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The race to be West Midlands Mayor.

West Midlands Mayor survey - what do the experts and candidates say

NHS and immigration important issues to voters even though they are not mayor's responsibility

It's neck and neck in West Midlands Mayor race

Exclusive survey reveals Labour and Tories too close to call on first preferences two weeks ahead of election - second votes will be crucial

Hamleys announced it was coming to Birmingham city centre in October

Review of 2016 - October: Hamleys toy stores, Michelin stars and local TV

Legendary toy retailer Hamleys announced in October it was planning to open a concession stand in House of Fraser while Solihull was awarded its first Michelin star

It was the end of the road for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium in July

Review of 2016 - July: West Mids mayor, test cricket and more trampoline parks

An inquiry slams the devolution deal which means the West Midlands must have an elected mayor while Edgbaston Stadium unveils a new diary of international cricket

It emerged in May that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was trying to open a production studio in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - May: Steven Knight moots new studio, Northfield Manor to be reborn and Ikea comes to city centre

The founder of TV hit Peaky Blinders said in May that he had held discussions with Paramount about launching a new studio in Birmingham while a fire-hit manor was to regenerated as a housing estate

New funding which could save Moseley Road Baths was secured in April

Review of 2016 - April: Arts centre closing, indie restaurateurs hit out and new funding for Moseley Road Baths

Independent restaurant owners hit out in April at the perceived favouritism by landlords for chains while the end drew nearer for a city arts centre

Give us control of the purse strings

Unless mayor can raise and spend money, devolution will remain a way for Govenment to pass down responsibility for decisions, pass the buck, without  handing over any real power

A budget cuts protest in Victoria Square.

City leadership needs to get a grip

The city council faces a massive financial crisis, meanwhile an unlikely figure has turned up to cheer on Jeremy Corbyn

Racing at Hall Green Stadium

Democracy comes last with a planning system that's gone to the dogs

Hall Green greyhound stadium, rivalries in Sutton Coldfield, a father's quest for justice and the weak Metro mayor all under the spotlight

Business Secretary Sajid Javid is the champion of the Midlands Engine - but is it all a load of hot air?

Business secretary Sajid Javid leading Midlands Engine trade trip to America

Bromsgove MP's delegation is one of a range of initiatives unveiled at the Midlands Engine summit in Nottingham

Opinion: Efforts to reform city’s children’s services are proving painfully slow

When it comes to covering child protection services in Birmingham words like “failing”, “damning” and “struggling” have become so very familiar.

ballot box

Birmingham council elections 2016: How the political landscape could change

Local Government expert Chris Game, of the University of Birmingham, looks at the battle for seats in local elections in the West Midlands

Ceremonial launch of Sutton Coldfield Parish Council in March

More than benches and bus stops at stake for Royal Town

Forget parish council stereotypes, Sutton Coldfield's new authority will be unlike any other

Stephen Dorrell has been recruited to help health and social services in Birmingham and Solihull

Former Tory health secretary to reshape Birmingham's social services

Stephen Dorrell served in John Major's cabinet in 1990s and will now seek better working practices among social and health services in Birmingham and Solihull

Birmingham Conservatives' 2016 local election campaign poster

Birmingham's Tories go green in local election campaign

Conservatives attack ruling Labour group's decision to build houses on Birmingham's parks - something dismissed as 'misdirection'

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP

Birmingham Post Power 250: Politics

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of politics

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

Is homophobia a thorny issue for Birmingham Labour Party?

Activist's allegations have brought question of homophobia to the fore

Chancellor George Osborne with the Budget box

Business confidence 'at lowest level for three years'

Report warns outlook for businesses is concerning

West Midlands businesses are divided over the UK's future in Europe

Brexit - hard facts and uncertainties

Andrew Whitehead on the legal processes that UK policymakers would likely have to negotiate in the event of a Brexit.

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