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

Lorely Burt

Solihull MP Lorely Burt in supermarket clash with Tory rival

Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt crossed swords with Conservative rival Julian Knight in Morrisons, after taking umbrage when he dubbed himself a "shadow MP"

Owen Paterson's view of the environmental movement

Cannock Chase
Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson described parts of the environmental movement as 'the green blob'.

Trojan Horse teacher suspensions revealed

Trojan Horse
Education minister says action taken over harassment as fallout from "Trojan Horse" continues

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Coun David Jamieson
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


Cannock Chase

Owen Paterson's view of the environmental movement

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson described parts of the environmental movement as 'the green blob'.

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

Labour leader Ed Miliband.
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.
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 new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

But developers confirm grand opening will be a year later than planned to coincide with unveiling of New Street Station

Flagship John Lewis 'will be more than just a shop'

New manager of high-end department store pledges to make John Lewis in Grand Central part of the city's community


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