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Coun Robert Alden

Future taxpayers face £1.1bn burden from Birmingham's debt, Tories claim

But after 20 years taxpayers will be spending more on debt, according to Opposition Conservative leader Coun Robert Alden

Chris Kelly, MP for Dudley South

Chris Kelly loses £500k bet after standing down as MP

Tory Chris Kelly is to stand down at the 2015 General Election after becoming MP for Dudley South in 2010

Planned banner ads - CGI of Hagley Road

Councillors hit out after plans for banner adverts in Birmingham are passed

The banner adverts will be draped from lampposts lining 21 main roads, including Hagley Road, Coventry Road and Belgrave Middleway

Classroom of children

Number of 30-plus classes in West Midlands soars

Labour accused the Government of squandering money on pet projects such as free schools instead of providing more teachers and classrooms where they were needed

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

Michael Fabricant MP

Jonathan Walker: Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant takes on Speaker John Bercow

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has found his match in Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party in England and Wales

Voters want "big changes" - and only the Greens can deliver, says party leader Natalie Bennett

The Green Party want to tax the rich, tax supermarkets and nationalise the railways. As she prepares for their annual conference in Birmingham, party leader Natalie Bennett tells the Birmingham Post why voters are going Green.

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Holidays could scupper Labour bid for power over Walsall Borough Council

The Labour group are trying for a second time this year to take power in the Black Country authority after winning a by-election last month giving them 30 seats out of 60.

The Martineau Centre.

Call to cancel sale of Martineau Centre for housing after secret deal emerges

Residents and councillors have so far been successful in stopping plans but Persimmon Homes will be heard at appeal in October

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city

Jonathan Walker: Could the West Midlands be squeezed in a north-south vice?

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city, but what would this mean for Birmingham?

George Osborne

George Osborne set to ramp up pressure to have elected mayors

More funding and powers if cities agree to new political system already rejected in referendum

Lorely Burt

Solihull MP Lorely Burt in supermarket clash with Tory rival

Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt crossed swords with Conservative rival Julian Knight in Morrisons, after taking umbrage when he dubbed himself a "shadow MP"

Coun David Jamieson

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Ex-MP David Jamieson launched his bid for the post, vacated by the death of the party’s Bob Jones, alongside shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in Erdington yesterday

A polling station

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.

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

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