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David Jamieson with supporters

New PCC David Jamieson wants to turn speed cameras back on

West Midlands police and crime commissioner makes first pledge after dismal electoral turn-out

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

Planned banner ads - CGI of Hagley Road

Councillors hit out after plans for banner adverts in Birmingham are passed

The banner adverts will be draped from lampposts lining 21 main roads, including Hagley Road, Coventry Road and Belgrave Middleway

David Jamieson with supporters

Labour's David Jamieson elected West Midlands police and crime commissioner

Turnout for the election was 10.32 per cent of the eligible electorate which is just under two million

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

Shabana Mahmood

Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood defies Ed Miliband and insists she still backs Israeli settlement boycott

Birmingham MP who helped close city supermarket in Gaza protest says she won't back down after leadership tells her to stop campaign

The headstones of British and Commonwealth soldiers side by side with German headstones in Mons, France

Gisela Stuart: How decisions made during the First World War still resonate today

  • WW1

The commemorations of the First World War are also a chance to understand each other as the nations we have become.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

Michael Fabricant MP

Jonathan Walker: Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant takes on Speaker John Bercow

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has found his match in Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

James Carver MEP, UKIP's policing candidate Keith Row, and Bill Etheridge MEP.

UKIP policing candidate backs MEP Bill Etheridge in Hitler row

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge has been condemned for praising Hitler's oratory during a recent party meeting.

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert on the hunt for £50k chief of staff

New post advertised internally by Birmingham City Council to provide in-depth support to leader's office

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party in England and Wales

Voters want "big changes" - and only the Greens can deliver, says party leader Natalie Bennett

The Green Party want to tax the rich, tax supermarkets and nationalise the railways. As she prepares for their annual conference in Birmingham, party leader Natalie Bennett tells the Birmingham Post why voters are going Green.

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

Ronnie Corbett living with his mother in 1980s sitcom Sorry

A third of young adults in the West Midlands living with their parents

The 'clipped wing generation' are finding themselves with no choice but to remain living with mum and dad well into adulthood

General business

Andrew Whitehead: Where's the energy for Scottish independence?

Thoughts are once again turning to the call for Scottish independence, perhaps rejuvenated with a wave of national pride.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Holidays could scupper Labour bid for power over Walsall Borough Council

The Labour group are trying for a second time this year to take power in the Black Country authority after winning a by-election last month giving them 30 seats out of 60.

The Martineau Centre.

Call to cancel sale of Martineau Centre for housing after secret deal emerges

Residents and councillors have so far been successful in stopping plans but Persimmon Homes will be heard at appeal in October

Coun Victoria Quinn and Sir Albert Bore at their wedding

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore weds

Labour leader Sir Albert Bore married fellow councillor Victoria Quinn at a ceremony at Highbury Hall, Joseph Chamberlain’s ancestral home in Moseley, on Monday August 4

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city

Jonathan Walker: Could the West Midlands be squeezed in a north-south vice?

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city, but what would this mean for Birmingham?

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya: Plan ahead before interest rates start to rise

Government plans to deliver growth could conflict with the need to restrain the capital's booming housing market.

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