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Squirrels and Mars Bars

Started the day by seeing off the Make Poverty History cyclists. Richard Burden and I held the ribbon. Lynne Jones (who cycles a lot) had her bike with her.

Lynne and I are both to some extent fairweather cyclists although I did cycle through London in the rain. Lynne brought her bike in by car. Lynne is probably my favourite Birmingham Labour MP.

I used the opportunity to bend Richard's ear about EDM 225 (Moor St Railway Station). We do need some action from Labour MPs on lobbying for Birmingham.

Then the normal Advice bureau at which one of the issues was Sheldon Squirrels. One proposal which has been implemented is cages with mars bars to trap the Squirrels.

A standard (BCC) treatment for "squirrels in the loft" is Radio 4. The theory is that in listening to a talk radio station the Squirrels decide the loft is occupied and leave.

In the mean time we are told that the law requires that captured Squirrels are killed rather than released in Sheldon Country Park. That is nothing specifically related to Sheldon Country Park, but it is alleged that there is a law that prevents the humane trapping and release of Squirrels (aka Tree Rats).

Other issues relate to Birmingham's Housing Crisis. Oil is close to $60bbl(-1) as well - not an issue from the Advice bureau.


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