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Birmingham Day in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons

Birmingham Day: Civic leaders and local enterprise partnerships pledge to work together

“We can re-emerge as the nation’s second economy and, most importantly, the most significant economy outside London.”

Sir Albert Bore

The end of days has been postponed – and one lord’s a leaping

We’ve had highs and lows over the last 12 months covering civic affairs in this wonderful city. And to mark the occasion here are my own awards for 2013.

The Birmingham skyline

Sweeteners for city if elected Mayor plan goes through at second attempt

Birmingham voters shunned the idea last year when 57.8 per cent said no to creating a role similar to Boris Johnson’s in London

Mike Whitby took his place in the House of Lords as Lord Whitby of Harborne in the City of Birmingham.

Mike Whitby to stand down from Birmingham City Council at next election

Birmingham's Tory leader Lord Mike Whitby has confirmed he will stand down from the city council at next May’s local elections.

Birmingham Council House

Birmingham taxpayer's equal pay bill passes £1bn

Major assets such as the NEC are expected to be sold as Birmingham City Council settles historic 'single status' claims

Mike Whitby has been made a Lord

Mike Whitby delivers debut speech as a Lord

Lord Whitby, who during eight years as Birmingham City Council leader forged close links with the Far East, chose a debate on UK-China trade

Mike Whitby, introduced into the House of Lords as Lord Whitby of Harborne in the City of Birmingham. Lord Whitby was supported by Lord Baker of Dorking and Lord Edmiston. Queen's Robing Room, House of Lord, London. Lords joined by Thomas Woodcock, The Garter King of England, and Lieutenant-General David Leakey The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

Former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby takes seat in House of Lords

He dressed in the traditional ermine robes for the short ceremony of introduction, which involves swearing allegiance to the Queen

A Make Architects design for the Library of Birmingham

From the archives: How The Library of Birmingham could have looked

Ken Shuttleworth, Glenn Howells and Adjaye Associates came up with designs for city's new library

Lord Whitby

Meet Michael John Lord Whitby of Harborne in the City of Birmingham

Lord Whitby keen to get Birmingham in his title

Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham

Video: Lord Digby Jones: Rivals must bury hatchet for sake of region

Former government minister and business chief says that the towns and cities of the region should stop competing and instead get behind a regional economic drive

Malala Yousafzai gives a speech before officially opening the new Library of Birmingham.

Humble pie and a huge PR coup for the library

Let’s spell out that equation: one Library of Birmingham plus one Malala Yousafzai equals a PR coup that is two (sorry) good to beat.

Coun Mike Whitby and Chris Templeman, head of property development for Sainsbury’s supermarkets, in 2007 at Harborne Lane Selly Oak site.

A major sense of betrayal

There is a major sense of betrayal over the way the Harvest Partnership seems to have reneged on pledges to restore part of the Lapal Canal and pay £6 million towards the construction of the Selly Oak New Road.

Mike Whitby

Former Council Leader Mike Whitby is to become a Lord

Congratulations have poured in following the news that former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has been handed a peerage.

Mike Whitby

It was only ever a matter of time, Lord Whitby

Yes the accomplished actor Peter Capaldi, aka The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker, was confirmed as the new Doctor Who live on national television.

Mike Whitby

Former Birmingham council leader Mike Whitby could quit authority after peerage

Harborne councillor will make his first trip to the House of Lords on Wednesday

Mike Whitby

Peerage for former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby

Mike Whitby to become Lord Whitby after David Cameron picks him to become a Tory peer

Sir Albert Bore

Walsall Council leader dismisses West Midlands LEP proposal

Forthright response after Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore suggests local enterprise partnerships in the region should merge

Sir Patrick Linton-Allen, Governor General of Jamaica presents Councillor Mike Whitby with an award from the Government of Jamaica.

Top Jamaican honour for former Birmingham council leader Mike Whitby

Former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has been given a top honour from the Jamaican government.

Eddie Fellows and Coun Tahir Ali

Plans to link up Birmingham tunnels hit by borrowing freeze

A freeze on borrowing has put the breaks on plans to link up the Queensway and St Chad's tunnels, Birmingham's transport chief has revealed.

Curzon Street Station is a major part of the planned HS2 High Speed Rail link

HS2's Curzon Street Station to link Birmingham to the Continent

A new high speed rail station in Birmingham city centre will have a platform for trains to the Continent, it has been revealed.


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