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

Coun Deirdre Alden

Birmingham councillor Dierdre Alden hits back at critics over cycle storm

Edgbaston Tory Coun Deirdre Alden said the plan to create a ‘Cycle City’ was discriminatory, provoking a storm of protest

MP backs breast cancer sufferers taking on Big Fun Run Birmingham

Jack Dromey
Rebecca Swift and Sarah Perry are taking on the 5,000km run through Cannon Hill Park in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK

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.

Lord Bhattacharyya: England needs to regain spirit of enterprise

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya
The outcome of the Scottish referendum will have an effect on industrial policy as it will many other aspects of our national life.

Jonathan Walker: Midlands devolution fever could end in tiers

The House of Commons in London
In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.

Opinion

Prime Minister David Cameron

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

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.

Lord Bhattacharyya: England needs to regain spirit of enterprise

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya
The outcome of the Scottish referendum will have an effect on industrial policy as it will many other aspects of our national life.

Jonathan Walker: Midlands devolution fever could end in tiers

The House of Commons in London
In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.
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.

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore

Neil Elkes: Birmingham puts party rivalry aside as it tries to fight back over wounding cuts

Birmingham Leader Sir Albert Bore told us that the total job losses at the council throughout the period of austerity would be equal to twice those lost during the 2005 Longbridge Rover collapse.

Government is trying to destroy Birmingham with cuts, MP claims

MP Liam Byrne
Liam Byrne, Labour's MP for Hodge Hill, said the Government was not giving Birmingham a fair deal.

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