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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.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

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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West Midlands News: West Midlands Fire Authority to fight plans to outsource services

West Midlands Fire Authority has vowed to fight against government proposals to outsource fire and rescue services.

The authority, which oversees West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, warned the proposal was “fraught with danger”.

And the national Chief Fire Officers Association, currently led by Vij Randeniya, the Chief Fire Officer...

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2013/03/08/west-midlands-fire-authority-to-fight-plans-to-outsource-services-65233-32945861/

Politics News: Rebuilding programme for West Midlands schools blasted as a sham

Desperately-needed rebuilding work that was promised to schools across the West Midlands has been described as a ‘sham’ after it emerged virtually none of the work is currently going ahead.

More than a dozen schools across the region are still waiting for urgent refurbishments following the cancellation of a major...

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2013/03/08/rebuilding-programme-for-west-midlands-schools-blasted-as-a-sham-65233-32945557/

Politics News: Jonathan Walker: Is Bedroom Tax the new Poll Tax?

Just as Margaret Thatcher fought a losing battle to stop the community charge being called the "poll tax" so this Government is losing the battle to stop "bedroom tax" entering the lexicon.

Officially, Ministers plan to introduce “size criteria for working age Housing Benefit claimants living in the social rented...

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Read the letter revealing Government plans to outsource fire services

As we report, Ministers are attempting to make it possible for fire services to outsource their services - despite the failure of attempts to outsourcing policing in the West Midlands, which prompted widespread opposition.

The official line is that this is about encouraging public sector employees to take over the running of services by forming employee-led mutuals. This is sometimes described as the John Lewis approach to running public services.

But I publish below the letter from Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis to the Regulatory Reform Committee setting out the proposal, which makes it clear that a mutual would be only one of the options open to fire services if the measure goes through.

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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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