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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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Do the politicians negotiating with Hacked Off know who funds them?

Do our politicians know who is lobbying them?

I'm asking this because I was struck by one of the most remarkable examples of obfuscation I have seen, in a long article by Brian Cathcart, the executive director of the Hacked Off campaign.

The former Reuters journalist, now an academic at Kingston University, has published a piece entitled: "Hacked Off: What did we do? And did we win?". It concludes with the following paragraph:

"We do not regret accepting money to fund our activities from some people who did not want their donations made public. We understand and respect their desire to avoid the kind of hostile treatment that has been dished out to people who openly criticise the press, and we are grateful to them for their generosity. We are grateful too, to the very many generous people who have given money openly. We have been open from the outset about our funding."


You have to admire the chutzpah of anyone who can confirm the organisation he represents is not willing to reveal where it gets its money from and insist it has been open about its funding - in the very same paragraph. My best guess is that he means Hacked Off has always been open about the fact that it won't reveal the sources of its funding.

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The local revolution designed to reboot UK growth

Michael Heseltine and George Osborne are transforming local government, reports Political Editor Jonathan Walker. But who will be in charge and how much money will they have to spend?

 

Michael Heseltine

A revolution is taking place in the way we are governed – and how large amounts of our money is spent.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, is banking on local enterprise partnerships to get the economy growing.

Read more: The local revolution designed to reboot UK growth

More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Whispered talk of a second Birmingham Airport runway

Birmingham Airport officially scrapped plans for a second runway in 2007. But the idea has not been ruled out forever.

And supporters of the airport are increasingly talking about the benefits it would bring.

I don’t want to be alarmist about the prospect of a second runway at the airport,...

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Obsolete hospital reopened in beds crisis

Patients are being sent to an obsolete hospital dating to the 1930s – because the £545 million superhospital built to replace it cannot cope.

Birmingham’s state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth Hospital, opened in June 2010, has run out of room.

And University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has been forced to re-open part of the old hospital which was supposedly closed forever.

Read more: Obsolete hospital reopened in beds crisis

Other UK business news: The Budget 2013: George Osborne urged to provide loans to new businesses

George Osborne was urged to provide new businesses with loans of up to £20,000 to help them create jobs, as he prepared to deliver his Budget.

Midland business leaders warned that Government attempts to get the economy growing again were failing and said “more radical measures” were needed.

The Black...

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What the legislation says - most blogs are exempt from Leveson regulation

As MPs debated press regulation there was a lot of discussion on Twitter and elsewhere about the fact that the plans agreed by the three party leaders, and now agreed by Parliament, explicitly included certain websites as well as newspapers.

This led to some concern that bloggers would be included in the new regulation.
Whatever the rights or wrongs of that, I think the full text of the amendments agreed by MPs should offer reassurance that the overwhelming majority of bloggers will not be included.

It's important to note that joining the new regulator - which means it has the authority to pass judgment on complaints made against you - is, strictly speaking, voluntary.

The trick is that amendments added by MPs to the Crime and Courts Bill mean that anyone who fails to join the regulator can then be hammered in the courts (on the grounds that they have refused to give people they treat unfairly the option of going to the regulator).

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West Midlands News: Birmingham and Solihull expected to be first in line for Whitehall cash

Ministers have predicted Birmingham will be first in line for a share of billions of pounds in funding for housing, transport and training.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, has announced he is backing proposals to axe a range of schemes administered by Whitehall and hand the money directly to local councils...

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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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