Andrew Mitchell MP speaks to Sutton’s Talking Newspaper

25th November 2011

Andrew Mitchell MP has met with constituents from the Birmingham Talking Newspaper to discuss their work supporting Sutton’s visually impaired and to take part in an interview for listeners.

The picture shows Andrew Mitchell MP with (L-R) constituent Mike Hughes who is registered blind and is a listener and listener representative and Ian McLaren, Administrator of the Birmingham Talking Newspaper.

The interview was part of a series the Talking Newspaper have held with local MPs and focussed on Andrew’s life in Sutton, Parliament and Government.

Opening the interview, Ian McLaren said, “About five years ago, the Talking Newspaper celebrated its 30th anniversary and on our special tape to celebrate that occasion we interviewed Sutton Coldfield MP, the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP. Five years on as we celebrate our 35th anniversary it’s a great pleasure to welcome back Andrew as our guest this week but this time in Government rather than Opposition.”

Sending a message to the listeners Andrew Mitchell MP said, “I am always keen to hear from all of my constituents, if there is anything you think I can help with, please do get in touch. Sending you all my best wishes.”

The Birmingham Talking Newspaper serves in excess of 400 blind and partially sighted residents in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham, providing them with news and information.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “The Birmingham Talking Newspaper is an innovative publication that I know is a great source of news and information to many of my constituents. It also ensures that the views and concerns of the visually impaired are well represented both locally and nationally.”

Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association is a local charity which records articles from local newspapers and supplies the recordings to blind and sight-impaired people.

For more information about the Birmingham Talking Newspaper or to become a listener, telephone the administrator, Ian MacLaren, on 0121 382 1582 or visit the website at