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Metro mayor shows weakness of council leader, whoever wins

Amid all the talk of election hustings and cries for greater democracy in the business of running Birmingham, the only real step towards genuine public accountability has been the announcement of a metro mayor to run the Greater Birmingham region from 2017.

Car maker Aston Martin could be on the move across the West Midlands

Aston Martin 'considering Sutton Coldfield green belt' for new factory

Move by luxury car maker could see it also relocate headquarters from long-serving base in Gaydon to Peddimore

Council going nowhere fast unless they get to grips with transport

As the council leadership battle enters its sixteenth week, we have heard much from the councillors and MPs on what should happen – and, indeed, much from the Government overseers on what is expected of Britain’s largest local authority.

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell is behind plans to change radically Birmingham's politcal landscape

Radical plan to split Birmingham City Council apart

The time is right for a sweeping revolution in how Britain's Second City is governed at local level, says Andrew Mitchell

Firms should pay £8.25 per hour, says new Living Wage campaign

Initiative to make Birmingham a 'Living Wage City' wins support from MPs and businesses

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne arrives at Downing Street, after the House of Lords blocked Government plans to cut tax credits

Chancellor George Osborne must rethink plans to cut tax credits

Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell urges Chancellor George Osborne to rethink plans to cut tax credits - to ensure workers on lower incomes are protected

Some of the Birmingham Post stories obtained using the FoI Act

Birmingham Post backs campaign to keep Freedom of Information Act free

MPs warn against watering down of act which was brought in 15 years ago to give the public greater access to vital information from public bodies

Shadow international development secretary Diane Abbott has attacked Birmingham Labour MP Jess Phillips

Labour in chaos as MP locks horns with Corbynista

Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips renewed her feud with London MP Diane Abbott in a public Twitter spat over British military intervention in Syria

MP Liam Byrne has voiced concerns about Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital

'Meltdown' of NHS services in east Birmingham behind hospital's £30m black hole

  • NHS

MP Liam Byrne: Cuts to GP and social services to blame for the spiralling £30 million debt at the Heart of England NHS Trust

Revealed: The West Midlands has lost 83,000 public sector jobs in five years

The scale of the huge losses now revealed shows how the number of people employed by the state in the region has fallen by 16 per cent

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell addresses Project Fields campaign group in Walmley

'Summer no time' for Sutton Coldfield green belt consultation

Birmingham City Council under fire over timing of consultation launch as it moves forward with project to build 6,000 homes and a factory on rural land in Sutton

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale

Culture Secretary: We'll look at BBC in regions

  • BBC

John Whittingdale, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pledged to address regional provision in debates over the BBC's next ten-year charter

BBC show Doctors being filmed in Stratford in 2012

Calls to base new BBC production hub in Birmingham

  • BBC

Corporation's 'studios' division will make programmers for other broadcasters

Andrew Mitchell MP

Police Federation officials should face disciplinary over 'Plebgate'

Independent Police Complaints Commission says West Mercia and Warwickshire police officers should be charged with gross misconduct

Only the best will do for Greater Birmingham

Same old faces being tipped to become 'Metro Mayor' for the region suggest that the search needs to be widened

Jess Phillips, the newly elected MP for Yardley

Region's MPs keep it in the family as claims revealed

Commons publishes allowances and interests

The BBC's Broadcasting House in London

Government makes charter renewal pledge after MPs hit out at BBC Midland spend

  • BBC

More than 20 MPs turned out at a special debate in Parliament over BBC spending levels in the Midlands and the East

Prime Minister David Cameron with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman at the State Opening of Parliament

'One nation' - and why the PM could have the last laugh

David Cameron has a plan to change the Conservative Party’s image - and rebrand it as the party for working people and social justice.

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

I'll cut tax for 2m in West Midlands, David Cameron pledges

The Prime Minister said announcements in the Queen's speech will make it easier to create jobs and wealth in

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands


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