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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

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The Government continues to promote bloggers and hyperlocal news-sites with a missive from Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, urging councils to ensure they are given full access to council meetings.

A letter sent to councils says bloggers should have the same routine access to meetings as traditional journalists.

In the past, the Government has encouraged bloggers to scrutinise town hall spending. Ministers have ordered authorities to publish every item of expenditure above £500, and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles hopes bloggers will plough through the information and highlight inefficiencies or abuses.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued a press release about allowing bloggers access to meetings, which I reprint below:

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Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

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