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All the latest national politics news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Former councillor Ayoub Khan in Priory Queensway

Protest against conversion of Broadway School building

The Grade II-listed Broadway School building, on Whitehead Road, has been deserted since pupils were moved to a new site in Perry Barr in 2011

Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Mell Square, Solihull
Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

Digby Jones: Why The New Troubleshooter makes me go gooey

Lord Jones of Birmingham
Lord Jones explains how The New Troubleshooter came about, and how he came to pick up the baton from his ‘hero’ Sir John Harvey-Jones, who presented the first series in 1990

Working a way through the holidays in China

China flag
The date of the Chinese New Year does tend to totter about somewhat uncertainly between late January and mid-February.

We're in danger or missing the devolution ball

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham
Miliband has said he wants cities like Birmingham and Manchester to become powerful urban dynamos, taking control of budgets for skills, housing, transport and the Work Programme so to boost their economies

Opinion

China flag

Working a way through the holidays in China

The date of the Chinese New Year does tend to totter about somewhat uncertainly between late January and mid-February.

We're in danger or missing the devolution ball

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham
Miliband has said he wants cities like Birmingham and Manchester to become powerful urban dynamos, taking control of budgets for skills, housing, transport and the Work Programme so to boost their economies

More pain means little gain for Labour as cuts temper election hopes

ballot box election 300
When Labour took control of Birmingham City Council after very successful local elections in 2011 and 2012, many assumed they were set comfortably for the long haul.
Birmingham Council House

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Officials stopped 10,900 fraud scams aimed at local authorities in one year

Debate kicks off search for a world famous Birmingham landmark

Transforming the BT Tower into a pen nib sculpture was one idea put forward
A public forum has been held to discuss creating a piece of “innovative and highly visible” art which would put Birmingham on the map.

Osborne launches legislation to finally kill off regional development agencies

George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy, in an emergency budget that slashed spending and drove up taxes.

Former manager of the Rocket Club Allan Sartori

Businessman stripped of land after Broad Street row ends up in court

Allan Sartori, well-known in the city for his management stints at Ronnie Scott’s and the Rocket Club, has been removed as the registered proprietor of the strip of pavement following a tortuous four-year legal battle with Laurence Reddy

Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Mell Square, Solihull
Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

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