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Enterprise Zones in the West Midlands

Sue Wilkinson | 10:42 UK time, Monday, 28 March 2011

Protests against the government spending cuts

Protesters against the spending cuts on Saturday 26 March

On the day after more than 60 coach loads of anti-cuts protesters travelled to London from Birmingham alone, the argument over the Coalition Government's economic policies was taken up by three of our MPs in the Politics Show studio: the Conservative MP for Halesowen & Rowley Regis, James Morris, the Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood Shabana Mahmood and the Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham Martin Horwood.

I began by asking them about the Chancellor's announcement in his Budget statement that two of the first 10 Enterrpise Zones would be in our region, in the Black Country and in Birmingham and Solihull.

They had just been watching a report from a Budget Breakfast in Stoke-on-Trent, where local business leaders expressed disappointment that North Staffordshire had not also featured on the list.

I began by putting it to James Morris that people in Stoke and Coventry must wonder what they have to do to get an Enterprise Zone.

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