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Benefit Street's White Dee tells Tories she backs UKIP

White Dee from controversial reality TV show 'Benefits Street' has told the Tories she is backing UKIP.

White Dee Credit: BPM Media

She was speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, where she blasted the Prime Minister for being "out of touch" and revealed David Cameron had ignored her letters.

Dee also spoke of her political ambitions to represent her own party as an MP.

I like to speak for myself but Mr Farage doesn’t seem to be doing too badly. He’s had a few extra members joining recently. I like to make decisions depending on what they are actually saying.”

– White Dee

Conservative Party Conference to return to ICC in 2016, 2018 and 2020

The Conservative Party Conference will return to the ICC in 2016, 2018 and 2020, it has been announced.

This year's conference got underway today. The four day event is expected to attract 14,000 delegates to the city.

The ICC in Birmingham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"We are really looking forward to working with the Conservative Party again, having hosted their event four times already we have established excellent working relationships."

– Catherine Newhall-Caiger, Business Development Director at the International Convention Centre

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Protest marches in Birmingham against government

Thousands of people are expected to march in Birmingham today in protest against government pay and living policies.

It is in conjunction with the Conservative Party's Autumn conference which begins at the ICC today.

Around 14,000 delegates are expected at the four day event.

Motorists are being warned to allow extra time if they are travelling into the city centre because of road restrictions from this morning on Broad Street, Cambridge Street and Bridge Street.

Conservative Party Conference gets underway

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Conservative Party's Autumn conference gets underway in Birmingham today.

Motorists are being warned to allow extra time if they are travelling into the city centre because of road restrictions from this morning on Broad Street, Cambridge Street and Bridge Street.

Around 14,000 delegates are expected at the four day event which is being hosted at the ICC. It is set to benefit the city's economy by up to £17 million pounds.

Road restrictions in place for Tory party conference

A series of road closures will hit Birmingham city centre as the annual Conservative party conference begins on Sunday.

Prime Minister David Cameron will be among those speaking at the conference Credit: PA

The following restrictions will be in place:

  • Sunday (September 28) from 5am: Full restrictions, Broad Street, Cambridge Street implemented (Bridge Street closed from September 24)
  • Thursday (October 2) from 5am: Broad Street and Bridge Street fully clear and reopened. Cambridge Street reopens with localised width restrictions
  • Thursday (October 2) 8pm to Friday (October 3) 5am: Cambridge Street (Brindley Drive to Kingston Row) no vehicle except access for residents to Civic Close. Cambridge Street clear and reopens
  • Note: waiting will not be permitted in any part of Bridge Street between 8pm September 24 and October 1.

South Leicestershire MP not standing again

Andrew Robathan, Conservative MP for South Leicestershire, has issued a statement saying he will not stand again at next year's general election.

MP Andrew Robathan Credit: Chris Ison/PA

It is with very mixed feelings that I have decided not to stand again as the Conservative candidate for South Leicestershire. It has been a huge privilege representing all my constituents and I am honoured by the trust and confidence that people have shown in me. I have greatly enjoyed my role and I hope have done some good both for my constituents and for our country. However, time moves on. In July I stood down from the Front bench following 12 years and, after a great deal of soul searching, I believe it is time to let someone else represent the constituency. Next year will mark a quarter of a century since I was selected as candidate there and the Association will now have the exciting opportunity of choosing a new candidate and, DV, MP.

– MP Andrew Robathan

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Birmingham leader accused of exaggerating job cuts threat

Birmingham's City Council leader has been accused of exaggerating the scale of cuts and job losses facing the authority over the next four years.

Sir Albert Bore Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It comes after Sir Albert Bore announced they will axe 6,000 jobs and close services due to budget cuts.

But Birmingham Lib Dem MP John Hemming says that the situation is not as severe as it is being made out.

The Government has also hit back at criticism, saying it has not yet allocated council funding beyond 2015/16 and pointed out that other councils have managed to balance their budgets.

Birmingham MP blames government for council job cuts

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has reacted to the news of the jobs cuts at Birmingham City Council by blaming the Government for "destroying the city."

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It was announced yesterday that the council were facing a difficult financial situation.

This government is trying to destroy our City, the safety of our parents’ social care and the strength of our children’s’ services. While leafy Surrey gets more help, we get smashed. We will never forget or forgive the Tories and their Lib Dem friends for what they’ve done to us, our city and our families.”

– Liam Byrne MP
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