Siôn Simon

Campaigning for the West Midlands in Europe

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Phoning for Kingstanding By Election

Phoning for Kingstanding By Election

This evening a team of volunteers including Birmingham Councillor John Clancy we’re hard at it on the phones for the Kingstanding ward by-election in Birmingham. Engaging voters about the Labour Party messages both nationally and locally such as the ‘Standing up for Birmingham’ campaign and fighting to scrap the unjust bedroom tax, which has hit...
Fighting the Bedroom Tax

Fighting the Bedroom Tax

Today I was joined by over 25 volunteers who came out to the key West Midlands target seat of Birmingham Yardley to support PPC Jess Phillips in order to deliver leaflets to those personally affected by the viscous Bedroom Tax. In Yardley alone around 1300 residents have been hit by this Tory-led governments policy. The...
Ed Miliband Event

Ed Miliband Event

Today I attended a West Midlands Labour party members event in Birmingham to listen to Labour leader Ed Miliband talk extensively about a range of polices and reforms as we head towards coming elections. In a free flowing Q&A session Ed spoke eloquently about social justice and wealth creation, with a heart wrenching case being...
Chamber of Commerce Panel Event

Chamber of Commerce Panel Event

Today I was on a panel with Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Group, Katie Teasdale, Director of Strategy, Tory MEP Anthea McIntyre and Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion. The theme of the event was how the West Midlands MEPs can help the regions business community get more out of...
Campaigning on the Soho Road

Campaigning on the Soho Road

Today I was out in the cold with a fantastic team from across the region supporting Sharon Thompson, our Labour candidate for the 2014 election in the Soho Ward for Birmingham City Council. Along with engaging with voters we also promoted Ed Miliband’s plan to freeze energy prices if elected, and the support was overwhelmingly...
Campaigning in Northfield

Campaigning in Northfield

Today I spent a great few hours campaigning in Northfield Birmingham, supporting local council candidates, getting people to sign a petition on Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze and spreading my European Parliament campaign message of jobs and growth for the West Midlands. All were very well received. In the morning a large group of us...
Discussing Young People’s Issues

Discussing Young People’s Issues

This evening I met many passionate young people at the University of Birmingham where we discussed a number of issues affecting young people, most notably tuition fees and Michael Gove’s education policies. It was an excellent opportunity to hear directly from young people about how this Tory-led government’s policies had impacted on both their and...
Opening of the Birmingham Literature Festival

Opening of the Birmingham Literature Festival

This evening I attended the opening of the Birmingham Literature Festival at the newly opened Library of Birmingham to listen to the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy speak. The event not only was part of the opening of the Birmingham Literature Festival but also coincided on National Poetry Day. Also speaking at this gala...
Save Our Royal Mail

Save Our Royal Mail

Today I joined a large and diverse band of community and trade union activists trying to ‘Save Our Royal Mail’ the Handsworth Library on the Soho Road, Handsworth. I had to queue to sign the petition backing the campaign and would encourage us all to rally together to keep a vital service from being sold...
People's Policy Forum

People’s Policy Forum

Today I went to Labour’s People’s Policy Forum at the ICC in Birmingham. It was great to see Ed Miliband in the region listening to people’s concerns and spreading his message of One Nation Labour. People say politicians don’t listen, but some of them do. And they say ordinary people have given up on politics,...
Challenges for the Region

Challenges for the Region

What are the big issues in the West Midlands? Well, the employment rate is 3% lower than the UK rate. The average worker actually in a job earns £30 a week less. Fewer of our young people get their GCSEs than the UK as a whole. We have the second highest proportion of citizens with...
My Brum Inquiry

My Brum Inquiry

Today saw the release of the much anticipated My Brum findings, titled, ‘Birmingham: Where the World Meets’. The report is based on the Inquiry set up by the Birmingham City Council Social Cohesion Overview and Scrutiny Committee, chaired by Cllr Waseem Zaffar. It focused on how social cohesion can be maxised to the greatest use in the cultural melting...