As you will be aware, I have been campaigning to have better access to health services across my constituency. I’m pleased that there has now been confirmation that Solihull Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit will be reopening. There is a lot of work going on to make sure health services are accessible to everybody. This is an important step forward, but the work is not done.
I have also recently raised the issue of policing in our borough in Parliament. The Labour Police and Crime Commissioner has been given an extra £40m by government increasing his budget to almost £700m. For me the security of our residents has to be above party politics. My campaign to keep Solihull Police station open remains ongoing as well keeping a front desk open at Chelmsley Wood Police Station. Without these, we will be left with a front facing desk for the public. Clearly that isn’t acceptable.
For Christmas I have teamed up with the Colebridge Trust with an initiative to give those who are the most vulnerable in society a Christmas hamper containing items such as socks and gloves. Christmas is all about togetherness and thinking about others. This is an excellent project that will give people something to look forward to opening on Christmas morning. Please do get involved if you are able to! If you would like any more information, please send me an email, or visit my website.
I was pleased that my Tea in the Community event was a huge success. We had people come from across the constituency and I hope to host more of these events in the coming months so please do keep an eye out on my social media or send me an email to register your interest for future events.
Finally, I wanted to mention how blown away I was with the level of entries to my Christmas Card Competition. This competition was open to all primary schools in my constituency which received almost 500 entries. I want to express my gratitude to all the pupils and teachers that were involved.