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

Birmingham Box Phase 3 Smart Motorways Project - schemes such as this have been branded a safety risk by Labour MP Mary Creagh

Labour MP brands smart motorways 'not so smart'

Shadow Transport Secretary says £360m schemes designed to ease congestion on very busy sections of West Midlands motorways are a safety risk

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia
The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

Ofcom branded 'hapless' as city waits on local TV licence decision

Steve McCabe MP
MP Stephen McCabe hits out at regulator as deadline approaches for news of who will operator new station for Birmingham

Phoenix 10 regeneration project back on track

A project to regenerate the former IMI James Bridge Copper Works site could be back on track
Walsall Council and Homes and Communities Agency begin hunt for developer to relaunch stalled 44-acre development

Walsall Council facing £86m more budget cuts

Protesters gather in Victoria Square as Birmingham City Council meets to vote on the budget
Black Country council follows in Birmingham's footsteps by predicting further austerity

Opinion

Peter Clarke, a former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Jonathan Walker: Still no idea how to rein in another 'Trojan Horse'

Birmingham was targeted by a "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained" campaign to introduce "an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools"

David Bailey: George Osborne's deficit-reduction plan is way off track

George Osborne
On current trends, government borrowing in 2014-15 will come in at around £100bn. The shortfall in the first five months of this financial year is actually higher than it was in the same period in 2013-14.

Jonathan Walker:

Energy secretary Edward Davey
The Lib Dems are losing ground not only to the major parties but to UKIP and the Greens.
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.

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

Pictures: Red Lion pub work given green light after concerns

The bar at the former Red Lion pub in Soho Road, Handsworth
The Post sent a photographer to the treasured pub to see whether its key features remained intact amid concern on social media

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