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

Sir Albert Bore speaking in the council chamber

Residents and partners will see improvements promises Birmingham City Council leader

Sir Albert Bore promises rapid progress and says residents and businesses will notice a difference

West Midland retailers set for major business rates relief

Tamworth town centre
New rateable values will leave firms in certain parts of the region significantly better off - but there is more pain to come

West Midlands councils bid for share of £60bn handout

Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag
But the seven authorities are urged to go much further as they vie to bring home a slice of the devolution package from central government

Why Labour's electoral dilemma strikes at the heart of the country

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband
Lewis Baston examines Labour's status in the Midlands as the party battles to turn itself around following May's General Election

Cliques and stitch-ups part and parcel of party politics

Neil Elkes takes a look at some of the internal wrangles currently affecting the Labour group at Birmingham City Council

Opinion

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband

Why Labour's electoral dilemma strikes at the heart of the country

Lewis Baston examines Labour's status in the Midlands as the party battles to turn itself around following May's General Election

Cliques and stitch-ups part and parcel of party politics

Neil Elkes takes a look at some of the internal wrangles currently affecting the Labour group at Birmingham City Council

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy

Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham
Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.
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
Sir Albert Bore speaking in the council chamber

Residents and partners will see improvements promises Birmingham City Council leader

Sir Albert Bore promises rapid progress and says residents and businesses will notice a difference

Birmingham Wholesale Markets move given go ahead

City planners have given the green light to a new home for the Wholesale Markets at The Hub in Witton
New future for traders using run-down city centre site after planners back relocation to The Hub in north Birmingham

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