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John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

Unison members striking in Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham Tories hit out as council funds union reps to tune of £1.2m

Birmingham City Council under fire from prominent Conservatives as Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accuses the Labour-run authority of burning taxpayers' cash

The European flag

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.

Birmingham City Council's Forward publication

Birmingham City Council's Forward publication over steps the mark with highly political content

Criticism, the £600,000 cost of publication, and tensions within the former Tory-Lib Dem coalition led to Birmingham City Council's Forward publication being axed as a regular newspaper in 2009.

Protesters gather in Victoria Square as Birmingham City Council meets to vote on the budget

Walsall Council facing £86m more budget cuts

Black Country council follows in Birmingham's footsteps by predicting further austerity

Energy secretary Edward Davey

Jonathan Walker: The Lib Dems are losing ground

The Lib Dems are losing ground not only to the major parties but to UKIP and the Greens.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who wants to give cities and regions right to home rule

Nick Clegg's plans to give cities legal right to home rule

Lib Dem leader has revealed mission to offer cities and regions a right to home rule and expects to have draft laws published in 2015

Service Birmingham

Capita paid £23m dividend from taxpayer-funded Service Birmingham contract

A total of £23 million was paid to the private firm last year from the controversial deal with Birmingham City Council, up from £8 million in 2012

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

David Cameron seeks to portray election as personal battle with Miliband

PM also promises to cut taxes for millions of workers if Conservatives win next election

Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

MP Liam Byrne

Government is trying to destroy Birmingham with cuts, MP claims

Liam Byrne, Labour's MP for Hodge Hill, said the Government was not giving Birmingham a fair deal.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012

Party conferences might come back to Birmingham after all

Fear of losing out on lucrative conferences allayed as rival cities also axe subsidies

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college

Stafford Hospital

Hospital campaigner Karen Howell challenging MP for Stafford seat

Karen Howell, a founder member of the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, is among a dozen candidates unveiled by the National Health Action Party

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party in England and Wales

Green Party about 'more than stopping climate change' says Natalie Bennett

Party leader determined to show breadth of policies during four-day conference at Aston University

Karen Brady arrives on stage on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central in Manchester.

Jonathan Walker: Birmingham City Council is wrong to say we don't need major party conferences in the city

Party conferences are a chance to get the nation's top politicians, journalists, charity heads and business leaders into the city - but Birmingham is turning them away.

Airplane taking off on the runway at Birmingham Airport

Lorely Burt: Birmingham Airport runway policy could sacrifice UK growth

Airport expansion sparks an inevitable tug 'o' war between those who see larger airports as key to economic growth, and those worried about the impact on the environment.

Lorely Burt

Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt defies party over runway extensions

Member for Solihull says she wants to leave the door open for expansion of sites such as Birmingham Airport

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

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