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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.

Birmingham Box Phase 3 Smart Motorways Project - schemes such as this have been branded a safety risk by Labour MP Mary Creagh

Labour MP brands smart motorways 'not so smart'

Shadow Transport Secretary says £360m schemes designed to ease congestion on very busy sections of West Midlands motorways are a safety risk

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

Protesters gather in Victoria Square as Birmingham City Council meets to vote on the budget

Walsall Council facing £86m more budget cuts

Black Country council follows in Birmingham's footsteps by predicting further austerity

Mike Whitby and the Library Of Birmingham

Shortfall of private investment in Library of Birmingham

Charitable fundraising arm for the Library of Birmingham falls £700,000 short.

A bricklayer on a construction site

Labour promises new West Midlands council houses

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, announced plans to let local authorities designate areas as “housing growth areas” where developers are allowed to build

Peter Clarke, a former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Jonathan Walker: Still no idea how to rein in another 'Trojan Horse'

Birmingham was targeted by a "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained" campaign to introduce "an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools"

150-152 Great Charles Street, Birmingham

Council buildings up for auction to raise revenue

Nine local authority properties are among those up for auction in Birmingham later this month

More than 200 protestors joined a walk against developing in the green bel

Sutton Coldfield protesters warn developers off the green belt

Protesters walked around almost 1,000 acres of land earmarked for up to 6,000 homes and a giant factory

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who wants to give cities and regions right to home rule

Nick Clegg's plans to give cities legal right to home rule

Lib Dem leader has revealed mission to offer cities and regions a right to home rule and expects to have draft laws published in 2015

Richard Burden

Labour MP urges Birmingham to scrap 'garden tax'

Richard Burden is first senior Labour politician to come out against the policy, saying it lacks public support and credibility

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