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Politics

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

Coun David Jamieson

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Ex-MP David Jamieson launched his bid for the post, vacated by the death of the party’s Bob Jones, alongside shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in Erdington yesterday

Calls for Palestinian flag at Birmingham Council House snubbed

Birmingham Council House and Victoria Square
Coun Majid Mahmood called for the Palestinian flag to fly to show solidarity with the people in Gaza

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Barry Henley
Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

West Midlands police forces praised for cutting jobs to save millions

West Midlands Police
The four police forces in the region have faced funding cuts of £300 million between them

By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

A polling station
The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

Opinion

Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Unpopular he may be - but he is likely to be PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband has faced criticism from within his own ranks yet looks set to lead polls next year.

Are we about to see the most underwhelming election in history?

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections
Ballot boxes could be decidedly empty come police and crime commissioner election day next month.

Turn on, tune in - and wait several years for 'City TV'

Debra Davis
Despite nearly two years of promises from the folk at City TV/BLTV, there is little apparent sign of any positive developments here in Birmingham.
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 Council House and Victoria Square

Calls for Palestinian flag at Birmingham Council House snubbed

Coun Majid Mahmood called for the Palestinian flag to fly to show solidarity with the people in Gaza

Council double glazing firm stabilises after 40 job losses

Coun Tahir Ali
Erdington-based Shelforce, which specialised in providing employment for disabled workers, has shed 40 jobs in the last 12 months

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