Campaigning In Northfield


Campaigning in the bright sunshine for Gary Sambrook in Northfield today. Makes a change from all the rain we had at the beginning of the campaign! Good response on the doorsteps. People want to get Brexit done!

West Midlands Team Of Candidates


Conservative West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and our strong team of General Election Conservative candidates from across the West Midlands region.

Edgbaston Christmas Lights Switch On



The Christmas reindeer have arrived in Edgbaston – all ready for the Christmas lights switch on at 6.00pm today at St George’s Church.


Three Great Candidates


Three great Conservative Councillors standing as Parliamentary Candidates in Birmingham this General Election.

Good luck to Gary Sambrook (Northfield), Robert Alden (Erdington) and Alex Yip (Edgbaston).

General Election Campaign Launch


Great start last night to Alex Yip’s campaign to become Edgbaston’s next MP! He’ll make a fantastic Conservative representative for Edgbaston.

Making Mosaics At Edgewood Court


This afternoon I popped in to Edgewood Court where a project is underway to design and build a community mosaic of a flower garden which will be erected around the Karis Medical Centre in Waterworks Road next summer.

The project received funding from our Edgbaston LIF money prior to the ward boundary changes. Work was underway today on the first four panels of what it is hoped will eventually be a longer piece of work. My contribution was to add a number of pieces of “blue sky” – great fun and as the pictures take shape they look very effective.


New Blue Plaque In Edgbaston



Today I attended the unveiling of the latest Birmingham Civic Society blue plaque to be displayed in Edgbaston Ward.

The plaque commemorates Rev Thomas Swan (1795-1857) who was the Minister at Cannon Street Baptist Church and who also (in 1939) became President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Rev Swan was closely connected with the anti-slavery movement and he attended the Anti-Slavery Convention held in 1840. He was also involved with parliamentary reform and the Temperance cause.

The plaque was unveiled today at the Edgbaston Community Centre but it will be displayed permanently on Thomas Swan’s former home in Yew Tree Road, Edgbaston.

The picture shows me with Mr and Mrs Graham who now live in Thomas Swan’s former home, and who nominated him for a blue plaque and did a lot of the research into his life.

Also present at today’s unveiling were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham and children from St George’s School who have been studying the work of Thomas Swan as part of their school project for Black History Month, and who read out some of the poems and speeches they had written about him and his work with the anti-slavery movement.