How we use Cookies
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

  • BBC

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.

Coun James Hutchings is one of six elected members stepping down at the 2015 Local Elections next month

Six Birmingham city councillors to step down at local elections

A round-up of those servants to the city who have decided to call time on their political careers with the local authority

They say they're fighting for every vote - but the parties are targeting a few key seats

They don't like to talk about it but sometimes top politicians admit this general election campaign is really targeting a small number of voters

Sir Albert Bore is being challenged for the leadership by Councillor John Clancy

It's a two horse race, again, for Labour leadership

It seems that Sir Albert Bore will be challenged by John Clancy alone for the leadership of the council next month after bid to find

Aston Martin urged to choose Longbridge for new factory

Business and civic leaders say the former MG Rover base would be idea with the luxury marque said to be looking for a new production plant

'A clean and safe city' are high on the agenda for Coun Robert Alden and the Birmingham Tories

Tories: We'll clean up Birmingham and restore civic pride

City's Conservatives launch manifesto ahead of next month's local authority elections as party tries to make further gains at council

MP Andrew Mitchell

Election set for men-only contests in parts of Birmingham

Voters in five West Midlands constituencies will not be given the chance to elect a female candidate.

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Anger as West Midlands MPs reject calls to delay HS2 after damning Lords report

Finance committee questions if £50 billion rail line is needed

Conservative candidate for Solihull in the next General Election Julian Knight

BBC is 'London-Manchester carve up', ex-reporter claims

  • BBC

Julian Knight, the Conservative candidate for Solihull in the General Election, said the BBC’s promise to reach out to the regions was failing


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor