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All the latest national politics news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

New £40m Birmingham Conservatoire plans set for approval

Planning officers say brick design, previously compared to an Oxo cube, is 'high standard'

Government told about extremists in Birmingham schools four years ago, Labour claims

Labour MP Tristram Hunt
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the Commons that ministers had put city pupils at risk

City council transport chief praises motorists' patience during traffic jams

  • M6
Several simultaneous roadwork projects are causing gridlock throughout the city and around the M6

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Birmingham City Council
Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Long time since Labour's prawn cocktail offensive

Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Last time Labour was in power the party launched the "prawn cocktail offensive", when it wined and dined business leaders in an attempt to convince them that Labour was on their side.

Opinion

Birmingham City Council

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Long time since Labour's prawn cocktail offensive

Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Last time Labour was in power the party launched the "prawn cocktail offensive", when it wined and dined business leaders in an attempt to convince them that Labour was on their side.

Waging all-out elections and a dilemma of councillor numbers

Votes are counted in local elections
The aim is for all-encompassing council elections in Birmingham by May 2017 instead of election by thirds.
Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

We'll tell civil servants to move out of London, says Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says a Labour government would order Whitehall departments to draw up plans to shift jobs out of London

Ed Balls calls for "Midland Powerhouse" as he pledges to devolve cash and power to region

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Shafique Shah
The Government's plans for a "Northern Powerhouse" are excluding the rest of the country, Labour's Shadow Chancellor has warned

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters
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
Birmingham City Council

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Waging all-out elections and a dilemma of councillor numbers

Votes are counted in local elections
The aim is for all-encompassing council elections in Birmingham by May 2017 instead of election by thirds.

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