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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.

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…

West Midlands misses out on Britain’s employment boom

Jobs crisis: The national employment rate is 74%, but the West Midlands is lagging behind

Jobs crisis: The national employment rate is 74%, but the West Midlands is lagging behind

The likelihood of having a job in the West Midlands has fallen despite record levels of employment across the UK.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), which looked at regional labour markets over the last two decades, found that since the 2010 General Election the likelihood of being employed has increased by 1% nationally. Read More…

West Midlands Police spent £24,000 on music licences

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Music lovers: But the force is undergoing cuts

The West Midlands Police Force spent £24,388 on licences so employees could listen to music in its offices in the past year, according to a Freedom of Information request.

The data was revealed after Robert Foulds, the clerk of Bramley Parish Council in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, noticed that he had to pay for a licence from the Performing Right Society (PRS) to listen to music in his parish hall.  Read More…

REVEALED: Death rate related to drugs rises in the West Midlands

Drug misuse: Highest mortality was in 30 to 39-year-olds

Drug misuse: Rate rises in the West Midlands

More than 100 people died from drug misuse in the West Midlands in 2012, according to official figures released today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the mortality rate for drug poisoning in the region increased to 23.2 deaths per million population, up from 22.8 in 2011.  Read More…