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Aston Villa welcomed a new chairman in January....for a little while at least

Review of 2016 - January: UCB expansion, new Villa chairman and Cadbury tax

Our Review of the Year kicks off with the news that University College Birmingham was planning a major expansion of its campus in the Jewellery Quarter and a prominent businessman joined the Villa board

Andrew Mitchell MP, Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce; Charlotte Hodivala, Mayor of Sutton Coldfield.

Sutton Coldfield Chamber marks first anniversary

Sutton Coldfield Chamber has “exceeded expectations” in its first 12 months

Andrew Mitchell has waded into the debate over cuts to disability benefits

Andrew Mitchell queries Chancellor's future

Sutton Coldfield MP pours scorn over benefits plan which split Conservative Party

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Hammond: Quitting EU will damage car industry in the Midlands

The Foreign Secretary tells Jonathan Walker that the stakes are too high to consider leaving Europe

Birmingham Labour MPs Khalid Mahmood, left, and Roger Godsiff are campaigning for the UK to leave the EU

EU referendum: West Midlands is a heartland of the anti-EU campaign

A number of Birmingham's Labour MPs are calling for the UK to leave the European Union, while Tories in the wider West Midlands also back "Brexit"

Birmingham city centre as seen from the press box at Warwickshire Cricket Club.

Contest to become the first mayor of the West Midlands has already begun

Labour has begun to think about how it will choose a candidate for next year's West Midlands metro-mayor election, but jockeying behind the scenes is already underway

MPs Jack Dromey, Steve McCabe, Gisela Stuart, Liam Byrne, Richard Burden and Khalid Mahmood support Birmingham Post and Mail's No More #BrumCuts campaign

No more #BrumCuts: MPs call for rethink and warn 'Birmingham can't cope'

Community leaders have warned Birmingham's public services cannot cope with impending cuts - and are campaigning for change

Centro announced in November the Midland Metro extension would only open as far as Bull Street

Review of 2015 - November: City council vision, Metro extension and delays hit Park Regis

Radical plans emerged in November to break up Birmingham City Council, it was announced the full Metro extension would not open until 2016 and the Park Regis hotel opening was put back by six months

Aston Martin could be losing interest in Minworth for its new factory

Doubts over Aston Martin plans to build city factory

Car maker rumoured to have gone cold over green belt site in Sutton Coldfield as luxury brand ponders shortlist of four locations to build new factory

Councillor Robert Alden

Tory leader rejects Andrew Mitchell's call to break up Birmingham City Council

Coun Robert Alden rejects a call to split the city into ten district councils - saying Birmingham’s size is an asset and not responsible for the council’s failings

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

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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


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