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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.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

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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Jonathan Walker: Politicians take leaf out of journalists' expense book

Back when new stories about MPs’ expenses were appearing in the papers every day, I’d get the odd rueful comment from politicians pointing out that journalists were notorious for abusing their own expense accounts.

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Birmingham Law Society chief clashes with John Hemming over injunctions

A bitter war of words has erupted between Birmingham Law Society president Andrew Lancaster and John Hemming after the Yardley MP was accused of undermining the rule of law when he named footballer Ryan Giggs in the House of Commons.

Mr Lancaster wrote to the MP after he used Parliamentary...

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Birmingham peer jailed for £11,000 expenses fraud

A Birmingham peer has been jailed for 12 months for Parliamentary expenses fraud.

Lord Taylor of Warwick, aged 58, wrongly claimed more than £11,000 from the taxpayer for travel and accommodation.

The Birmingham-born peer, a former headboy of Moseley Grammar School, told House of Lords officials that his main residence...

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Sir Bernard Zissman joins calls for an elected mayor of Birmingham

A former city Conservative group leader and successful businessman has thrown his weight behind the campaign for an elected mayor of Birmingham.

Sir Bernard Zissman, who was Lord Mayor of Birmingham 20 years ago, believes a directly elected leader will bring ‘‘fresh excitement and enthusiasm’’ to the city.

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What West Midlands Police told retiring officers invited to come back for no pay

"We all need something to keep our minds and bodies active in the coming years."

That's what West Midlands Police told officers who had been forced to retire, in letters asking them to come back as unpaid volunteers.

We've reported previously that 175 of the Midlands' most experienced officers were asked to return to duty as unpaid special constables after the were forced out.

They were told to take early retirement under a rule called A19, which allows police forces to get rid of staff who are eligible for a pension (in practice, staff with 30 years of service).

Labour leader Ed Miliband raised their plight - and their anger at being asked to come back for no pay - during Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons (incidentally, some of the officers I spoke to also wanted to point out that they do respect Specials and the important work they do).

The full text of the letter they were sent has now been published, thanks to a Freedom of Information request.

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Civil servants enjoy £1,300 night out at burlesque show restaurant

Civil servants enjoyed an £11.48 meal at a Birmingham Burger King funded by the taxpayer, figures published under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

But the meal, in September last year, was a modest affair compared to the whopping £1,301.50 bill run up at London's classy Brickhouse restaurant, in May 2010.

Actually, the Brickhouse is more than just a restaurant. It offers diners "live dinner cabaret every night" to enjoy as they eat, including regular burlesque shows - for example, The League of the Extraordinary is currently playing there four nights a week.

Their website doesn't reveal what was playing when taxpayers paid for Sir Humphrey's night out on 25 May last year, so it may have been something less risque.

But the Brickhouse website quotes a flattering review from arts and culture magazine Canvas Magazine, which reads: "The Brickhouse, for those who haven't ventured yet, has a bar and restaurant area, and there's even a top floor packed with gigantic white beds from which guests can view the performances below. Recession? What recession?"

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Enterprise zone bids from Coventry and Warwickshire; Stoke and Staffordshire; Herefordshire and Shropshire ( The Marches ), and Worcestershire.

Business leaders behind Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership have launched an ambitious bid for a second "enterprise zone" which they say could create 100,000 jobs.

But they are up against rival bids from enterprise partnerships across the West Midlands, including Coventry and Warwickshire, Stoke and Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire and Worcestershire.

The Government has received 29 expressions of interest from partnerships hoping to win one of the ten new zones to be created in round two of the scheme.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is proposing a zone in Etruria Valley in north Staffordshire, where St Modwen is working with Stoke City Council on a major regeneration project including a 300 acre business park.

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Birmingham City Council sponsors event organised by pro-cuts think tank

Birmingham City Council has been accused of spending £7,500 of taxpayers’ money on a conference to promote Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and his cuts agenda.

The Tory-Lib Dem run council is paying to speak at a Local Government conference hosted by free market think tank Reform. Its website lists...

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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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