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

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Midland MP believes immigration is an issue Labour could win

Liam Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill) has urged Labour to back stricter controls on immigration - and insisted a tough approach would have the backing of ethnic minority voters.

Sutton Coldfield's green belt takes centre stage in housing battle

Green belt land in Walmley Ash Lane, near Sutton Coldfield, where Birmingham City Council is planning to build 6,000 houses
Four-week public inquiry launches into 17-year development plan for Birmingham with campaigners arguing that any development is going too far

David Cameron pays tribute to retiring MP Sir Richard Shepherd

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd
Black Country MP Richard Shepherd is to leave the Commons at the next election

Ten-year MG Rover pension delay finally resolved with £8m payout

Saga branded an 'impenetrable mess' by MP will see 95 former Longbridge staff receive additional money following 2005 collapse

Nearly 1,000 West Midlands Police officers have second income

New report details amount of staff with additional wage streams from sources including reflexology, cleaning and HGV driving


Randy Lerner

Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run

Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making

Jonathan Walker: Time to think the unthinkable on councillors' pay

Holding down a job and being a councillor leaves precious little time for the other important things in life.

Birmingham City Council's Forward publication over steps the mark with highly political content

Birmingham City Council's Forward publication
Criticism, the £600,000 cost of publication, and tensions within the former Tory-Lib Dem coalition led to Birmingham City Council's Forward publication being axed as a regular newspaper in 2009.
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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.

Historic Red Lion pub fails to sell at auction

Owner Raj Lal remains upbeat despite lack of buyers saying viewings are still taking pace

Leading lights put future of region in the spotlight

West Midlands Leaders' Roundtable at Trowers & Hamlins' offices in Colmore Row, Birmingham
Key figures from the city's private and public sectors came together to debate projects in the region and future collaboration


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