Jim Cunningham MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South

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Jim_Cunningham_MP.jpgThe MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham has told the House of Commons that the Government's recent budget is “from a Government that has run out of ideas and is lacking in imagination.”

Jim Cunningham said;

“The reality is that there was nothing in this budget that will help ordinary working people. Under seven years of a Tory Government, we have seen wages fall, the inequality gap grow and now we see public and private investment falling as consumer and business confidence in the UK is shaky at best.

“This is a budget that does almost nothing for ordinary hard working people in Coventry South. It failed on housing, because developers are still in control, it failed on income deciding to keep low pay for thousands of my constituents and it failed on Brexit, offering to pay more to the EU but failing to set out what our future relationship will be.

“This is a Government no longer fit to govern. The sooner they give it up and admit it’s been a bad job, the better. Coventry can’t stand much longer of this Tory Government.”

 

Coventry South’s Labour MP, Jim Cunningham slams a budget that fails Coventry

The MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham has told the House of Commons that the Government's recent budget is “from a Government that has run out of ideas and is...

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Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, has written to Culture Minister, John Glen MP, asking him to bring the City of Culture title to the Midlands and to name Coventry as UK City of Culture 2021.

In a joint letter, signed by Jim, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and a host of other local and regional MPs, Jim Cunningham MP says “The Midlands has never hosted the UK City of Culture or the European City of Culture and we believe that now the time is right.”

The letter goes on to say that the MPs and new Mayor believe that Coventry’s bid is a unique opportunity because it:

  • Delivers an ambitious £40 million programme of cultural activity, from the RSC at Coventry Cathedral to digital art commissions projected on the city’s iconic architecture and the first UK Streets of Culture project
  • Brings together the diverse communities of the West Midlands, the youngest and most diverse city of all the candidates, with hundreds of planned community activities.
  • Will generate a huge cultural legacy, encouraging a new generation of cultural audiences and participants and showcasing the revival of a city that was once the capital of England.
  • Draws support from Coventry and wider West Midlands region: the private and public sectors working together, led by the cultural sector, with funding secured from over 110 local businesses and philanthropists.

Culture Minister, John Glen MP, is set to decide which city will be the UK’s next City of Culture on Thursday this week (7th December). Coventry is through to the final round of the competition with Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea.

Commenting on the letter and his support for Coventry’s bid, Jim Cunningham MP said:

 “The time is right for the Midlands to host the next UK City of Culture.

“A win for Coventry would be a win for the whole of the region, and would bring millions to the local economy and help to put the Midlands well and truly on the map.”

“Hull has had a great year this year as city of culture, Londonderry was the last city to host City of Culture, and both Glasgow and Liverpool have reaped the rewards from their Capital of Culture titles. But, the Midlands has never won before. Now is our time!

“I’m proud to be backing Coventry as the UK’s next City of Culture. Our city is great, now its time to make it official by crowing us City of Culture.”

Jim Cunningham MP tells Minister to bring City of Culture to the Midlands

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, has written to Culture Minister, John Glen MP, asking him to bring the City of Culture title to the Midlands and to name Coventry as UK...

Jim_Offical_Photo_Small.jpgJim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has taken the fight to protect Greenbelt in Coventry.

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Jim Cunningham MP said, Although we have consistently heard this (Conservative) Government say that they want to protect Greenbelt land for future generations, Government policy means Coventry City Council’s hands are tied, and they must develop on this land.

“There is an argument that Coventry City Council have used an incorrect formula, or have got the number of houses that needs to be built wrong, but if this were the case, the Government would not have approved this plan. Unless the Government is going around approving Local Plans that are indeed incorrect, in which case we have a very serious issue of a Government that is not fit to govern.

“We have a situation where developers are currently sitting on hundreds of thousands of plots with planning permission, the big four developers accounting for over 75% of those. I believe it is far more important to get developers building on sites they have permission for, rather than allocating yet more land to developers.”

Speaking after the debate Jim said,

“This Government are to blame for the loss of green belt in this city. They might try to pass blame onto the Council but the reality is, this is Government policy being forced on our city. It’s time we got a grip of the housing crisis in this country. Granting developers more planning permissions in the vain and misguided hope that this will mean the market reduces prices is frankly a huge gamble with housing for future generations.”

Coventry MP takes greenbelt fight to Westminster

Jim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has taken the fight to protect Greenbelt in Coventry. Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Jim Cunningham MP said, “Although we have consistently...


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