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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 leader says HS2 rail link on track despite Shadow Chancellor's claim it should be delayed

Birmingham leader Sir Albert Bore insists Birmingham to northern cities HS2 phase 2 link going ahead after Ed Balls said build HS3 first

David Cameron: Labour's high speed rail rethink is a "slap in the face" to Midlands

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister condemns Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for saying new east-west rail line should come before completing HS2

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham
The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

Osborne, Miliband and Clegg at Federation conference in Birmingham

Nick Clegg was among the speakers at the Federation of Small Businesses conference in Birmingham
Big beasts of politics try to woo small companies at Federation of Small Businesses event

Labour wants new east-west rail line before completing HS2, says Ed Balls

Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference
Plans for a high speed line linking Birmingham with Leeds and Manchester will take a back seat to proposals for a new east-west line under Labour, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed

Opinion

Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

MPs say they - and not the party leaders - must decide who forms a Coalition

Backbench MPs are demanding that they - not the party leaders - decide who forms a Coalition in a hung Parliament

Osborne fires election starting pistol despite lack of rabbit

Chancellor throws a few little goodies into Budget but there were no magic tricks, says David Bailey
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

Serco handed control of Birmingham's leisure centres

The company will design and build four new swimming pools at Erdington, Stechford Cascades, Icknield Port Loop, in Edgbaston, and Northfield

£250m price tag for Grand Central

CGI of inside the New Street Station development
Property consultancy DTZ appointed to market Birmingham's new shopping centre as city council looks to slash debt further

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