Local News

Julian Knight & Councillor Robert Hulland to fight cuts to Solihull bus service

Julian Knight and Silhill local councillor, Robert Hulland have reacted with anger to the proposal of Centro, owned by National Express, to sever the vital bus link between Solihull town centre and Heartlands Hospital.For years Centro has been running direct buses from Solihull to Heartlands hospital, which has proved a vital lifeline to visitors and patients alike.But from next month, Centro is to enter a 12 week consultation on whether to end this direct bus service.  

More light at the end of the tunnel on Garden Squares in Dickens Heath

We have previously reported that there was ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ in respect of completion of the Garden Squares and other works in Dickens Heath. Cllr Ken Hawkins and local campaigner,Richard Holt, who is also Chairman of Dickens Heath Parish Council, joined forces to put pressure on the liquidators to progressthe talks on engaging a development partner to complete the sites.

Julian Knight takes to the Tills in Shirley!

Julian Knight, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull and Olton resident, took to the till on Saturday at The Anchor Charity Shop on the Stratford Road in Shirley.Julian and his fiancée Philippa, volunteered to work in the shop to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Boys Brigade – the Anchor shop is the retail arm of the Boys Brigade. Julian also wanted to encourage people to come and Shop in Shirley, as part of an on-going campaign.

Julian Knight & local Estate Agent hail Help to Buy Scheme

Julian Knight, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate and Money and Property Editor of the Independent has said that the launch of phase two of the government's “Help to Buy” scheme should "kick start the housing market in Solihull".Julian, who has written about property for a national newspaper, and has been an expert on TV programmes, is a supporter of the Help to Buy Scheme.Julian said "Getting young people onto the housing ladder in Solihull is crucial for health of the whole market. First time buyers are the life blood of the property market in Solihull, and ultimately without them people further up the ladder will not be able to sell their homes.  Solihull has amongst the highest percentage of homeowners in the country and this new Government scheme will make it easier for parents to see their children onto the ladder.”

Phil Smith joins the team in Shirley West

Local campaigner Phil Smith, who has lived in the Shirley area for over 20 years has joined your local Conservative Action Team, and will beworking alongside Cllr Hannah Tildesley and Julian Knight,Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull here in Shirley West.  Phil says “Having always been interested in politics, I take local issues extremely seriously, and promise you both thorough and honest attention to any issue you raise with me.   I’ve been out and about meeting residents with Julian Knight, our Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, getting to know more about the issues and concerns the people of Shirley West have.  As part of the Action Team, I can – and I will — give you 100% effort to try to resolve or improve any situation you bring to my attention.  Do get in touch  - I’d welcome the opportunity to talk to you and hear your concerns”. 

Julian Knight welcomes the work programme for the unemployed

Julian Knight, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull has talked about his own difficult upbringing whilst welcoming the government's new work programme for the unemployed.

The scheme will see the very long term unemployed given three options to join a work voluntary work programme, attend a job centre on a daily basis so to view new vacancies, or for those with mental health and alcohol issues they can get targeted help to give them a path to work. 

Julian Knight calls for action over nuisance bikers on Elmdon footpaths

Concerned Elmdon residents and campaigners have asked Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Julian Knight, for help fighting the scourge of nuisance bikers using local footpaths as their own private race tracks.Elmdon residents have reported that they have often had to duck to the side of paths in order to avoid being hit by youths on bicycles.  Some of the victims of this anti-social behaviour have been mothers with pushchairs.  Having investigated the menace and seen evidence of dangerous cycling, Julian Knight is calling for urgent action. 

Caroline Spelman joins the fight against breast cancer

Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden constituency has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day.Caroline says “Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure. So join me, wear something pink and donate £2, it’s really as simple as that.” 

Julian Knight, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull, delighted at news about free school meals for infant schools in Solihull

Reacting to the news that the Conservative majority coalition government is to give free school meals to all children in infant schools,Julian Knight, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull said: “This will be a godsend for hundreds of hard working families across Solihull. On average this will save Solihull parents £400 a year combined with the raising of the income tax personal allowance to above £10,000 this shows that despite the tough economic climate we are on the side of those that work, bring up a family and try and get on in life."