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

Housing market

First-time buyers need £29k to get on property ladder in West Midlands

Research from KPMG shows the tipping point required to buy a home in the region is edging closer to the £30,000 mark

General election: Attack mode as big guns scrap over Midland votes

Prime Minister David Cameron
The final days of the election campaign get down and dirty as parties take aim at each other with 'secret plans' and 'who can you trust?'

Ed Balls promises city centre enterprise zone will extend to Curzon HS2 Station

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls pictured with Birmingham Airport's chief executive Paul Kehoe
Business leaders welcomed an earlier vow from George Osborne to extend the enterprise zone which would open up the door to borrowing millions needed to regenerate and create thousands of jobs

Cameron: Chinese rip-offs are top of my list if elected

Range Rover Evoque - the Prime Minister has vowed to stamp down on copycats after a key case involving JLR
Far Eastern copycat of Range Rover's Evoque is 'just not acceptable' says PM during visit to Longbridge

Legislation could pave the way for Super Prix return

super prix
In what has been hailed as a huge boost to British motor sport, the Deregulation Bill - which enables motor racing events to take place in towns and cities on mainland Britain - has achieved Royal Assent

Opinion

The name's Bond: Brummie Bond

John Clancy suggests a way of linking investment directly to positive assets in Birmingham such as housing, infrastructure and long-term venture capital investment

Energy on the Coalition backburner

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.

They say they're fighting for every vote - but the parties are targeting a few key seats

They don't like to talk about it but sometimes top politicians admit this general election campaign is really targeting a small number of voters
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
super prix

Legislation could pave the way for Super Prix return

In what has been hailed as a huge boost to British motor sport, the Deregulation Bill - which enables motor racing events to take place in towns and cities on mainland Britain - has achieved Royal Assent

Pinsent Masons team advises Arena Central Developments on HSBC move

Pinsent Masons real estate partner Tom Johnson
HSBC will forward purchase the 210,000 sq ft 2 Arena Central in Birmingham, which will be the head office of HSBCs new UK ring-fenced bank serving personal and business customers

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