Khalid Mahmood MP

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

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The Kerslake review into how Birmingham City Council is run was published just before Christmas sparking much discussion. I think the review is extremely valuable and gives a number of recommendations that politicians from all parties can agree and work towards. Bob Kerslake recognised that Birmingham is a great city but that its council has struggled over many years to counter the challenges it has faced. This is not a party political point, leaderships of all parties have not been sufficiently radical.  Big changes are coming in Birmingham but we must make sure they improve the services received by residents. Large scale regeneration projects are necessary but they will not make Birmingham a better place to live on their own.  

Mr Kerslake has suggested a boundary review that will see changes to the number of councillors and the size of our wards. This will mean a lot of upheaval but I for one will be fighting to ensure that any new ward boundaries properly reflect the communities in this area. We should not get bogged down in the detail of boundary changes and must instead look to the bigger picture of how this city must function in the future. The fact is that we will have significantly less money for the foreseeable future and that the council will be a much smaller organisation than it has been in the recent past but other councils face these problems too.

            My view is that the council must do less but it must do it better, it can longer be all things to all men. There are some areas that we simply must improve including child protection and unemployment. Along with providing basic services like libraries, parks and waste collection these should be the priorities of the council. The focus on structures should not get in the way of providing high quality and accessible services to the people of this city. 

Khalid comments on the Kerslake review

The Kerslake review into how Birmingham City Council is run was published just before Christmas sparking much discussion. I think the review is extremely valuable and gives a number of...

Welcome to my new web site please use it to stay in touch and keep up to date with what I am doing in Perry Barr and Westminster. 

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Welcome to my new web site please use it to stay in touch and keep up to date with what I am doing in Perry Barr and Westminster. 

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Chuka Umunna to Perry Barr. He came on my recommendation to visit the excellent new Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) training centre in Witton. As you may know after leaving school I took an engineering apprenticeship so I appreciate the importance of a good start. I have been a big fan of the work of the EEF for many years so I was delighted when they choose our constituency as the base for their training centre.  The centre gives young men and women a vital entry point into what remains a very good career. 

Britain needs well qualified engineers to work in a vast range of industries from drilling for oil to building railways. A lack of training opportunities for youngsters has led to an over reliance on workers coming from overseas and left many young people without the skills to secure proper employment on a good wage. I was fortunate that at the time when I left school such opportunities still existed.

Alongside EEF we also have the Wilmot Dixon training centre in Witton and coming soon the HS2 college which will train future generations of rail engineers.  The opportunities are now in place but we need to make sure our young people are in a position to take advantage of them, that means we must firstly ensure they get the qualifications they need from school, secondly that they have ambition to succeed in what is a very complex career and thirdly that girls and boys have an equal chance.  The final part of the picture that must be place is a strong economy with government investment in key infrastructure. This government made a huge blunder when it cancelled almost all big capital projects in 2010 this crippled the economy and is now forcing us to play catch up. Areas like power supply and school building will take years to recover. We can avoid such short termism but it requires a bold government with ambitions for this country that stretch decades into the future. 

EEF Training centre

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Chuka Umunna to Perry Barr. He came on my recommendation to visit...


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