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

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

Ofcom extends local TV licence deadline

Ongoing attempts to launch local TV station for Birmingham have been granted an extension by government watchdog

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.

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna
In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

Birmingham to 'tell its story' in £150k bid to boost perception of city

Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Work to begin on branding strategy around 'Greater Birmingham' aimed at improving the region's reputation

Opinion

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

The European flag
One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.

Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run

Randy Lerner
Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making
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.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna
In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

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