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

A computer-generated image from inside Curzon Street HS2 Station facing New Canal Street, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

'Sheer luck' no more women died as scale of domestic abuse in Birmingham revealed

Natasha Trevis was stabbed to death in a taxi in Northfield
New stats show more than 25,000 are estimated to have suffered in the home according to the National Crime Survey

Kerslake reveals he once applied for Birmingham City Council chief exec's post

Sir Bob Kerslake, who has set up a review of Birmingham City Council
The man who wrote scathing report on local authority tells how he was asked to lead the city more than a decade ago

Library of Birmingham cuts are an embarrassment, writers claim

Library of Birmingham
In a letter published this week in the Birmingham Post, the Guild calls on citizens and arts and culture organisations across the region to demand funding is reinstated

Major Birmingham funding cuts confirmed as urban areas hit hardest

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham is expecting to be among the worst hit by the cuts which it is claimed have a greater impact on major cities and urban areas


George Osborne

Tinkering is all very well - now it's time to get down to business

George Osborne's Autumn Statement was overtly political and aimed to demonstrate the economy is safer in his hands than under Ed Balls.

Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.

Damning reports and massive cuts leave us in a real pickle

Eric Pickles
It has been a difficult week for Birmingham City Council as two national reports have prompted yet more negative headlines and another wave of budget cuts unveiled.
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
CGI of the Left Bank development looking down Broad Street towards the Library of Birmingham with Big Bite in the centre

New towers plan for Broad Street replaces vision for city's tallest building

Regal Property Group stays on track to redevelop run-down car park site as scaled-down version of Regal Tower mission lands with planners

Pledge to transform Trojan Horse schools in a year

£12m city council action plan to improve education after scandal of extremist Muslim plot


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