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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.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

My experience with content management systems and knowledge of HTML allows me to include charts, embedded content from third parties and formatting in my work, to create content which encourages interaction and keeps readers on the page.

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Councils missing "essential information" warn Government of benefits changes chaos

The benefits system is being thrown into chaos because local councils are expected to oversee radical changes without essential information from Whitehall, Midland authorities have warned.

Even Department for Work and Pension officials don’t understand how aspects of the new benefit system actually work, authorities said.

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Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils issued the blunt warning in a joint statement to a Commons inquiry.


They said councils “have found it very difficult to obtain information regarding many of the reforms” – even though they are supposed to be carrying them out.

And the authorities warned they were struggling to meet the cost of overseeing changes to the benefit system, including installing new computer software and training staff, at the same time as coping with cuts to their own budgets.

Read more: Councils missing "essential information" warn Government of benefits changes chaos

Birmingham News: West Midlands Police hit with £500,000 bill for Birmingham Conservative Party Conference

West Midlands Police has been hit by a bill for half a million pounds for the Conservative Party conference, which could lead to more losses in officers.

Read more http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2012/10/18/west-midlands-police-hit-with-500-000-bill-for-birmingham-conservative-party-conference-97319-32059417/

Birmingham News: Tory conference: The public backs the police in Andrew Mitchell row, Labour poll claims

BIRMINGHAM commuters believe the police’s version of their row with Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell, according to a Labour Party survey.

Read more http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2012/10/09/tory-conference-the-public-backs-the-police-in-andrew-mitchell-row-labour-poll-claims-97319-31994108/

Birmingham News: Tory Party Conference: David Cameron says Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell will face no further action

DAVID Cameron has admitted that Andrew Mitchell’s row with police officers guarding the gates to Downing Street was “damaging” to the Conservative Party – but ruled out any further disciplinary action or inquiry.

Read more http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2012/10/08/tory-party-conference-david-cameron-says-sutton-coldfield-mp-andrew-mitchell-will-face-no-further-action-97319-31986952/

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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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