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Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy

Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

Midlands 'should be like Scotland or Wales' for BBC

MPs have urged the BBC to make the Midlands its principal focus after ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland teamed up to negotiate the new charter

'Summer no time' for Sutton Coldfield green belt consultation

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell addresses Project Fields campaign group in Walmley
Birmingham City Council under fire over timing of consultation launch as it moves forward with project to build 6,000 homes and a factory on rural land in Sutton

Birmingham City Council to face public scrutiny over improvement plans

Open meeting will be held next month on progress following appointment of government panel earlier this year to examine ways authority could improve

Community group praised by Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May meets community groups at Custard Factory
Upstanding Neighbourhoods group told Theresa May about its work challenging extremism and meeting young Muslims in Sparkbrook

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Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy

Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

Why the Labour left is blind to what public really wants

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn
Political editor Jonathan Walker examines the continuing debate over Jeremy Corbyn and his apparently unstopable march to victory in the Labour leadership contest

We could be witnessing the start of a new wave of local activism in Birmingham

Sutton Coldfield
Grass roots movements in Sutton Coldfield and Balsall Heath are beginning to bear fruit - and more could follow
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
A block of 43 apartments at The Junction, 42 Bilston Lane, Willenhall.

Lots of potential to bag a real bargain at CPBigwood auction

House buyers have realised the attractions of buying at auction.

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy

Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham
Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

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