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

Nick Clegg

Tories could hit public sector workers with "regional pay" plan, says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister says he blocked controversial plan to pay workers in parts of the Midlands less than those in the south

The Greek election - what are the repercussions?

Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza, gather during a rally outside Athens University Headquarters following its victory in the Greek election
The victory by anti-austerity party Syriza will see Alexis Tsipras lead Syriza on the promise it will renegotiate the terms of the bailout Greece has received

Prof Raymond Tallis to challenge Stephen Hawking claim

Professor Raymond Tallis
Birmingham Salon signs up renowned polymath for latest event which will examine whether physics has destroyed philosophy

Sacrifice of First World War miners to be marked

Coun Muriel Davis (left) with the Vicar of St Aidan's and St Chad's Rev Jane Nash
Up to 160 servicemen from Staffordshire village to be honoured a century after their deaths during the Great War

Quarter of West Midlands homes can't afford basic standard of living

In the week the Birmingham Post unveils its Rich List, Jonathan Walker looks at the other side of the coin and examines how one in four homes in the region have been plunged into poverty

Opinion

Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza, gather during a rally outside Athens University Headquarters following its victory in the Greek election

The Greek election - what are the repercussions?

The victory by anti-austerity party Syriza will see Alexis Tsipras lead Syriza on the promise it will renegotiate the terms of the bailout Greece has received

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Eric Pickles
Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Time for real change to address inequality

General business
Frequently change is driven by a plethora of headlines based on reports based on data showing why it should happen.
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
A dominant feature of Birmingham's skyline, the NatWest Tower looks set to be demolished updated

NatWest Tower set to be demolished for new building

Property deal in November kick-started rebirth of key city centre business address which has lain vacant for over a decade

Birmingham's MIPIM cohort larger than ever

Birmingham will taking more partners than ever before to Cannes for MIPIM in March
City's delegation heading to south of France in March will be showcasing developments including Paradise and Resorts World          

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