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Sepp Blatter

MEP Sion Simon demands 'disgraceful' Fifa boss steps down

Sepp Blatter is coming under increasing pressure to resign after a string of high-ranking officials were arrested on corruption charges

Prime Minister David Cameron with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman at the State Opening of Parliament

'One nation' - and why the PM could have the last laugh

David Cameron has a plan to change the Conservative Party’s image - and rebrand it as the party for working people and social justice.

University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

I'll cut tax for 2m in West Midlands, David Cameron pledges

The Prime Minister said announcements in the Queen's speech will make it easier to create jobs and wealth in

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands

Roger Godsiff

Labour must stop being "the timid party" warns Birmingham MP

Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff says he warned former leader Ed Miliband that Labour was on course to lose the general election

John Spellar is defending his Labour seat in Warley

MPs slam campaigning group 38 Degrees and back Transatlantic Trade and Investment treaty

MPs defend planned "TTIP" trade treaty with US and condemn campaign group

ballot box

Q&A: The in-out referendum on the European Union

Fears have arisen over plans for an in-out referendum which could see the UK leave the European Union. Here, we look at the key questions

Acting leader of Labour Harriet Harman has urged the party not to repeat past mistakes

Harriet Harman: We need to search our soul

Acting leader of the Labour Party says mistakes of last leadership contest cannot happen again if they are to challenge Conservatives

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council leader Coun Bob Sleigh

West Midlands puts differences aside for greater good

Solihull Council's leader Bob Sleigh said he had come to the conclusion it would be better for the borough to be a part of a new combined authority

Coventry set to join Birmingham and Black Country in new regional authority

Business leaders have welcomed a "brave and historic" decision by Coventry City Council's ruling Labour group to support joining Birmingham and the Black Country in a combined authority

Broad Street in Birmingham

Watchdog to challenge Westside BID's £155k funding boost

City council committee 'called in' decision to give Broad Street business group extra cash after it failed to meet deadline for ballot

Coun Paulette Hamilton will draw on her experiences as a nurse to help health services across Birmingham

New Birmingham health chief to draw on nursing experience

Coun Paulette Hamilton steps up to cabinet role after championing mental health issues in Birmingham and has vowed to work with outside agencies to deliver services against a backdrop of cuts

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted

Cuts targeted at Labour councils

New analysis shows extent to which council cuts targeted areas where Labour's vote has continued to hold up

Sir Albert Bore is being challenged for the leadership by Councillor John Clancy

Sir Albert Bore sees off challenge to Birmingham City Council leadership

Sir Albert won out after a challenge from Quinton councillor John Clancy – the fourth in the past five years

Sajid Javid

Midland MPs put at heart of business and finance in Westminster

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has has been appointed Business Secretary while Ladywood's Shabana Mahmood will be Labour's Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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