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Kingston initiative to keep the recall system in public domain

Introducing a system whereby the public can recall their local councillors for under performance would be no bad thing, says Chris Game

Why Labour fear referendum vote humiliation No.2

Political editor Jonathan Walker looks at Labour's position as moves to hold an EU referendum in the UK start to gather pace

Sixth-form aged people could soon be able to vote in Birmingham polls under new plans

City council pledges votes for sixth formers

Birmingham backs calls to allow 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the EU referendum and says it is considering a similar move for council-run polls


Time to face the reports of election abuse head on

International observers raised concerns about elections in Birmingham, so why is the council not taking this seriously

The 2015 general election count at the ICC in Birmingham

Electoral Reform Society says almost 2m votes 'wasted' in West Midlands

'Shocking indictment of a voting system in crisis' says society which is calling for a new form of voting to be introduced before 2020 General Election

Nigel Farage on the campaign trail in at Himley Hall in Dudley

How would the West Midlands election result be different with a 'fairer' voting system?

If West Midlands seats were allocated in proportion to the votes cast then the election result would be very different

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.

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

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

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

Coun Ray Hassall

Birmingham's next Lord Mayor to get city jogging

Coun Ray Hassall reinstated the Birmingham Half Marathon in 2008 and now wants to do more to get people active during his year as Lord Mayor

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 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

Birmingham to target fairer funding deal after local elections

After retaining his Ladywood seat, council leader Sir Albert Bore says he awaits with interest on who next local government secretary will be

Labour's Gisela Stuart and Shabana Mahmood at the ICC in Birmingham

General Election 2015: More female MPs than ever - who's who in West Midlands

Conservatives have at least 65 women MPs, over a third more than 2010

Picture taken to mark the BBC's move from Pebble Mill to The Mailbox in 2004

BBC under fire for no-show from nationals at Birmingham election count

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Politician Gisela Stuart hits out at corporation for failing to assign journalists from its stable of national reporters to city

Prime Minister David Cameron

General election: Attack mode as big guns scrap over Midland votes

The final days of the election campaign get down and dirty as parties take aim at each other with 'secret plans' and 'who can you trust?'

Birmingham teenager bids to become UK's youngest councillor

Luke Holland, who just turned 18, is standing as an independent candidate in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward

Energy on the Coalition backburner

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.


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