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

Browne Jacobson partner Nick Parsons, who has been elected the new president of FOIL (the Forum of Insurance Lawyers)

Browne Jacobson partner becomes president of Forum of Insurance Lawyers

Mr Parsons, who is head of the insurance and public risk team at the law firm, specialises in defending multi-claimant, large scale negligence actions against local authorities and their social services’ teams

Core Cities UK meets William Hague to push devolution vision

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore (centre) meets with William Hague MP (left) and leaders from Core Cities Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Nottingham
Sir Albert Bore joins up with other city leaders for meeting with former Tory Party leader who now heads the Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers

Whoever bombed Birmingham wouldn't stand a chance today

Firemen search through the wreckage after a bomb exploded in the Tavern in the Town pub in New Street.
The detectives of the 70s were forced to investigate crimes using rudimentary methods. On the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings Andy Richards looks at that awful night and how police today would have fared

City's planning award branded 'complete joke' by Steve McCabe

MP Steve McCabe who has branded an award for the city council a 'complete joke'
Birmingham City Council wins Smarter Planning Champion award for swift and efficient handling of applications

Ofcom awards ex-ATV presenter Mike Prince city's local TV licence

New venture called Kaleidoscope TV has until next March to begin broadcasting following the collapse of City TV in August


The video footage allegedly showing Steven Sotkoff’s beheading

Radicalisation at home is battle we all need to fight

Midland MP Khalid Mahmood has warned that increased terrorist activity abroad makes it easier for extremists to recruit young people to their cause here.

David Bailey on a combined authority

David Bailey assesses the impact of the news that the West Midlands could be following Greater Manchester's footsteps and setting up a combined authority

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley
Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.
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

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

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

David Cameron says Birmingham and Midlands will not be forced to elect a mayor

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister insists Birmingham and Black Country will not be forced to follow in Manchester's footsteps and elect a mayor - but argues mayors make devolution "easier"

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Birmingham Council House
Officials stopped 10,900 fraud scams aimed at local authorities in one year
Councillor Brigid Jones

Birmingham children's services 'could miss out on vital £123m'

Birmingham children’s commissioner Lord Warner has said that the council needs to invest more funding in front line social work staff, fostering and care home places for vulnerable children

Next phase of £300m University of Birmingham regen set for green light

CGI of University of Birmingham's new student halls and sports complex by Grange Road entrance
Planners recommend approval for new halls of residence and sports pavilion on Edgbaston campus


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