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

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham and Doncaster chosen for HS2 College

Birmingham’s Science Park and Doncaster’s Lakeside Campus will be the hubs for the college, which is due to open in 2017

Benefits Street star Dee Kelly: I'm a fan of UKIP

Deirdre Kelly speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference
Reality star Deirdre Kelly spoke at the Conservative Party Conference about how to fix the benefits system but revealed she was a fan of Nigel Farage

David Cameron blames Birmingham's Labour council for 6,000 job cuts as conference kicks off

Prime Minister David Cameron
Conservative Leader David Cameron highlighted Tory hopes of winning Birmingham Northfield and Birmingham Edgbaston in interview as the Tory conference comes to the city

City filmmakers wade into cycling debate

Filming the documentary 'Bicycle'
Filmmakers Michael B Clifford and Pip Piper who are behind a Birmingham-based movie have waded into a debate about whether a £23 million plan to revolutionise cycling in Birmingham is discriminatory.

West Midlands transport chiefs demand responsibility for region's rail services

West Midlands Rail chairman Coun Roger Lawrence (front left) and vice-chairman Coun Mark Winnington (front right) with other council leaders and the proposition calling for greater responsibility to be handed over for local rail services
Leaders of 14 councils in the region want the right to award franchises and set investment priorities via a new West Midlands rail organisation


Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.
There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum's profound implications for the British economy

Prime Minister David Cameron
The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.
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.

Bournville, Birmingham

114 years on, why George Cadbury's Bournville is still the role model for successful housing

George Cadbury’s achievements were recently recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which awarded him honorary membership

Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale

The estate on Great Charles Street, over the road from the Paradise Circus development, has been put on the market for offers of more than £20 million


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