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PM’s snub of Euro pact ‘will protect UK’

Sometimes it’s good to take a calm, cool look at a difficult political decision after the furore has died down.

By George - tree for a top street

GROWING businesses are sure to put a smile on the face of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Special delivery - a Christmas tree for George Osborne from Solihull firm

GROWING businesses are sure to put a smile on the face of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Out of bounds

SOME of the recently published Boundary Commission proposals on Parliamentary constituencies ‘border’ on nonsense!

Out of bounds

SOME of the recently published Boundary Commission proposals on Parliamentary constituencies ‘border’ on nonsense!

Residents are ‘horrified’ over plans to change boundaries

CASTLE Bromwich residents are “absolutely horrified” by the prospect of being cut adrift from Solihull.

Bin this idea

WHO is the bright spark who came up with the new recycling service?

Extra £2,500 for council top boss

THE chief executive of cash-strapped Solihull Council has seen his actual salary increase by almost £2,500

Roll up your sleeves

MP LORELY Burt asks for the readers’ take on the violence and damaged parts of Britain (Solihull News).

Get tough - Solihull backs PM’s approach to rioters

SHOPPERS in Solihull town centre believe a strong message needs to be sent to those who took part in the recent riots.

Back in charge

I DON’T think anyone quite imagined the scale of the Conservatives’ victory in the local elections last Thursday.

Closure inspires colleagues’ book

ALMOST a year since the coalition government sounded the death knell on Coventry-based quango Becta, two of its employees have used their experiences to write a book.

It’s all connected

If as ‘sons and daughters’ of God whatever name he is known by and we were all pulling ‘together’ for the future of this world and If the world was a sentient being, which parts of the Earth correspond to which part of your body?

Sense, please

Over the last few weeks I have read with interest the letters coming in concerning the opening of two potential supermarkets in Knowle and Dorridge.

Led by the people

AHEAD of next month’s local elections, the Solihull News speaks to Lib Dem group leader Councillor Ian Hedley.

Kash set for PM honour

FOUR-time world kickboxing champion Kash “The Flash” Gill will meet David Cameron on Wednesday for Vaisakhi - the Sikh celebration.

Teen years lost

Recently, Brook Birmingham, a charity which provides free and confidential advice for under 25s, sent me the latest statistics for teenage pregnancies.

Stop whining

ALL change is not progress, but in the case of HS2 it certainly is.

Be positive

I MUST admit I am getting a bit fed up with the constant negativity of the UK press, every time you open a newspaper or watch the news it’s still doom and gloom.

Youth vent fury at service cuts

MORE than a 1,000 teenagers and youth workers have vowed to fight a “wipeout” of services for young people.

Firm hailed as a shining example

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has hailed Land Rover as a ‘shining example’ of what British industry can achieve.

They’re all right

I begin to wonder - do our Front Bench of millionaires know what goes on in the real world?

Council workers hit £50,000 barrier

AN INCREASING number of council workers are taking home more than £50,000 a year.

An Eton education

I HAVE a question which could be set on next year’s A-level business studies paper, prompted by the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party conference:

A move to get all of us online

FOR most of us the Internet and email form part of everyday life.

Pope in Solihull for final stop in UK tour

SOLIHULL was the final stop on the Pope’s four-day visit to the UK, with the Prime Minister coming to the borough to see the Pontiff off.

Ex-minister is a guest at dinner

THE Conservative-Liberal Democrat governing coalition is going through a “honeymoon period” at present but it could come under some pressure later, a Tory elder statesman has warned.

MP speaks out over burka ban

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has waded into the debate over whether Britain should ban burkas, defending the right of Muslim women to wear them.

Post box alert

I HAVE lived in the borough for 48 years - and there has always been a postbox in this same spot (Widney Lane).

Mum takes equality petition to No.10

A CAMPAIGN started by the mum of a Castle Bromwich soldier – killed while serving in Iraq – has gone all the way to Downing Street.

Solihull summer

NOW summer has arrived it’s pleasing that despite ever tightening budget, our council - whoever runs it - still fills focal points of Solihull with regular changing colourful flower and bush displays which cheer us up.

Forging a new kind of politics

I would like to begin by thanking those of you who voted for me at the General Election and to emphasize that of course I am here to serve all constituents, whichever way you voted.

Clash of the contenders

CANDIDATES standing in the General Election will clash not once, but twice, in the next seven days.

Solihull candidates to clash

CANDIDATES standing in the General Election will clash not once, but twice, in the next seven-days.

Clegg bullish in bid for 'a fairer Britain'

A BULLISH Nick Clegg promised the people of Solihull ‘real change for a fairer Britain,’ when he took time out to visit the borough on Friday.

Lib Dem leader drops in on Solihull

A BULLISH Nick Clegg promised the people of Solihull ‘real change for a fairer Britain’ when he took time out to visit the borough on Friday.

Our care is at risk

OUR family has recently had first-hand experience of hospitals in Switzerland (under E111) and in Birmingham (on NHS) and, although the standard of care seems excellent in both countries, we have noticed three main differences.

Red blooded

SO correspondent G Lloyd from Knowle appears to be shocked that Councillor Hillas has not been compelled to resign his seat over an alleged sexual assault (Letters) - hardly surprising, as Mr Lloyd is only aware of what he reads in the press, apparently!

Important questions that need answering

TODAY my wife and I received our Spring pack of publications from the National Trust, and within five minutes I read: National Trust have teamed up with Cadbury for the third year running, to ensure a fun weekend for visitors, with trails running at around 250 places over the four days of the Easter weekend.

Tests delay

IN RESPONSE to the letter ‘Backing NHS’, Solihull News, January 15, by Ed Williams, Labour parliamentary candidate, Meriden, I would like to make the following reply:

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