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

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

David Cameron seeks to portray election as personal battle with Miliband

PM also promises to cut taxes for millions of workers if Conservatives win next election

Capita paid £23m dividend from taxpayer-funded Service Birmingham contract

Service Birmingham
A total of £23 million was paid to the private firm last year from the controversial deal with Birmingham City Council, up from £8 million last year

HS2 viaduct plans for South Staffordshire scrapped

High Speed Rail
Government responds to local campaign as protesters warned over impact on countryside around Lichfield

West Midlands stamp duty costs soar as property market bounces back

Housing market
Takings from the sales of homes in the region rose 31 per cent to £230 million in 2013/14, up from £175 million the year before

KPMG recruits new sales and marketing director

Andy Youngman, sales and marketing director with KPMG in Birmingham (left), and Midlands regional chairman Mike Steventon
Andy Youngman charged with identifying and winning new businesses from firm's Snowhill office

Opinion

Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.
There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

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

Prime Minister David Cameron
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.
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.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles visits Two Snowhill in Birmingham, where the new headquarters of HS2 will be based, during the 2014 Conservative Party Conference

Eric Pickles backs Birmingham City Council to stay together

Communities Secretary says he does not wish to see Europe's largest local authority broken up in the wake of a major government review

Capita paid £23m dividend from taxpayer-funded Service Birmingham contract

Service Birmingham
A total of £23 million was paid to the private firm last year from the controversial deal with Birmingham City Council, up from £8 million last year

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