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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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Nick Clegg tells critics they can back Labour instead

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has branded critics “people who like protest” and told them to vote Labour, in defiant comments during his party conference in Brighton.

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The Deputy Prime Minister revealed his anger after suffering two years of “mendacity” and “bile” from opponents since forming a coalition with the Conservatives.

And he told some of his critics he didn’t want their votes - saying: “We are not the party for you.”

He added: “If people want just protest politics, if they want a sort of ‘I don’t like the world let me get off” party, they’ve got one. It’s called the Labour Party.”

Read more: Nick Clegg tells critics they can back Labour instead

Councils missing "essential information" warn Government of benefits changes chaos

The benefits system is being thrown into chaos because local councils are expected to oversee radical changes without essential information from Whitehall, Midland authorities have warned.

Even Department for Work and Pension officials don’t understand how aspects of the new benefit system actually work, authorities said.

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Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils issued the blunt warning in a joint statement to a Commons inquiry.


They said councils “have found it very difficult to obtain information regarding many of the reforms” – even though they are supposed to be carrying them out.

And the authorities warned they were struggling to meet the cost of overseeing changes to the benefit system, including installing new computer software and training staff, at the same time as coping with cuts to their own budgets.

Read more: Councils missing "essential information" warn Government of benefits changes chaos

Margaret Thatcher a towering figure in our own imaginations

The economy of the West Midlands was devastated under Margaret Thatcher's Government - and it still hasn't recovered.

That was the view not of a Labour left-winger or trade unionist, but of Conservative MP Peter Tapsell who rose to proclaim his judgment in a Commons debate.

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He’d been listening to a Tory colleague talking in glowing terms about the Budget delivered in 1981, during Lady Thatcher’s time in office.

Read more: Margaret Thatcher a towering figure in our own imaginations

Confusion between race and culture has to end

There are certain words I would like to ban, or at least to ban anyone from using without explaining exactly what they mean.

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One of these is multiculturalism. A poll funded by former Tory treasurer Lord Ashcroft found that 90 per cent of voters believed “Britain has become a multicultural country”, and 70 per cent said they are “in favour of multiculturalism”.

Read more: Confusion between race and culture has to end

Liam Byrne battles Labour left over welfare reforms

One of Labour’s most senior MPs in the Midlands is at the centre of a major row with activists and union leaders after he refused to vote against the Government’s “workfare” plans in the Commons.

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Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne (Lab Birmingham Hodge Hill), Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has come under fire after the party instructed MPs to abstain in a vote on new laws designed to ensure that the Government can force unemployed people to take part in “back to work” programmes.

Read more: Liam Byrne battles Labour left over welfare reforms

Politics News: Calls for Birmingham NHS trust to take control of Redditch hospital

The trust which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has become embroiled in a political row with another health trust over suggestions that it could take over another hospital.

MPs and some local campaigners are calling for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust to take over the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch,...

Read more http://www.birminghampost.net/news/politics-news/2013/03/29/calls-for-birmingham-nhs-trust-to-take-control-of-redditch-hospital-65233-33080245/

Full text of the Government's promise to reconsider press regulation laws and ensure small bloggers are excluded

The House of Lords has endorsed the amendments added to the Crime and Courts Bill by the Commons last week - the measures that had caused some concern among bloggers that they might be caught up in press regulation (although, as I have argued, those concerns may not be justified in every case).

Proposals set out by Tory peer Lord Lucas to ensure smaller bloggers were excluded (and local newspapers too by the look of it) were eventually withdrawn and not voted on.

However, Justice Minister Lord McNally (Lib Dem) promised the Government would consider the concerns that had been raised, and might eventually bring forward amendments of its own to protect bloggers, once the Bill returns to the Commons.

Here is what he said in the House of Lords. I am quoting a long section of his speech, because I think people might want to know exactly where the Government is coming from, and he explains it pretty well. The promise he made is at the bottom, in italics.

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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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