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

Coun David Jamieson is urging the region to create a combined authority as soon as possible

West Midlands Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority

David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London

MP takes BBC Midlands fair share campaign to Parliament

Steve McCabe MP
Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe has called for a parliamentary debate after it emerged less than nine per cent of BBC licence fee money raised in the Midlands was spent here

General Election 2015 survey: Help us produce a Manifesto for Birmingham

The Birmingham Post is today launching a survey to find out what our readers want.

Birmingham finally bouncing back after 70 years says Centre for Cities

Birmingham is now starting to thrive after overcoming a deliberate policy to undermine the city following the Second World War
City is now finally overturning a deliberate policy to stifle economic growth lasting seven decades as influential thinktank reveals Birmingham is finally becoming a boom town again

Petition calls on Sajid Javid to oppose BBC Charter unless Midlands gets fair share

BBC has come under fire over its spending in the region following the launch of the Post's campaign
New online bid from the Campaign for Regional Broadcasting Midlands urges Culture Secretary to stand against charter unless corporation invests in the region


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How many politicians does it take to run Europe's largest local authority?

The council chamber inside Birmingham Council House.
The city's councillors are getting nervous as recommendations suggest their numbers should be reduced from 120 to 100

Financial towers in the sky - it's a dead canary

A computer-generated image from the Snow Hill Masterplan showing major changes to the station
Copying the Canary Wharf model and its reliance on financial services is not the path Birmingham should be treading, argues Coun John Clancy
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
City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms

Former Gun Quarter factory to make way for student flats

Go ahead for London firm Knightsbridge to demolish old oil plant and build more than 500 bedrooms to accommodate Birmingham's growing student population

Green light for Dandara's vision for V Building site

CGI of Dandara's apartment block which will be built next to Alpha Tower after planners gave it the green light
Long-awaited redevelopment first mooted as a 51-storey tower in 1997 can finally begin after city planners award permission to apartment blocks


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