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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

Voting

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

Nigel Farage on the campaign trail in at Himley Hall in Dudley

How would the West Midlands election result be different with a 'fairer' voting system?

If West Midlands seats were allocated in proportion to the votes cast then the election result would be very different

Prime Minister David Cameron with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman at the State Opening of Parliament

'One nation' - and why the PM could have the last laugh

David Cameron has a plan to change the Conservative Party’s image - and rebrand it as the party for working people and social justice.

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

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

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