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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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The Electoral Commission's Alternative Vote cartoon is misleading

The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament which has responsibility for the conduct and regulation of next month's referendum on moving to an AV voting system.

It's sent out a press release explaining the work it's been doing, including "reaching out to voters through social media" with a four-minute cartoon called "Victor the Vote Counter" on YouTube.

But is the cartoon really impartial? Here it is:

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Age of unlimited free stuff delayed as Spotify limits service

Farewell then, Spotify. I hardly knew ye, as in an unlikely but nonetheless true twist of fate I signed up to the "free" music service earlier this week – days before it was announced that the unlimited free service is coming to an end.

What's on offer is still pretty good, even if you don't want to pay. You get six months of free music, after which you are limited to 10 hours of music per month.

The kicker though is that each individual track will only be available to users for free a total of five times. So if there's a tune you like enough to listen to more than five times in your entire life, you're going to have to find another way of doing so.

Read more: Age of unlimited free stuff delayed as Spotify limits service

AV campaign turns nasty: if in doubt, just call your opponent racist

The battle over Britain's voting system really is turning nasty.

I love the "Yes" campaign's response to reports that they removed black Birmingham poet Benjamin Zephaniah's image from leaflets distributed outside London.

PA reports that a Yes campaign spokesman said: "These allegations mark a new low for the 'No' campaign and their increasingly desperate smears.

"Let's put it this way. Operation Black Vote, the Muslim Council of Britain and a host of similar groups are backing the 'Yes' campaign. The BNP are backing the 'No' campaign. People can draw their own conclusions."

So the "No" campaigners are engaging in desperate smears, and by the way they're also a bunch of evil racists. Let's be grateful the "Yes" campaign haven't sunk to their level . . .

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MP Roger Godsiff: Why I Voted 'No' to the 'no fly zone' over Libya

Only 13 MPs voted against the decision to deploy military forces in Libya, when the Commons debated the crisis earlier this week.

They included Roger Godsiff (Lab Hall Green), who was the only West Midlands MP to vote against the Government. David Winnick (Lab Walsall North) also opposes the Libyan intervention, but abstained in the vote.

I've previously written about Mr Godsiff's reasons for voting as he did, based on a telephone conversation with him.

He's now issued a detailed statement explaining "Why I Voted 'No' to the 'no fly zone' over Libya" in his own words.

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Which MPs had their phones hacked?

Police have apparently told eight MPs they may have had their mobile phones hacked by journalists.

What we don't know yet is who these MPs are. Black Country MP Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) asked the question, but Ministers are currently refusing to give details.

The suggestion that up to eight MPs were victims of hacking was made by Labour backbencher Chris Bryant, as he delivered a speech on phone hacking by journalists at the News of the World.

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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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