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Tom Watson

MPs in call for quiz into historic child abuse cases

MPs from across the West Midlands are backing calls for a national inquiry into historic cases of child sex abuse.

A cyclist

Cycle revolution long overdue in car-clogged Brum

This Birmingham Cycle Revolution, if it gains traction, could well change this culture to all our benefit.

Park View Academy

The Trojan gift horse confirms suspicions on all sides of the debate

Park View Academy is taking legal action against Ofsted over the Trojan Horse affair.

Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill

Birmingham school led by Labour activist and Sikh head is NOT extremist, insists MP

Lib Dem MP John Hemming has defended Golden Hillock school following claims it fails to protect pupils from extremism - but parents are kept in the dark as London politicians fight over Birmingham schools

Conservative Party Conference

Tory conference is a worthwhile exception to pecuniary precaution

One of Mike Whitby's more controversial legacies as Birmingham City Council leader was the £1.48 million commitment to hosting the Tory Party party.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012

£500k bill for policing the Conservative Party Conference

Police and crime commissioner Bob Jones warned the bill – prompted by Home Office funding changes – would add to the organisation’s financial problems

Khat

Fears over community response to khat ban

Home Office survey of people of Somali origin in Birmingham in 2005 found that 34 per cent said they had chewed khat in month before the interview

Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the Conservative Party conference

Labour saves Cameron from Immigration Bill defeat

Midland MPs took part in a rebellion against the Government as David Cameron avoided humiliation in the Commons thanks to Labour

Sergeant Chris Jones (left) and Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton

West Midlands Plebgate police have 'big opportunity' to set record straight

Two officers facing MPs' committee as Keith Vaz reveals cost of row has reached almost a third of a million pounds

Andrew Mitchell

Police's own inquiry into "plebgate" officers DID find evidence of misconduct

The initial draft of West Mercia Police's inquiry into three officers accused of stitching up Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell did find that "there was a case to answer for misconduct", it has emerged.

General business

Getting down to the bare essentials with regard to visas

Running in parallel has been one of the more intriguing political sideshows of the last year or so -exasperating and entertaining in broadly equal measure -Theresa May's 'Dance of the Seven Visas'.

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