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The race to be West Midlands Mayor.

West Midlands Mayor survey - what do the experts and candidates say

NHS and immigration important issues to voters even though they are not mayor's responsibility

It's neck and neck in West Midlands Mayor race

Exclusive survey reveals Labour and Tories too close to call on first preferences two weeks ahead of election - second votes will be crucial

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

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

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

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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

£88m of budget cuts have been approved at Birmingham City Council

Clancy accuses opponents of 'misdirection' over £88m cuts

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy says 'Dismantling of welfare state' is real legacy of poor Whitehall deal

Former Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt has joined DBS Law

Former Solihull MP Lorely Burt joins DBS Law

Law firm recruits life peer to help boost its profile in the business community

Jon Hunt has been installed as the new leader of Birmingham's Lib Dem group

Former Birmingham Post journalist takes control of city's Lib Dems

Jon Hunt worked as a health correspondent for the paper but now succeeds long-serving leader Paul Tilsley who stepped down last month

You will take graveyard photos over our dead body says Birmingham City Council

Council stuck in old ways as it stops amateur historians taking photographs of historic graveyards

Coun Paul Tilsley is stepping down as group leader of Birmingham's Lib Dems

Birmingham's Lib Dem leader to step down

Coun Paul Tilsley says it is now time pass the baton to someone younger as race begins to elect a new group leader

A rocky year ahead for all Birmingham politicians and elections in Kingstanding and Sutton Coldfield could prove decisive

The new leader, devolution deal, local elections and Birmingham City Council's ongoing crisis point to a lively 2016.

Sutton Coldfield Conservatives will not stand aside in town council ballot

Residents group calls on political parties to give way in town council elections and allow local independent candidates to win seats.

From left: Birmingham businessmen James Ng and Anthony McCourt with Far Eastern investors Dr Ching-Chih Chen and Denise Li who met during May to discuss opportunities in the city

Review of 2015 - May: Chinese investment, Felix Dennis' estate and combined authority

In May a delegation of Far East investors revealed they were eyeing projects in Birmingham, the estate of late publisher Felix Dennis was put on sale for £10m and plans started to create a new combined authority

A Lambo for the Mayor ... but savings still have to be made

Budget woes, more money for Capita, grumpy councillors and a tortuous moment for the Birmingham's Deputy Lord Mayor

Council House leaders have pledged to work together to improve Europe's largest local authority

City council leaders team up to ward off government intervention

Leaders of Birmingham's Conservative, Lib Dem and ruling Labour groups say together they can convince watchdog that council is ready to change

Liam Byrne with his father Dermot

Birmingham MP reveals misery of growing up with an alcoholic parent

Liam Byrne in call to help children of adults with drink problem as he tells of his own family history


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