Local MP Shabana Mahmood MP continues her campaign to tackle car cruising by asking a series of questions of local authorities about how much they have spent on costly legal injunctions to ban car cruising in their local areas.

Car cruising is not illegal but the local authorities of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull and Walsall have all obtained injunctions from the High Court to ban car cruising.

Shabana Mahmood MP has today welcomed the decision by the council to put down double yellow lines on Rupert Street in Nechells. Shabana took up the case after residents contacted her at one of her regular advice surgeries. Shabana held a residents' meeting on Rupert Street and scores of residents came along to explain what the problem was.

As part of continuing efforts to seek justice for Kingsley Burrell, Shabana Mahmood has submitted the following questions to the Attorney General regarding CPS decisions not to prosecute:

To ask the Attorney General, how many times since June 2013 has a victim sought a review of a CPS decision not to prosecute; and a) how many of these have related to a police officer, or a police community support officer (PCSO); b) how many have been reversed; c) of those which have been reversed, how many have related to a police officer, or a PCSO.

The community centre of St George’s Church in Bridge St West, Newtown, Birmingham, is now a warmer and more flexible venue for activities and events thanks to the completion of a £20,000 revamp. St George's Church of England Church serves the parish of Newtown, an inner city area one mile north of Birmingham City Centre. St George's welcomes all residents of the parish, and beyond, regardless of faith.

Shabana Mahmood MP has welcomed the decision today to bring forward charges against 3 officers in relation to the death of Kingsley Burrell five years ago. Kingsley was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act in 2011 after allegedly displaying symptoms of mental health issues.  After a struggle Mr Burrell was taken to a seclusion room at a Mental Health Unit and subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated and transferred to the Intensive Treatment Unit.  On Thursday 31st March 2011 Mr Burrell was pronounced dead. 

Siôn Simon, Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor and MEP for the West Midlands, yesterday announced the establishment of a West Midlands Fiscal Commission.
The West Midlands Fiscal Commission will examine how the region can secure a greater devolution of tax receipts and resources from central government to drive growth, jobs and prosperity.
Shabana Mahmood MP, who will chair the West Midlands Fiscal Commission, will guide the commission on redefining the West Midlands’ relationship with Whitehall.

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