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

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.

Jonathan Walker: Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant takes on Speaker John Bercow

Michael Fabricant MP
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has found his match in Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust to cut more than 1,400 jobs

City Hospital, in Birmigham, one of the sites owned by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which is planning to axe more than 1,400 jobs
Swingeing cuts will take place over the next six years as staff morale hits 'rock bottom' following announcement

Opinion

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.

Broad Street in Birmingham

Birmingham's most polluted streets unveiled

Prominent city centre streets and Spaghetti Junction named as hotspots where air is polluted with Nitrogen Dioxide

New children's services chief at Birmingham City Council

Bernadette McNally OBE, who will be the new executive director of children's services at Birmingham City Council from November
Bernadette McNally OBE to join troubled local authority department to spearhead 'substantial change programme'

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