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

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.

Call for driverless cars backing with Jaguar Land Rover 'years from production'

A Commons inquiry said the vehicles had the potential to dramatically cut road deaths, or reduce them to nothing, while JLR said they could have the vehicles ready within 10 years

Labour group circles the wagons in defence of under fire leader

Sir Albert Bore, born in Ayrshire, is Birmingham City Council’s current leader.
The great thing about politics is everyone can have an opinion and there are several sides to every story and this week’s heated budget meeting, widely regarded as the nastiest council meeting in recent memory, was no exception.

West Midlands' export surplus to China nears £3bn

Region sees another rise in the amount of good heading east compared with what is coming back as brands like JLR and JCB lead the way

West Midlands Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority

Coun David Jamieson is urging the region to create a combined authority as soon as possible
David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London

MP takes BBC Midlands fair share campaign to Parliament

Steve McCabe MP
Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe has called for a parliamentary debate after it emerged less than nine per cent of BBC licence fee money raised in the Midlands was spent here

Opinion

Sir Albert Bore, born in Ayrshire, is Birmingham City Council’s current leader.

Labour group circles the wagons in defence of under fire leader

The great thing about politics is everyone can have an opinion and there are several sides to every story and this week’s heated budget meeting, widely regarded as the nastiest council meeting in recent memory, was no exception.

Can you enjoy local greenspace?

Cannock Chase
The natural world is fundamental to our existence, and underpins all economic activity.

How many politicians does it take to run Europe's largest local authority?

The council chamber inside Birmingham Council House.
The city's councillors are getting nervous as recommendations suggest their numbers should be reduced from 120 to 100
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
Sir Albert Bore, born in Ayrshire, is Birmingham City Council’s current leader.

Labour group circles the wagons in defence of under fire leader

The great thing about politics is everyone can have an opinion and there are several sides to every story and this week’s heated budget meeting, widely regarded as the nastiest council meeting in recent memory, was no exception.

Former Gun Quarter factory to make way for student flats

City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms
Go ahead for London firm Knightsbridge to demolish old oil plant and build more than 500 bedrooms to accommodate Birmingham's growing student population

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