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

Bournville is one of the shopping areas which would have been served by the BID

Stirchley, Cotteridge and Bournville firms narrowly reject business improvement district

The creation of Birmingham's 12th BID flounders on 52 per cent 'no' vote

Birmingham Labour councillors defy Sir Albert as they fight to hang on

Sir Albert Bore
Party's councillors challenge authority's leader in bid to halt cut in their own numbers

Culture Secretary: We'll look at BBC in regions

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale
John Whittingdale, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pledged to address regional provision in debates over the BBC's next ten-year charter

Library of Birmingham's Google inspired revival shows how partnerships can save services

Library of Birmingham
Deals with Google and Brasshouse show council can overcome cuts with partners says library chief Penny Holbrook

Former Solihull MP Lorely Burt takes business role with Lib Dems

Lorely Burt looks on as Julian Knight wins the Solihull seat for the Tories in May's General Election
Ex-MP who served for ten years will now help 'party's fightback' after it suffered devastating losses in May's General Election


Trying times at Birmingham City Council

Summer holiday from hell for Bore and co as deadlines loom

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes assesses a busy time for the council in what would normally be a fallow summer period

This energy policy is on a new course sunshine

In a politically “hot” and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham
Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit
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
The tourist information office at the Library of Birmingham has closed

Library of Birmingham tourist information office closes

Latest blow to library as online services and social media have become the preferred service for people visiting the city


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