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

A speed camera

I'll switch Birmingham's speed cameras back on, new police boss pledges

New police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said he would be looking at the speed camera issue as a priority

Ed Balls backs Shabana Mahmood after protest at Sainsbury's

Shabana Mahmood
Labour shadow Chancellor supports shadow treasury minister despite her defying party policy by supporting boycott   

New PCC David Jamieson wants to turn speed cameras back on

David Jamieson with supporters
West Midlands police and crime commissioner makes first pledge after dismal electoral turn-out

MP's fears over planned service closures at Solihull Hospital

Solihull Hospital where urology and gynaecology services are under threat of closure
Lorely Burt has met with NHS boss Mark Newbold to discuss threatened services at West Midlands hospital

Extraenergy to create 1,000 city jobs to take on 'big six'

Geoff Childs, managing director of Extraenergy which is now looking to hire 1,000 staff for a new base in Birmingham
Company which has signed up two million German customers since 2010 now eyeing UK market and a new large base in Birmingham

Opinion

Scottish students currently get free university tuition

Andrew Whitehead: Scottish independence debate is an education

A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon
School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.
Birmingham Council House

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.

Geoff Childs, managing director of Extraenergy which is now looking to hire 1,000 staff for a new base in Birmingham

Extraenergy to create 1,000 city jobs to take on 'big six'

Company which has signed up two million German customers since 2010 now eyeing UK market and a new large base in Birmingham

New plans drawn up for V Building site at Arena Central

An artist's impression of the type of building now being planned at the V Building site
Less extravagant proposals are being mooted for the site once expected to house 51-storey mega tower

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