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A budget cuts protest in Victoria Square.

City leadership needs to get a grip

The city council faces a massive financial crisis, meanwhile an unlikely figure has turned up to cheer on Jeremy Corbyn

Coun Jon Hunt is confident the Lib Dems can reclaim the Yardley constituency

Birmingham Lib Dem leader's warning to Jess Phillips

Yardley seat 'under threat' after positive showing at local elections says city's Lib Dem group

ballot box

Birmingham council elections 2016: How the political landscape could change

Local Government expert Chris Game, of the University of Birmingham, looks at the battle for seats in local elections in the West Midlands

Ceremonial launch of Sutton Coldfield Parish Council in March

More than benches and bus stops at stake for Royal Town

Forget parish council stereotypes, Sutton Coldfield's new authority will be unlike any other

£88m of budget cuts have been approved at Birmingham City Council

Clancy accuses opponents of 'misdirection' over £88m cuts

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy says 'Dismantling of welfare state' is real legacy of poor Whitehall deal

Former Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt has joined DBS Law

Former Solihull MP Lorely Burt joins DBS Law

Law firm recruits life peer to help boost its profile in the business community

Jon Hunt has been installed as the new leader of Birmingham's Lib Dem group

Former Birmingham Post journalist takes control of city's Lib Dems

Jon Hunt worked as a health correspondent for the paper but now succeeds long-serving leader Paul Tilsley who stepped down last month

You will take graveyard photos over our dead body says Birmingham City Council

Council stuck in old ways as it stops amateur historians taking photographs of historic graveyards

Coun Paul Tilsley is stepping down as group leader of Birmingham's Lib Dems

Birmingham's Lib Dem leader to step down

Coun Paul Tilsley says it is now time pass the baton to someone younger as race begins to elect a new group leader

A rocky year ahead for all Birmingham politicians and elections in Kingstanding and Sutton Coldfield could prove decisive

The new leader, devolution deal, local elections and Birmingham City Council's ongoing crisis point to a lively 2016.

Sutton Coldfield Conservatives will not stand aside in town council ballot

Residents group calls on political parties to give way in town council elections and allow local independent candidates to win seats.

From left: Birmingham businessmen James Ng and Anthony McCourt with Far Eastern investors Dr Ching-Chih Chen and Denise Li who met during May to discuss opportunities in the city

Review of 2015 - May: Chinese investment, Felix Dennis' estate and combined authority

In May a delegation of Far East investors revealed they were eyeing projects in Birmingham, the estate of late publisher Felix Dennis was put on sale for £10m and plans started to create a new combined authority

A Lambo for the Mayor ... but savings still have to be made

Budget woes, more money for Capita, grumpy councillors and a tortuous moment for the Birmingham's Deputy Lord Mayor

Council House leaders have pledged to work together to improve Europe's largest local authority

City council leaders team up to ward off government intervention

Leaders of Birmingham's Conservative, Lib Dem and ruling Labour groups say together they can convince watchdog that council is ready to change

Liam Byrne with his father Dermot

Birmingham MP reveals misery of growing up with an alcoholic parent

Liam Byrne in call to help children of adults with drink problem as he tells of his own family history

Councillor Robert Alden

Tory leader rejects Andrew Mitchell's call to break up Birmingham City Council

Coun Robert Alden rejects a call to split the city into ten district councils - saying Birmingham’s size is an asset and not responsible for the council’s failings

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


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