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© 2017 Trinity Mirror Midlands
10:36, 4 MAY 2015
General election: Attack mode as big guns scrap over Midland votes
The final days of the election campaign get down and dirty as parties take aim at each other with 'secret plans' and 'who can you trust?'
They say they're fighting for every vote - but the parties are targeting a few key seats
They don't like to talk about it but sometimes top politicians admit this general election campaign is really targeting a small number of voters
Federation of Small Businesses
Osborne, Miliband and Clegg at Federation conference in Birmingham
Big beasts of politics try to woo small companies at Federation of Small Businesses event
MPs say they - and not the party leaders - must decide who forms a Coalition
Backbench MPs are demanding that they - not the party leaders - decide who forms a Coalition in a hung Parliament
£30m boost to Birmingham cycling scene
The city council has been awarded a £22.1 million Department for Transport grant which, topped up with £7.9 million local funding
There's no rush - why kowtow to our end-of-term politicians?
Nick Clegg called on Birmingham and the Black Country to create a combined authority as quickly as possible.
Nick Clegg: Why Birmingham and Black Country must combine forces as quickly as possible
In a wide-ranging interview the Deputy Prime Minister tells Jon Walker the region must press on with a combined authority quickly
Tories could hit public sector workers with "regional pay" plan, says Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister says he blocked controversial plan to pay workers in parts of the Midlands less than those in the south
Local Enterprise Partnership
£350m Greater Birmingham growth deal 'is just the start'
Nick Clegg said councils would need to embrace change if they hoped to win further funding and devolution packages
Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race
There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.
M42 improvement work part of major Government push
It is hoped work on the M42 will feed into wider regeneration plans around Birmingham Airport, the NEC and the new HS2 stations
Birmingham cycling boost with millions of pounds en route
The funding was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg following the success of this year’s Tour de France stages in Britain
English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland
Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it
Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?
One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.
Labour Shadow Universities Minister: I want a graduate tax
Birmingham MP Liam Byrne, Labours higher education spokesman, says he backs a graduate tax to replace student fees but party is still deciding policy
Nick Clegg's plans to give cities legal right to home rule
Lib Dem leader has revealed mission to offer cities and regions a right to home rule and expects to have draft laws published in 2015
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
Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt defies party over runway extensions
Member for Solihull says she wants to leave the door open for expansion of sites such as Birmingham Airport
Bournville College to open centre of excellence in India
The new centre of excellence, which is due to open at the end of the year, will train local people in ‘soft skills’, technical education and healthcare
Unemployment in the West Midlands: what's really happening
The Government boasts that unemployment is falling but our analysis of the data suggests that's only part of the story - as thousands of workers are stuck in part time or temporary jobs.
Regional Growth Fund launches £200 million round of grants
West Midlands businesses urged to tap into government's economic stimulus programme
Lib Dems going to pot - but they can't blame Clegg
It's widely assumed that voters are punishing the Liberal Democrats for unpopular decisions taken by the Coalition government of which they are part.
Half of city primary schools still unable to provide free dinners
Almost half of city council-controlled infant and primary schools are not yet ready to provide free meals to pupils.
No5 Chambers' planning group seals sponsorship deal with Town and Country Planning Association
The aim of No5's tie-up is to support the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) Garden City principles.