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

The name's Bond: Brummie Bond

John Clancy suggests a way of linking investment directly to positive assets in Birmingham such as housing, infrastructure and long-term venture capital investment

Birmingham teenager bids to become UK's youngest councillor

Luke Holland, who just turned 18, is standing as an independent candidate in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward

Boris Johnson: Time for the Midlands to make up its mind

Mayor of London Boris Johnson
London Mayor Boris Johnson believes the West Midlands would benefit from combined authority

Birmingham bids for 'European Capital of Running'

Birmingham
Birmingham is bidding to become the European Capital of Running with a pledge to get 5,000 couch potatoes pounding the streets to get fit.

Conservatives vow to extend Birmingham enterprise zone to Curzon Street

An 3d aerial view of the areas designated for regeneration immediately surrounding Curzon Street HS2 Station, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan updated
George Osborne has announced an expansion of the city centre enterprise zone to take in the regeneration area around Curzon HS2 Station

Opinion

The name's Bond: Brummie Bond

John Clancy suggests a way of linking investment directly to positive assets in Birmingham such as housing, infrastructure and long-term venture capital investment

Energy on the Coalition backburner

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.

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
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

The name's Bond: Brummie Bond

John Clancy suggests a way of linking investment directly to positive assets in Birmingham such as housing, infrastructure and long-term venture capital investment

Conservatives vow to extend Birmingham enterprise zone to Curzon Street

An 3d aerial view of the areas designated for regeneration immediately surrounding Curzon Street HS2 Station, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan updated
George Osborne has announced an expansion of the city centre enterprise zone to take in the regeneration area around Curzon HS2 Station

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