Labour’s Bob Jones elected as West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner

by John Chapman

On 15th November Labour’s Bob Jones was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for our Police Force, and has already kept one of his key campaign promises by vetoing plans to privatise core policing functions.

We know that many electors were unhappy at the way these new posts were bulldozed through Parliament by the Tories and LibDems: it came up again and again on the doorstep, and many Labour members felt exactly the same. But we needed the best candidate to be elected, and the voters duly voted overwhelmingly for Bob.

Interestingly, in Moseley and Kings Heath, Bob Jones took 77.7% of the votes on the second ballot, easily outstripping the Conservative candidate’s 22.3%. The Liberal Democrat candidate had been eliminated in the first ballot, coming in fifth, with just 7.5% of the vote.

PCC Bob Jones (photo by Coventry Telegraph)

We know Bob will serve the region well, and your involvement is key to ensuring that. He will be doing surgeries and public events around the region, as well as being generally contactable in the usual way. All details are here.

So from all of us at Moseley & Kings Heath Labour Party: THANK YOU for electing Bob Jones.

Community conference: Our Public Services – the future?

by Lisa Trickett

What happens in public services in the coming years will affect us all, whether we use public services or work in the public sector. It is really important to me, as Labour’s candidate for Moseley & Kings Heath, that local people are involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

So on the 17th November, Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey will be joining us to discuss how public services can best be protected from Government cuts and also what we want from public services in the future to meet the needs of everyone. Joining him will be Cllr John Cotton who is the Labour Group lead on devolution of public services.

This is an important opportunity for us to explore, with people who will be shaping policy nationally and locally, how we as a local Labour Party branch can make a difference to the public services around us.

The meeting starts at 7pm at the Moseley Exchange building in Moseley.

Please come to the meeting if you can. Also please forward this to friends and colleagues who may be interested or share the event on share/invite friends to the Facebook event.

I look forward to seeing you.


Moseley & Kings Heath elects Martin Straker-Welds.

We are delighted to announce that Martin Straker-Welds has been elected as one of Moseley & Kings Heath’s three councillors. Polling 4188 votes, he beat his nearest contender (incumbent Emily Cox) by 1876. He joins the remaining Liberal Democrat councillors for the ward, Cllr Mullaney and Cllr Hendricks.

In his acceptance speech, Martin drew attention to Emily’s achievements over the years – and expressed his wish to get to work with the people of Moseley & Kings Heath as soon as possible.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for Martin – he and the rest of the branch have worked hard to reach this stage, and we hope that we can rely on all the citizens of Moseley & Kings Heath (whether they voted Labour or not) to work with us in making our lovely home better for everyone.

Your Voice

by Claire Spencer

As a local Labour member and general human being, I have been really impressed with the series of Party Political Broadcasts in the run-up to the local elections. Ed Miliband and his team have struck a positive note, which demonstrates how Ed’s experiences as a politician are feeding into his leadership of the Labour Party.

But don’t take my word for it – if you have a spare 10 minutes, you can watch them all right here:

Local hustings: Thursday 28th April, 7:30pm, Queensbridge School

See here for pdf version.

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