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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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West Midlands News: Airport managers join Birmingham in call for air passenger duty reform

Airport managers from across England have backed Birmingham’s campaign for reform of air passenger duty to encourage growth outside London.

In practice, it would mean taxes charged on flights leaving Heathrow were higher than those on flights from other parts of the country.

Mr Kehoe, Bristol Airport chief executive Robert...

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Other UK business news: Revenue rise for London Midland despite almost 1,000 cancellations

Rail operator London Midland recorded a bumper 13 per cent increase in revenue despite cancelling hundreds of trains.

But as the company raked in record revenues, travellers have been put through misery caused by almost 1,000 cancelled trains and massive overcrowding.

Now MPs have demanded the cash should be used...

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Birmingham planning department 'war' on conservations with overhaul of heritage watchdog group

City planning chiefs have been accused of a ‘war on conservation’ by excluding eminent history groups from commenting on all decisions and replacing them with architects.

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Birmingham City Council made costly mistake handed its IT function to Capita

Birmingham’s City Council bosses made a costly mistake when they handed the authority’s technical expertise to its IT and call centre contractor Capita, an inquiry has heard.

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Birmingham public protection chiefs reject council policy on biomass boilers

Birmingham City Council’s leadership has been accused of trying to push through a biomass green energy policy which could damage air quality and lead to dire health effects for years to come.

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Labour jumping into Osborne's benefits trap, warns former Worcestershire MP Jacqui Smith

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the former Labour MP for Redditch in Worcestershire, says her party is getting it wrong over benefit cuts.

George Osborne announced in last week's Autumn Statement that he was increasing most working-age benefits by just one per cent. This is a cut, in real terms, because it's below the level of inflation.

It's a political trap for Labour. Mr Osborne even announced he was planning to enshrine the cuts in a Bill, when there is no apparent need for legislation - except to force Labour to vote against it, allowing Tories to say Labour is on the side of benefit claimants.

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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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