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

Professor Raymond Tallis

Prof Raymond Tallis to challenge Stephen Hawking claim

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

Birmingham to have fewer councillors and "all-out" elections every four years

Eric Pickles
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has ordered major changes to the way Birmingham is governed, with the entire council elected once every four years and fewer councillors

Cash raised from £307m NEC Group sale will be used on city council's equal pay claims

The NEC Group, the arenas, conference and exhibition centres and linked companies have been sold to private equity firm LDC in a deal worth £307 million


Eric Pickles

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

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.

Want to know what UKIP believe? Read their manifesto pledges

UKIP's 2014 manifesto has been delayed, but we can look at what Nigel Farage and his colleagues were promising last time
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
Birmingham will taking more partners than ever before to Cannes for MIPIM in March

Birmingham's MIPIM cohort larger than ever

City's delegation heading to south of France in March will be showcasing developments including Paradise and Resorts World          

Competition to create Birmingham's people's flag

Hunt is on to find a civic flag for Birmingham
Hunt has been launched to spread city's name far and wide and give businesses a chance to display their pride in the city


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