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

An England supporter

Chris Game: It's time England asked tough questions - but who'll give the answers?

After the Scottish referendum, England must decide how it governs itself - but who will have that conversation?

Chris Upton: Ed Miliband's forgetfulness in his conference speech

Labour leader Ed Miliband.
A conversational Ed Miliband omitted to mention the economy in his conference speech, so busy was he remembering all the people he's met, he forgot his policy.

Jonathan Walker: Birmingham urged to sell airport as debt soars sky high

Birmingham International Airport
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis suggested that Birmingham City Council consider selling its share in Birmingham Airport to help it meet its massive equal pay bill.

Neil Elkes: White Dee shakes many a pre-conception at Birmingham's Tory Party Conference

Neil Elkes meets 'White Dee' Deirdre Kelly at the Conservative Party Conference fringe event at the Novotel in Broad Street, Birmingham.
Deirdre Kelly, White Dee of Benefits Street fame, was enough to draw a large crowd - and media - to an average meeting room at Birmingham Broad Street's Novotel, for the Tory Party Conference.

Eric Pickles backs Birmingham City Council to stay together

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles visits Two Snowhill in Birmingham, where the new headquarters of HS2 will be based, during the 2014 Conservative Party Conference
Communities Secretary says he does not wish to see Europe's largest local authority broken up in the wake of a major government review

Opinion

An England supporter

Chris Game: It's time England asked tough questions - but who'll give the answers?

After the Scottish referendum, England must decide how it governs itself - but who will have that conversation?

Chris Upton: Ed Miliband's forgetfulness in his conference speech

Labour leader Ed Miliband.
A conversational Ed Miliband omitted to mention the economy in his conference speech, so busy was he remembering all the people he's met, he forgot his policy.

Jonathan Walker: Birmingham urged to sell airport as debt soars sky high

Birmingham International Airport
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis suggested that Birmingham City Council consider selling its share in Birmingham Airport to help it meet its massive equal pay bill.
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.

Lord Michael Heseltine

Jerry Blackett: Birmingham isn't trusted with its own money

Birmingham City Council has now stepped up its bid to attract more powers for the region by formally joining forces with Solihull to work on projects like the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Jonathan Walker: Birmingham urged to sell airport as debt soars sky high

Birmingham International Airport
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis suggested that Birmingham City Council consider selling its share in Birmingham Airport to help it meet its massive equal pay bill.

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