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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

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls

West Midlands success 'disguises export failure', Shadow Chancellor claims

Speaking to the Post, the Shadow Chancellor said the Government was falling “way below” George Osborne’s 2012 goal of doubling exports by the end of the decade

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Zero hours clampdown promised by government

Ministers said they wanted to discover if "unscrupulous" employers might try to find a way of avoiding the ban by offering just one hour of work

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

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

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Yes or no, Scotland is about to lose its biggest bargaining chip

Quebec suggests the threat to hold and win a referendum could be Scotland's most powerful bargaining chip - after that, all bets are off.

Birmingham Halfords Super Prix 1988

Return of Birmingham Super Prix on track as Prime Minister hints at rule change

A consultation could mean the legendary race, which took place on the city's streets in the late 1980s, could return

Prime Minister David Cameron

Whitehall 'no longer knows best' says Prime Minister

David Cameron vows to back regions in creating their own futures during visit to Birmingham

Prime Minister David Cameron

Growth Deal investment programme worth £350 million unveiled

Governments Local Growth Fund to support host of projects in Birmingham and West Midlands including new tram lines and advanced technology centre among many others

Cllr James Hutchings

Mayor 'must not be imposed' on Birmingham

Councillor rejects notion that city should be forced to have a mayor without a referendum first

Lord Michael Heseltine

Heseltine: Forget a referendum, Birmingham must have an elected mayor

Birmingham needs a mayor to help shift power away from London and to the region.

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.

An artist's impression of proposals for the HS2 Interchange Station near Birmingham Airport

Chinese want to back HS2 project

Memorandum of Understanding between UK and China signed during visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill

Birmingham school led by Labour activist and Sikh head is NOT extremist, insists MP

Lib Dem MP John Hemming has defended Golden Hillock school following claims it fails to protect pupils from extremism - but parents are kept in the dark as London politicians fight over Birmingham schools

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond

World of change whichever way Scotland votes

It could be a shrewd move by Alex Salmond to hold the referendum in World Cup year.

Ian Callum, Jaguar's design director who has been named as a LinkedIn Influencer

Jaguar's design director named as new LinkedIn Influencer

Ian Callum joins elite group which includes President Obama, Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates

Teachers take to the streets of Birmingham in a strike last year

Bryan Nott: Why strikes are a last resort that our modern society actually needs

Even if a small number of employees feel strongly about an issue, they should be able to strike.

An artists' impression of Resorts World Birmingham at night

Cineworld signs up as Resorts World Birmingham takes shape

Construction work at the giant Resorts World complex at the NEC is intensifying with less than a year to go until it opens. Graeme Brown gained exclusive access

The British Council For Offices Annual Conference at The ICC in Birmingham. Isabel Oakeshott speaks during the panel debate

New politics and new economics discussed at BCO conference in Birmingham

Sir Albert Bore welcomes 450-plus delegates to second day of three-day conference, which started on Wednesday with tours of Jaguar Land Rover and the city centre

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister David Cameron

An historic night as EU presidency debate is 'aired'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister David Cameron believe they still have the right to pick a candidate for presidency of the European Union

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