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US president Barack Obama

Goodbye Mondeo man, hello microtargeting

I don’t pretend fully to understand micro-targeting, but I do get, and somewhat resent, its democratic implications. First, though, as Mike Yarwood’s Max Bygraves would say: I wanna tell you a story

David Cameron

Questions asked as 95% of Birmingham events budget spent on Conservative Party Conference

The deal to bring three Conservative Party conferences to the city was agreed under the previous council regime, led by Lord Whitby, but new leader Sir Albert Bore has vowed to put an end to such events

Alan Rudge

Birmingham Conservative councillor calls party 'undemocratic' as he stands down

Commercial lawyer Alan Rudge, who was first elected to the Birmingham City Council chamber in 1976, was replaced as candidate last summer following a furious bust-up with regional officials over new selection processes

Cllr Robert Alden

Conservatives in Birmingham vow to scrap 'garden tax'

A manifesto for the May 22 local election also pledges free parking in suburban high street car parks and to turn 40 pieces of derelict land into public squares

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Rebel MPs in motion to block HS2

Compensation also set to increase for people affected by HS2.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant

Sacked MP Fabricant: I was offered a Government job just two weeks ago

The Midland MP sacked as Conservative vice-chair has revealed he was offered a Government job just a fortnight ago, and predicted he could return to the front benches

Midland MP Michael Fabricant sacked from a senior party role

Midland MP Michael Fabricant sacked from senior party role after Maria Miller tweet

The Lichfield Tory revealed on the social networking site he had been asked to resign as Vice Chairman of the party

Sajid Javid

Midland MP Sajid Javid, the son of a bus driver who became a high-flying banker, is the new Culture Secretary

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, the son of a bus driver and high-flying banker, has been appointed Culture Secretary following the resignation of Maria Miller

Former whip Michael Fabricant to lead rebellion against HS2

Tory Vice-Chairman Michael Fabricant urges Labour MPs to back his attempt to block high speed rail legislation

Councillor Philip Parkin

No crisis among Birmingham Conservatives after fourth resignation, insists deputy leader

Phil Parkin is fourth member of Tory group to quit ahead of May council elections

Chinese business leaders in Birmingham in bid to boost relations

The party will also meet officials from Birmingham University to discuss the university’s collaboration with a range of organisations in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. And they will have lunch with Prof David Eastwood, the university’s Vice Chancellor

Ed Miliband

Miliband under pressure to hand power to cities

Labour leader Ed Miliband may need bold policies in order to secure an election win.

20mph road markings on Romney Way, Great Barr.

Mustn't grumble... city sees a huge big drop in councillor complaints

Politics in Birmingham has cleaned itself up after it was revealed that the independent standards committee has not even met this year.

John James

Well known lawyer John James to stand for UKIP

The 68-year-old businessman, who describes himself as semi-retired, is to fight the Tanworth in Arden ward in May along with several other UKIP candidates

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently re-opening the Red Lion pub opposite Downing Street

Osborne delivers Budget for pensioners, working people and manufacturers

More than 250,000 working people in the West Midlands will be taken out of income tax entirely under changes announced in George Osborne's Budget statement

George Osborne

Budget 2014: Chancellor promises Budget for 'resilient economy'

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The Chancellor is expected to unveil a further rise in the personal allowance above the £10,000 level promised by the coalition, and confirm heavily-trailed childcare subsidies among other measures to help those on lower and middle-incomes

Coun John Lines looking at new homes for heroes in Bartley Green

Birmingham 'homes for heroes' axe defended

Labour cabinet member for development Coun Tahir Ali was grilled by the Edgbaston District Committee over his decision not to go ahead with the veteran’s homes planned for Loftus Close, in Bartley Green

British and EU flags

Talk over EU exit is already hurting us, GKN boss claims

Nigel Stein, chief executive of the Midland engineering giant, said the UK would be at risk of losing investment if it lost its position of influence in European policymaking

Birmingham Council House.

Call for West Midlands councils to pool resources

Labour council leader Sir Albert Bore called for greater co-operation at the city-region level to not only offer strategic economic leadership but cut duplication and inefficiency at a time of shrinking public sector budgets

Sir Albert Bore

Opposition call for council tax freeze as Birmingham cuts confirmed

Labour group confirms the package of £86 million cuts to council spending – including reductions in street cleaning, libraries, bulky waste and green waste collections and reductions in community services


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