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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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Scotland Yard could step up phone hacking investigation amid claims Tony Blair and the Duchess of Cambridge were victims

Scotland Yard could widen its investigation into hacking amid claims Tony Blair and the Duchess of Cambridge have been victims.

The force said it had received allegations of privacy breaches which fall outside of its ongoing probe into claims that staff at the News of the World hacked into the...

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Localism Bill undermines councils and threatens democracy, say MPs

Elected police chiefs, establishing free schools and reforms of the NHS are undermining local councils and wrecking local democracy, MPs have warned.

An influential Commons committee accused Ministers of attempting to “marginalise” councils, despite promises to give them more authority.

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee, including MPs James...

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Liberal Democrats want raising of women's retirement age delayed to 2026

Liberal Democrat MPs are pressing the Government to perform yet another u-turn, this time over plans to raise the state pension age.

Lorely Burt (Lib Dem Solihull) and John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) have both signed a Commons motion criticising plans to raise the pension age for women to 66...

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Birmingham MP condemns care homes firm Southern Cross as it announces job cuts

A Labour MP has condemned two close aides of former Prime Minister Tony Blair for their role in ailing care home provider Southern Cross, which runs 43 homes in the West Midlands.

As the company announced it was cutting up to 3,000 jobs across the UK, Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff...

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Birmingham Law Society chief clashes with John Hemming over injunctions

A bitter war of words has erupted between Birmingham Law Society president Andrew Lancaster and John Hemming after the Yardley MP was accused of undermining the rule of law when he named footballer Ryan Giggs in the House of Commons.

Mr Lancaster wrote to the MP after he used Parliamentary...

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Birmingham peer jailed for £11,000 expenses fraud

A Birmingham peer has been jailed for 12 months for Parliamentary expenses fraud.

Lord Taylor of Warwick, aged 58, wrongly claimed more than £11,000 from the taxpayer for travel and accommodation.

The Birmingham-born peer, a former headboy of Moseley Grammar School, told House of Lords officials that his main residence...

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Sir Bernard Zissman joins calls for an elected mayor of Birmingham

A former city Conservative group leader and successful businessman has thrown his weight behind the campaign for an elected mayor of Birmingham.

Sir Bernard Zissman, who was Lord Mayor of Birmingham 20 years ago, believes a directly elected leader will bring ‘‘fresh excitement and enthusiasm’’ to the city.

Writing on  ...

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Birmingham City Council sponsors event organised by pro-cuts think tank

Birmingham City Council has been accused of spending £7,500 of taxpayers’ money on a conference to promote Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and his cuts agenda.

The Tory-Lib Dem run council is paying to speak at a Local Government conference hosted by free market think tank Reform. Its website lists...

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Peers set to block plans to introduce senators for UK regions

Plans for a new elected senate with senators representing regions such as the West Midlands could be blocked by peers, according to a poll.

A survey found that 80 per cent of peers oppose introducing a wholly or mainly elected upper chamber, even though the policy was in the manifestos...

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Pro-mayor campaign gets active ahead of next year's Birmingham referendum

A referendum asking whether Birmingham should be run by an elected mayor is less than a year away and campaigners for the radical new system are beginning to emerge, explains Local Government Correspondent Neil Elkes .

Before any prospective mayor can throw their hat in the ring there is the...

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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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