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

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Q&A: The in-out referendum on the European Union

Fears have arisen over plans for an in-out referendum which could see the UK leave the European Union. Here, we look at the key questions

City dispute with Amey stepped up

Amey has come under fire from the city council for the quality of its road repairs in Birmingham
Council has £2.7bn contract with Amey but has been locked in a dispute since the autumn over the quality of road repairs meaning an independent adjudicator is being brought in

Harriet Harman: We need to search our soul

Acting leader of Labour Harriet Harman has urged the party not to repeat past mistakes
Acting leader of the Labour Party says mistakes of last leadership contest cannot happen again if they are to challenge Conservatives

More industrial unrest over cuts is predicted

Network Rail
A threatened bank holiday rail strike was averted after Network Rail improved a pay offer, but many other disputes have broken out, or worsened, since the Conservatives took power

NHS boss: Parents making childhood obesity ‘normal’

Britain's obesity epidemic
Parents who allow their children to eat junk food and lead sedentary lifestyles are “normalising obesity”, the head of the NHS in England has warned.

Opinion

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted
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
Amey has come under fire from the city council for the quality of its road repairs in Birmingham

City dispute with Amey stepped up

Council has £2.7bn contract with Amey but has been locked in a dispute since the autumn over the quality of road repairs meaning an independent adjudicator is being brought in

Teaching Union slams plan to sack heads of failing schools

Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping to capitalise on his General Election victory by introducing key elements of his education strategy quickly
60 'inadequate' city schools could be forced to reopen as academies

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