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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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Ed Balls: Labour can't promise to reverse spending cuts

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls tells Political Editor Jonathan Walker that Labour is in no position to promise a reverse to current spending cuts.

Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls has backed a scheme piloted in Birmingham to divert billions of pounds away from Whitehall and into regions.

But he warned that councils reeling from public spending cuts should not assume a Labour government will bail them out.

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Labour is making no spending commitments because it cannot predict what the economy or the nation’s finances will look like when the next election takes place, he said.

Read more: Ed Balls: Labour can't promise to reverse spending cuts

More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Is capitalism guilty in food scare?

The discovery that horsemeat has been found in beefburgers and ready meals has provoked a lot of anger and also a lot of dodgy jokes.

One of my favourites is the suggestion that fish fingers might be contaminated - with sea horses.

Food manufacturer Findus, which has admitted its beef...

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/comment/birmingham-columnists/more-columnists/2013/02/15/jonathan-walker-is-capitalism-guilty-in-food-scare-65233-32809605/

Politics News: 'Accept gay rights or face oblivion', Conservative MP tells fellow Tories

The Conservative Party must embrace equality including gay rights or risk permanent electoral oblivion, a Midland MP has warned.

Margot James (Con Stourbridge) said her party was in danger of falling in to the same trap as the Republican Party in the United States – which she said could have won last year’s Presidential election if not for its “socially conservative agenda”.

And she said that opposition to same-sex marriage among Conservative MPs showed that the party had not yet succeeded in “modernising” in the way party leader David Cameron wished.

Read more: Politics News: 'Accept gay rights or face oblivion', Conservative MP tells fellow Tories

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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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