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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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More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Tories collar the working class vote

The ongoing row about the Government’s planned benefit cuts has highlighted the fact that 60 per cent of claimants are in work.

This raises two issues. First, the complicated system of tax credits introduced by Gordon Brown distributes money even to families with good incomes.

If you work, have two...

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West Midlands News: Institute of Directors backs Birmingham Airport plans

A leading business organisation has backed Birmingham Airport’s plans to develop new services and increase passenger numbers.

The Institute of Directors urged the Government to do more to back the airport, including promoting it overseas.

In a report on UK aviation policy, the IoD also called for the introduction of...

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Politics News: Andrew Mitchell: I'm out to save my reputation, not my job

Andrew Mitchell has said he hopes to restore his reputation after new evidence cast serious doubt on reports about his disagreement with Downing Street police officers.

But he said he was not concerned about getting his old job back, despite calls from some colleagues for him to return to the...

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Politics News: Second arrest in Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' probe

A second man has been arrested in connection with the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" affair.

The 23-year-old, who is not a police officer or a member of police staff, was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence on or around December...

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West Midlands News: Birmingham leaders demand better funding after attack by Pickles

Birmingham’s leaders are demanding an urgent meeting with Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles over a huge seven per cent cut to the city’s budget.

Services face being slashed with hundreds of redundancies as Mr Pickles announced details of the Birmingham City Council’s budget up to 2015.

The bombshell announcement means...

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Police pledge to find truth behind allegations of 'plebgate' deceit

Scotland Yard has vowed to "get to the truth" of allegations that a police officer falsely claimed to have witnessed the "plebgate" row that led to Andrew Mitchell being forced to quit as Chief Whip.

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2012/12/19/police-pledge-to-find-truth-behind-allegations-of-plebgate-deceit-65233-32458344/

West Midlands News: Andrew Mitchell refutes pleb comment again as officer is arrested

Andrew Mitchell has insisted once again that he never did describe police as “plebs” – after an officer was arrested over allegations that details of the row were leaked to newspapers.

A constable in the Diplomatic Protection Group was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of misconduct in public office and...

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Police officer arrested over leaked Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' comments

A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office over the leak of information to newspapers about Tory former chief whip Andrew Mitchell's tirade at officers on Downing Street.

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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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