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BBC Midlands fair share campaign backed by Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MPs

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Politicians from the three top parties call for greater investment in the Midlands from the broadcaster, which invests far more per head in every other region

Escalator inside the Library of Birmingham which is facing a cull in staff and opening hours

Tories pledge to keep Library of Birmingham open all week

Alternative budget commitments from opposition city council members also claim they would scrap controversial 'garden tax'

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley

John Hemming and Andrew Mitchell among top-earning MPs outside Parliament

Lib Dem and Tory Birmingham MPs earn more from business interests than they do from politics

Birmingham health expert's delight at ban on smoking in cars carrying children

Pro-smoking campaigners Forest claim the legislation is excessive

Coun Paul Tilsley is among those city councillors opposed to a reduction in the number of members exclusive

Birmingham councillors gear up for clash over ward reviews

Local Government Boundary Commission is now in talks with city council over recommendations in Kerslake report that 120 councillors should become 100

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore dismisses leadership challenge as he overhauls a troubled authority

Birmingham city council leader Sir Albert Bore has dismissed speculation over his future.

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog.

Birmingham City Council monthly meeting resembles Groundhog Day

It was Groundhog Day in the Birmingham City Council monthly meeting and even council leader Sir Albert Bore seemed bored

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna insists Labour would back business and sets out five-point plan for jobs

With Labour's relationship with business in the spotlight, Chuka Umunna names the six key industry sectors where a Labour government would focus support

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg: Why Birmingham and Black Country must combine forces as quickly as possible

In a wide-ranging interview the Deputy Prime Minister tells Jon Walker the region must press on with a combined authority quickly

Birmingham City Council

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Nick Clegg

Tories could hit public sector workers with "regional pay" plan, says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister says he blocked controversial plan to pay workers in parts of the Midlands less than those in the south

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Deidre Kelly, or White Dee, isn't a politician but is 50/1 to win the Ladywood seat

White Dee second-favourite to win General Election seat - but it doesn't pay enough

Documentary star is ahead of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP or Conservatives in her home constituency - but her agent says the job doesn't pay well enough

General Election 2015: Bookies tip Labour to win more West Midlands seats

 The Post has looked into the odds of candidates in 25 constituencies in Birmingham and the Black Country and Labour are tipped to gain with UKIP winning none

Rob Marris is the Labour candidate in Wolverhampton South West

General Election 2015: Labour favourite to win Wolverhampton South West from Tories

Three bookmakers all make Labour candidate Rob Marris favourite to secure seat he lost in 2010 General Election once again

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden

General Election 2015: Pat McFadden odds-on to hold Wolverhampton South East

Former cabinet minister is 100/1 on to secure his seat again, with UKIP considered his next challenger

Emma Reynolds MP

General Election 2015: Bookies expect Wolverhampton North East to remain Labour

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds is heavy odds-on to retain her seat

Adrian Bailey MP for West Bromwich West.

General Election 2015: West Bromwich West to remain Labour, bookies say

Business select committee chair Adrian Bailey expected to comfortably secure his seat once more in the 2015 General Election

General Election 2015: Tom Watson heavy odds-on to retain West Bromwich East

West Bromwich East is one of Labour's safest seats and Mr Watson, the thorn in the side of Rupert Murdoch, is expected to retain it

John Spellar is defending his Labour seat in Warley

General Election 2015: Warley set to remain Labour, bookies say

Warley has only ever been a Labour seat and John Spellar's rivals have their work cut out to change that, according to bookmakers

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