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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…


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Millions rushed to register for General Election 2017 – but half need not have bothered 

8 Jun 17

Overworked election officials call for changes to voter registration…


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We haven’t discussed Brexit in this general election because both parties have the same policies 

8 Jun 17

It’s the most important issue facing the country but Brexit has hardly been debated in the 2017 general election…


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Well-meaning middle class liberals used to run the country but now they have nobody to vote for 

7 Jun 17

People like me have been rejected by both major parties.


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Jeremy Corbyn is right – creating chaos in foreign countries has made us less safe at home 

27 May 17

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech following the Manchester terror attacks contained a lot of wisdom…


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No words sufficient for our grief for Manchester – Justice4the21 

25 May 17

Tears of sorrow for pub bombings campaigner…


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Conservatives are banking on our love for Theresa May 

20 May 17

The Conservative manifesto was short on detail but Tories hope voters trust Theresa May enough not to care…


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Conservative manifesto will aim to convince voters in Teesside to back the Tories 

13 May 17

Theresa May hopes to make gains in the West Midlands but she has an even more ambitious goal – to win seats in Labour’s North East heartland…


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May’s misfiring media strategy is nothing new 

11 May 17

Prime Minister’s decision to shut out local reporters during factory visit brings a sense of dj vu for local government correspondent Neil Elkes…


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The Conservatives are not unbeatable – they’ve just been lucky 

10 May 17

Despite appearances, the Tories haven’t smashed Labour.


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Baker recreates death mask of legendary Hollywood horror actor Vincent Price 

7 May 17

Amazing cake recreates the death mask of legendary Hollywood horror actor Price…


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Why are people voting for Theresa May? 

5 May 17

Prime Minister Theresa May is winning votes across the country, and here’s why…


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Comment: Why it’s important to vote for West Midlands Mayor today 

4 May 17

Majority unlikely to vote in May 4 election…


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Why Theresa May wants you to believe she could lose this general election 

28 Apr 17

Everybody thinks the Tories are going to win the 2017 general election but here’s why they want you to believe they might lose.


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General Election: Jeremy Corbyn seizes the opportunity to get his message across 

21 Apr 17

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may never be Prime Minister but this is his chance to set out a left-wing vision for Britain.