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

US president Barack Obama

Goodbye Mondeo man, hello microtargeting

I don’t pretend fully to understand micro-targeting, but I do get, and somewhat resent, its democratic implications. First, though, as Mike Yarwood’s Max Bygraves would say: I wanna tell you a story

Questions asked as 95% of Birmingham events budget spent on Conservative Party Conference

David Cameron
The deal to bring three Conservative Party conferences to the city was agreed under the previous council regime, led by Lord Whitby, but new leader Sir Albert Bore has vowed to put an end to such events

Eastside plans for HS2 college and Unite centre

Birmingham City University, next to Millennium Point in Eastside
A college for apprentices and a training centre for trade union Unite could provide another boost to Birmingham's Eastside area

Birmingham Conservative councillor calls party 'undemocratic' as he stands down

Alan Rudge
Commercial lawyer Alan Rudge, who was first elected to the Birmingham City Council chamber in 1976, was replaced as candidate last summer following a furious bust-up with regional officials over new selection processes

Conservatives in Birmingham vow to scrap 'garden tax'

Cllr Robert Alden
A manifesto for the May 22 local election also pledges free parking in suburban high street car parks and to turn 40 pieces of derelict land into public squares

Opinion

US president Barack Obama

Goodbye Mondeo man, hello microtargeting

I don’t pretend fully to understand micro-targeting, but I do get, and somewhat resent, its democratic implications. First, though, as Mike Yarwood’s Max Bygraves would say: I wanna tell you a story

Working a way through the holidays in China

China flag
The date of the Chinese New Year does tend to totter about somewhat uncertainly between late January and mid-February.

We're in danger or missing the devolution ball

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham
Miliband has said he wants cities like Birmingham and Manchester to become powerful urban dynamos, taking control of budgets for skills, housing, transport and the Work Programme so to boost their economies
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.

Experts criticise latest design changes to New Street Station

Latest furore surrounds a revised planning application to retain and extend the old Navigation Street footbridge over tracks and platforms on the northern side of the station

Questions asked as 95% of Birmingham events budget spent on Conservative Party Conference

David Cameron
The deal to bring three Conservative Party conferences to the city was agreed under the previous council regime, led by Lord Whitby, but new leader Sir Albert Bore has vowed to put an end to such events

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