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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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Independent report casts doubts over benefits of high speed rail link - Birmingham Mail


Independent report casts doubts over benefits of high speed rail link
Birmingham Mail
There is a “degree of uncertainty” around the financial benefits of the Government's HS2 high-speed rail project, an independent report prepared for MPs has said. There is “relatively little evidence presented” on the regional and ...

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Government scraps plans for shadow mayor before referendum

Ministers have scrapped controversial plans which would have seen Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whiby installed as an acting elected mayor without being voted in.

The Government caved in to demands to change the Localism Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords, which sought to turn city council leaders...

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Midlanders urged to fight posh southern lawyers in battle for high speed rail

The struggling North and Midlands take on the selfish South in a new video produced by the Campaign for High Speed Rail.

It follows the publication of class-warfare posters, which I've mentioned before. These feature a bowler-hatted southern toff trying to block plans for a new rail line which will create jobs in the rest of the country, with the catchline "Their lawns or our jobs?"

Posh man

The video continues in a similar theme, as it suggests opponents of high speed rail services from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester want the cash to be spent on roads instead - "mostly in the south".

The voiceover warns: "In the Chilterns, hedge fund farmers and taxpayer-funded councils have built up a million-pound war chest to spend on lawyers and PR types, to scupper these plans whatever it takes.

"Plans that will help businesses outside London compete in a global economy . . . that will spread the wealth more fairly."

Here's the film:

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Albert Bore sets his sights on the Birmingham hot-seat once again

Sir Albert Bore, leader of the city council’s opposition Labour group, is to seek his party’s nomination to run for elected mayor of Birmingham. Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale assesses the chances of the politician dubbed the Great Survivor.

It is almost seven years to the day that Sir Albert...

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Birmingham MP Liam Byrne promising some hard truths for Labour Party

Liam Byrne’s tough policy review is designed to make Ed Miliband Prime Minister but may struggle to win the support of Labour activists, writes Political Editor Jonathan Walker .

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne can’t be sure what sort of reaction he’ll receive when he sets out the findings of a...

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High speed rail campaign takes on southern city gents

Jobs in the Midlands are more important than gardens in Buckinghamshire - that's the message of a new publicity campaign attacking wealthy southerners who want to stop a planned high speed rail line from London to Birmingham and the North from going ahead.

An advertising campaign will suggest residents in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are threatening to block the line, to ensure they don't have to look at a train in the distance as they sit in their gardens - even though it could bring thousands of jobs to Birmingham and the North.

Edit - I now have a copy of one of the adverts, albeit one desined to go up in Manchester rather than Birmingham, which you can see here:

The aim is to foster a sense that the North and the Midlands are fighting back and sticking up for their own interests, after transport cash was poured into London and the south east in recent years.

London will enjoy the benefits of the £15 billion new Crossrail line, currently being built, and the £5.5 billion Thameslink programme.

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Quango to take over land bank - Birmingham Mail


Quango to take over land bank
Birmingham Mail
A LAND bank built up by Advantage West Midlands is to be handed over to a national quango, despite pleas from local business leaders and councillors. Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, has ordered that most of the assets ...

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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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