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By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Unpopular he may be - but he is likely to be PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband has faced criticism from within his own ranks yet looks set to lead polls next year.

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

Are we about to see the most underwhelming election in history?

Ballot boxes could be decidedly empty come police and crime commissioner election day next month.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones

Fears for summer holiday police commissioner election, when polling stations will be closed and vital staff are away

Birmingham City Council is warning that the August by-election to choose a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner could descend into chaos

The new head of the Local Government Association David Sparks

West Midlands combined authority 'inevitable and desirable'

David Sparks, Labour leader of Dudley Council and the new chairman of the Local Government Association, said local authorities could not expect to deliver services within "neat administrative boundaries"

Joseph Chamberlain

Chamberlain's greatest legacy is the method and style of politics that he championed

Chamberlain became a champion of national radical politics, writes Dr Ian Cawood

Lord Heseltine

Mayors back on big city agenda as parties converge

Lord Heseltine's vision for cities like Birmingham echoes many of Labour peer Lord Adonis's ideas.

Councillor Lisa Trickett (Lab, Moseley and Kings Heath)

No U-turn on city's 'garden tax'

But bin boss apologises to residents who paid for collection service they never received

Councillor Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

City can look forward to greater Birmingham, says Sir Albert

Council leader sheds doom and gloom to deliver upbeat message in annual policy statement

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham City Council bosses under fire after missing performance targets

End-of-year report shows authority is struggling to perform in areas such as children's social care and education

Michael Fabricant

MP gets it in the neck from Tory chair after tweet

Mr Fabricant has apologised and said he felt as though he had "undone a 20 year voting record" on feminist issues.

Pupils in a primary school classroom

A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron stands alone in Europe - and quite likes it

David Cameron has been on a one-man crusade to try to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission.

Birmingham City Council

Tories hit out at Labour for £11m city underspend

Birmingham City Council has underspent its 2013/14 budget by £11 million.

Walsall Conservative leader Mike Bird

Labour fail in bid to seize control of Walsall Borough Council

Despite being largest single party on Walsall Borough Council with 29 out of 60 seats, the Labour group were unable to unseat Tory leader Mike Bird

Michael Fabricant

Midland MP: I'd punch journalist in the throat

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Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant was condemned by Conservative colleagues for saying he'd punch a journalist in the throat

Councillor Stewart Stacey

Forget the 'garden tax' - there's another elephant in Labour's city cabinet

Behind the scenes at Birmingham Council House the multi-million pound IT and call centre contract with outsourcing giant Capita remains as divisive as ever.

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 depot could cost Birmingham 7,000 jobs, claims MP

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne won a debate in Parliament as part of his opposition to the planned HS2 marshalling yard on an ex-factory site in Washwood Heath

Sir Albert Bore

Children's services 'more likely' to improve under government commissioner

The city council's Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said the appointment of children's commissioner Lord Warner two months ago had invigorated the department and brought a fresh focus on improvement

Sajid Javid

MP's office receives £12,000 donation from failing care firm

Constituency office of Bromsgrove MP and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid accepted donation from Moundsley Hall Care Home

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