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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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Coventry News: MPs press for assurances over Ansty Rolls-Royce jobs

MPs have been pressing Rolls-Royce for assurances that hundreds of remaining aerospace jobs at Ansty are safe – following the announcement that 378 positions are at risk because of the closure of defence operations.

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Politics News: 'Accept gay rights or face oblivion', Conservative MP tells fellow Tories

The Conservative Party must embrace equality including gay rights or risk permanent electoral oblivion, a Midland MP has warned.

Margot James (Con Stourbridge) said her party was in danger of falling in to the same trap as the Republican Party in the United States – which she said could have won last year’s Presidential election if not for its “socially conservative agenda”.

And she said that opposition to same-sex marriage among Conservative MPs showed that the party had not yet succeeded in “modernising” in the way party leader David Cameron wished.

Read more: Politics News: 'Accept gay rights or face oblivion', Conservative MP tells fellow Tories

Sion Simon bid for West Midlands candidate for 2014 European Parliamentary elections

The MP who quit Parliament for an ill-fated campaign to become the first elected mayor of Birmingham is now bidding for a return to frontline politics with the European Parliament.

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More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Lords give Cameron a headache

While MPs were debating single-sex marriage, the House of Lords was busy causing trouble for the Prime Minister by beginning the process of putting some of Lord Leveson’s proposals for press regulation into effect.

The Lords voted to add an amendment to the Defamation Bill which would set up an...

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Birmingham City Council budget reveals host of cuts

One of the most feared budget announcements in Birmingham's history revealed job cuts, axed childrens homes and a £35 per year charge grass cuttings charge as the council struggles to cut more than £100 million off the budget.

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West Midlands News: 'Shambolic' police interpreter service condemned

A Commons inquiry has condemned the “shambolic” introduction of a new police interpreter service which allowed foreign suspects to walk free from custody.

It was revealed last year that West Midlands Police was forced to release suspects on bail because they could not get interpreters for police station interviews.

In...

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Politics News: Pickles attacks councils for cutting jobs and services while hoarding cash

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has accused councils of “hoarding cash” while cutting services and axing jobs.

But local authorities have warned of “a looming financial crisis" in Britain's cities and accused Ministers of unfairly targeting major urban areas for cuts.

Mr Pickles revealed in the House of Commons that councils were...

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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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