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We visited the Birmingham area tired of feeling abandoned where “one thing” could change so much

We visited the Birmingham area tired of feeling abandoned where “one thing” could change so much

A frustrated man sighs. “We need change,” he tells us in an area of ​​Birmingham that has lost so much faith in government. Hodge Hill is one of the city’s most deprived constituencies.

Residents feel that crime, speeding and littering are rampant. Labour MP Liam Byrne has represented the area since 2004, but residents say they are fed up with the party’s alleged broken promises. We visited Ward End Park on June 28 and met residents whose parents and grandparents voted Labour. These residents now refuse to continue the tradition.




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The Hodge Hill and Solihull North constituency now covers Shard End, Washwood Heath, Hodge Hill, Castle Bromwich and Smith’s Wood following boundary changes. Mizmar, 35, said: “Youth crime, young people’s involvement with drugs and young people’s education. There is a lack of funding and there is not enough social mobility in Hodge Hill.


“If one thing can change this place it is to increase social mobility and that can only happen through investment. Why isn’t the investment there?

Waseem Yaqub OBE(Image: Husna Anjum)

“We’ve had the same people as MPs, like Liam Byrne, the same councillors, the same party and nothing has increased. If anything, it has decreased.