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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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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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Neil Elkes: Politicians desperate to guage public opinion on wheelie bins

Just when city council activity seemed to be grinding to a halt the Government pulled a rabbit from the hat by awarding Birmingham almost £30 million to help it follow just about every other local authority in the region and adopt a wheelie bin scheme.

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Neil Elkes: Politicians desperate to gauge public opinion on wheelie bins

Just when city council activity seemed to be grinding to a halt the Government pulled a rabbit from the hat by awarding Birmingham almost £30 million to help it follow just about every other local authority in the region and adopt a wheelie bin scheme.

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2012/11/30/neil-elkes-politicians-desperate-to-gauge-public-opinion-on-wheelie-bins-65233-32339770/

Other UK business news: MPs demand inquiry into Advantage West Midlands property empire

MPs have demanded an inquiry into the fate of a giant property empire built up by a Government agency designed to boost the economy of the West Midlands.

The sites were bought by Advantage West Midlands (AWM), the former regional development agency, which was created by the previous Labour government...

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Why not regulate websites? Because nobody assumes they tell the truth anyway, says Leveson.

Why should newspapers be regulated and not news websites or blogs? Lord Leveson's answer is partly that while some bloggers can and do carry out "valuable and professional" work, readers don't particularly expect them to - they expect the internet to be an "ethical vacumn", so that "People will not assume that what they read on the internet is trustworthy or that it carries any particular assurance or accuracy".

He also argues that people discuss things they see in newspapers, while apparently they don't discuss things they see online.

I don't agree with these conclusions. People may regard a personal blog differently to something that looks like a professional news website, but I do think there are many websites which readers take seriously. Readers also do discuss things they see on the internet.

It seems to me that there is a case for greater regulation of the news media but I can't see any reason why some websites (eg those associated with newspapers) should be regulated differently to others (eg those which are online-only news services) if both are presenting themselves as professional, reliable news sources.

See page 736 of his report. I reprint his comments below:

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Birmingham polling station visited by six voters for Police and Crime Commissioner election

A Birmingham polling station was visited by just six people in 15 hours as voters turned their back on the police and crime commissioner elections, official figures have revealed.

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Lib Dem councillor challenges Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP on long-term unemployment

A politician who led a review of worklessness has criticised the city council and Birmingham and Solihull Enterprise Partnership for failing to address long-term unemployment among older people.

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Transport News: Regions must get more transport spending, inquiry tells MPs

Transport spending must be increased in the regions outside London to promote economic growth, MPs have been told.

A Commons inquiry was warned that dramatic differences in spending in the capital and the rest of the country were hampering attempts to “rebalance” the economy.

The Transport Select Committee is holding...

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Politics News: Birmingham chosen as pilot for local government scheme - and could scoop £1bn

David Cameron has chosen Birmingham to pilot radical proposals to change the way local government works – and potentially handing the city a £1 billion jackpot.

The city will act as a test bed for plans drawn up by Michael Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister, after he recommended that...

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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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