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

City councillors set for 40pc pay cut

Recommendation which was thrown out six months ago is back on the table after watchdog says 'pay outstrips responsibility'

I'm part of the "local comminity" boasts Conservative candidate

Education policy may not be the strong suit of Midland candidate Sue Arnold after poster spelling blunder

Gallery: BBC shows from yesteryear produced in Birmingham

Former BBC Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham
With the Midlands amid a slump in television production - leading to a Post campaign calling on the BBC to invest a fair share - we look back at shows from days gone by produced at Pebble Mill

Driverless cars an 'opportunity to be grasped' by Midlands automotive sector

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.
In a report commissioned by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) automotive experts at KPMG have predicted driverless or ‘connected’ cars will have a massive impact on UK manufacturing and society as a whole

Ed Balls: The West Midlands has been shortchanged in the Budget

Labour MP Ed Balls visited the Clock cafe in Bristol Street South, Birmingham
Ed Balls believes Birmingham and the West Midlands have been short-changed by Chancellor George Osborne in a Budget which promised better deals for Manchester and Cambridge alone.


Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

MPs say they - and not the party leaders - must decide who forms a Coalition

Backbench MPs are demanding that they - not the party leaders - decide who forms a Coalition in a hung Parliament

Osborne fires election starting pistol despite lack of rabbit

Chancellor throws a few little goodies into Budget but there were no magic tricks, says David Bailey
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

City councillors set for 40pc pay cut

Recommendation which was thrown out six months ago is back on the table after watchdog says 'pay outstrips responsibility'

Unite's plans for hotel and conference centre unveiled

CGI of Unite the Union's planned new hotel, offices and conference centre
UK's largest trade union lodges application to build new 170-hotel, offices and conference facilities at Birmingham Science Park Aston


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