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Lord Mandelson: Labour only backed high speed rail to "trump" the Tories

Labour backed high speed rail to "trump" the Tories - not because the country needs it, Peter Mandelson has admitted.

Ed Miliband delivering a speech on One Nation Politics

Time for Ed Miliband to show us what he's made of

Tony Blair offered simple policies which promised to make a difference to voters' lives. Ed Miliband should follow his example.

Tom Watson

Tom Watson: I'll bring paedophiles to justice

Tom Watson, who resigned from Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet following the row over Unite's role in candidate selection, talks about his future plans in our exclusive interview

Pete Lowe has been chosen as the candidate in Stourbridge

Labour chooses Unite-backed candidate Pete Lowe for Stourbridge

Former nurse chosen to challenge Conservatives after being backed by union

Harold Wilson

Neil Elkes: A little less conversation

A few years ago there was a television news feature on Harold Wilson's Labour Government of the 1960s and its success in driving through a series of social reforms, including the legalisation of homosexuality for over 21s, the abolition of the death penalty and the legalisation of abortion.

Tony Blair

Why Blair will go down as a Labour Party winner

Whatever else history might say about Tony Blair, it will remember him as a winner.

Memorial made of shell casings in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. By Sergeant Russ Nolan RLC

Call to bring Camp Bastion memorial to the Midlands

A memorial to British soldiers killed in Afghanistan could be dismantled in Camp Bastion and rebuilt at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Review: Tony Palmer's Nocturne at The Artrix, Bromsgrove

Among the many facets of Benjamin Britten's character we have gleaned during the 100 years since his birth are his anti-war sentiments, most powerfully expressed in his War Requiem, premiered at the consecration of Sir Basil Spence's new Coventry Cathedral on May 30, 1962.

Top marks to the Baccalaureate examination system

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is the end of the ancient world of narrow specialisation at 16.

Cameron's use of US-style open primaries could be an election winner

The use of US-style open primaries could be an election winner for the Tories, writes Chris Game.

Disestablishment: Big word, little hope

Would splitting from state control harm the Church of England? Chris Game takes up the debate.

Examining both sides of climate change in the city

How radical should Birmingham’s response be to climate change will be the theme of tonight’s Lunar Society debate at the Town Hall.

City region still on the agenda

Plans for a powerful West Midlands "city region" are still on track, the Minister in charge of local government insisted.

Short quits Labour

Birmingham MP Clare Short has quit the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Brum lacks leaders of strength - Miliband

Birmingham does not have strong leadership in the same way as rival cities such as Manchester, the Minister in charge of local government has suggested.

Senior MPs support veteran ex-deputy

Charles Kennedy's former deputy, Sir Menzies Campbell, is clear favourite to succeed him as Liberal Democrat leader.

Time to stop talking and start station plan

  • CBI

Birmingham's civic leaders must stop wasting time and get the rebuild of New Street station underway, the Director General of the CBI has warned.

Civic shake-up on the way, PM tells delegates

Birmingham's civic leadership is to be revolutionised when the Government publishes "a new and ambitious blueprint" for local government - which will include the option of elected mayors.

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