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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

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore dismisses leadership challenge as he overhauls a troubled authority

Birmingham city council leader Sir Albert Bore has dismissed speculation over his future.

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog.

Birmingham City Council monthly meeting resembles Groundhog Day

It was Groundhog Day in the Birmingham City Council monthly meeting and even council leader Sir Albert Bore seemed bored

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna insists Labour would back business and sets out five-point plan for jobs

With Labour's relationship with business in the spotlight, Chuka Umunna names the six key industry sectors where a Labour government would focus support

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg: Why Birmingham and Black Country must combine forces as quickly as possible

In a wide-ranging interview the Deputy Prime Minister tells Jon Walker the region must press on with a combined authority quickly

Birmingham City Council

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Nick Clegg

Tories could hit public sector workers with "regional pay" plan, says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister says he blocked controversial plan to pay workers in parts of the Midlands less than those in the south

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

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