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

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Labour Party Conference: Chuka Umunna demands inquiry into construction blacklists

The Shadow Business Secretary pledged to fight for justice for the 91 West Midland workers named as “troublemakers”

Labour to scrap police and crime commissioners, party conference hears

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections
The move was announced after West Midlands Labour candidate David Jamieson was elected on a turnout of just 10.38% in a by-election

Labour making case that it's not pro-business, says Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones
Ed Miliband's party is making a persuasive argument that it will stifle commerce says cross-bench lord and former CBI director general

Sutton Coldfield Tory MP under fire from his own party in overseas aid fight

Andrew Mitchell, right in blue shirt, visiting flood-affected areas in Nowshera, Pakistan, in 2010 while serving as International Development Secretary.
Sutton Coldfield Tory MP Andrew Mitchell faced opponents from his own party as he won a battle to enshrine Britain's commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid.

Chancellor's vision for West Midlands economy

George Osborne
George Osborne's balancing act to revive West Midlands' economic fortunes.


Prime Minister David Cameron

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

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.

Lord Bhattacharyya: England needs to regain spirit of enterprise

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya
The outcome of the Scottish referendum will have an effect on industrial policy as it will many other aspects of our national life.

Jonathan Walker: Midlands devolution fever could end in tiers

The House of Commons in London
In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.
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.

Advanced Manufacturing Hub site in Aston where an investor is set to build a new 10,000 sq ft unit

Major investor secured for Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston

City council says unnamed firm has pledged to build 10,000 sq ft unit on industrial site to kick-start regeneration

European artists and regeneration experts to light up Longbridge

Lotus Dome artwork by Studio Roosegaarde
For nearly a century the area was dominated by one of the largest car factories in the world until the devastating collapse of MG Rover in 2005


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