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

Anger as Capita makes millions in Birmingham City Council deal

City defends £12.5m dividend payout over Service Birmingham contract as 'cost effective'

West Midlands Police facing 'catastrophic' budget cuts

Legal challenge could be mounted over Whitehall funding expected to come into force by 2020 which would see local police lose up to 55 cent of budget

Date set for legal challenge against Birmingham's most popular councillor

Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan and Lib Dem challenger Shamsur Rehman
Probe into Labour councillor's victory in May's local elections will now be heard in court in November by election commissioner Timothy Straker QC

Work on HS2 could be 'stalled by two years'

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line
Construction Products Association issues stark warning over concerns related to planning and financing alongside affected members of the public lodging appeals

Former Solihull MP bounces back with a peerage

Former Liberal Democrat Solihull MP Lorely Burt gives her first interview since losing her seat.
Lorely Burt to become Baroness Burt of Solihull weeks after losing her seat in House of Commons


Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham

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

Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

Why the Labour left is blind to what public really wants

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn
Political editor Jonathan Walker examines the continuing debate over Jeremy Corbyn and his apparently unstopable march to victory in the Labour leadership contest

We could be witnessing the start of a new wave of local activism in Birmingham

Sutton Coldfield
Grass roots movements in Sutton Coldfield and Balsall Heath are beginning to bear fruit - and more could follow
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

Anger as Capita makes millions in Birmingham City Council deal

City defends £12.5m dividend payout over Service Birmingham contract as 'cost effective'

City council receives £4.4m handout to cover recruitment costs

The Government has handed Birmingham City Council a grant to cover its recruitment costs for senior roles within the authority
Government donates capital to help beleaguered authority recruit for five senior roles as it seeks to address fallout from Lord Kerslake's report


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