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New regulations set West Midlands firms back £71m

Compliance with new regulations will cost the 99,000 small and medium-sized employers in the region an extra £725 per company next year, new research suggests

Prime Minister David Cameron

Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum's profound implications for the British economy

The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.

MP Liam Byrne

Government is trying to destroy Birmingham with cuts, MP claims

Liam Byrne, Labour's MP for Hodge Hill, said the Government was not giving Birmingham a fair deal.

John Bull sending his 'please don't go' message to Scotland

Give England its own Parliament if Scots stay, says MP

Plans to devolve even more powers to Scotland if it stays in the United Kingdom must be matched by the creation of a powerful English Parliament, according to a Labour MP

Stafford Hospital

Hospital campaigner Karen Howell challenging MP for Stafford seat

Karen Howell, a founder member of the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, is among a dozen candidates unveiled by the National Health Action Party

Chris Kelly, MP for Dudley South

Chris Kelly loses £500k bet after standing down as MP

Tory Chris Kelly is to stand down at the 2015 General Election after becoming MP for Dudley South in 2010

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls

West Midlands success 'disguises export failure', Shadow Chancellor claims

Speaking to the Post, the Shadow Chancellor said the Government was falling “way below” George Osborne’s 2012 goal of doubling exports by the end of the decade

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Zero hours clampdown promised by government

Ministers said they wanted to discover if "unscrupulous" employers might try to find a way of avoiding the ban by offering just one hour of work

Classroom of children

Number of 30-plus classes in West Midlands soars

Labour accused the Government of squandering money on pet projects such as free schools instead of providing more teachers and classrooms where they were needed

George Osborne

George Osborne set to ramp up pressure to have elected mayors

More funding and powers if cities agree to new political system already rejected in referendum

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Yes or no, Scotland is about to lose its biggest bargaining chip

Quebec suggests the threat to hold and win a referendum could be Scotland's most powerful bargaining chip - after that, all bets are off.

Birmingham Halfords Super Prix 1988

Return of Birmingham Super Prix on track as Prime Minister hints at rule change

A consultation could mean the legendary race, which took place on the city's streets in the late 1980s, could return

Prime Minister David Cameron

Whitehall 'no longer knows best' says Prime Minister

David Cameron vows to back regions in creating their own futures during visit to Birmingham

Prime Minister David Cameron

Growth Deal investment programme worth £350 million unveiled

Governments Local Growth Fund to support host of projects in Birmingham and West Midlands including new tram lines and advanced technology centre among many others

Cllr James Hutchings

Mayor 'must not be imposed' on Birmingham

Councillor rejects notion that city should be forced to have a mayor without a referendum first

Lord Michael Heseltine

Heseltine: Forget a referendum, Birmingham must have an elected mayor

Birmingham needs a mayor to help shift power away from London and to the region.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron stands alone in Europe - and quite likes it

David Cameron has been on a one-man crusade to try to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission.

An artist's impression of proposals for the HS2 Interchange Station near Birmingham Airport

Chinese want to back HS2 project

Memorandum of Understanding between UK and China signed during visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill

Birmingham school led by Labour activist and Sikh head is NOT extremist, insists MP

Lib Dem MP John Hemming has defended Golden Hillock school following claims it fails to protect pupils from extremism - but parents are kept in the dark as London politicians fight over Birmingham schools

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond

World of change whichever way Scotland votes

It could be a shrewd move by Alex Salmond to hold the referendum in World Cup year.

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