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

Russian threats over gas put the wind up EU

The Ukraine crisis has made the challenge of weaning itself off Russian gas, and to diversify sources of supply, a major priority for the EU.

Unemployment creeps up in the West Midlands

Job Centre
Slight rise in joblessness follows period of major improvement in the jobs market

25 schools investigated over 'Trojan Horse' claims

Sir Albert Bore
The council has received more than 200 letters, emails and calls from parents, governors and teachers giving information about the alleged plot

Bore: Government will hold us back unless we can raise taxes

Sir Albert Bore
Birmingham is to call for greater tax-raising powers under a motion backed by senior councillors.

Rebel MPs in motion to block HS2

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line
Compensation also set to increase for people affected by HS2.

Opinion

Russian threats over gas put the wind up EU

The Ukraine crisis has made the challenge of weaning itself off Russian gas, and to diversify sources of supply, a major priority for the EU.

Time to recognise female pioneers of our civic life

The cast of the play The Sistren, which was dedicated to highlighting the achievements of 'women of character, courage and commitment'
Today's theatre is seriously diverse. The Birmingham Rep's current programme, for instance, lists forthcoming plays about a granny pirate, an Eritrean refugee, aspirational binmen, and the No 11 bus.

Miliband's push for a 'Greater Birmingham'

Greater Birmingham road sign
Labour Leader Ed Miliband was in Birmingham this week pushing for greater regional co-operation
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.

Aston Expressway Birmingham at 'considerable' risk of collapsing, claims council report

Raised section of the seven-lane expressway needs £26 million investment to fix it to make the 40-year-old carriageway safe

Birmingham ranked alongside Rome in quality of life survey

City of Birmingham
The city has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any in the UK outside of the capital – and ahead of the likes of Los Angeles and Dubai, by the Mercer Quality of Living Report 2014

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