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

Birmingham City Council inquiry shortlisted for two awards

Investigation into child sexual exploitation in Birmingham is a finalist in the Centre for Public Scrutiny Awards in recognition of its work with organisations like Barnardos and Children's Society

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street
When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

West Midlands puts differences aside for greater good

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council leader Coun Bob Sleigh
Solihull Council's leader Bob Sleigh said he had come to the conclusion it would be better for the borough to be a part of a new combined authority

West Midlands Police chief says 'No plan B' for force without change

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has warned of serious consequences if a reduction in the force's budget expected to be around 40 per cent is pushed through over the next five years.

West Midlands nears combined authority after Solihull backing

Solihull Council House
A pledge from Solihull leader Bob Sleigh comes after Coventry City Council backed plans for the new body overseeing areas like skills and regeneration

Opinion

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted
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

Birmingham City Council inquiry shortlisted for two awards

Investigation into child sexual exploitation in Birmingham is a finalist in the Centre for Public Scrutiny Awards in recognition of its work with organisations like Barnardos and Children's Society

Landmark Three Snowhill scheme set for go-ahead

Dusk CGI looking towards Colmore business district shows new building in situ with One and Two Snowhill and Colmore Gate in the background
The scheme, which will complete the Snowhill development triumvirate, will go before Birmingham City Council’s planning department

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