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Minister for the West Midlands is top of the pile in Post's Power 50.

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne, the Minister for the West Midlands, is the region's most powerful person, according to The Birmingham Post's new Power 50.

The list of the region's most influential movers and shakers is published today.

Mr Byrne jumped from tenth in last year's list to usurp Lord Jones of Birmingham, who fell five places in this year's poll.

The Hodge Hill MP is the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration and is a Treasury Minister, as well as influencing Government policy affecting the region.

The highest new entry on the 2008 list is Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, who founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group in 1980, at number two.

Marc Reeves, editor of The Birmingham Post, said: "Every year when we do the Power 50 we have different judges and every year is different in terms of the political and business agenda.

"Therefore we will have a very different list, which is good as it shows how quickly the region is moving. One thing I am really pleased about is this year's list is more representative of sections of society under-represented in the 2007 list, in gender and race.

"Next year I would like to see the average age of the Top 10 most powerful people in the Midlands come down by a decade or so, to represent the emerging talent that is shaping our region's future."

The judges were: Paul Dale, the Post's public affairs editor; Alex Bishop, immediate past president of Birmingham Future; John Edwards, former chief executive of Advantage West Midlands; social media commentator Pete Ashton; Derek Inman, of Birmingham Foundation; Kate Cooper, of the Lunar Society; Peter Rees-Steer, former chairman of Young IoD; Catherine Ann Thomas, of hotel chain Radisson SAS; Louise Teboul, regional director of Common Purpose; and Aaron Reid, of Birmingham Professional DiverCity.

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