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

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?

Birmingham teaching unions slam tougher exam plans

Government's mission to introduce pupil performance targets and more stringent testing branded 'turbulence for schools'

Sir Albert Bore keen to build on China links

City council leader Sire Albert Bore is keen to further Birmingham's links with China
City council leader addressed EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during speech at conference in Brussels

How the new English Baccalaureate will give every child a fair chance of a job or university place

Margot James MP is defending her Stourbridge seat
MP Margot James says the introduction of the English Baccalaureate will help ensure every GCSE student takes the subjects they need to have a chance of a good job or university place

Channel 4 could move to Birmingham

Future of state-owned broadcaster is being debated by ministers

Opinion

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?

Prime Minister's tax credit cut is half the job

David Cameron's government appears to planning more tax cuts in next month's emergency budget
David Cameron claims his "one nation" government backs working people so why is he cutting tax credits, asks political editor Jonathan Walker

Why didn't we shout up when they started dismantling our BBC?

Pebble Mill studios in Edgbaston closed in 2004
Is the BBC's gradual exit from the West Midlands partially our own doing, asks Neil Elkes
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
Another restaurant could be joining Bullring's long list of places to eat

Bill's has eye on Bullring for first Birmingham restaurant

National restaurant chain looks to grow Midlands presence with fifth outlet in the region and first in the city

Sir Albert Bore keen to build on China links

City council leader Sire Albert Bore is keen to further Birmingham's links with China
City council leader addressed EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during speech at conference in Brussels

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