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A suspended Conservative election candidate is likely to be removed from the party within days, a senior Conservative source has told the BBC.

Afzal Amin is accused of attempting a plot with the English Defence League in which they would announce a march in the Dudley North constituency and he would take credit when it was scrapped.

Mr Amin, who denies any wrongdoing, faces a party hearing on Tuesday.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today he would make a "robust defence" of his actions.

But the Conservative source said it would be hard to justify talks with the EDL.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has welcomed a Bill that will protect renters in the West Midlands.

The Tenancies Bill is part of a campaign led by Shelter that aims to stop landlords from evicting renters unfairly.  Figures from the charity show that 1 in 14 renters in the West Midlands were too scared to ask their landlord to fix a problem in their home for fear of being evicted.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has joined a Parliamentary group focused on boosting town centres.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Urban Development brings together MPs from all parties to push for policies that will help regenerate town centres across the country.

Austin will use the group to speak up for policies that will help regenerate Dudley town centre and bring new investment to the high street.

A paedophile has been jailed for 10 years for the rape of a young girl.

Phillip Hollis, of Round Hill, Sedgley, was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting to four charges of rape and a fifth charge of exposure.

The sex offences were committed on a girl under 13 years of age. The court heard how Hollis, aged 47, carried out a number of the attacks after smoking cannabis. The assaults came to light after the child’s school was alerted by comments that were made by the girl.