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Afzal Amin, who faces being deselected by the Conservatives in Dudley North.

Tory candidate Afzal Amin must be thrown out, Ed Miliband claims

The Dudley North candidate is accused of scheming with the English Defence League to announce an inflammatory march against a new “mega-mosque”

Tory candidate Afzal Amin pledges to fight suspension over EDL plot row

Conservative Dudley North candidate set for showdown talks after suspension announced over the weekend

Richard Burden

New rules to trace owners if pets killed on the road

Ministers agreed to ensure officials such as Highways Agency staff trace owners of dogs or, where possible, cats if they are killed in collisions with vehicles.

A UK Border Agency officer checks a passport

Politicians have failed to listen to the public on immigration, warns Labour MP

A survey of constituents by a Birmingham MP found a substantial minority opposes any form of immigration

Ian Austin MP

General Election 2015: Labour tipped to hold Dudley North despite UKIP gains

Ian Austin is used to fighting for his seat in General Elections and this time it looks like UKIP will be the main competitor, according to bookies

Ones to watch 2015 - Birmingham's political movers and shakers

News about Birmingham is, for better and worse, never far from the political pages and 2015 will no doubt continue that trend with this sextet leading the way

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

Who would be Mayor? Potential candidates include Pat McFadden, Sir Albert Bore, Robert Alden, John Hemming, Bill Etheridge, Margot James and Andy Street

West Midlands mayor: The possible candidates

With talk mayor for the West Midlands back on the agenda, political editor Jonathan Walker assesses the potential candidates

Richard Burden

People are turning against Israel, Midland MP claims

A historic vote to recognise Palestine was welcomed by MPs who have campaigned for many years to support Palestine, such as Birmingham MP Richard Burden

Andrew Mitchell outside his north London home

MPs condemn Police Federation and Midland radio presenter Jon Gaunt over "cynical" Plebgate campaign

The Police Federation employed Midland talkshow host Jon Gaunt to run a cynical and politically-motivated campaign against Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell, MPs say

Ed Miliband

Labour will appoint a Minister for the West Midlands to champion region, says Ed Miliband

Labour's manifesto will include plans for a Minister for the West Midlands and to devolve £20 billion from central government to local councils, Ed Miliband has revealed during a visit to Birmingham


Fears over community response to khat ban

Home Office survey of people of Somali origin in Birmingham in 2005 found that 34 per cent said they had chewed khat in month before the interview

High Speed Rail

HS2 makes Birmingham Airport 'viable for expansion'

West Midlands MPs from all three major parties criticised the interim report by the Sir Howard Davies Airport Commission, which included two possible options to expand Heathrow

King Edward’s School, in Edgbaston

Getting rid of the grammar schools destroyed opportunities for so many

In 1975 political dogma and the need to pacify the Labour left put a stop to the Direct Grant system. They were all meant to become comprehensive schools.

Ian Austin MP

Labour MP calls for state sponsorship of public school places

Black Country MP Ian Austin (Lab Dudley North) set out radical proposals to end the link between wealth and access to high-achieving schools

Erdington MP Jack Dromey

Jack Dromey joins Labour's Shadow Home Office team

Birmingham Erdington MP appointed Shadow Police Minister in Ed Miliband's front bench

Brian May joins protesters dressed as badgers as they march through central London to call for an end to plans for a badger cull.

Town versus country in the battle of the badger

Jonathan Walker writes "Is there any other nation on earth that would put the welfare of badgers above the livelihood of farmers?"

Blears to meet MPs to discuss West Midlands city region hopes

Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears is to meet MPs for discussions about how the West Midlands’ bid for city region status can be saved.

MPs slam hybrid cars in favour of buying British

Trendy “green” Japanese cars should be axed from the Government fleet in favour of award-winning British vehicles such as Jaguars, MPs have insisted.


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