Former Derby MP Chris Williamson and local artist Nehanda join George Galloway on 3 December in Birmingham

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Birmingham on Friday 3 December.

George will be joined by friends of our party, the former Derby North MP and well known socialist Chris Williamson, as well as talented local artist and women’s rights activist Nehanda. Nehanda who has recently signed to a record label will perform her incredible tribute song “I am Woman”:

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the May 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock. Balsall Heath East, Sparkbrook, Shard End, Bordesley Green are all in the process of selection.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HEREĀ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

George Galloway to speak in Birmingham Friday 3rd December 7.00pm

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Birmingham on Friday 3 December.

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the May 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

Successful residents meeting

A well attended residents meeting met on Monday 1 November to discuss progress in Bordesley and Highgate.

Highgate, Deritend and Digbeth

Residents in Hodnet Grove and Charlbury Tower have made progress with collective efforts to address issues with vermin, and a collective letter and petition was discussed and a sub-committee formed for seeing to it that residents are organised to sign it and it shall be sent to the Director for Housing. The letter will demand that the city council treat the mass infestation of cockroaches in the tower as a single issue, rather than on a flat by flat basis. Dealing with the pest on a flat by flat basis only pushes the roaches around the building as they vacate one treated flat to reside next door and so on. Efforts to bring the mice and vermin around the Grove under control are ongoing, and residents noted that the lights are now operational for those coming back from work in the dark. Small wins were welcomed by everybody present as an improvement and a sign that we were not powerless to improve the area.

Similar collective letters are planned with delegates from Brinklow and Studley Tower who share issues with vermin, and the resident with three teenage children sharing a one bedroom flat with himself and his wife will also have his issues raised with the Director by our Housing officer.

The meeting also heard had a new copy of the Birmingham Worker freesheet distributed which included a report from residents who were active in the campaign for Free Bus Travel for children, a demand first put forward by the Workers Party local branch. More than 250 additional signatories had been collected over the last couple of months and the issue is picking up traction amongst working class people struggling to cover the cost of bus fares. A Campaigns Team will be tasked with identifying new areas of the town to seek out support, with a door-to-door campaign and a schools drive in the Spring.

Supporters can sign up either with the Workers Party or Change.org:

https://www.change.org/p/transport-for-west-midlands-free-bus-travel-for-children-in-the-west-midlands

Keep Bordesley Clean

After surveying more than 200 homes a complaint was made to Birmingham City Council over a rats nest along Cherrywood Road. Rubbish which was crawling with rats was raised for collection with the council and a short video put on social media to demonstrate the scale of the problem. The meeting praised the efforts of local volunteers who every day undertake litter picking, and it was suggested that the efforts of some were worthy of nomination for recognition from civic authorities.

St Andrews Road and Gray Street residents have arranged a volunteer litter picking for Saturday 27 November 11am with support from Highgate and Bordesley Community Forum activists. Details will be circulated by local newsletter. The Highgate and Bordesley Residents Forum is to request bags from the city council.

Committee elected

Before closing the meeting a number of residents were elected to the committee by a show of hands and a date set in early December for the first Committee meeting. The residents come from all parts of the area and include NHS workers, retired workers and local businesses and council workers.

Workers Party – Birmingham helping residents

The Workers Party – Birmingham has scored some successes in recent weeks fighting for local residents. In October we’ve:

– persuaded the council to undertake block-wide pest control to deal with an infestation of mice in South Acre
– we’ve helped NHS workers get lighting fixed in Hodnet Grove so that they don’t go home from work in the dark
– we’ve tackled a rat infested dumping spot in Cherrywood Road (caution: the video is shocking)
– and we’ve already got hundreds of residents pledged to voting Workers Party – Birmingham in May 2022 in our target seats

With limited resources we successfully distributed more than 11,000 leaflets in October alone, in Balsall Heath, throughout B12 and into the B9, B10 and Bordesley Green area of Birmingham. Recruiting new members and linking up with like minded residents who are ready for change. Our work in Kings Heath continues, we’re backing the efforts of local anti-LTN campaigners https://www.rethinkltn.org/ and we will back ANY group who oppose the counter-productive measures being foisted onto residents. We organised the biggest anti-LTN protest in Kings Heath to date, and if the so-called ‘non-political’ groups fail to apply the necessary pressure (because of sympathies for Labour party political aims and control of the city) then we’ll be undertaking further actions of protest with residents and local businesses who are not beholden to the fortunes of the corrupt Moseley & Kings Heath Labour party.

Dirty streets under Labour

This video footage taken on Cherrywood Road, B9 in October 2021

A report in the Birmingham Mail in August mapped out the various ‘rat hotspots’ in Birmingham using statistics generated from desperate residents contacting pest control.

“We asked for the number of rodent callouts recorded by Birmingham City Council’s pest control team by postcode in 2021 to date, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017…

In total there have been 6,660 callouts in 2021 so far as of August 10. But this is likely to rise a lot further.

During the pandemic-hit year of 2020, there were a total of 13,726 callouts across all Birmingham postcodes.

And since 2016 there have been a staggering 65,534 callouts.” https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birminghams-rat-hotspots-mapped-its-21300509

Bordesley and Highgate

Sadly those in the B8, B9 and B12 areas, which includes those living in Bordesley and Highgate, suffer from a failure by the council to take strong enforcement against flytipping.

The Workers Party – Birmingham, undertakes regular community outreach days, typically Saturday and Sunday’s between 12noon and 5.00pm. We’ve surveyed hundreds of residents this year and problems with vermin always come out near the top.

A public campaign against fly tipping must be backed with visible enforcement from the city council. Routine tipping by shopkeepers can be overcome by council investment in waste collection points on key roads (such as Alum Rock Road), backed up with extended opening at the public tips and the abolition of the online booking system and its present restrictions. A high profile enforcement campaign and the engagement of the countless community litter picking groups can help turn the corner in Birmingham. But whilst Labour continues to prioritise spending money on vanity projects its unlikely the public hygiene issues will be tackled.

Workers Party – Birmingham, what are we doing to help?

The Workers Party continues to raise issues of infestation with council officers who are generally quick to respond. We encourage residents to raise collective concerns rather than individual complaints. These are social issues, not problems of this or that flat.


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