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Steve McCabe MP is trying to introduce a new law to protect homeowners

Support for Steve McCabe's rogue landlord Bill

House of Commons will hear today about proposed new law designed to protect residents against dodgy landlords and cowboy builders

Coun Ansar Ali Khan

Birmingham councillor in court over election win

Washwood Heath member Ansar Ali Khan to face allegations he won his seat by illegally using leaders at a city mosque to influence voters

Bin strike

Birmingham litter pledge falters due to computer glitch

Residents who fail to report a missed collection within 24 hours of the bin lorry not showing up cannot complain to the council about it

High Speed Rail

HS2 under fire in heated House of Lords debate

Peers clashed over the project, which has become integral into Birmingham’s regneration plans, with one calling for an independent review

Refugee crisis - Birmingham councillor opens heart on family's persecution

Labour councillor Claire Spencer gave an emotional account of the difficulties Syrians will face coming to Birmingham and urged the city to make them feel at home

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband

Why Labour's electoral dilemma strikes at the heart of the country

Lewis Baston examines Labour's status in the Midlands as the party battles to turn itself around following May's General Election

Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan and Lib Dem challenger Shamsur Rehman

Date set for legal challenge against Birmingham's most popular councillor

Probe into Labour councillor's victory in May's local elections will now be heard in court in November by election commissioner Timothy Straker QC

Former Liberal Democrat Solihull MP Lorely Burt gives her first interview since losing her seat.

Former Solihull MP bounces back with a peerage

Lorely Burt to become Baroness Burt of Solihull weeks after losing her seat in House of Commons

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour councillors defy Sir Albert as they fight to hang on

Party's councillors challenge authority's leader in bid to halt cut in their own numbers

Lorely Burt looks on as Julian Knight wins the Solihull seat for the Tories in May's General Election

Former Solihull MP Lorely Burt takes business role with Lib Dems

Ex-MP who served for ten years will now help 'party's fightback' after it suffered devastating losses in May's General Election

Inside the Birmingham Council House Council Chamber

Fears over smaller Birmingham city council

Councillor: Axing 20 seats will increase workload and deter candidates with careers

New Sutton Town Council could pave way for others to follow

More districts could now demand more powers.

The quality housing created by Cadbury and the Bournville Village Trust in the early 1900s

Blow for 'shameful' plan to force Bournville Village Trust to sell off housing

House of Lords amendment to Charities Bill is welcomed by Bournville Village Trust.

Only the best will do for Greater Birmingham

Same old faces being tipped to become 'Metro Mayor' for the region suggest that the search needs to be widened

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

Kingston initiative to keep the recall system in public domain

Introducing a system whereby the public can recall their local councillors for under performance would be no bad thing, says Chris Game

Why Labour fear referendum vote humiliation No.2

Political editor Jonathan Walker looks at Labour's position as moves to hold an EU referendum in the UK start to gather pace

Sixth-form aged people could soon be able to vote in Birmingham polls under new plans

City council pledges votes for sixth formers

Birmingham backs calls to allow 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the EU referendum and says it is considering a similar move for council-run polls


Time to face the reports of election abuse head on

International observers raised concerns about elections in Birmingham, so why is the council not taking this seriously

The 2015 general election count at the ICC in Birmingham

Electoral Reform Society says almost 2m votes 'wasted' in West Midlands

'Shocking indictment of a voting system in crisis' says society which is calling for a new form of voting to be introduced before 2020 General Election


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Editor (Agenda and Business)
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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Local Government Correspondent
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Political Editor