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Weekly update - 1 July

This week Boris Johnson has revealed that he will desperately be trying to cling to power into the 2030’s. But, under this tax high, low growth Tory Government, at this rate the British public will have to endure 55 more tax rises. But when will enough be enough for working families? How many more families will be driven into poverty?

Stagnant wages, rising poverty and rampant sleaze. The British public deserves better than this rudderless Government falling apart at the seams. The Conservative Party need to grow a backbone and tell the Prime Minister the game is up.


Visiting Blakesley Hall Primary School

I had the pleasure of joining pupils and teachers from Blakesley Hall Primary School on Thursday to launch a new school housing system.

Having been inspired by my work as Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development and as the first Sikh female MP, Blakesley Hall Primary School named one of the houses, Gill House.

I know from personal experience how important representation truly is and so to be that role model for the students here and have the honour of having a house named after me was very humbling. I hope that in having houses named after local people who have made positive change will provide real inspiration for the students to go on to achieve anything they set their minds to.


Preet visits Ridgeacre Road Tesco Food Collection

Preet joined with local councillor, Lauren Rainbow, in Quinton to visit the local Tesco and see the fantastic work that is happening to support the Trussell Trust and FareShare schemes. This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Tesco Food Collection and is taking place from 30th June to 2nd July.

For the collection, Tesco is asking customers to donate long-life food items to help support the charities, with Tesco topping up customer donations with an additional 20% donation to the charities in cash to aid them in their work.

If you would like to find out more about the collection here: The Trussell Trust or Fareshare.


The Commonwealth Games in our Constituency

In a little over a months’ time, our constituency will be playing its part in hosting the Commonwealth Games. This is an exciting opportunity for Birmingham and will see the creation of 20,000 jobs, huge investment and will put the eyes of 1.5 billion people firmly on our city. I am excited to witness the future legacy of these Games.

Consequently, there will be a temporary impact on residents. With the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and many other excellent venues in the constituency acting as hosts to sporting events and athletes, there will be some disruption. I will be writing to residents directly who will see the greatest impact with specific information – if you want to see in advance how you may be affected, including whether you need to apply for a Local Access Parking Permit, please follow this link which will provide you with some of the necessary information

However, I wanted to make all aware of how you can get prepared in advance so that we can all enjoy the Games to their fullest. First, there will be a number of Get Set for the Games sessions. These events are largely targeted at residents and businesses living or working near to a Games venue. There's no need to register, just pop along and speak to a member of the team. Find out dates and times here:

You can also check out the marathon route that has been designed to allow as many residents as possible to see a Commonwealth Games event for free. You can view the route here:

Preet Kaur Gill MP

Birmingham Edgbaston covering Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne and Quinton

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