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

Barry Henley

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

West Midlands police forces praised for cutting jobs to save millions

West Midlands Police
The four police forces in the region have faced funding cuts of £300 million between them

By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

A polling station
The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

City TV licence bid to be re-run if time limit missed

Steve McCabe MP
Birmingham being 'short changed' says MP as Government confirms licence will be re-advertised if deadline not met

Unpopular he may be - but he is likely to be PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has faced criticism from within his own ranks yet looks set to lead polls next year.


Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Unpopular he may be - but he is likely to be PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband has faced criticism from within his own ranks yet looks set to lead polls next year.

Are we about to see the most underwhelming election in history?

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections
Ballot boxes could be decidedly empty come police and crime commissioner election day next month.

Turn on, tune in - and wait several years for 'City TV'

Debra Davis
Despite nearly two years of promises from the folk at City TV/BLTV, there is little apparent sign of any positive developments here in Birmingham.
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.

Coun Tahir Ali

Council double glazing firm stabilises after 40 job losses

Erdington-based Shelforce, which specialised in providing employment for disabled workers, has shed 40 jobs in the last 12 months

More foreign investment in Greater Birmingham than any other region

The refurbished Five Brindleyplace, soon to be the home of Deutsche Bank which is one of the city's best foreign investment stories of recent times
The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the Greater Birmingham trumped the 37 other regions, data for the 2014 financial year shows


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