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Labour and Conservatives compete to prove who cares most about animal welfare 

14 Feb 18

MPs know animal welfare is one of the topics voters care about most…


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Is Jacob Ress-Mogg the most powerful man in Britain? 

10 Feb 18

He likes to be seen as a relic from a bygone era, but we should take Jacob Rees-Mogg seriously…


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The leaked impact assessments won’t change a thing – we always knew Brexit would be bad for the economy 

31 Jan 18

We were told repeatedly during the referendum campaign that Brexit would be bad for the economy, and people chose to vote for it anyway…


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Regional mayors face a rebellion over attempts to increase council tax bills 

20 Jan 18

Regional mayors such as Andy Street in the West Midlands and Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester face opposition from council leaders…


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“Super Hero” football fans unite to keep justice hopes alive for pub bombing families 

22 Dec 17

Justice4the21 humbled by its army of new supporters…


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More people than ever are saving for the future thanks to pension reforms 

20 Dec 17

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman says Automatic Enrolment is helping more people save into a workplace pension…


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Here’s how Labour and rebel Conservative MPs could delay Brexit 

17 Dec 17

MPs could this week block Theresa May’s plan to make March 29 2019 our official Brexit day…


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The problem isn’t robots, it’s bad employers 

14 Dec 17

Tom Watson’s Future of Work Commission looked at the impact of new technology but the problems really lie with the way our economy works…


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It’s a crime to waste so much food when people are hungry 

12 Dec 17

A supermarket chain has announced it will give away unsold food this Christmas…


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Chancellor Philip Hammond also claimed the Government had studied impact of Brexit on sectors of the economy 

7 Dec 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis now says there are no ‘impact assessments’ showing what Brexit could do to the economy.


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We can never thank people enough for their support – pub bombings families 

29 Nov 17

Justice4the21 humbled by growing support for its campaign…


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The chancellor is right to target land bankers over housing crisis 

23 Nov 17

And it is not the only case of the Conservative Government following in Labour’s footsteps…


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Is it time to abolish the television licence fee? 

22 Nov 17

Why should you pay the fee if you never use the BBC…


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Current affairs getting you down? Don’t worry – here are the reasons to be cheerful 

18 Nov 17

It’s not all bad news.


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Is it just me or has politics got really horrible recently? 

15 Nov 17

MPs are terrified to say what they really think, we have a government of the living dead and suddenly it’s okay to be a bit racist…


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MPs have one last chance to save us from the Brexit disaster 

11 Nov 17

Many MPs are convinced Brexit is going to take this country off a cliff.


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Seven reasons why Theresa May’s government is a disaster 

8 Nov 17

Theresa May’s Government is in chaos but she may be able to cling on to power for a while yet…


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Secret Brexit papers revealing impact on the regions may never be published 

7 Nov 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised to hand over data on the impact on sectors of the economy within three weeks, but we know the Government has more than this…


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It’s not a witch hunt. There’s a real problem at Westminster – but some of those accused may be innocent 

4 Nov 17

Fear and panic at Westminster as MPs face sleaze allegations…


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‘Blues and Villa fans – you were simply magnificent’ – pub bombings families 

3 Nov 17

They praise rival fans for uniting in support of their cause…


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Why we should embrace our driverless future 

30 Oct 17

The driverless car is the next revolution in transport and the Midlands is well placed to take advantage…


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Universal Credit vote shows the strength of Theresa May’s position 

21 Oct 17

The Universal Credit vote was a stark reminder that oppositions talk while governments get things done…


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Now is the time for cities and mayors to take the lead 

18 Oct 17

Britain remains one of the most centralised countries in the world – but our new batch of mayors are challenging that and rightly so…


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United we stand against terrorism – Justice4the21 campaigners 

16 Oct 17

Pub bombings families join thousands in London march…


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Here’s why a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be a total disaster for the West Midlands economy, employers and people 

14 Oct 17

Theresa May says the Government is preparing for the possibility of quitting the EU without a replacement deal, but this would cause enormous damage to the West Midlands…


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Long term housing measures announced – but the homelessness crisis is here 

13 Oct 17

Housing and homelessness taking centre stage but more support is needed on the front line…


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Is Jeremy Corbyn right to say the Universal Credit helpline costs 55p a minute? 

11 Oct 17

Jeremy Corbyn told the House of Commons that Universal Credit claimants were charged 55p a minute for calling a helpline…


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Conservative Brexit supporters want Theresa May to stay – at least for now 

8 Oct 17

Theresa May’s conference speech went wrong but she has an important job to do…


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It’s been a tricky time for the bins chief 

5 Oct 17

Cllr Lisa Trickett scolds the Tories for exploiting confused messages in council’s new waste strategy…


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The three reasons why Theresa May’s big conference speech was a disaster 

4 Oct 17

A heckler.


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How Jeremy Corbyn copied his conference speech from Theresa May 

30 Sep 17

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s big speech to the Labour conference was remarkably similar to the conference speech Theresa May delivered last year…


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Labour holds its annual conference in Brighton as the party finally appears to have united around the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn 

23 Sep 17

Activists and MPs are meeting as the Labour left has a real chance to lead the party into government…


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The Conservative Party needs winners and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street is one of them 

20 Sep 17

He’s already helped them win in the West Midlands but could Andy Street do even more for the Conservative Party…


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Universal Credit seemed like a good idea but will the Government admit it’s not working out? 

18 Sep 17

A new benefits system has left people behind with their rent or dependent on food banks – and taxpayers are footing the bill…


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It’s rarely the mistake itself, but the denial which ends the political career 

15 Sep 17

John Clancy would still be council leader if he’d owned up to mistakes on his aborted bin strike deal…


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Jeremy Corbyn and the left offer hope while Theresa May’s Conservatives offer nothing but fear 

13 Sep 17

Conservatives need to offer a positive vision if they are going to regain momentum, but show no signs of doing it…


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Jacob Rees-Mogg will never be Conservative leader but he does make politics more interesting 

9 Sep 17

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s religious views rule him out as party leader but he was never in with much of a chance…


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Bin strike: City Council still dysfunctional after all these years 

7 Sep 17

Damning review called for Birmingham City Council to up its game – but the bin strike shows lessons have not been learned…


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Embattled Labour council leader sees support waning ahead of showdown meeting with colleagues 

4 Sep 17

Pressure building on council leader John Clancy following claims he has ‘seriously mishandled’ the bins dispute…


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Who will last longer – Prime Minister Theresa May or Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn? 

2 Sep 17

Conservative leader Theresa May says she’s in it ‘for the long term’ but can she really lead the Tories into the next general election…


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The more the EU plays games over Brexit the more I think we’re better off out of it 

2 Sep 17

I’m a remainer but the EU’s behaviour during the Brexit talks makes me wonder if I was wrong…


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Mum FINED by council after pulling over to help her choking baby 

25 Aug 17

She claims Harrow Council are heartless and unsympathetic after she was ordered to pay a 110 Penalty Charge Notice…


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Bin Strike: This looks like a fragile ceasefire 

16 Aug 17

A long way to go before peace deal is confirmed and action called off for good…


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Here’s one reason there won’t be a new ‘centre’ political party 

14 Aug 17

There are calls for a new ‘centrist’ political party but it’s unlikely to happen…


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Some weird and wonderful ways the mayor can solve our problems 

10 Aug 17

Some inspiration for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, plus more on bins and a councillor’s goal scoring comeback…


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Is mayor Andy Street letting down the West Midlands? 

10 Aug 17

Labour MP Ian Austin asks what new West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has achieved in his first 100 days in office…


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I’m not scared to eat an American chlorinated chicken 

26 Jul 17

The row over chlorinated chickens from the USA is just good old-fashioned British Yank-bashing…


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More than 300 violent crimes every day in the West Midlands 

23 Jul 17

Rising crime suggests we need more police, so why are we cutting police numbers…


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Why the bin strike could rumble on 

13 Jul 17

City council’s Labour bosses and Unite union polls apart in dispute which has been a long time coming…


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Supporting the Palestinians is not the same as supporting terrorism 

12 Jul 17

Criticism of Israel is justified, but associating the plight of the Palestinians with Hezbollah doesnt do the Palestinian people any favours…


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Commonwealth Games would showcase a resurgent West Midlands to the world 

10 Jul 17

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street on why he is backing the Commonweatlh Games bid and why we should be confident…


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We can’t end austerity because we’ve never had it – the truth for our NHS and schools is even worse 

5 Jul 17

The real problem is that public services including the NHS and schools are desperately short of cash even though their funding has gone up.


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Pub bombings inquest: Will the Coroner investigate the suspected bombers – and name them? 

4 Jul 17

We will settle for nothing less than a fair, transparent inquest…


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It’s time to give public sector workers a pay rise 

1 Jul 17

Why should five million workers still suffer real-terms pay cuts because of a banking crisis nine years ago…


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We can keep freedom of movement once we leave the EU and here’s why we should 

28 Jun 17

Keeping freedom of movement would be good for jobs and it’s perfectly possible, so why are both Labour and the Tories determined to end it…


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Theresa May’s empty Queen’s Speech shows she is too weak to govern 

21 Jun 17

The Prime Minister was forced to dump policies she believed in just two weeks ago – and has no answer to the public demand for an end to austerity…


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Labour didn’t do as well in last week’s general election as they seem to think 

15 Jun 17

A detailed look at the general election results shows they weren’t quite as bad for Theresa May or as good for Jeremy Corbyn as some people think…


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Echoes of West Midlands mayoral race in Theresa May’s appalling election campaign 

14 Jun 17

Enthusiasm and a positive message gave unexpected election results, while in the city council women have to ask to speak…


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Election results: Should Theresa May resign? 

8 Jun 17

How can Theresa May carry on if the election has gone as badly as it seems…


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Election results: Trump, Brexit and now a hung Parliament show the experts know nothing 

8 Jun 17

Experts, the media and even politicians have been proved wrong about politics again and again…