Tory Cov Councillor caught up in Paris attacks

A Conservative Coventry Councillor was caught up in terrorist attacks in Paris as hundreds were killed and injured by Islamic State linked militants. Allan Andrews, who represents the Earlsdon Ward, documented the aftermath of the incident from the French capital via Twitter.

Paris attacks: Cllr Allan Andrews documents police response

Paris attacks: Cllr Allan Andrews’ picture

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Coventry MPs are ‘below average’ at voting

Take a look at the voting record of the city's MPs

‘Below average’: Site gives verdict on Cov MPs

You heard it here first, Coventry MPs are apparently “below average”. Well, at least two out of three of the Sky Blue City’s parliamentarians have deemed to be by The Public Whip.

The data crunching site claims that newbie MP for Cov North East Colleen Fletcher and Cov North West veteran Geoffrey Robinson have had their say in a vast majority (76.03%) of Commons’ votes in this parliament.

But even with such a high turnout the Labour politicians are apparently “below average amongst MPs”.  However, Cov South MP Jim Cunningham is Mr.Average with 80.17% votes.

UK trade union and political party membership over 10 years

UK politics: The main parties have lost thousands of members

UK politics: The main parties have lost thousands of members between 2003 and 2013

UK politics is like a horror show at the moment scary for some, exciting for others. Conventional wisdom says that’s because people have lost faith in politics.

But, after crunching some figures from the House of Commons Library and the Certification Officer, I have uncovered a more nuanced story. Read More…

Thatcher ‘wiped out’ the West Midlands claims senior Tory MP

Independent thinker: Sir Peter Tapsell will not run in the 2015 General Election

Independent thinker: The Tory MP Sir Peter Tapsell will not run in the 2015 General Election

A senior Tory MP and outgoing father of the House of Commons Sir Peter Tapsell has slammed Thatcherism for destroying the UK’s industry and ‘wiping out the West Midlands’.

Tapsell, who recently announced that he will not run in next general election, told the Telegraph that he loathed attending shadow cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership of the Conservative Party and criticised her administration’s economic policies while in office. Read More…

Coventry City Councillor claims BBC spreads ‘propaganda’

Social media fight: Bally Singh made the remarks on Twitter

Social media fight: Bally Singh made the claims on Twitter

A Coventry City Councillor started a spat with one of the BBC’s most well-known journalists after he accused “Auntie” of spreading “propaganda”.

Bally Singh, a Labour Councillor who represents Whoberley, claimed the BBC was no different to RT – a Russian government funded TV station which has been slammed for being a “mouthpiece of the Kremlin”. Read More…

Coventry minimum wage workers set for inflation beating pay rise

Cost of living: The increase will be welcomed by hard pressed workers

Cost of living: The 3% increase will be welcomed by hard pressed employees as it outstrips CPI inflation

Low paid workers in Coventry are set to benefit from an inflation beating 3% rise in the UK’s National Minimum Wage.

The news comes after the Low Pay Commission recommended a hike in the NMW, which currently stands at £6.31 per hour, for adults across the country. Read More…

West Midlands comes mid-table in national sickie league

Can lead to this? A World War 2 propaganda poster warns about absenteeism

Can lead to this? A World War 2 propaganda poster on absenteeism

West Midlands workers contributed to the 131 million days lost due to sickness absences in the UK last year, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the region had an absenteeism rate of 2.2%, which was better than the North East (2.4%) but much worse than London (1.5%).  Read More…