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

Two new Birmingham traveller sites to be built

Councillor says the former industrial land in Aston should be reserved for housing local people

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham
Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

New opening hours for Library of Birmingham

New opening hours have been announced by the Library of Birmingham
Brasshouse Language Centre will also relocate from Sheepcote Street as battle to bring library into wider use continues

Business Secretary joins celebration of young music talent

Peter Clague, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Maynard Burton.
Partners from law firm mfg Solicitors hosted a private reception ahead of the final of the 2015 Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Competition.

Fears over smaller Birmingham city council

Inside the Birmingham Council House Council Chamber
Councillor: Axing 20 seats will increase workload and deter candidates with careers

Opinion

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

Harman weaves a tangled web for a party in crisis

Acting Labour Leader Harriet Harman
Political editor Jonathan Walker picks his way through the troubles currently blighting the battle to become Labour leader

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore
Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council
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

Two new Birmingham traveller sites to be built

Councillor says the former industrial land in Aston should be reserved for housing local people

Westside BID gets go-ahead

Brindleyplace
Broad Street BID was wound-up at the end of March this year, with businesses balloted on its successor organisation at the end of June

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