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Meriden MP Caroline Spelman drops in for a fund raising cuppa

BARCLAYS staff at Balsall Common branch took time out with local MP Caroline Spelman as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s 22nd World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

A DAMNING report has revealed Heartland Hospital’s maternity unit is struggling to cope with more than double the births since Solihull became a midwife-led unit.

The report, by independent patient group the Consultative Healthcare Council, CHC, found the Princess of Wales Maternity Unit was understaffed, cramped and ‘not fit for purpose’.

Government Minister Caroline Spelman backs drive to keep Solihull Walk-in Health Centre open

MP Caroline Spelman is backing calls to save Solihull walk-in centre from the axe.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman optimistic about local economy

LOCAL MP Caroline Spelman is optimistic for the West Midlands economy following a report by accountancy firm RSM Tenon that around 49% of local small and medium companies (SMEs) are doing business overseas.

Boundary changes in Solihull thrown into serious doubt

MASSIVELY unpopular plans to transform Solihull’s political map looked to be in serious doubt this week.

Solihull Council's working party meet to discuss controversial HS2 plans

HS2 bosses have agreed to look at creating designs for an underground tunnel following a desperate plea from residents to mitigate the impact of the controversial scheme

Solihull Council's HS2 working party criticised

A working party set up by Solihull Council to reduce the impact of high-speed rail on the borough has been labelled ‘inefficient’ and ‘time consuming’

Canoe club gets £20k for improvements as part of the Olympic legacy

SOLIHULL Canoe Club is celebrating news that it has securing over £20,000 of Olympic legacy funding.

Cycling legend Tommy Godwin is honoured guest at Olympic-themed Catney Village fete

OLYMPIC medal winner and cycling legend Tommy Godwin will be the guest of honour at this year’s Catney Village Fete.

Solihull residents to get super fast broadband.

MERIDEN’S MP Caroline Spelman has welcomed the announcement that Castle Bromwich residents will still be able to reap the benefits of a faster broadband connection.

Caroline Spelman on her time at the Earth Summit in Rio

Twenty years on from the original Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, delegates from 193 countries reconvened this month to tackle the lack of progress on putting the global economy onto a more sustainable footing.

Council closes creche in south Solihull

TUDOR Grange leisure centre crèche has been closed down by Solihull Council this week, saving just £11,535 a year.

Thieves put borough projects at risk after stealing donated equipment

“DESPICABLE” thieves have put future projects by Solihull Council’s environmental champions at risk after they ransacked a store holding their equipment.

Spelman's teenage son says he's been cut off financially by parents for new career choice

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman’s bodybuilder son claims he could be forced out of the family home.

Meriden MP appeals for charity donations to Welcome

BOROUGH MP Caroline Spelman has appealed for donations to a charity shop which raises money for people with drug and alcohol problems.

Spelman backs charity's call to stop attacks on guide dogs

ATTACKS on guide dogs have been condemned by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman.

Knowle and Dorridge churches pray for local MP at United Nations summit

CHURCH leaders in Dorridge are praying for Caroline Spelman MP to deliver ‘climate justice’ as she attends the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

Caroline Spelman MP writes in the Solihull News

ONE Friday in April, I had the pleasure of visiting Solihull Magistrates’ Court for lunch on the invitation of Christine Bassett JP, and had the opportunity to thank the magistrates for their hard work during last summer’s riots.

Solihull residents encouraged to keep streets litter free.

LITTER louts are being encouraged to become more of a ‘takeaway and take it home society.’

New name unveiled for Solihull maternity unit

SOLIHULL Hospital’s chief has claimed the newly-named Netherbrook Birth Unit is a “symbol of progress” in the borough.

Solihull MP answers SOS from residents over HS2 fears

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has stepped-in after frustrated borough residents said they felt trapped in a David and Goliath battle against high-speed rail.

Duck has lucky escape in Solihull

SOLIHULL is officially out of drought, following the wettest April on record.

Spelman's son faces rugby ban

THE teenage son of Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has been suspended from playing rugby for 21 months after admitting he took banned substances.

Here to help: Caroline Spelman MP on the role of the British consulates overseas

AT a time when people are looking forward to their summer holidays, it is worth remembering how important the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is.

Midlands officially in drought

THE chances of a hosepipe ban in Solihull have shot up after the Environment Agency confirmed this week that the Midlands is officially in drought.

MP urges Solihull residents to take part in HS2 survey

SOLIHULL residents are being urged to take part in the next phase of the High Speed Rail (HS2) consultation process.

‘New city in Meriden Gap’ claim is dismissed by MP

MERIDEN’S MP has rubbished claims that a “new city” will be built slap-bang in the middle of the Meriden Gap.

Hampton residents meet to air housing fears

RESIDENTS of Hampton-in-Arden concerned about the prospect of over 100 more homes being built in the village have been urged by their MP to seize a new opportunity to make their feelings known.

CAROLINE Spelman has lost a High Court bid to gag revelations that her rugby-playing son took banned steroids.

The millionaire MP for Meriden abandoned her controversial injunction, which had already incurred legal fees of £60,994, after a judge ruled it was “not necessary or proportionate”.

CAROLINE Spelman MP has backed a mother’s fight for justice after she says her son was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Jackie Hughes had her family “ripped apart” last April when her son Cori Fieldhouse, was arrested for grievious bodily harm and sentenced to three years in Swinford Hall prison.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman loses injunction battle

A HIGH Court judge has refused to continue an injunction won by the teenage son of Meriden MP Caroline Spelman.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman speaks out against domestic violence

A NEW borough charity to help those who suffer appalling violence in their own homes was launched on Valentine’s Day.

Meriden MP highlights cold weather payments

MERIDEN residents are eligible for cold weather payments as temperatures plummet, says local MP Caroline Spelman.

Appeal for more cases to be solved following 1987 Chelmsley Wood killing.

THE recent conviction of a local man for a killing 25 years ago has prompted police and a local MP to encourage people to help crack other unsolved cases.

MP welcomes move to protect post offices.

MERIDEN’S MP Caroline Spelman has welcomed a move to protect local post offices.

We're backing tourism in Britain - Meriden MP Caroline Spelman

MERIDEN is the heart of England and the centre of a growing tourist industry.

Villagers rail against train line tree-cutting

UPSET residents have slammed rail bosses’ decision to clear trees and greenery along the train line in Hampton-in-Arden.

Strong checks and balances with elected police and crime commissioners says MP Caroline Spelman

On 15th November this year, the first Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be elected in each of the 41 police force areas across England and Wales outside London.

Close examination

The views expressed in the letter from Jean Shearman on the Planning Committee’s consideration of the Dorridge Sainsbury application (Letters) give a rather jaundiced account of what was described by several residents as an illustration of ‘democracy in action’.

Plenty in reserve

SO, Solihull Council needs to reduce its budget by a further £10 million, on top of of the many millions slashed in the past five years (Solihull News).

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