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

David Jamieson with supporters

Labour's David Jamieson elected West Midlands police and crime commissioner

Turnout for the election was 10.32 per cent of the eligible electorate which is just under two million

Number of 30-plus classes in West Midlands soars

Classroom of children
Labour accused the Government of squandering money on pet projects such as free schools instead of providing more teachers and classrooms where they were needed

Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood defies Ed Miliband and insists she still backs Israeli settlement boycott

Shabana Mahmood
Birmingham MP who helped close city supermarket in Gaza protest says she won't back down after leadership tells her to stop campaign

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon
School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

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19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

Russell Luckock: How the Scottish vote of independence could hit the Midlands hard

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.
Strangely, natives living in the rest of the UK will have no say, yet current residents from other lands will be entitled to vote.
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.

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.
As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

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