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Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.

The Library of Birmingham updated

Library of Birmingham, parks and care services cut in crushing council budget

About 100 of the Library’s 188 staff will go as opening hours are cut from 73 to 40 per week and extra services for the public are stopped

Sparkhill community library and neighbourhood office

U-turn on Sparkhill library building sale after backbench pressure

Birmingham City Council deputy leader Ian Ward agreed to withdraw the Sparkhill council building from auction after local councillors pleaded for it to be offered for community use first

George Osborne

Autumn Statement: It's time for Osborne to get down to business

Midland chiefs call on Chancellor to back infrastructure projects and extend incentives to small firms

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP will only go so far before it's turned back

Nigel Farage's party certainly gets its fair share of headlines, but will that convert into actual seats come next May?

Eric Pickles

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it

Who would be Mayor? Potential candidates include Pat McFadden, Sir Albert Bore, Robert Alden, John Hemming, Bill Etheridge, Margot James and Andy Street

West Midlands mayor: The possible candidates

With talk mayor for the West Midlands back on the agenda, political editor Jonathan Walker assesses the potential candidates

George Osborne updated

Chancellor George Osborne hints at West Midlands mayor

George Osborne has suggested a new figure could head up a combined authority with powers across the region

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.

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.

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.

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

Liam Byrne

Labour Shadow Universities Minister: I want a graduate tax

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne, Labours higher education spokesman, says he backs a graduate tax to replace student fees but party is still deciding policy

Energy secretary Edward Davey

Jonathan Walker: The Lib Dems are losing ground

The Lib Dems are losing ground not only to the major parties but to UKIP and the Greens.

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

Service Birmingham

Capita paid £23m dividend from taxpayer-funded Service Birmingham contract

A total of £23 million was paid to the private firm last year from the controversial deal with Birmingham City Council, up from £8 million in 2012

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

David Cameron seeks to portray election as personal battle with Miliband

PM also promises to cut taxes for millions of workers if Conservatives win next election


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