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

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands

Labour must stop being "the timid party" warns Birmingham MP

Roger Godsiff
Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff says he warned former leader Ed Miliband that Labour was on course to lose the general election

MPs slam campaigning group 38 Degrees and back Transatlantic Trade and Investment treaty

John Spellar is defending his Labour seat in Warley
MPs defend planned "TTIP" trade treaty with US and condemn campaign group

Historic ballot could see Sutton Coldfield get its own town council

Sutton Coldfield town centre
Birmingham City Council is to give residents of the area a say on whether or not they want the area to have its own town council by conducting a consultative ballot

Q&A: The in-out referendum on the European Union

ballot box
Fears have arisen over plans for an in-out referendum which could see the UK leave the European Union. Here, we look at the key questions

Opinion

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted
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
The front of the reconstructed sword pommel

New secrets of Staffordshire Hoard revealed

Pair of objects rebuilt dating back to seventh century Anglo-Saxon England are placed on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Historic ballot could see Sutton Coldfield get its own town council

Sutton Coldfield town centre
Birmingham City Council is to give residents of the area a say on whether or not they want the area to have its own town council by conducting a consultative ballot

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