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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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Peers set to block plans to introduce senators for UK regions

Plans for a new elected senate with senators representing regions such as the West Midlands could be blocked by peers, according to a poll.

A survey found that 80 per cent of peers oppose introducing a wholly or mainly elected upper chamber, even though the policy was in the manifestos...

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Birmingham City Council spends £7,500 sponsoring pro-cuts think tank

Cash-strapped Birmingham city council is sponsoring a conference organised by a think tank dedicated to cutting public spending.

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat-led authority is sponsoring a London conference organised by Reform, at a cost of £7,500.

Star speaker will be Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, who spends much of his time attacking councils for wasting taxpayers' money.

Before I go further, I should point out that Birmingham City Council have been asked for a comment (at about ten minutes to five this afternoon) and have promised to speak to us tomorrow. So they haven't really had a chance to respond.

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Government orders 9,000 Olympic tickets for itself

Have you bid for Olympic tickets? If so, you may be surprised to learn you are competing against Her Majesty's Government, which has requested 9,000 for itself

Of these, 3,000 will be set aside for for civil servants and other officials, who will have the chance to buy tickets from the reserved pool.

Another 6,000 will be available for Ministers and top officials to entertain "international and domestic political and business leaders, dignitaries and others with a close connection to the Games".

It stands to reason that we'll see David Cameron at the games schmoozing foreign leaders, but does the Government really need 6,000 tickets for hospitality? And who are these business leaders, exactly?

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Pro-mayor campaign gets active ahead of next year's Birmingham referendum

A referendum asking whether Birmingham should be run by an elected mayor is less than a year away and campaigners for the radical new system are beginning to emerge, explains Local Government Correspondent Neil Elkes .

Before any prospective mayor can throw their hat in the ring there is the...

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Jonathan Walker: All-powerful mayor move could leave us in a pickle

I’m not sure if a powerful directly-elected mayor would be a good thing for cities like Birmingham and Coventry, but the Government’s plans to introduce “shadow mayors” in the meantime look increasingly barmy the more we learn about them.

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Industrial revolution began in Manchester, says Obama

President Obama has delivered a moving speech to Parliament, addressing both the Commons and the Lords gathered together in Westminster Hall.

He hasn't always been portrayed as a friend of the United Kingdom, so I thought it was interesting that he chose to portray America's commitment to democracy and civil rights as a continuation of a political tradition which began in England and Britain.

It's hardly a new idea, but it contrasts sharply with an alternative view of the United States as something new and unique in the history of the world.

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Jonathan Walker: Campaigners pull out all the stops in case for HS2

Supporters of a planned high speed rail line between London and Birmingham have taken their case directly to the House of Commons by taking out a full-page advert entitled Why the West Midlands needs High Speed Two in Parliament’s in-house magazine.

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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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