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

Project director Brian Gambles surveys the Shakespeare Memorial Room

Review of 2014 - April: Trouble at Library of Birmingham, Tory Conference under fire and New Street views

April saw the Library of Birmingham under the media glare just eight months after opening while the city council was forced to defend spending almost all of its event budget on the Conservative Conference

Ones to watch 2015: Birmingham's educational leaders

Councillor Brigid Jones
Schools will always be a hot topic and 2015 will be no different so who will be making the key decisions and policies across the city next year

Lord Heseltine: More devolution for cities is 'unstoppable'

Lord Michael Heseltine
“I think in these last two years we have made more progress than I can remember,” Lord Heseltine told the Post

Review of 2014 - March: Paradise Circus takes shape, £3.3m for Stirchley baths and Super Prix on table

Grant Associates' public realm plans for Paradise Circus
Spring is in the air in our annual review and March saw more details about the massive Paradise circus regeneration and the possibility of Birmingham's Super Prix returning reared its head again

Birmingham's bedroom tax fund nearly dry

Jack Dromey
Fears for poor as hardship pot for housing benefit changes in city set to run out

Opinion

Follow the leader: Sir Albert Bore (left) and Lord Whitby take the 'Man of the People' and 'Freudian Slip' awards

Take a bow after a year of ups and downs in Birmingham

A year of ups and downs for the city's political leader as Neil Elkes takes a sideways look at those deserving an award

Tinkering is all very well - now it's time to get down to business

George Osborne
George Osborne's Autumn Statement was overtly political and aimed to demonstrate the economy is safer in his hands than under Ed Balls.

Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.
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
Project director Brian Gambles surveys the Shakespeare Memorial Room

Review of 2014 - April: Trouble at Library of Birmingham, Tory Conference under fire and New Street views

April saw the Library of Birmingham under the media glare just eight months after opening while the city council was forced to defend spending almost all of its event budget on the Conservative Conference

Ones to watch 2015: Birmingham's educational leaders

Councillor Brigid Jones
Schools will always be a hot topic and 2015 will be no different so who will be making the key decisions and policies across the city next year

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