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

Abortion law on sex selection splits Midland MPs

Proposed laws making it clear that it is illegal to have an abortion because of the sex of the potential child were backed by a number of MPs

Business support is 'too complex for firms to access

Adrian Bailey
With more than 600 schemes designed to support business, firms struggle with the range of different organisations and measures

FSB Small Business Expo heading to ICC Birmingham

The ICC in Birmingham
More than 2,000 people are expected at the business event, along with a host of leading politicians from the three main political parties

BBC Midlands fair share campaign backed by production industry

BBC in Birmingham
Senior industry figures say the television production sector in Birmingham has been crushed with BBC investment largely focused on all regions but the Midlands

Tories pledge to keep Library of Birmingham open all week

Escalator inside the Library of Birmingham which is facing a cull in staff and opening hours
Alternative budget commitments from opposition city council members also claim they would scrap controversial 'garden tax'


Cannock Chase

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How many politicians does it take to run Europe's largest local authority?

The council chamber inside Birmingham Council House.
The city's councillors are getting nervous as recommendations suggest their numbers should be reduced from 120 to 100

Financial towers in the sky - it's a dead canary

A computer-generated image from the Snow Hill Masterplan showing major changes to the station
Copying the Canary Wharf model and its reliance on financial services is not the path Birmingham should be treading, argues Coun John Clancy
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
An artist's impression of the proposed Icknield Port Loop development near Edgbaston Reservoir

9,000 Midland house plots 'sat on' by Homes and Communities Agency

The agency has 1,500 acres of public sector land across the country, of which 596 acres are in the Midlands

Wholesale Markets and Icknield Port Loop on show at MIPIM 2015

Birmingham Wholesale Markets in Pershore Street, Digbeth
Greater Birmingham’s schedule will comprise 11 events and 25 speakers across the four-day property exhibition


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