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

Nikki Sinclaire updated

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with money laundering

Ms Sinclaire faces allegations that she made false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses

Funding boost to improve child literacy in Birmingham

Amaan, Aaliyah and Asad Hussain in one of the reading pods at the Library of Birmingham
Birmingham City Council secured the cash from independent charity the Wolfson Foundation and will use it to attract more youngsters in libraries

Trojan Horse inquiry uncovers campaign of 'aggressive Islamic ethos'

Trojan Horse
Pupils branded "kaffir" if they did not attend prayers and non-Muslim children excluded from school trips designed to teach languages but which were really religious pilgrimages

Surprise hat in ring for elected police boss

Coun David Jamieson
Former transport minister David Jamieson is aiming to succeed the late Mr Jones who died suddenly this month.

End blame game over Trojan Horse says MP

Gisela Stuart
Gisela Stuart calls for MPs, Government and city council to focus on solutions rather than blaming one another


Debra Davis

Turn on, tune in - and wait several years for 'City TV'

Despite nearly two years of promises from the folk at City TV/BLTV, there is little apparent sign of any positive developments here in Birmingham.

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Eiffel Tower in Paris
Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

Mayors back on big city agenda as parties converge

Lord Heseltine
Lord Heseltine's vision for cities like Birmingham echoes many of Labour peer Lord Adonis's ideas.
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.

Public asked to vote in Birmingham City Council's 2014 Chamberlain Awards

Annual event celebrates achievements of city council employees and teams

Extra £147m from enterprise zone to boost Birmingham regeneration

Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone
An agreement has been struck to expand the City Centre Enterprise Zone Investment Plan from £128 million to £275 million on the back of rising demand and confidence in the city


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