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

Deirdre Kelly speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference

Benefits Street star Dee Kelly: I'm a fan of UKIP

TV reality star Deirdre Kelly stole the show at the Conservative Party Conference when she spoke about how to fix the benefits system - but revealed she was a fan of Nigel Farage and UKIP.

David Cameron blames Birmingham's Labour council for 6,000 job cuts as conference kicks off

Prime Minister David Cameron
Conservative Leader David Cameron highlighted Tory hopes of winning Birmingham Northfield and Birmingham Edgbaston in interview as the Tory conference comes to the city

City filmmakers wade into cycling debate

Filming the documentary 'Bicycle'
Filmmakers Michael B Clifford and Pip Piper who are behind a Birmingham-based movie have waded into a debate about whether a £23 million plan to revolutionise cycling in Birmingham is discriminatory.

West Midlands transport chiefs demand responsibility for region's rail services

West Midlands Rail chairman Coun Roger Lawrence (front left) and vice-chairman Coun Mark Winnington (front right) with other council leaders and the proposition calling for greater responsibility to be handed over for local rail services
Leaders of 14 councils in the region want the right to award franchises and set investment priorities via a new West Midlands rail organisation

'No privatisation' of city refuse service but garden tax stays

Disposing of garden waste will continue to carry a charge in Birmingham
Councillor in charge of bins says budget cuts mean removal of garden waste cannot return to being free

Opinion

Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.
There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum's profound implications for the British economy

Prime Minister David Cameron
The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.
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.

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron blames Birmingham's Labour council for 6,000 job cuts as conference kicks off

Conservative Leader David Cameron highlighted Tory hopes of winning Birmingham Northfield and Birmingham Edgbaston in interview as the Tory conference comes to the city

Birmingham City Council's anger over plan to relax rules on home extensions

Gerard and Christina White saw an extension built right next to their house
Birmingham City Council officials are to demand the Government ditches plans to relax planning laws amid serious concerns the city is being overrun with massive home extensions.

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