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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'

  • BBC

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

Conservative Gary Sambrook, with his proud mum Margaret, celebrates with his campaign team after winning Kingstanding by-election. He is elected to Birmingham City Council at the fifth attempt.

Gary Sambrook wins Kingstanding by-election for Conservative Party

Tory candidate wins council seat from Labour following resignation of Catharine Grundy in January  

Darren Gough

Former England cricketer tipped to run as Midland MP

Darren Gough, who found new fame by winning TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, is being touted as a possible Conservative candidate for the 2015 election

Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull Hospital

A&Es facing worst year in a decade says shadow health secretary

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Speaking at the Unite Union office on Broad Street, Mr Burnham accused David Cameron of “supreme arrogance” after the Government’s huge reorganisation of the NHS through the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley will stand down at the next General Election

Aidan Burley's mum unhappy over 'tragic end' to her son's political career

Cannock Chase Tory, who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France, had been a dedicated constituency MP


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