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

The West Midlands is set to have a new combined authority next year

West Midlands Combined Authority launches official plans

Leaders of the seven councils unveil 'prospectus' detailing how the new super-council will be run

Liam Byrne vows sit-in if HS2 railroads deal to use land for jobs

MP Liam Byrne
Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has condemned HS2 Ltd for failing to listen to the concerns of Birmingham City Council and MPs.

Region's MPs keep it in the family as claims revealed

Jess Phillips, the newly elected MP for Yardley
Commons publishes allowances and interests

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

Birmingham City Council
The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities

Opinion

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?
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
Springfield Primary School in Moseley has come under fire from Ofsted

Trojan Horse school's governing body to be removed

Leaders of  Springfield Primary School in Moseley under fire from government inspectors following latest visit from watchdog Ofsted

John Lewis and New Street opening dates announced

John Lewis will open on September 24 along with Grand Central and the completed New Street station
Developers confirm when new department store and Grand Central shopping centre will open in addition to completion of new-look railway station

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