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Tuesday, May 23, 2006
  British Armed Forces Federation
A series of reports in The Scotsman has already forced the MoD to admit the casualty figures presented to parliament are inaccurate and many more soldiers have been injured than has been officially reported.

Last Night's Dispatches Programme combined with other media reports shows how ineffectual parliamentary questions have become. It is far to easy for ministers to avoid answering written questions.

It is not surprising that there are pressures within the Armed Forces to create a representative body akin to that of the Police Federation. This does appear to be a necessary step to ensure that the needs of the servicepeople are properly taken into account.
 
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OT: Any thoughts on the failure of the NEC casino bid, John? Various Brum MPs seem to be attacking the council for not backing the Saltley bid - was there any consultation with you or the other Birmingham MPs beforehand?
 
Not only too easy for Ministers. Councillors are quite adept at it too.
 
All three parties backed the idea of raising funds from the NEC bid to regenerate Saltey and Nechells.

Some MPs are using the opportunity to have a go at the council without taking into account the fact that the Labour Group also backed this proposal.

It would be better, however, if people united to promote the city rather than using such opportunities to have a whinge.
 
It would be better, however, if people united to promote the city rather than using such opportunities to have a whinge.

Does that also go for the People of Birmingham, you know, the people you're suppose to represent but didn't listen to
 
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