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Coun David Jamieson

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Ex-MP David Jamieson launched his bid for the post, vacated by the death of the party’s Bob Jones, alongside shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in Erdington yesterday

A polling station

By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

Joseph Chamberlain

Birmingham needs a new Joseph Chamberlain - university conference speakers

More than 100 people attended the two-day event, split between Newman University’s Bartley Green campus and the Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre

Birmingham Council House

Failing departments can't 'pass the buck' warns councillor

Council watchdog chief Carl Rice has backed the decision to take over the Capita-Service Birmingham contact centre

Joseph Chamberlain

Chamberlain's greatest legacy is the method and style of politics that he championed

Chamberlain became a champion of national radical politics, writes Dr Ian Cawood

Councillor Lisa Trickett (Lab, Moseley and Kings Heath)

No U-turn on city's 'garden tax'

But bin boss apologises to residents who paid for collection service they never received

Councillor Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

City can look forward to greater Birmingham, says Sir Albert

Council leader sheds doom and gloom to deliver upbeat message in annual policy statement

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham City Council bosses under fire after missing performance targets

End-of-year report shows authority is struggling to perform in areas such as children's social care and education

Pupils in a primary school classroom

A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron stands alone in Europe - and quite likes it

David Cameron has been on a one-man crusade to try to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission.

Birmingham City Council

Tories hit out at Labour for £11m city underspend

Birmingham City Council has underspent its 2013/14 budget by £11 million.

Walsall Conservative leader Mike Bird

Labour fail in bid to seize control of Walsall Borough Council

Despite being largest single party on Walsall Borough Council with 29 out of 60 seats, the Labour group were unable to unseat Tory leader Mike Bird

Sir Albert Bore

Radical overhaul of democracy in Birmingham revealed

As Europe's largest local authority, representing more than one million people, it has frequently been claimed Birmingham is too large and a monolithic administration cannot serve such a wide and diverse area effectively

Councillor Stewart Stacey

Forget the 'garden tax' - there's another elephant in Labour's city cabinet

Behind the scenes at Birmingham Council House the multi-million pound IT and call centre contract with outsourcing giant Capita remains as divisive as ever.

Sir Albert Bore

Children's services 'more likely' to improve under government commissioner

The city council's Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said the appointment of children's commissioner Lord Warner two months ago had invigorated the department and brought a fresh focus on improvement

Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill

Birmingham school led by Labour activist and Sikh head is NOT extremist, insists MP

Lib Dem MP John Hemming has defended Golden Hillock school following claims it fails to protect pupils from extremism - but parents are kept in the dark as London politicians fight over Birmingham schools

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Lib Dems going to pot - but they can't blame Clegg

It's widely assumed that voters are punishing the Liberal Democrats for unpopular decisions taken by the Coalition government of which they are part.

The European flag

European elections? Even Stalin would be impressed

Closed party lists make this week’s vote almost an insult to the electorate

Green waste dumped in Sheldon, Birmingham, with a council notice informing residents it will not be removed

Emergency bin clean-up was 'part of election plot' claim councillors

Birmingham City Council chief executive refutes suggestion operation was part of 'election bribe'

Coun Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills

New £4 million scheme to help city's jobless youngsters

Birmingham City Council and business bosses given cash to spend on training

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