From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date April 15, 2022 10:26 PM
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Dear John,

This week Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were issued fixed penalty notices
by the police for breaking their own lockdown laws while the rest of the
country made incredible sacrifices to keep each other safe. 50 fines have
been issued to officials at Downing Street so far.

It is the first time in the history of our country that a Prime Minister
has been found to be in breach of the law. Laws that he not only imposed on
the rest of the country, but went on TV to tell the nation about night
after night at that stage of the pandemic.

This confirms what we already knew: that Boris Johnson and the
Conservatives simply don’t think the rules apply to them. It is one rule
for them, and another for everyone else.

Law-makers cannot be law-breakers. This damages the government’s
authority to lead. But more than that, to have repeatedly lied to the
general public and to Parliament shatters the fundamentals on which our
democracy relies: that our politicians tell us the truth. Both the Prime
Minister and the Chancellor should now resign.

At the same time as the party in question, in May 2020, hundreds of
constituents were writing to me about the Dominic Cummings scandal.

* Cancer doctors who had had to tell patients why they can’t see their
* Parents who had been unable to hug their children for months
* Key workers who had cut out contact with their own families to care for
and protect strangers

* One constituent who wrote about not being allowed to comfort her
grandfather in his last days, saying it “would haunt her forever” that
she followed the rules while others flagrantly broke them.

This government has insulted the sacrifices made by millions of people who
did the right thing, and they are still taking us for fools.

But if they will not have the good grace to stand down, and insist on
facing no consequences for their actions, then it is more important than
ever that we send them a message at the ballot box in the local elections
on 5th May.


This week I have become aware of a letter residents in our constituency
have received from Conservatives concerning proposals around Nursery Road.

Nursery Road is a continual problem for local residents due to congestion,
cars mounting the pavements and road safety issues with schools nearby. We
need a solution which will ensure the safety of residents in both Harborne
and Edgbaston.

Following our last meeting with council officers, a broad range of
proposals were put forward and were all opposed by our Conservative
councillors, who failed to offer their own alternatives.

I would like to take this opportunity to put the record straight on some of
the disinformation that is being shared. For example, they fail to mention
that I have fought to secure £30,000 of funding from the council to
consider residents’ proposals to tackle the issue of cars mounting the
pavement on Nursery Road. Let me be clear, _no_ decision has yet been made
or confirmed. Should it require more funding, more can be allocated.

I have spoken to the Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Waseem
Zaffar, and have asked for timescales for this work and the involvement of

Officers are currently considering all proposals and options to ensure we
reach a solution that will benefit all residents, so no single street is
left to bear the burden.



This week I wrote to National Highways about approximately 100 trees at the
back of Clay Drive and Chichester Drive that had been felled without
consultation with local residents.

The conifer trees provided a valuable sound, light and pollution barrier
for my constituents living on a busy stretch of the M5 – and their loss
has caused a great headache for local residents. With the community and
Cllr Kate Booth we have been pushing for an adequate remedy: including
compensation, the installation of an acoustic barrier and of course the
planting of new trees.




The local elections on Thursday 5th May will be an opportunity to vote for
what could be a golden decade for Birmingham under Labour. Our brilliant
local council candidates are campaigning hard for a cleaner, safer and
better Birmingham, to modernise our city and grasp the opportunities of the
Commonwealth Games.

The deadline to register to vote has now passed, but your chance to
register for a postal vote so you can have your say at a time that suits
you is available until 5pm on Tuesday 19th April. You can request a postal
vote here [6].

Your Labour candidates are Lauren Rainbow [7] and Sam Forsyth [8] in
Quinton, Martin Brooks [9] and Cllr Jayne Francis [10] in Harborne, Baljit
Bal [11] and Marie Hill [12] in Edgbaston, Marcus Bernasconi [13] and Cllr
Sharon Thompson [14] in North Edgbaston, and Elaine Hook [5] and Paul
Preston [15] in Bartley Green.



I want to wish a very happy Vaisakhi and a happy Easter to Sikhs and
Christians who are celebrating in Edgbaston. I was delighted to join the
Vaisakhi celebrations at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick this week, marking
the creation of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. I hope my
Christian constituents will enjoy the celebrations today just as much with
family, at church, or wherever that may be.

Chag Sameach too to Jews in Birmingham celebrating Passover this week; I
hope you have a wonderful Seder this evening.

And a blessed Ramadan to my Muslim constituents fasting this month.

Lastly, to everyone else, I hope you enjoy a lovely sunny bank holiday!

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