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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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Sion Simon bid for West Midlands candidate for 2014 European Parliamentary elections

The MP who quit Parliament for an ill-fated campaign to become the first elected mayor of Birmingham is now bidding for a return to frontline politics with the European Parliament.

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More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Lords give Cameron a headache

While MPs were debating single-sex marriage, the House of Lords was busy causing trouble for the Prime Minister by beginning the process of putting some of Lord Leveson’s proposals for press regulation into effect.

The Lords voted to add an amendment to the Defamation Bill which would set up an...

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Birmingham City Council budget reveals host of cuts

One of the most feared budget announcements in Birmingham's history revealed job cuts, axed childrens homes and a £35 per year charge grass cuttings charge as the council struggles to cut more than £100 million off the budget.

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2013/02/07/birmingham-city-council-budget-reveals-host-of-cuts-65233-32767105/

West Midlands News: 'Shambolic' police interpreter service condemned

A Commons inquiry has condemned the “shambolic” introduction of a new police interpreter service which allowed foreign suspects to walk free from custody.

It was revealed last year that West Midlands Police was forced to release suspects on bail because they could not get interpreters for police station interviews.

In...

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Politics News: Pickles attacks councils for cutting jobs and services while hoarding cash

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has accused councils of “hoarding cash” while cutting services and axing jobs.

But local authorities have warned of “a looming financial crisis" in Britain's cities and accused Ministers of unfairly targeting major urban areas for cuts.

Mr Pickles revealed in the House of Commons that councils were...

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West Midlands News: Conservative divisions expected in gay marriage vote

Divisions in the Conservative party will be exposed tonight as Parliament votes on whether to change the law to allow gay marriages - with a majority expected to abstain or oppose the proposal.

MPs have been given a free vote, which means they are not obliged to follow party lines,...

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Transport News: Disused stations in Birmingham could reopen as part of HS2

Closed and neglected urban rail stations in Birmingham could be transformed under proposals being drawn up by Midland councils and business leaders.

The Birmingham Post can reveal that a detailed list of improvements across the Midland network could mean a dramatic change to the travelling experience of thousands of commuters...

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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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