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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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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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Nick Clegg tells critics they can back Labour instead

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has branded critics “people who like protest” and told them to vote Labour, in defiant comments during his party conference in Brighton.

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The Deputy Prime Minister revealed his anger after suffering two years of “mendacity” and “bile” from opponents since forming a coalition with the Conservatives.

And he told some of his critics he didn’t want their votes - saying: “We are not the party for you.”

He added: “If people want just protest politics, if they want a sort of ‘I don’t like the world let me get off” party, they’ve got one. It’s called the Labour Party.”

Read more: Nick Clegg tells critics they can back Labour instead

Liam Byrne battles Labour left over welfare reforms

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.

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Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne (Lab Birmingham Hodge Hill), Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has come under fire after the party instructed MPs to abstain in a vote on new laws designed to ensure that the Government can force unemployed people to take part in “back to work” programmes.

Read more: Liam Byrne battles Labour left over welfare reforms

Politics News: Calls for Birmingham NHS trust to take control of Redditch hospital

The trust which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has become embroiled in a political row with another health trust over suggestions that it could take over another hospital.

MPs and some local campaigners are calling for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust to take over the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch,...

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2013/03/29/calls-for-birmingham-nhs-trust-to-take-control-of-redditch-hospital-65233-33080245/

The local revolution designed to reboot UK growth

Michael Heseltine and George Osborne are transforming local government, reports Political Editor Jonathan Walker. But who will be in charge and how much money will they have to spend?

 

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A revolution is taking place in the way we are governed – and how large amounts of our money is spent.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, is banking on local enterprise partnerships to get the economy growing.

Read more: The local revolution designed to reboot UK growth

More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Whispered talk of a second Birmingham Airport runway

Birmingham Airport officially scrapped plans for a second runway in 2007. But the idea has not been ruled out forever.

And supporters of the airport are increasingly talking about the benefits it would bring.

I don’t want to be alarmist about the prospect of a second runway at the airport,...

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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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