John Hess, Political editor, East Midlands

John Hess Political editor, East Midlands

This is where you can find my musings on the political scene from Westminster to the East Midlands

Northern powerhouse? Midlands council leaders respond

  • 25 September 2014
  • From the section England
George Osborne
George Osborne has spoken of a need for a northern powerhouse but what about the Midlands?

As the Conservatives gather in Birmingham for their annual conference, it won't just be the English question that'll be on their minds.

Some will also be asking about the Midlands question. It was an issue that surfaced at the Labour conference in Manchester.

The worry is .....are the East and West Midlands in danger of being by-passed in any post-Scottish referendum devolution settlement?

The alarm bells have been ringing. One reason is George Osborne's enthusiasm to create a "northern powerhouse".

Northern powerhouse? That's the increasing economic and political clout of northern cities linking up with Manchester to have their voice heard at Westminster and the treasury.

Being leapfrogged?

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English cities want more powers after Scotland's verdict

  • 19 September 2014
  • From the section England
Alex Salmond
Could the Scottish independence referendum carry a big political price?

Even the weather in Leicester felt Scottish today... dreek.

And for many struggling in the weather in this East Midlands city, working out the referendum repercussions made heavy weather.

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Scottish debate comes to the East Midlands

  • 8 September 2014
  • From the section England
Speakers' Corner Nottingham
A small crowd gathered at Speakers' Corner in Nottingham to discuss Scottish independence

It may be 221 miles (356km) from Nottingham to Edinburgh but Scotland has never felt so close in recent weeks.

Independence or sticking with the Union? That's the choice the Scots have in next week's historic referendum vote.

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Labour reprimand councillor over Eva Braun remark

  • 4 September 2014
  • From the section England
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in 1943
Andy Cooper compared Kat Boettge to Adolf Hitler's mistress Eva Braun

Political debate in a council chamber or in the House of Commons often gets out of hand. Tempers get frayed and the language can turn raw.

That's because there are genuine differences in the world view of individual politicians and political parties.

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Jarrow Crusade revived to highlight NHS worries

  • 29 August 2014
  • From the section England
March in Nottingham

It's a long old walk, and it's not for the faint hearted.

But since the 1930s, the 280 miles from Jarrow to London has been a marching route for those who feel marginalised politically.

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Grow more food, urge MPs, as farmers warn of shortages

  • 11 August 2014
  • From the section England

So is Britain in danger of running out of food? It may seem an odd question since the shelves of our supermarkets appear full. Next time, why not check how much of it is imported.

Our farmers and politicians are starting to talk of the need for Britain to be self-sufficient in growing its own food.

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WW1: The war to end all wars? What our MPs thought

Soldiers head to the trenches

So just imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago, as the prime minister of the day Herbert Asquith faced the prospect of Britain at war with Germany.

HH Asquith was prime minister of a coalition government in 1914. Sound familiar?

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East Midlands councils warn on migrant pressures

A Boston street
Boston has the highest proportion of residents born in EU accession countries

Wholesale changes to how local councils cope with an influx of foreign migrants coming into the East Midlands are being urged in a new report.

It wants more funding to help migrants return to their country of origin and more English language classes for migrants. It also warns of increasing racial prejudice.

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Cities will lose out without new powers, warns leader

  • 4 July 2014
  • From the section England
Sir Peter Soulsby at the science museum
Sir Peter Soulsby said Abbey pumping station was a reminder of the powers Victorian political leaders had

Gleaming in brass and polished tiles, the Abbey pumping station in Leicester is one of those tucked away Victorian gems.

It was the brainchild of civic leaders who wanted clean, safe water pumped throughout a growing city. It's also a reminder of the powers once enjoyed by political leaders in our big English cities.

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Tories relish victory over UKIP in Newark by-election

Conservative Robert Jenrick at Newark by-election declaration
Robert Jenrick won by more than 7,000 votes and promised to concentrate on local issues

So it's a moment to savour for the Conservatives in Newark.

Their candidate Robert Jenrick, an auction house director, hammered home 17,431 votes to win the seat… and in some style.

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About John

John joined the BBC in 1978, and was appointed the East Midlands' first political editor in 1998.

Career highlights include interviewing four Prime Ministers and the many voters who wish they could.

John now lives near the Trent Bridge cricket ground, having returned to the Midlands in 1996.

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