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The taxman is ripping people off by making them dial a premium-rate phoneline for advice, a Birmingham MP has warned.Read
A former Labour council election candidate fainted in the court where he was given a suspended prison sentence after lying to potential voters.Read
It was a huge shock to the Conservative Party when it lost its iron grip on the safe Solihull seat back in 2005 when Lib Dem Lorely Burt replaced John Taylor as MP.Read
Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore is to stand down as chairman of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, according to reports.Read
UKIP’S West Midlands Euro-MP has called on the main political parties to wake up and take notice after the anti-EU party gained its first local council seats – winning a quarter of the vote nationally.Read
Plans to revive the West Midlands economy by handing billions to Local Enterprise Partnerships have been thrown into confusion after Business Secretary Vince Cable ruled them out.Read
Small and medium sized businesses could miss out on Birmingham City Council contracts thanks to an “unnecessarily bureaucratic” new policy designed to help them, it has been claimed.Read
Government cabinet member Iain Duncan-Smith has been accused of dodging angry anti-cuts protesters after pulling out of a visit to Smethwick Jobcentre.
With the counties going to the polls on May 2, Chris Game argues for an overhaul of the electoral system at local level.Read
A landmark building must not be allowed to be turned in to yet another Broad Street pub, club or restaurant.Read
Ministers were forced into a U-turn over proposals to relax planning rules over home extensions following a threatened rebellion by MPs.Read
Political editor Jonathan Walker reports from London on Baroness Thatcher’s final journey.Read
A Labour backbencher has launched his second bid to become Birmingham City Council leader with a pledge to get the city building and invest in small businesses.Read
The death of the former prime minister this week has reignited the debate about her legacy for manufacturing and commerce in the West Midlands.Read
MPs and members of the House of Lords will cut short their Easter break to return to Parliament and pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher today.Read
Jon Griffin looks at one of the issues Margaret Thatcher will be most remembered for – miningRead
Business leaders in the West Midlands paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher after her death – but views on her legacy are mixed.Read
Margaret Thatcher was the woman who, virtually single-handed and in the space of one tumultuous decade, transformed a nation.Read
Baroness Thatcher died this morning aged 87 following a stroke, it was announced today.Read
One of Labour’s most senior MPs in the Midlands is at the centre of a major row with activists and union leaders after he refused to vote against the Government’s “workfare” plans in the Commons.Read
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