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

Tributes have been paid to former Lord Mayor of Birmingham Michael Wilkes who has died aged 73

Tributes to former Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes

City councillors remember committed community champion who strived to promote Birmingham while keeping a close eye on the council

David Cameron pledges to create jobs in Midlands and the North

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to back West Midlands manufacturers if the Tories win the General Election
Prime Minister vows to overturn trend which has seen more jobs create in London and the South East

Election 2015: The economic realities of Election 2015

In every election voters are asked to make their decision based on the economic record of the incumbent - in this case a coalition - government or that offered by an alternative party.

SNP vows to start HS2 in Scotland, not Birmingham

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line updated
Scottish nationalists say they plan to use post-Election power for a radical shake-up of high-speed rail plans for the UK

Cameron calls for more well-paid jobs as average Midlands wage falls

David Cameron at Fujitsu in Solihull
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics wages in the metropolitan area decreased by 11.2 per cent between 2010 and 2014 after accounting for inflation

Opinion

Election 2015: The economic realities of Election 2015

In every election voters are asked to make their decision based on the economic record of the incumbent - in this case a coalition - government or that offered by an alternative party.

The BBC should invest however it chooses... in the Midlands

The BBC in the Mailbox, Birmingham
The Post is campaigning for a fair share of funding from the state broadcaster - but, despite what its executives seem to think, we aren't telling them how to spend

It's a two horse race, again, for Labour leadership

Sir Albert Bore is being challenged for the leadership by Councillor John Clancy
It seems that Sir Albert Bore will be challenged by John Clancy alone for the leadership of the council next month after bid to find
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
Tributes have been paid to former Lord Mayor of Birmingham Michael Wilkes who has died aged 73

Tributes to former Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes

City councillors remember committed community champion who strived to promote Birmingham while keeping a close eye on the council

HSBC completes deal for Arena Central HQ

HSBC has now signed the deal to forward purchase 2 Arena Central
Bank formally signs agreement to forward purchase 2 Arena Central which will eventually house around 1,000 staff

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