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A budget cuts protest in Victoria Square.

City leadership needs to get a grip

The city council faces a massive financial crisis, meanwhile an unlikely figure has turned up to cheer on Jeremy Corbyn

Backbenchers and junior officials still feeling unloved and out of the loop in Birmingham City Council's brave new world

A report surfaced this week suggesting there is still much work to do for council bosses

It has been a solid start but Birmingham's council leader still has much work to do

In December we made some demands of John Clancy - so how is he doing?

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP

Birmingham Post Power 250: Politics

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of politics

Clancy talks of Tory misdirection but is unable to sprinkle any magic on the budget he inherited

The Labour leader has dealt with the legacy of his predecessor and must now start pushing his own agenda

The Library of Birmingham has struggled to attract funding, according to trustees

Council cuts to the Library of Birmingham destroyed other income

Trustees claim Birmingham City Council cuts made it impossible to attract more private funding into the Library of Birmingham after its charity arm was axed

The giant mountain of rubbish sacks dumped at West Heath Island. Picture: Elizabeth Hall.

Measuring street grime is a dirty business

It was heralded as a great step forward for local government openness and empowerment for citizens looking to get to grips with the grime on their streets and neighbourhoods.

John Clancy, the new leader of Birmingham City Council

Housing to take centre stage under new council leader

Labour leader John Clancy will place meeting the demand for good housing, a priority of his administration

Annual awards for Birmingham's brightest and best politicians

Back by popular demand are the annual  'awards' which the members of Birmingham City Council would rather not win

Birmingham is set to welcome 50 Syrian refugees in the coming weeks

Birmingham on course to accept 50 Syrian refugees

Charity Refugee Action appointed as official partner of the city as it prepares to welcome group of Syrians fleeing the war

John Clancy

New Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy must find balance between steadying the ship and his radical agenda

It's not over for John Clancy and the wider Birmingham Labour group as they must pick up the pieces of a difficult and divisive leadership election

Sir Albert Bore has issued a stark warning over taxes in Birmingham

Tax rise is nowhere near enough says Sir Albert

Two per cent council tax hike will be negligible for Birmingham as outgoing city council leader claims taxpayers will be forced to cough up more

John Clancy has been elected the new leader of Birmingham City Council

John Clancy wins race to lead Birmingham City Council

Sir Albert Bore will formally step down next week after 16 years at the head of Birmingham's Labour group and two spells in charge of the council

Metro mayor shows weakness of council leader, whoever wins

Amid all the talk of election hustings and cries for greater democracy in the business of running Birmingham, the only real step towards genuine public accountability has been the announcement of a metro mayor to run the Greater Birmingham region from 2017.

Mike Leddy

Birmingham City Council leadership battle down to four

Former Lord Mayor withdraws his candidacy and immediately throws his support between one of those left in the race

Clockwise from top left: Councillors John Clancy, Ian Ward, Mike Leddy, Barry Henley and Penny Holbrook

Birmingham City Council needs all the friends it can get says Labour leadership contender

Coun Penny Holbrook hits back at rival's 'novice' claim and says she would welcome the support of colleagues and the wider city in running the council

Clockwise from top left: Councillors John Clancy, Ian Ward, Mike Leddy, Barry Henley and Penny Holbrook

Future city council leaders 'looking forward' to election hustings

Five candidates hoping to take over from Sir Albert Bore will go head-to-head on Thursday in a public debate organised by the Birmingham Post

Council going nowhere fast unless they get to grips with transport

As the council leadership battle enters its sixteenth week, we have heard much from the councillors and MPs on what should happen – and, indeed, much from the Government overseers on what is expected of Britain’s largest local authority.

Clockwise from top left: Councillors John Clancy, Ian Ward, Mike Leddy, Barry Henley and Penny Holbrook

Hustings to quiz next Birmingham City Council leader

Birmingham Post event will bring together all five councillors who have stepped into the election race to succeed Sir Albert Bore

Coun Ian Ward speaking at the Birmingham Sports Awards 2015 at Villa Park

Birmingham leadership contender Ian Ward calls rivals 'novices'

The battle to lead the city's authority is becoming more intense with the deputy leader pointing out candidates' flaws


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