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Lord Whitby (right), pictured with city council leader Sir Albert Bore, claims Birmingham and the West Midlands have become a laughing stock

Manchester powering ahead as Birmingham becomes 'laughing stock'

Former council leader Lord Whitby wades into debate on devolving powers to new West Midlands Combined Authority

Lord Whitby of Harborne has defended his expenses claim in the House of Lords

Former council boss Lord Whitby claimed £15,300 for three speeches

Mike Whitby, who led Birmingham City Council for eight years, defends his output saying not all work is done in the public glare of the chamber

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

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles claims Birmingham City Council has shown a reluctance to deal with private sector

Pickles: City council's 'old fashioned' ways have damaged Library of Birmingham

Local Government Secretary says the failings of the £188 million library is symptomatic of the council's refusal to change

An artists' impression of Resorts World Birmingham at night

Review of 2014 - May: Cineworld at Resorts World, Arena Central lodges plans and £20m Selfridges revamp

As the weather turned nice, property and leisure took centre stage as Selfridges announced a major overhaul and the first plans were submitted for the £400m Arena Central development

Who would be Mayor? Potential candidates include Pat McFadden, Sir Albert Bore, Robert Alden, John Hemming, Bill Etheridge, Margot James and Andy Street

West Midlands mayor: The possible candidates

With talk mayor for the West Midlands back on the agenda, political editor Jonathan Walker assesses the potential candidates

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.

Mike Whitby and the Library Of Birmingham

Shortfall of private investment in Library of Birmingham

Charitable fundraising arm for the Library of Birmingham falls £700,000 short.

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert on the hunt for £50k chief of staff

New post advertised internally by Birmingham City Council to provide in-depth support to leader's office

Artist's impression of the New Street Station development showing the Navigation Street bridge, which is now not part of the plans

New Street developers scrap Navigation Street bridge from plans

The Navigation Street bridge has been removed from the planning application for New Street after admitting defeat over plans to clad it

Councillor Robert Alden, the new leader of the Conservative group on Birmingham City Council.

New Tory chief: give us 3 years

City's Conservative group leader sets ambitious target for regaining reins of power.

Coun Robert Alden

Coun Robert Alden to be appointed leader of Birmingham Conservative group

The son of councillors John and Deirdre Alden is unopposed for Tory leadership position

Lord Whitby

Ex-city leader Whitby bows out of council

Lord Whitby of Harborne decided to stand down from the council ending his direct association with local government.

Lord Whitby has stepped down from Birmingham City Council

Whitby always spoke from his heart for the city... lobotomy or not

Lord Whitby has stepped down from Birmingham City Council - but his passion for the city is undiminished.

Conservative Party Conference

Tory conference is a worthwhile exception to pecuniary precaution

One of Mike Whitby's more controversial legacies as Birmingham City Council leader was the £1.48 million commitment to hosting the Tory Party party.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the Tory Party Conference at the ICC in 2012

Councillor slams £1.5 million cost of Tory Party Conference

James McKay says the money could have paid for 60 street cleaners

Lord Whitby: New Street cuts 'ruining my dreams'

Lord Mike Whitby, who successfully campaigned for government funding to deliver the New Street Gateway scheme six years ago, has lashed out at changes to the scheme

David Cameron

Questions asked as 95% of Birmingham events budget spent on Conservative Party Conference

The deal to bring three Conservative Party conferences to the city was agreed under the previous council regime, led by Lord Whitby, but new leader Sir Albert Bore has vowed to put an end to such events

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.


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Editor (Agenda and Business)
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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Local Government Correspondent
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Education Correspondent
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News Editor
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Political Editor