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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 Midland MPs who voted for Nadine Dorries' abortion amendment

Based on an early look at the voting list, these are the West Midlands MPs who voted for Nadine Dorries' amendment which would have obliged health providers to offer "independent" advice to women seeking abortions:

West Midland MPs who voted "aye":

Bill Cash (Con Stone), Rob Flello (Lab Stoke South), Mark Garnier (Con Wyre Forest), Sajid Javid (Con Bromsgrove), Dan Kawczynski (Con Shrewsbury & Atcham), Jeremy Lefroy (Con Stafford), Owen Patterson (Con North Shropshire), Chris Pincher (Con Tamworth), Richard Shepherd (Con Aldridge-Brownhills), Chris Kelly (Con Dudley South), Mark Pritchard (Con Wyre Forest)

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Birmingham Council to host a series of events at Lib Dem conference

Birmingham City Council is certainly making the most of the Lib Dem conference coming to the city by hosting a range of fringe events designed to tell delegates and senior politicians what the city is up to.

Fringe events are an important part of any party conference. They take place in meeting rooms during breaks in the main conference, such as during lunch or in the evening, and usually involve a panel of experts making short speeches before the floor is opened up to conference delegates to ask questions or make their own contributions.

Although the topics to be discussed - such as how to promote a "green" economy - are relevant to cities across the country, the fact that Birmingham is hosting an event means it is guaranteed a place on the panel.

In most cases, Councillor Paul Tilsley, the Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, will be doing the honours. Stephen Hughes, the council's chief executive, will also be making appearances.

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Want to run the new local television channel for Birmingham (or Bromsgrove, Hereford, Kidderminster, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Stoke on Trent, Stratford or Telford)?

A little bit cheeky, but I thought I'd give a wider airing to an article I wrote for the Post recently which doesn't seem to have made it onto the website. It's an interview with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt about his plans for local television stations, and I thought it would be of interest to people involved in media in Birmingham:

Plans to give towns and cities their own local television channels have been hailed by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt as "the biggest change in the broadcasting landscape for a couple of decades".

A new Birmingham station will serve 1.2 million people in the city and some of the surrounding area, including Walsall, Dudley and parts of Wolverhampton.

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Government help and advice for businesses affected by the riots

Business Secretary Vince Cable has issued a statement setting out what the Government will do to support businesses affected by riots or looting:

The appalling criminality we have seen across England in recent days has devastated not only local communities but also a very significant number of businesses. BIS and other Government Departments are working with local enterprise partnerships, local authorities and business organisations to ensure affected businesses have access to practical advice, information and support to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. I would like to set out what help and advice we can offer these businesses.

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Muslim Council condemns violence, calls for calm and support of police

The Muslim Council of Britain issued this statement:

UK Riots: MCB Condemns Riots and Joins Calls to Clean up Our Cities

9th August 2011

The Muslim Council of Britain expresses its condemnation of the violence, destruction of properties, looting and disgraceful attacks on the police in various parts of the capital and other towns. There can be no justification whatsoever for such mindless and thuggish behaviour.

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Those charity funding cuts in full

We report details this week of 191 Birmingham charities facing substantial cuts in funding. The details were compiled by a campaigning group called False Economy, which submitted freedom of information requests to local authorities.

For anyone who wants it, here is a link to a copy of the source material. It has information about councils all across the country and the cuts they are introducing, in .xls format (ie, you'll need Excel or a similar application to open it).

Link: sector cuts database.xls

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Councils open their accounts

Did you know councils are obliged to open their books to members of the public - allowing them to see every invoice, every payment and every receipt - for 20 days each year?

This isn't new, but it's not always well publicised. This year, the Government is making an effort to get word out, so that "residents and armchair auditors" have a chance to inspect spending in their local authority.

It's set up a search engine allowing people to check when their local authority is making its accounts available, which you can find here: .

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Hackgate - The Movie

Spotted this on YouTube (hat-tip to Richard via Brilliant stuff:

Meet Ed Miliband

Birmingham Post readers have been invited to meet Labour leader Ed Miliband to tell him what Labour should do to support Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Readers from Birmingham and the surrounding area are invited to meet Mr Miliband, put their questions to him and tell him what they think Labour should be doing, at an event hosted by our sister paper The Birmingham Mail on Thursday July 21.

Since winning the Labour leadership last September, Mr Miliband has battled to rebuild his party following its defeat in last year's general election.

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MPs could jail Rebekah Brooks if she refuses to face them

Could Rebekah Brooks face jail if she refuses to answer questions in the House of Commons?

In theory, MPs do have the power to jail News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks if she fails to submit herself for questioning to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Along with Rupert and James Murdoch, she has been asked to attend a session of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Tuesday. If she turns up, her interrogators will include committee member Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East), News International's most outspoken and fearsome critic.

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