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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: Conservative divisions expected in gay marriage vote

Divisions in the Conservative party will be exposed tonight as Parliament votes on whether to change the law to allow gay marriages - with a majority expected to abstain or oppose the proposal.

MPs have been given a free vote, which means they are not obliged to follow party lines,...

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50 Conservative chairmen and activists back same-sex marriage - full list of names

More than 50 senior Conservative activists, including chairmen or deputy chairman of the Birmingham Ladywood, Edgbaston and Erdington constituency associations, have written an open letter backing same-sex marriage.

Senior members of the Stourbridge and Halesowen & Rowley Regis constituency associations in the Black Country have also signed the letter.

There has been a lot of publicity about a letter signed by 22 current and former chairman of Conservative constituency associations asking the David Cameron to delay or scrap the proposal.

But senior Conservative activists who back the proposals, to be debated tomorrow evening (Tuesday February 5), have now spoken out.

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Transport News: Disused stations in Birmingham could reopen as part of HS2

Closed and neglected urban rail stations in Birmingham could be transformed under proposals being drawn up by Midland councils and business leaders.

The Birmingham Post can reveal that a detailed list of improvements across the Midland network could mean a dramatic change to the travelling experience of thousands of commuters...

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Politics News: Ed Miliband in Birmingham to launch Labour's Youth Jobs Taskforce

Labour leader Ed Miliband called on the Government to give local councils more powers to create jobs, as he visited the West Midlands.

He met the leaders of West Midlands councils in Birmingham, in the first session of what Labour is calling its Youth Jobs Taskforce.

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne...

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West Midlands News: BBC vows to plan for more investment in Birmingham and West Midlands

The acting director general of the BBC has pledged to develop a plan for investing in Birmingham and the West Midlands, according to MPs who met him this week.

The delegation pledged to bring together the region’s creative industries to set out exactly what the region could offer the BBC.

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Transport News: Ministers 'lied to' in West Coast franchise shambles, inquiry claims

Civil servants overseeing the West Coast Main Line franchise may have been biased against Virgin Trains, a Commons inquiry has concluded.

Virgin boss Richard Branson

MPs demanded a fresh inquiry into the botched contest to decide which firm would run inter-city services to Birmingham – and said e-mail exchanges between Department for Transport officials should be examined to find out why they treated the company unfairly.

Read more: Transport News: Ministers 'lied to' in West Coast franchise shambles, inquiry claims

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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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