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

Picture taken to mark the BBC's move from Pebble Mill to The Mailbox in 2004

BBC under fire for no-show from nationals at Birmingham election count

Politician Gisela Stuart hits out at corporation for failing to assign journalists from its stable of national reporters to city

Austerity hasn't worked

David Bailey
If the polls are to be believed, the General Election is heading for pretty much a dead heat, with days if not weeks of wrangling ahead before a workable coalition – or even minority – government is in place.

University of Warwick uses Twitter to predict election

New data model by academics scours the social media site to gauge opinion and aggregates various features about every party

First-time buyers need £29k to get on property ladder in West Midlands

People are struggling to get on the housing ladder
Research from KPMG shows the tipping point required to buy a home in the region is edging closer to the £30,000 mark

General election: Attack mode as big guns scrap over Midland votes

Prime Minister David Cameron
The final days of the election campaign get down and dirty as parties take aim at each other with 'secret plans' and 'who can you trust?'

Opinion

David Bailey

Austerity hasn't worked

If the polls are to be believed, the General Election is heading for pretty much a dead heat, with days if not weeks of wrangling ahead before a workable coalition – or even minority – government is in place.

The name's Bond: Brummie Bond

John Clancy suggests a way of linking investment directly to positive assets in Birmingham such as housing, infrastructure and long-term venture capital investment

Energy on the Coalition backburner

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.
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
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Chinese investors' plan to fund major Birmingham regeneration schemes

Consortium plans to filter capital from the super-rich of China and Taiwan into property, infrastructure and energy schemes

Finance Birmingham agrees funding deal for Contact Transport

Ian Fairclough from Finance Birmingham with Clive Palmer (left) and Neil Hughes from Contact Transport
The investment will allow the company to continue growing, following a 60 per cent increase in turnover to nearly £20 million in the last 12 months

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