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LABOUR MOTIONS DEFENDS BIRMINGHAM FROM TORY BROADCAST

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A string of Early Day Motions tabled by Labour in Parliament today defends Birmingham City Council against claims m...
A string of Early Day Motions tabled by Labour in Parliament today defends Birmingham City Council against claims made in the Conservative Party political broadcast last Wednesday.

One notes that: 'the burial service department operated by Birmingham City Council makes use of a single mobile telephone to assist in providing an out of hours emergency service,' and considers claims in the Tory broadcast that the council provided 400 grave diggers with mobile telephones to be 'quite ridiculous'.

Similarly, claims that Birmingham spent £400 on recycled paper clips instead of the £12 normal cost were designed to 'ridicule' Birmingham's contribution to National Environmental Week, said a motion.

'The modest total expenditure of £400 included the collation, layout and publication of a programme of 70 local environmental events on recycled paper, postage costs of sending environmental materials to the schools and the costs of using some waste plastic to create heart shaped paper clips to be given to children as an example of making a product from waste.'
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