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Solihull Hospital where urology and gynaecology services are under threat of closure

MP's fears over planned service closures at Solihull Hospital

Lorely Burt has met with NHS boss Mark Newbold to discuss threatened services at West Midlands hospital

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

James Carver MEP, UKIP's policing candidate Keith Row, and Bill Etheridge MEP.

UKIP policing candidate backs MEP Bill Etheridge in Hitler row

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge has been condemned for praising Hitler's oratory during a recent party meeting.

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party in England and Wales

Voters want "big changes" - and only the Greens can deliver, says party leader Natalie Bennett

The Green Party want to tax the rich, tax supermarkets and nationalise the railways. As she prepares for their annual conference in Birmingham, party leader Natalie Bennett tells the Birmingham Post why voters are going Green.

Richard Burden

Right support would see 'UK lead world in low-emission cars'

MPs call on government to pump investment into R&D for green cars to make UK a world leader

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Holidays could scupper Labour bid for power over Walsall Borough Council

The Labour group are trying for a second time this year to take power in the Black Country authority after winning a by-election last month giving them 30 seats out of 60.

Lorely Burt

Solihull MP Lorely Burt in supermarket clash with Tory rival

Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt crossed swords with Conservative rival Julian Knight in Morrisons, after taking umbrage when he dubbed himself a "shadow MP"

Coun David Jamieson

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Ex-MP David Jamieson launched his bid for the post, vacated by the death of the party’s Bob Jones, alongside shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in Erdington yesterday

A polling station

By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

Joseph Chamberlain

Birmingham needs a new Joseph Chamberlain - university conference speakers

More than 100 people attended the two-day event, split between Newman University’s Bartley Green campus and the Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre

Birmingham Council House

Failing departments can't 'pass the buck' warns councillor

Council watchdog chief Carl Rice has backed the decision to take over the Capita-Service Birmingham contact centre

Joseph Chamberlain

Chamberlain's greatest legacy is the method and style of politics that he championed

Chamberlain became a champion of national radical politics, writes Dr Ian Cawood

Councillor Lisa Trickett (Lab, Moseley and Kings Heath)

No U-turn on city's 'garden tax'

But bin boss apologises to residents who paid for collection service they never received

Councillor Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

City can look forward to greater Birmingham, says Sir Albert

Council leader sheds doom and gloom to deliver upbeat message in annual policy statement

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham City Council bosses under fire after missing performance targets

End-of-year report shows authority is struggling to perform in areas such as children's social care and education

Pupils in a primary school classroom

A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron stands alone in Europe - and quite likes it

David Cameron has been on a one-man crusade to try to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission.

Birmingham City Council

Tories hit out at Labour for £11m city underspend

Birmingham City Council has underspent its 2013/14 budget by £11 million.

Walsall Conservative leader Mike Bird

Labour fail in bid to seize control of Walsall Borough Council

Despite being largest single party on Walsall Borough Council with 29 out of 60 seats, the Labour group were unable to unseat Tory leader Mike Bird

Sir Albert Bore

Radical overhaul of democracy in Birmingham revealed

As Europe's largest local authority, representing more than one million people, it has frequently been claimed Birmingham is too large and a monolithic administration cannot serve such a wide and diverse area effectively

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