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

Legacy of Service Birmingham has prompted city council auditor to suggest outsourcing refuse collection

Birmingham City Council 'should outsource bins service'

Official auditor urges authority to consider outsourcing refuse collection ahead of massive budget cuts which will see council having to save £400m over the next four years  

Midland MP Fabricant: Plebgate court case down to absence of humility

Michael Fabricant
Lichfield MP Mr Fabricant took to Twitter to suggested Andrew Mitchell could have avoided a lengthy court battle

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell loses plebgate High Court case

Andrew Mitchell outside his north London home updated
Judge rules on balance of probability that former chief whip did use words which amounted to the "potentially toxic" term pleb

UKIP will only go so far before it's turned back

UKIP leader Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage's party certainly gets its fair share of headlines, but will that convert into actual seats come next May?

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Eric Pickles
Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

Opinion

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP will only go so far before it's turned back

Nigel Farage's party certainly gets its fair share of headlines, but will that convert into actual seats come next May?

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Eric Pickles
Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

Radicalisation at home is battle we all need to fight

The video footage allegedly showing Steven Sotkoff’s beheading
Midland MP Khalid Mahmood has warned that increased terrorist activity abroad makes it easier for extremists to recruit young people to their cause here.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Shafique Shah

Ed Balls calls for "Midland Powerhouse" as he pledges to devolve cash and power to region

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

David Cameron says Birmingham and Midlands will not be forced to elect a mayor

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister insists Birmingham and Black Country will not be forced to follow in Manchester's footsteps and elect a mayor - but argues mayors make devolution "easier"
Legacy of Service Birmingham has prompted city council auditor to suggest outsourcing refuse collection

Birmingham City Council 'should outsource bins service'

Official auditor urges authority to consider outsourcing refuse collection ahead of massive budget cuts which will see council having to save £400m over the next four years  

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Eric Pickles
Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

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