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

Stuart Wallace: Fiscal change on the Scottish horizon

Whatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, fiscal change is coming north of the border, argues Stuart Wallace

Police abuse power under Mental Health Act, inspector claims

West Midlands Police
Officers are also forced to take people with mental health issues into custody – because the NHS refuses to take responsibility for them, a House of Commons inquiry was told

Birmingham prepares for Conservative Party Conference

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012
Preparations for the event at the International Convention Centre from September 28 to October 1 are being finalised

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line
The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college

Home of the Week: £1,850,000 Mill House in Dumbleton

Mill House, in Dumbleton, Worcestershire
The late travel writer and adventurer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor came back from Greece to this Worcestershire home but never got to enjoy his return, reports Alison Jones.

Opinion

Stuart Wallace: Fiscal change on the Scottish horizon

Whatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, fiscal change is coming north of the border, argues Stuart Wallace

Politicians challenged to protect nature

Ahead of the General Election, two of the nation's leading nature conservation bodies are calling for all parties to commit to a Nature and Wellbeing Act - Peter Shirley examines the issues.

Chris Game: Tesco tax? Well every little helps

Customers with their shopping leaving a Tesco store
Councils, like many in Europe, should have control over a range of local taxes, including those on supermarkets.
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.

CGI of the iCentrum building which will go before city planners this week

Birmingham Science Park's iCentrum plan poised for green light

City councillors recommended to approve £7.5m development next to Aston University which will be home to 400 roles in tech sector

Birmingham's cycling community hits back after councillor's 'discriminatory' claim

Cycle lobby joins social media backlash against councillor Deidre Alden who said the activity was the preserve of 'white, young men'

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