This constituency has the largest number of high rise blocks in the city - 73 - so its vital we make sure that that these are safe places for our residents to live. Since the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower I have been working with residents, the Council, Midland Heart, Optima and Trident Housing to systematically look at what the issues are locally.

 

I have received many calls from residents worried about fire safety who live in tower blocks in our constituency. I wrote immediately last week to the Council and the major housing associations to get reassurance on a number of issues. The Council has confirmed that no tower blocks in Birmingham have been clad in the material used on Grenfell Tower.

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Shabana's campaign to improve the lot of residents living near to shisha bars took a step forward this week with a successful round table of residents, the police, academics, cllrs, and officers. There was widespread agreement that a new regulatory approach was required, which Shabana will now pursue int he House of Commons. The Council representatives also agreed to put together a formal strategy which will include a much needed overview an approach to deal with the damaging health risks that shisha poses.

 

MP Shabana Mahmood is leading a round table discussion in early March to help tackle problems relating to shisha bars. Shisha bars are on the up in Birmingham. From 3 in 2007 to 35 in 2016 – that's over a ten fold increase in less than 10 years. However unlike night clubs,  no single agency or statutory legislation regulates shisha activities. They can only be regulated by using rules created to deal with other problems like anti-smoke legislation.

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.

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