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Birmingham City Council

National Audit Office confirms Sir Albert's 'jaws of dooms' narrative over council cuts

New report into local government finance says funding cuts of 37 per cent over past four years have left more than half of councils at risk of failing to meet budget plans

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge

West Midlands combined authority is 'undemocratic', MEP claims

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge said he feared for local democracy after the historic agreement between Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Birmingham’s local authorities

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

Birmingham and Black Country combined authority welcomed by business and academics

Leaders of five local authorities in the region have agreed an accord which will see the new authority, overseeing economic development and transport as well as other powers, established next year

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron says Birmingham and Midlands will not be forced to elect a mayor

Prime Minister insists Birmingham and Black Country will not be forced to follow in Manchester's footsteps and elect a mayor - but argues mayors make devolution "easier"

Who would be Mayor? Potential candidates include Pat McFadden, Sir Albert Bore, Robert Alden, John Hemming, Bill Etheridge, Margot James and Andy Street

West Midlands mayor: The possible candidates

With talk mayor for the West Midlands back on the agenda, political editor Jonathan Walker assesses the potential candidates

Businessman Karl George

Diversity in the Boardroom: Birmingham businessman Karl George aiming to tackle the issue

The Effective Board Member Programme (EBM) is aiming to shake up the composition and diversity of boards across the private, public and voluntary sectors

George Osborne updated

Chancellor George Osborne hints at West Midlands mayor

George Osborne has suggested a new figure could head up a combined authority with powers across the region

Sir Albert Bore has welcomed the news that Greater Manchester is to be granted a regional mayor and devolved powers

West Midlands should follow Greater Manchester with metro-mayor, says Sir Albert

Birmingham City Council leader welcomes news that North West combined authority is to get regional mayor and urges support for similar move here

Chancellor George Osborne has promised an elected mayor for Greater Manchester - will the West Midlands now follow suit?

Pressure on Birmingham as Osborne pledges elected mayor for Greater Manchester and £1bn in devolved powers

Announcement today is likely to ramp up pressure on Birmingham and West Midlands to follow suit following vow from Labour's Chuka Umunna

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.

Signs on the gates at the MG Rover plant in Longbridge.

The MG Rover Phoenix Four must cough up

The Phoenix Four have finally run out of excuses, and they are about to pocket another million quid each from the wreckage of the car crash that they presided over at MG Rover.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

Unison members striking in Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham Tories hit out as council funds union reps to tune of £1.2m

Birmingham City Council under fire from prominent Conservatives as Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accuses the Labour-run authority of burning taxpayers' cash

The European flag

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.

UK Border Agency

Midland MP believes immigration is an issue Labour could win

Liam Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill) has urged Labour to back stricter controls on immigration - and insisted a tough approach would have the backing of ethnic minority voters.

Randy Lerner

Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run

Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making

Birmingham City Council's Forward publication

Birmingham City Council's Forward publication over steps the mark with highly political content

Criticism, the £600,000 cost of publication, and tensions within the former Tory-Lib Dem coalition led to Birmingham City Council's Forward publication being axed as a regular newspaper in 2009.

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham bids to shed 'Cloak of Invisibility' in moves to Combined Authority

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.


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