. See the clip, then scroll down for reaction: Being a 20+ year veteran of social media (since way before even MySpace and Bebo) and knowing a bit of […]

  • A report back for week ending Friday 17th December 2021

    This week saw a lot of meetings, a lot of campaign and a by-election defeat ahead of a wind-down for Christmas. However you’re marking the season I wish you and your loved ones all the best. I attended the County Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Board (OSPB) of which I am a member and sub-panel chairman. […]

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