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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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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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Cameron defends Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell over international aid

David Cameron sprang to the defence of Britain’s aid policy and under-fire MP Andrew Mitchell as he insisted sending money overseas was the “right thing” to do.

The Prime Minister defended the Government’s policy of protecting the aid budget while cuts are being made on spending at home in a...

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Save lives for the price of a cup of coffee says Sutton Coldfield MP Mitchell

The lives of more than four million children can be saved by a set of vaccines which cost the same as a cup of coffee, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said ahead of a major conference.

Speaking before today’s Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) conference in London,...

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Nazi row mars Birmingham mayoral debate

PLANS to give Birmingham a “shadow mayor” have sparked more controversy after Adolf Hitler was dragged into the argument.

Labour shadow local government minister Jeremy Beecham was branded “crass and insensitive” by comparing the proposal to Nazi Germany’s occupation of Austria in March 1938.

The Localism Bill will allow Local...

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Taxpayer pays as thousands of civil servants have contracts guaranteeing first class rail travel

Thousands of civil servants have enjoyed first class rail journeys - because a clause in their contract guarantees they won't have to suffer the indignity of travelling standard class.

At least 8,000 civil servants have it written in to their contracts that they are allowed to buy a first class ticket at taxpayers' expense if they need to take a train journey for official purposes.

The bizarre arrangement has been uncovered by Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff (Lab Hall Green), who submitted a series of written questions to departments.

Ministers have stressed in their responses that they inherited the arrangement when the Coalition came in to power last year, and are doing their best to stamp it out.

Defence Minister Peter Luff reported that Ministry of Defence staff made 3,356 first class rail journeys in the 2010-11 financial year, at a cost of £226,177.

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MEP Nikki Sinclaire still hoping to stand for UKIP at next election

West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire fell out with her UKIP colleagues last year, but she tells Political Editor Jonathan Walker why she could still return to the fold – and why she turns her back when she hears Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

A rebel MEP who was expelled from UKIP and...

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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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