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

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.

Driverless cars an 'opportunity to be grasped' by Midlands automotive sector

In a report commissioned by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) automotive experts at KPMG have predicted driverless or ‘connected’ cars will have a massive impact on UK manufacturing and society as a whole

Ed Balls: The West Midlands has been shortchanged in the Budget

Labour MP Ed Balls visited the Clock cafe in Bristol Street South, Birmingham
Ed Balls believes Birmingham and the West Midlands have been short-changed by Chancellor George Osborne in a Budget which promised better deals for Manchester and Cambridge alone.

Birmingham 'shoppers' tax' is scrapped - for now

Michele Wilby, BID executive director of the Colmore Business District
Birmingham City Council charge for business improvement districts would hit high streets, say Tories

Election set for men-only contests in parts of Birmingham

MP Andrew Mitchell
Voters in five West Midlands constituencies will not be given the chance to elect a female candidate.

Opinion

Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

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

Osborne fires election starting pistol despite lack of rabbit

Chancellor throws a few little goodies into Budget but there were no magic tricks, says David Bailey
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
Michele Wilby, BID executive director of the Colmore Business District

Birmingham 'shoppers' tax' is scrapped - for now

Birmingham City Council charge for business improvement districts would hit high streets, say Tories

Give backbench councillors a say, authority is told

Birmingham City Council will now hold all-out elections in 2018 - the first time in 14 years
Backbench councillors from all parties must have a say in reforms to Birmingham city council.

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