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In addition to the general election there has recently been two more national polls. One to find the nation’s favourite birds, and one to do the same for wild flowers.

West Midlands Police

'Street triage' cuts detentions under Mental Health Act

The initiative aims to give people suffering from mental health issues much better initial support on the city’s streets

New faces at Top Banana (from left): Head of marketing communications Rebecca Jeavons, head of venues Sam Dyus, office manager Liza Carrington, junior motion graphics designer Ed Waldron and account executive Jessica Bond

New recruits bolster Top Banana

Black Country event and communication agency add six new faces to team including first ever head of marketing communications

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson in a scene from his campaign video for Labour's Deputy Leadership

Tom Watson: We need new police agency to tackle child abusers

In a wide-ranging interview with the Post, the Labour deputy leadership candidate called for a major shake up to investigate abuse cases

Greater Birmingham combined authority calls win Black Country support

The chair of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Devolution Group says the region would be better served under the Greater Birmingham banner

Lord Heseltine

Lord Heseltine calls on council leaders to embrace elected mayor plan

The former Conservative minister, who is now a passionate advocate for devolution, made the call while addressing the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s annual conference

An elected mayor like Boris Johnson could be in situ by 2019

Elected mayor 'running West Midlands by 2019'

Leaders of seven council have accepted an elected mayor like Boris Johnson is inevitable if West Midlands is to break free from capital's control

'Greater Birmingham' snub as council leaders plump for West Midlands Combined Authority

The Post understands leaders of seven authorities in the region have agreed to put an end to any plans to call combined authority "Greater Birmingham"

Midland Bank

Speculation grows about return of Midland Bank brand as HSBC moves to Birmingham

The move would likely prove popular in Birmingham, where Midland bank – later taken over by the global giant – was established in 1836

Nigel Farage on the campaign trail in at Himley Hall in Dudley

How would the West Midlands election result be different with a 'fairer' voting system?

If West Midlands seats were allocated in proportion to the votes cast then the election result would be very different

Forget parochial rivalries - grasp the elected mayor and the billions to go with it

The pitiful devolution deal a result of fear and tribalism by our council leaders

Martyn Morgan, senior practice director at QualitySolicitors Talbots

QualitySolicitors Talbots launches legal apprentice scheme

  • Law

Ashley Lowbridge, Katy Hodgetts and Rebecca Bourne are all starting their apprenticeships at different offices within the group this month

Midlands Assembly Network hails £4.5m sales boost

More than 85 jobs have been created with network of manufactring and engineering firms as it benefits from strategic partnerships

Birmingham and the West Midlands appears to be catching up with other English regions to form a combined authority

Cinderella finally goes to the ball (or the West Midlands finally gets its act together with a combined authority)?

Positive steps have been taken recently as the West Midlands finally catches up with its northern counterparts, says Professor David Bailey

Birmingham City Council was one of eight to meet Chancellor George Osborne and back the creation of a combined authority

West Midlands council leaders vow to create combined authority

Eight local authority chiefs enjoy audience with Chancellor George Osborne but shelve thorny discussion of elected mayor and new body's name

George Osborne, with Michael Heseltine, during a visit to Innovation Birmingham Campus where the Chancellor urged leaders to back a combined authority and elected mayor

George Osborne urges region's leaders to get behind elected mayor

Chancellor tells West Midlands council leaders to crack on with creation of combined authority and confirm enterprise zone expansion to cover HS2 station

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz

East and West Midlands unite to call for fair share from BBC

  • BBC

Politicians in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Coventry and Solihull back Post campaign for fairer deal from publicly-funded broadcaster

Sealed-off section of railway tunnel beneath Old Square

Hidden Spaces: Subterranean Birmingham - exploring the world beneath our feet

We've carved beneath the city an invisible network of service tunnels, subways, crypts, catacombs, bomb shelters, cellars, mine shafts, railway lines and roads, writes Ben Waddington

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper.

Work begins on UK's largest combined authority after Queen's speech

With Solihull and Coventry on board, the West Midlands combined authority is set to oversee a region with of four million people and an £81 billion economy

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