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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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Prime Minister's Questions this week was dominated by a topic which may well be debated right up to the next election - has George Osborne hit working families in the pocket?

His Autumn Statement included plans to increase most benefits by just one per cent a year, over the next...

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West Midlands News: Airport managers join Birmingham in call for air passenger duty reform

Airport managers from across England have backed Birmingham’s campaign for reform of air passenger duty to encourage growth outside London.

In practice, it would mean taxes charged on flights leaving Heathrow were higher than those on flights from other parts of the country.

Mr Kehoe, Bristol Airport chief executive Robert...

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Other UK business news: Revenue rise for London Midland despite almost 1,000 cancellations

Rail operator London Midland recorded a bumper 13 per cent increase in revenue despite cancelling hundreds of trains.

But as the company raked in record revenues, travellers have been put through misery caused by almost 1,000 cancelled trains and massive overcrowding.

Now MPs have demanded the cash should be used...

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Birmingham planning department 'war' on conservations with overhaul of heritage watchdog group

City planning chiefs have been accused of a ‘war on conservation’ by excluding eminent history groups from commenting on all decisions and replacing them with architects.

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Birmingham City Council made costly mistake handed its IT function to Capita

Birmingham’s City Council bosses made a costly mistake when they handed the authority’s technical expertise to its IT and call centre contractor Capita, an inquiry has heard.

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Birmingham public protection chiefs reject council policy on biomass boilers

Birmingham City Council’s leadership has been accused of trying to push through a biomass green energy policy which could damage air quality and lead to dire health effects for years to come.

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Transport News: Train operator London Midland told to send daily updates to Government

Troubled train operator London Midland has been ordered to send updates to the Department for Transport every day about the trains it is cancelling or re-routing.

Transport Minister Norman Baker revealed the firm had been ordered to supply daily updates about timetable changes which are causing misery for thousands of...

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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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