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Cliques and stitch-ups part and parcel of party politics

Neil Elkes takes a look at some of the internal wrangles currently affecting the Labour group at Birmingham City Council

Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan and Lib Dem challenger Shamsur Rehman

Date set for legal challenge against Birmingham's most popular councillor

Probe into Labour councillor's victory in May's local elections will now be heard in court in November by election commissioner Timothy Straker QC

Midlands 'should be like Scotland or Wales' for BBC

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MPs have urged the BBC to make the Midlands its principal focus after ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland teamed up to negotiate the new charter

Birmingham City Council to face public scrutiny over improvement plans

Open meeting will be held next month on progress following appointment of government panel earlier this year to examine ways authority could improve

Tom Watson MP

Labour must address fears of UKIP voters, says MP Watson

Labour must recognise that voters who switched to UKIP "do not feel comfortable about the changes going on in this country", according to Midland MP Tom Watson

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn

Why the Labour left is blind to what public really wants

Political editor Jonathan Walker examines the continuing debate over Jeremy Corbyn and his apparently unstopable march to victory in the Labour leadership contest

Labour's Jess Phillips

Boot camp for benefits claimants slammed by Birmingham MP

New city MP equates now Government policy aiming to get more youngsters into work to "some sort of Russian Gulag"

The Royal family

City MP slams £330m cost of 'royal tourist attraction'

Money spent on The Queen and the Royal family 'should go to struggling people'

Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bull Ring, Solihull Manor House, the Black Country flag

West Midlands set to miss out on next round of George Osborne's devolution deals

The Chancellor hopes to announce more Manchester-style devolution packages in November, but the West Midlands will have to wait

People march up New Street and into Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre protesting about staff and opening hour cut backs at The Library of Birmingham.

Culture chief: Key deals vital to future of Library of Birmingham

Birmingham's culture chief has said key deals with Google and the Brasshouse Language Centre are crucial to keeping the Library of Birmingham's doors open

Sutton Coldfield

We could be witnessing the start of a new wave of local activism in Birmingham

Grass roots movements in Sutton Coldfield and Balsall Heath are beginning to bear fruit - and more could follow

Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn began the Labour leadership campaign as an outsider but could end up winning

The fear and anger of Labour MPs as they realise Jeremy Corbyn might win

His supporters use the slogan Jez We Can - but some Labour MPs fear their party is doomed if Jeremy Corbyn becomes their new leader

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour councillors defy Sir Albert as they fight to hang on

Party's councillors challenge authority's leader in bid to halt cut in their own numbers

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham's Google inspired revival shows how partnerships can save services

Deals with Google and Brasshouse show council can overcome cuts with partners says library chief Penny Holbrook

Inside the Birmingham Council House Council Chamber

Fears over smaller Birmingham city council

Councillor: Axing 20 seats will increase workload and deter candidates with careers

New Sutton Town Council could pave way for others to follow

More districts could now demand more powers.

The quality housing created by Cadbury and the Bournville Village Trust in the early 1900s

Blow for 'shameful' plan to force Bournville Village Trust to sell off housing

House of Lords amendment to Charities Bill is welcomed by Bournville Village Trust.

Acting Labour Leader Harriet Harman

How Harriet Harman got it wrong and caused a crisis for Labour

Political editor Jonathan Walker picks his way through the troubles currently blighting the battle to become Labour leader

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council

Only the best will do for Greater Birmingham

Same old faces being tipped to become 'Metro Mayor' for the region suggest that the search needs to be widened

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