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

Lorely Burt looks on as Julian Knight wins the Solihull seat for the Tories in May's General Election

Former Solihull MP Lorely Burt takes business role with Lib Dems

Ex-MP who served for ten years will now help 'party's fightback' after it suffered devastating losses in May's General Election

Summer holiday from hell for Bore and co as deadlines loom

Trying times at Birmingham City Council
Local government correspondent Neil Elkes assesses a busy time for the council in what would normally be a fallow summer period

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles

The search has started to fill five senior roles at Birmingham City Council
Jobs whose salaries range from £78,000 to £153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper
Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another £20m

Opinion

Trying times at Birmingham City Council

Summer holiday from hell for Bore and co as deadlines loom

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes assesses a busy time for the council in what would normally be a fallow summer period

This energy policy is on a new course sunshine

In a politically “hot” and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham
Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit
Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

We'll tell civil servants to move out of London, says Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says a Labour government would order Whitehall departments to draw up plans to shift jobs out of London

Ed Balls calls for "Midland Powerhouse" as he pledges to devolve cash and power to region

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Shafique Shah
The Government's plans for a "Northern Powerhouse" are excluding the rest of the country, Labour's Shadow Chancellor has warned

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters
Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it
Trying times at Birmingham City Council

Summer holiday from hell for Bore and co as deadlines loom

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes assesses a busy time for the council in what would normally be a fallow summer period

Former Birmingham Lord Mayor Freda Cocks turns 100

Freda Cocks, Birmingham's Lord Mayor for 1977-78, celebrates her 100th birthday at Digby Manor residential home in Erdington with grandson Angus McFarlane
Special anniversary celebration for popular politician who 'led the way for women on the council'

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