Today (2 June 2018) marks the 150th anniversary of the first Trades Union Congress (TUC). The congress brought the trade union movement together for the first time. Councillor Mary Locke describes the positive impact unions have had in our society and why they remain vitally important to creating a fairer future for us all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday 25th May 2018, Birmingham, UK
Newly-elected Labour Councillors, Liz Clements and Fred Grindrod, have expressed their anger and dismay that a phone mast in Bournville Village will be installed as a result of an error in Birmingham City Council’s handling of the planning process.
Labour candidates Fred Grindrod and Liz Clements have written to the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street and the leader of the Conservative Group on Birmingham City Council, Robert Alden, asking them to condemn remarks made by the Conservative candidate for Bournville and Cotteridge at yesterday (Thursday 27th April) evening’s hustings in Bournville and Cotteridge.
Last Saturday (2 December), Cllr Mary Locke supported Small Business Saturday UK for the third year in the row by visiting small businesses and talking to the people who bring added variety and interest to our local shops.
Cllr Mary Locke recently met with Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and staff from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to discuss ways of improving traffic congestion in Cotteridge.
This week, Cllr Mary Locke (left in photo) and Bournville Labour Party volunteers have been out talking to people in Cotteridge and Bournville to better understand the issues – both local and national – that local people are most concerned about.
We’re planning to be out most weeks in the run up to Christmas so that we can gather feedback from local people in Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley. We’ll then use this feedback to set out our priorities for the local elections in May 2018, so that we’re focusing on the issues that really matter.
Here’s some of the things we’ve learned so far.
On Wednesday (16 August), the conciliation service Acas announced the bin strike had been suspended and Birmingham City Council were in negotiations to bring the seven-week dispute to an end. Here is Cllr Mary Locke’s response to the news.
National Express West Midlands is currently consulting on possible changes to bus services in South Birmingham and there are real concerns bus services, including the 27, could be reduced or cancelled altogether.
On Sunday , Cllr Mary Locke, Cllr Karen McCarthy and a team of volunteers from Bournville Labour Party bought just over £1,000 pounds worth of food from Stirchley Co-op and donated it to B30 foodbank.