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

Sepp Blatter

MEP Sion Simon demands 'disgraceful' Fifa boss steps down

Sepp Blatter is coming under increasing pressure to resign after a string of high-ranking officials were arrested on corruption charges

'One nation' - and why the PM could have the last laugh

Prime Minister David Cameron with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman at the State Opening of Parliament
David Cameron has a plan to change the Conservative Party’s image - and rebrand it as the party for working people and social justice.

Inequality and how to solve the UK's productivity puzzle

A welder at work
Experience in the West Midlands demonstrates that the loss of manufacturing reduces wealth and opportunity.

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project
Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham
Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

Opinion

Prime Minister David Cameron with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman at the State Opening of Parliament

'One nation' - and why the PM could have the last laugh

David Cameron has a plan to change the Conservative Party’s image - and rebrand it as the party for working people and social justice.

Inequality and how to solve the UK's productivity puzzle

A welder at work
Experience in the West Midlands demonstrates that the loss of manufacturing reduces wealth and opportunity.

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

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street
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
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
A CGI of plans for new glass conference centres on the roof of Fort Dunlop exclusive

Plan for glass conference centres on Fort Dunlop roof

Proposals also include new meeting areas and landscaping on its roof, as well as creating multi-storey parking and shaking up a shopping parade

Three Snowhill development gets green light in Birmingham office boost

Dusk CGI looking towards Colmore business district shows new building in situ with One and Two Snowhill and Colmore Gate in the background
Developer Ballymore has go-ahead complete a triumvirate on the Snowhill estate with a 400,000 sq ft building over 16 storeys

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