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

Coun David Jamieson

Surprise hat in ring for elected police boss

Former transport minister David Jamieson is aiming to succeed the late Mr Jones who died suddenly this month.

End blame game over Trojan Horse says MP

Gisela Stuart
Gisela Stuart calls for MPs, Government and city council to focus on solutions rather than blaming one another

Fears for summer holiday police commissioner election, when polling stations will be closed and vital staff are away

West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones
Birmingham City Council is warning that the August by-election to choose a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner could descend into chaos

Turn on, tune in - and wait several years for 'City TV'

Debra Davis
Despite nearly two years of promises from the folk at City TV/BLTV, there is little apparent sign of any positive developments here in Birmingham.

MP's questions over mystery of City TV channel

Steve McCabe MP
Steve McCabe to table parliamentary questions over delayed launch of local TV station for Birmingham,  Solihull and the Black Country

Opinion

Debra Davis

Turn on, tune in - and wait several years for 'City TV'

Despite nearly two years of promises from the folk at City TV/BLTV, there is little apparent sign of any positive developments here in Birmingham.

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Eiffel Tower in Paris
Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

Mayors back on big city agenda as parties converge

Lord Heseltine
Lord Heseltine's vision for cities like Birmingham echoes many of Labour peer Lord Adonis's ideas.
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 new Midland Metro tram

£130m Midland Metro boost 'will help city's international standing'

Funding has been allocated towards taking the Metro through New Canal Street to Adderley Street – where a park-and-ride facility is planned

Planners poised to back Sutton Conservative Club demolition

Sutton Coldfield town centre
Gracewell Healthcare hopes to build second care home in Birmingham as Conservative club looks to downsize

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