From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date July 22, 2022 9:26 AM
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Dear John,

This week the choice to be next Tory leader became apparent and is down to
the two continuity candidates; two stooges of the Johnson administration
whose fingerprints are all over the state the country finds itself in

Despite their attempts to trash the Tory record of the last 12 years, both
Truss and Sunak have backed every decision along the way. Both voted for
every one of Boris Johnson’s 15 tax rises and both reliably parroted his
lies when the whole country could see the truth.

Rather than plans to tackle the Tory cost of living crisis or grow
Britain’s economy, to use their own words about each other's plans, they
are simply offering the fantasy economics of unfunded giveaways. They have
nothing to offer working people except more of the same.

Whichever one of the continuity candidates wins, one thing is clear: the
more time we give the Tories, the more damage they will do. Only Labour can
provide the fresh start the country needs.



I was appalled this week by new figures from the NHS which show that
159,255 people are waiting for NHS treatment at University Hospitals Trust
Birmingham. 30,998 of those people have been waiting for more than a year,
during three separate Conservative Health Secretaries.

At the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, following a decade of Tory
mismanagement there were 4.4 million people on the NHS waiting list in
England, then a record high. Now, 1 in every 9 people in England are on the
NHS waiting list equating to 6.6 million people.

The Conservative Government published its elective care recovery plan for
the NHS this week but failed to set out how it would address the workforce
shortages the NHS is facing. The plan set the Government’s ambition as
beginning to reduce waiting lists from 2024.

I wrote to the health secretary twice following concerns that West Midlands
Ambulance Service was close to complete collapse and raising questions
regarding NHS services. The response which arrived more than two months
later, was woefully lacking; and failed to address how the Government will
tackle the root causes to put the NHS back on track.

Now, record numbers of people across our constituency are waiting longer
than ever before, often in pain and distress. Our local health care staff
worked heroically throughout the pandemic, but they have been stretched
like never before. As the Culture Secretary admits, a decade of
Conservative mismanagement left the NHS “wanting and inadequate”, and
patients are now left to wait too long as a result. Our NHS is crying out
for a change in government to give us the fresh start we need.




Across Birmingham, we're seeing the impact of poor quality and unlicensed
housing having a huge impact on local communities. It isn’t right or fair
on either the neighbours who are left to deal with rising anti-social
behaviour or, on the vulnerable residents that are placed in unsuitable
housing. While we do have some fantastic housing providers and landlords in
the city, all too often rogue landlords are allowed to exploit loopholes in
the current system to make a profit at the expense of others. It's vital
more extensive licencing of HMO properties is put in place where

I am pleased to see Birmingham City Council launching a consultation on
this, the first step in being able to implement change, but we need to hear
from you.




I am delighted that Birmingham has been shortlisted as one of the six
potential locations for the headquarters of the new Great British Railways
body. This is a fantastic opportunity for our region and I am giving it my
full support.

Great British Railways (GBR) will be the new public body that will oversee
a new era of innovation, investment and integration across our rail
network. It will decide where trains go, when they go and how much rail
users pay.

For a region that already supports some 40,000 rail jobs, attracting GBR
could be a catalyst for significant economic growth. We’ve seen it before
with HS2, which has helped the West Midlands become a hub for engineering
consultancy, design and project management specialists (supporting some 350
local businesses) since choosing Birmingham as its base.

With 90% of wards across Birmingham classed as more deprived than the
national average, this investment would be a boost to our local economy and
would create new jobs at a time when unemployment is high and we are living
through a cost of living crisis.

Great British Railways has launched a public vote on where they should be
based, detailing the six choices. If you agree with me and would like to
see this organisation come to Birmingham, please make sure you vote using
the link below.



Next week our constituency will be playing its part in hosting the
Commonwealth Games. This is an exciting opportunity for Birmingham and will
see the creation of 20,000 jobs, huge investment and will put the eyes of
1.5 billion people firmly on our city. I am excited to witness the future
legacy of these Games.

Consequently, there will be a temporary impact on residents. With the
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and many other excellent
venues in the constituency acting as hosts to sporting events and athletes,
there will be some disruption. A number of temporary road closures have
already been introduced across the constituency, predominantly in Edgbaston
ward. However, there will also be additional diversions planned for the
Queen’s Baton Relay on Wednesday 27th July and the marathon route on
Saturday 30th July. Both of these have been designed to allow as many
residents as possible to see a Commonwealth Games event for free. You can
view the route here:
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Should you not have access to a computer or the internet, you can phone the
Commonwealth Games contact centre who will help you apply, Monday to
Friday, 9am to 5pm, on 0121 303 7616.

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