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

University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham
Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

Work begins on UK's largest combined authority after Queen's speech

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper.
With Solihull and Coventry on board, the West Midlands combined authority is set to oversee a region with of four million people and an £81 billion economy

I'll cut tax for 2m in West Midlands, David Cameron pledges

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham
The Prime Minister said announcements in the Queen's speech will make it easier to create jobs and wealth in

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament
Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands

Opinion

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted
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
A CGI of plans for new glass conference centres on the roof of Fort Dunlop exclusive

Plan for glass conference centres on Fort Dunlop roof

Proposals also include new meeting areas and landscaping on its roof, as well as creating multi-storey parking and shaking up a shopping parade

Three Snowhill development gets green light in Birmingham office boost

Dusk CGI looking towards Colmore business district shows new building in situ with One and Two Snowhill and Colmore Gate in the background
Developer Ballymore has go-ahead complete a triumvirate on the Snowhill estate with a 400,000 sq ft building over 16 storeys

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