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

Liam Byrne MP who is calling for powers to be moved to the regions immediately

Liam Byrne urges Birmingham to convene 'constitutional convention'

Hodge Hill MP and former Cabinet Minister among a number of Labour MPs demanding action to move power from Westminster to English regions

Tory Conference to host 300 fringe events

Conservative Party Conference
Creative industries, regional devolution and manufacturing among the key themes to be covered during substantial fringe programme

Labour Party Conference: Chuka Umunna demands inquiry into construction blacklists

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna
The Shadow Business Secretary pledged to fight for justice for the 91 West Midland workers named as “troublemakers”

Labour to scrap police and crime commissioners, party conference hears

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections
The move was announced after West Midlands Labour candidate David Jamieson was elected on a turnout of just 10.38% in a by-election

Labour making case that it's not pro-business, says Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones
Ed Miliband's party is making a persuasive argument that it will stifle commerce says cross-bench lord and former CBI director general

Opinion

Prime Minister David Cameron

Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum's profound implications for the British economy

The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.

Lord Bhattacharyya: England needs to regain spirit of enterprise

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya
The outcome of the Scottish referendum will have an effect on industrial policy as it will many other aspects of our national life.

Jonathan Walker: Midlands devolution fever could end in tiers

The House of Commons in London
In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.
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.

New recruits at DTZ in Birmingham (from left) Jonathan Browning, Oliver Bates, Paul Reynolds, James Potter, Lewis Rollason, Ian Forrester and Peter Fullam

DTZ recruits eight new faces to Birmingham team

Real estate adviser boosts rating and property management teams with swoop on city rivals to bolster Colmore Square team

Liam Byrne urges Birmingham to convene 'constitutional convention'

Liam Byrne MP who is calling for powers to be moved to the regions immediately
Hodge Hill MP and former Cabinet Minister among a number of Labour MPs demanding action to move power from Westminster to English regions

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