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

High Speed Rail

HS2 viaduct plans for South Staffordshire scrapped

Government responds to local campaign as protesters warned over impact on countryside around Lichfield

West Midlands stamp duty costs soar as property market bounces back

Housing market
Takings from the sales of homes in the region rose 31 per cent to £230 million in 2013/14, up from £175 million the year before

KPMG recruits new sales and marketing director

Andy Youngman, sales and marketing director with KPMG in Birmingham (left), and Midlands regional chairman Mike Steventon
Andy Youngman charged with identifying and winning new businesses from firm's Snowhill office

MG Rover pension delay blasted as 'complete mess' by MP

Workers in the dying days of MG Rover
Decade-long wait has no sign of a solution in sight according to Birmingham MP Richard Burden who has attacked delay to resolve payout levels to 96 members of pension scheme

Birmingham and Doncaster chosen for HS2 College

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line
Birmingham’s Science Park and Doncaster’s Lakeside Campus will be the hubs for the college, which is due to open in 2017


Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.
There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

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

Prime Minister David Cameron
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.
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.

Bournville, Birmingham

114 years on, why George Cadbury's Bournville is still the role model for successful housing

George Cadbury’s achievements were recently recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which awarded him honorary membership

Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale

The estate on Great Charles Street, over the road from the Paradise Circus development, has been put on the market for offers of more than £20 million


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