Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Coalition Council Bans British Legion Poppy Sellers
The Royal British Legion has been banned from selling poppies in Birmingham city centre in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.
Birmingham City Council, which is run by a Liberal Democrat and Conservative coalition, said it was following a strict first-come-first-served policy to applications from charities.
Both the Anthony Nolan Trust and Shelter, who were due to collect on the 11th and 12th November, have offered to waive their right to collect. However, the Chairman of the licensing committee Bruce Lines said "Unfortunately they are unable to overturn that decision as it would be unlawful.".
Labour Councillors in Birmingham have called on the Tory and Lib Dem leaders to make sure this problem is sorted, that common sense prevails and that the British Legion get a satisfactory outcome.
To donate on-line to this year's Poppy Appeal go here.