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

Ofcom awards ex-ATV presenter Mike Prince city's local TV licence

New venture called Kaleidoscope TV has until next March to begin broadcasting following the collapse of City TV in August

National Audit Office confirms Sir Albert's 'jaws of dooms' narrative over council cuts

Birmingham City Council
New report into local government finance says funding cuts of 37 per cent over past four years have left more than half of councils at risk of failing to meet budget plans

Radicalisation at home is battle we all need to fight

The video footage allegedly showing Steven Sotkoff’s beheading
Midland MP Khalid Mahmood has warned that increased terrorist activity abroad makes it easier for extremists to recruit young people to their cause here.

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

Osborne in talks to give West Midlands billions

George Osborne says Treasury officials are now in talks over major funding for the Birmingham region exclusive
Treasury officials launch discussions with Birmingham and the wider region over major funding package similar to that promised to Greater Manchester a few weeks ago

Opinion

The video footage allegedly showing Steven Sotkoff’s beheading

Radicalisation at home is battle we all need to fight

Midland MP Khalid Mahmood has warned that increased terrorist activity abroad makes it easier for extremists to recruit young people to their cause here.

David Bailey on a combined authority

David Bailey assesses the impact of the news that the West Midlands could be following Greater Manchester's footsteps and setting up a combined authority

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.
Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron says Birmingham and Midlands will not be forced to elect a mayor

Prime Minister insists Birmingham and Black Country will not be forced to follow in Manchester's footsteps and elect a mayor - but argues mayors make devolution "easier"

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Birmingham Council House
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.
Birmingham City Council

National Audit Office confirms Sir Albert's 'jaws of dooms' narrative over council cuts

New report into local government finance says funding cuts of 37 per cent over past four years have left more than half of councils at risk of failing to meet budget plans

Birmingham had never seen so many voters - but guess who they were voting for...

The queue for voting in Romanian President outside the Birmingham Council House.
Romanians queue around Birmingham City Council House for their Presidential elections.

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