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

Midland engineers call for UK infrastructure authority

Manufacturers' organisation the EEF published a paper this week aimed at ending decades of "political wrangling and poor planning"

Minister warns of modern-day slavery in Birmingham

Organised Crime Minister Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley, the Home Office minister for modern slavery and organised crime, has called for people in the city to be on guard about slavery

UKIP policing candidate backs MEP Bill Etheridge in Hitler row

James Carver MEP, UKIP's policing candidate Keith Row, and Bill Etheridge MEP.
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge has been condemned for praising Hitler's oratory during a recent party meeting.

Sir Albert on the hunt for £50k chief of staff

Sir Albert Bore
New post advertised internally by Birmingham City Council to provide in-depth support to leader's office

Voters want "big changes" - and only the Greens can deliver, says party leader Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party in England and Wales
The Green Party want to tax the rich, tax supermarkets and nationalise the railways. As she prepares for their annual conference in Birmingham, party leader Natalie Bennett tells the Birmingham Post why voters are going Green.


Employees have the opportunity to impress employers of their abilities and talents, which, if they have any sense, will be recognised

Russell Luckock: Parliament embark on long election campaign to woo the electorate

Parliament reassembles on September 1, and from then on it will be a long election campaign to woo the electorate, who for some time have been increasingly disillusioned with politics.

Andrew Whitehead: Where's the energy for Scottish independence?

General business
Thoughts are once again turning to the call for Scottish independence, perhaps rejuvenated with a wave of national pride.

Jonathan Walker: Could the West Midlands be squeezed in a north-south vice?

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city
Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city, but what would this mean for Birmingham?
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.

Bernadette McNally OBE, who will be the new executive director of children's services at Birmingham City Council from November

New children's services chief at city council

Bernadette McNally OBE to join troubled local authority department to spearhead 'substantial change programme'

Harrison Drape redevelopment poised for go ahead

The former Harrison Drape building in Bradford Street, Digbeth, which is to become an apartment complex
Seven Capital's vision for disused warehouse due to be approved by city planners


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