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

Birmingham City Council which is planning to rate minicab firms in the city

City's minicab firms to be named and shamed

Council devises new rating system to inform public of Birmingham's best and worst taxi companies based in reliability and safety

Film director Ken Loach dismisses Steven Knight's plan for sound stage in Birmingham

Filmmaker Ken Loach says he might not have made his last movie after all. He talks to Graham Young about Peaky Blinders, filmmaking and politics

CBI Pulling Together report calls for action to revitalise supply chains

Supply chain giant GKN Driveline.
The report, Pulling Together, recommends ways to kick-start the UK’s supply chains, and solutions to reinvigorate Britain’s industrial strategy

Khalid Mahmood joins EEF apprentice graduation

Khalid Mahmood, MP, with James Attebery, EEFs Apprentice of the Year
In total, 40 apprentices aged between 17 and 25 received certificates and awards

Birmingham Bishop backs free sport and culture for city's children

Young Aston Villa fans at the Premier League game AVFC v Arsenal FC.
Reverend David Urquhart backed calls to give children from Birmingham a chance of free entry to the sporting and cultural facilities the city has to offer as well as open up new opportunities.

Opinion

Peter Clarke, a former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Jonathan Walker: Still no idea how to rein in another 'Trojan Horse'

Birmingham was targeted by a "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained" campaign to introduce "an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools"

David Bailey: George Osborne's deficit-reduction plan is way off track

George Osborne
On current trends, government borrowing in 2014-15 will come in at around £100bn. The shortfall in the first five months of this financial year is actually higher than it was in the same period in 2013-14.

Jonathan Walker:

Energy secretary Edward Davey
The Lib Dems are losing ground not only to the major parties but to UKIP and the Greens.
Birmingham Council House

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Officials stopped 10,900 fraud scams aimed at local authorities in one year

Debate kicks off search for a world famous Birmingham landmark

Transforming the BT Tower into a pen nib sculpture was one idea put forward
A public forum has been held to discuss creating a piece of “innovative and highly visible” art which would put Birmingham on the map.

Osborne launches legislation to finally kill off regional development agencies

George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy, in an emergency budget that slashed spending and drove up taxes.

Birmingham City Council which is planning to rate minicab firms in the city

City's minicab firms to be named and shamed

Council devises new rating system to inform public of Birmingham's best and worst taxi companies based in reliability and safety

Birmingham takeaway clampdown under fire from planners

There are rules restricting the number of takeaways in a certain location
The policy limits the number of fish and chip, kebab, pizza, burger, fried chicken, Chinese and Indian take aways in a shopping parade to ten per cent of total retail space

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