Following a new round of strikes at Small Heath School, local MP Shabana Mahmood has written to the National Union of Teachers.

Dear Kit Armstrong

I write regarding the current strike action by NUT staff at Small Heath School. I understand that teachers do not take strike action lightly but I am writing to ask whether the NUT will suspend this next round of industrial action.

Shabana Mahmood MP said, “I am very grateful for the work which Age UK is doing, offering support to elderly residents in all aspects of their lives. Loneliness should be recognised as a public health concern, which additionally puts strain on local services.  I fully support the ‘No one should have no one’ campaign.”

Shabana has again been in touch with residents to get their views on a site at the back of Eversley Road, Nechells which has been derelict for a number of years. Over the past few years Shabana has been tirelessly lobbying the Council on behalf of residents to ask them to tackle this patch of land which is an eyesore for the local community.

Shabana Mahmood MP has written to Council Leader Cllr John Clancy to ask him to do more to resolve the ongoing stand off at Small Heath School. Children there facing the daunting prospect of a teachers' strike lasting nine days in total.

Shabana's letter is below:


Shabana received the following information about a project for young people with Aspergers Syndrome which we would like to publicise.

Alphabet 12 is a monthly advocacy and peer support group which will provide guidance and support for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome.

The group will offer young people the chance to develop and improve confidence, independence and motivation. Young people will also develop and learn ways to improve self-esteem as well as working towards personal goals and learn coping strategies to live a healthy and independent life.

#ThisGirlCan Start Sailing in the warm and dry - in January!

On Sunday 24th January, from 1pm to 4.30pm we will be running five indoor learning activities that will give people who want to start sailing in 2016 some of the basic knowledge, skills and confidence to sail independently.