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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

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

MPs say they - and not the party leaders - must decide who forms a Coalition

Backbench MPs are demanding that they - not the party leaders - decide who forms a Coalition in a hung Parliament

Max Caller, chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission, who is looking at Birmingham's ward sizes exclusive

City councillors told 'to stop griping' over boundary review

Max Caller, man charged with leading review, says authority needs to show evidence that member numbers should not be cut from 120 to 100

Richard Burden

New rules to trace owners if pets killed on the road

Ministers agreed to ensure officials such as Highways Agency staff trace owners of dogs or, where possible, cats if they are killed in collisions with vehicles.

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore: Tories using Kerslake as a smokescreen

Birmingham City leader Sir Albert Bore refuses to back down over who is to blame for local cuts.

Protesters hijack city council budget meeting

Campaigners chant 'shame on you' as authority's leaders clash over £105m cuts to services including Library of Birmingham

Gisela Stuart

Labour MP suggests coalition deal - with the Conservatives

If there's a hung Parliament after May 7's general election then Labour could form a Government in coalition with the Tories, says Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart

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


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