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Tom Watson MP, Mim Hall, Principal, Sandwell Valley School; Paul Bassi.

MP's praise for Sandwell Valley School at opening

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party officially opened Sandwell Valley School

More delays to the University of Birmingham's new £55m sport centre were announced in December

Review of 2016 - December: £55m sport centre delayed, overhaul for art gallery and German bierkeller in Broad Street

The University of Birmingham's new swimming pool and sport centre was beset by even more delays during December while a city art gallery was poised for a major renovation programme

November heard the news that a Legoland Discovery Centre was set to open in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - November: Legoland attraction coming to Birmingham, end of Monaco House and Monarch airport jobs

It emerged during November that family favourite Legoland was planning to open a new discovery centre at the Barclaycard Arena while city eyesore Monaco House could finally be coming down

West Bromwich Albion found itself under new ownership in August

Review of 2016 - August: West Brom takeover, Assay Office in India and Specsavers jobs cull

August saw another Chinese investor plough money into the West Midlands with the purchase of West Bromwich Albion while Specsavers announced plans to close its manufacturing base in Aston

It emerged in May that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was trying to open a production studio in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - May: Steven Knight moots new studio, Northfield Manor to be reborn and Ikea comes to city centre

The founder of TV hit Peaky Blinders said in May that he had held discussions with Paramount about launching a new studio in Birmingham while a fire-hit manor was to regenerated as a housing estate

The Victorian Society hit out at plans for Louisa Ryland House in February

Review of 2016 - February: 'Unacceptable' development, Lib Dem leader and tributes to Cube architect

February saw tributes flood in following the death of the man who designed The Cube and Arena Central while the city's Lib Dems unveiled a new leader

Give us control of the purse strings

Unless mayor can raise and spend money, devolution will remain a way for Govenment to pass down responsibility for decisions, pass the buck, without  handing over any real power

A budget cuts protest in Victoria Square.

City leadership needs to get a grip

The city council faces a massive financial crisis, meanwhile an unlikely figure has turned up to cheer on Jeremy Corbyn

Racing at Hall Green Stadium

Democracy comes last with a planning system that's gone to the dogs

Hall Green greyhound stadium, rivalries in Sutton Coldfield, a father's quest for justice and the weak Metro mayor all under the spotlight

Go-ahead for Birmingham development councillors argued was a poor deal for taxpayers

Council leader John Clancy dismisses watchdog committee challenge to deal for Great Charles Street car park

Birmingham MPs have joined the tidalwave of calls for Jeremy Corbyn to stand down as Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn is 'leading Labour off a cliff' says Birmingham MP

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe joins chorus of voices from within Labour Party calling for left wing leader to stand down

Given this choice for Metro Mayor, some have chosen to opt out

The are three reasons why the West Midlands Metro Mayor job may not have attracted a strong short-list of candidates

You're not being shackled from discussing immigration - it's just all you talk about

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes is keen to bust at least one myth, once and for all

MP Richard Burden.

Richard Burden: The EU and the Midlands - multinational issues require multinational action

Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden recalls an exchange which showed how the European Union often offers support when you don't realise

Opinion: Efforts to reform city’s children’s services are proving painfully slow

When it comes to covering child protection services in Birmingham words like “failing”, “damning” and “struggling” have become so very familiar.

Coun Jon Hunt is confident the Lib Dems can reclaim the Yardley constituency

Birmingham Lib Dem leader's warning to Jess Phillips

Yardley seat 'under threat' after positive showing at local elections says city's Lib Dem group

ballot box

Birmingham council elections 2016: How the political landscape could change

Local Government expert Chris Game, of the University of Birmingham, looks at the battle for seats in local elections in the West Midlands

Ceremonial launch of Sutton Coldfield Parish Council in March

More than benches and bus stops at stake for Royal Town

Forget parish council stereotypes, Sutton Coldfield's new authority will be unlike any other

Gisela Stuart MP

Pensions and debt are EU 'timebomb', says city MP

Vote Leave chief and Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart claims liabilities will see huge tax rise

Birmingham Central Mosque

Council 'must share blame' for isolating Birmingham's Muslims

Labour MP for Perry Barr Khalid Mahmood says mistakes over housing and jobs have made integration difficult in the city

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