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

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?

Birmingham teaching unions slam tougher exam plans

Government's mission to introduce pupil performance targets and more stringent testing branded 'turbulence for schools'

Sir Albert Bore keen to build on China links

City council leader Sire Albert Bore is keen to further Birmingham's links with China
City council leader addressed EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during speech at conference in Brussels

Opinion

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?
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
Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

Friends of the Earth launches bid for Birmingham zero waste strategy

Friends of the Earth in Birmingham wants to see everything, including garden waste, recycled
Campaign group is lobbying the city council to adopt a more hard-line approach to waste recycling

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