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Quarter of West Midlands homes can't afford basic standard of living

In the week the Birmingham Post unveils its Rich List, Jonathan Walker looks at the other side of the coin and examines how one in four homes in the region have been plunged into poverty

The NEC

Cash raised from £307m NEC Group sale will be used on city council's equal pay claims

The NEC Group, the arenas, conference and exhibition centres and linked companies have been sold to private equity firm LDC in a deal worth £307 million

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Deidre Kelly, or White Dee, isn't a politician but is 50/1 to win the Ladywood seat

White Dee second-favourite to win General Election seat - but it doesn't pay enough

Documentary star is ahead of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP or Conservatives in her home constituency - but her agent says the job doesn't pay well enough

General Election 2015: Bookies tip Labour to win more West Midlands seats

 The Post has looked into the odds of candidates in 25 constituencies in Birmingham and the Black Country and Labour are tipped to gain with UKIP winning none

Rob Marris is the Labour candidate in Wolverhampton South West

General Election 2015: Labour favourite to win Wolverhampton South West from Tories

Three bookmakers all make Labour candidate Rob Marris favourite to secure seat he lost in 2010 General Election once again

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden

General Election 2015: Pat McFadden odds-on to hold Wolverhampton South East

Former cabinet minister is 100/1 on to secure his seat again, with UKIP considered his next challenger

Emma Reynolds MP

General Election 2015: Bookies expect Wolverhampton North East to remain Labour

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds is heavy odds-on to retain her seat

Adrian Bailey MP for West Bromwich West.

General Election 2015: West Bromwich West to remain Labour, bookies say

Business select committee chair Adrian Bailey expected to comfortably secure his seat once more in the 2015 General Election

General Election 2015: Tom Watson heavy odds-on to retain West Bromwich East

West Bromwich East is one of Labour's safest seats and Mr Watson, the thorn in the side of Rupert Murdoch, is expected to retain it

John Spellar is defending his Labour seat in Warley

General Election 2015: Warley set to remain Labour, bookies say

Warley has only ever been a Labour seat and John Spellar's rivals have their work cut out to change that, according to bookmakers

Valerie Vaz will be defending her Walsall South seat

General Election 2015: Valerie Vaz favourite for Walsall South

Valerie Vaz, who took over the seat from Bruce George in 2010, is odds on to keep her seat in the 2015 General Election

David Winnick MP speaking in Parliament during a tribute to Baroness Margaret Thatcher

General Election 2015: Labour predicted to hold Walsall North despite UKIP gains

Nigel Farage's party are expected to make gains in Walsall North in the 2015 General Election, but David Winnick is odds-on to hold his seat

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell

General Election 2015: Sutton Coldfield looks safe for Andrew Mitchell, say bookies

Andrew Mitchell has had no shortage of problems of late, but bookmakers say his Sutton Coldfield seat is looking as safe as it gets for the General Election

Margot James MP is defending her Stourbridge seat

General Election 2015: Bookies expect Margot James to hold on to Stourbridge seat

Stourbridge was a major swing towards the Tories last time round and bookies put Margot James favourite for the 2015 General Election

Lorely Burt

General Election 2015: Bookies predict Conservatives will win Solihull scrap

Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt faces an uphill battle to retain her seat against Conservative challenger Julian Knight in Solihull in the 2015 General Election

Which way will Solihull sway in its decision on whether to join the combined authority?

Osborne backs Solihull's right to decide its future

Chancellor says borough is doing the right thing by delaying its decision on whether to join combined authority for West Midlands

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman

General Election 2015: Caroline Spelman expected to retain Meriden

Meriden is generally a safe Tory seat and bookmakers expect that to continue in the 2015 General Election

James Morris is the Conservative MP for Halesowen & Rowley Regis

General Election 2015: Bookies predict Labour gain in Halesowen and Rowley Regis

Halesowen and Rowley Regis may well be a swing seat in the 2015 General Election, according to bookmakers

Chris Kelly, MP for Dudley South

General Election 2015: Dudley South to be close fight between Labour and Conservatives

Bookmakers are predicting a close fight between Labour and Conservatives in the seat being vacated by Chris Kelly

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