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Unemployment creeps up in the West Midlands

Slight rise in joblessness follows period of major improvement in the jobs market

Call for apprenticeships to be pushed in secondary schools

  • EEF

A suggestion apprenticeships should be highlighted in secondary schools was one of the key messages at the launch of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation’s new Technology Training Centre.

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

All city MPs call for full inquiry into Trojan Horse claims

The MPs from the three main parties presented a united front in a joint letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Ron Whitehouse

Tributes paid after 'Mr Perry Barr' councillor Ron Whitehouse dies

The councillor tirelessly worked on behalf of residents to get potholes filled, parks improved and petitions collected

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

Watch: Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt mocks UKIP leader Nigel Farage with beer, a fag and Farage mask

Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt mocks UKIP leader Nigel Farage with beer, a fag and Farage mask

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

Birmingham Day in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons

Birmingham Day: Civic leaders and local enterprise partnerships pledge to work together

“We can re-emerge as the nation’s second economy and, most importantly, the most significant economy outside London.”

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

Worcester Cathedral on the flooded banks of the river Severn

82,000 homes at risk of flooding across the region

Politicians have called for a renewed focus on climate change after new data showed 82,308 homes are at risk of flooding in the West Midlands.

Fourth Solihull Lib Dem councillor defects to Greens in protest

A Solihull Liberal Democrat has become the fourth councillor to defect to the Green Party in disapproval at the party’s performance in the Coalition Government.

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  

Pensioner stock

Council accused of ignoring families who share home with older generations

Households where grandparents, parents and children live together, are not recognised a new allocations policy for council properties

Packed room at Birmingham Day 2013

Next Birmingham Day at Parliament announced - Wednesday, March 5

Birmingham Day will be held in a Commons committee room, where stands will inform visitors about the work of successful businesses in the region

MP investigates claims of single mother's £10-a-day job

Yardley Liberal Democrat member John Hemming said he was particularly concerned at claims that even though concerns were raised about the company by job seekers, roles were repeatedly advertised in the direct.gov website

Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the Conservative Party conference

Labour saves Cameron from Immigration Bill defeat

Midland MPs took part in a rebellion against the Government as David Cameron avoided humiliation in the Commons thanks to Labour

Jeffrey Archer

A 'stolen' vote straight out of an Archer novel

Last November I wrote a Post article about Labour’s selection of its 2015 parliamentary candidates and its use of all-women shortlists.

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