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

Cllr Robert Alden

Conservatives in Birmingham vow to scrap 'garden tax'

A manifesto for the May 22 local election also pledges free parking in suburban high street car parks and to turn 40 pieces of derelict land into public squares

Tributes after Stechford mosque founder Haji Fazal Ellahi dies

Haji Fazal Ellahi started campaigning in 1990 for a place of worship in the community and held a number of meetings with then Yardley MP Estelle Morris

Birmingham Metropolitan College to invest £4m in Skills Centre

A computer-generated image of plans for a new Skills Centre at Birmingham Metropolitan College
Birmingham Metropolitan College is redeveloping its Skills Centre in Erdington after securing a £1.3 million Skills Funding Agency grant

Three Trojan Horse investigations 'increases the confusion'

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood
Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood is now calling for a swift and coordinated inquiry by the Department for Education, Ofsted and Birmingham City Council

Protest against conversion of Broadway School building

Former councillor Ayoub Khan in Priory Queensway
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

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

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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.

Tributes after Stechford mosque founder Haji Fazal Ellahi dies

Haji Fazal Ellahi started campaigning in 1990 for a place of worship in the community and held a number of meetings with then Yardley MP Estelle Morris

Solihull Council appoints former Salford boss as chief executive

New Solihull Council chief executive Nick Page
Nick Page replaces Mark Rogers who left Solihull in February for a new role as chief executive of Birmingham City Council

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