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Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

New political play Feed the Beast to be premiered in Birmingham

Wrtier Steve Thompson reveals why he wrote the play for Birmingham Rep

Apprentices in the Aston Martin design department mould a car from clay

Labour doesn't just want to cut tuition fees - it wants employers to pay students

Attention has focused on Labour's plans to cut tuition fees but the party's long-term plan is for students to earn a salary while they learn

MP Roger Godsiff

General Election 2015: Bookies tip Roger Godsiff to hold on to Hall Green

Hall Green was secured for Labour when Tony Blair came to power almost 18 years ago and the bookies are predicting no chance this time around

Studio portraits taken by Heinrich Hoffman of Hitler rehearsing his hand gestures for public speeches

Neil Elkes: UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge used Hitler as an example of a great orator

There are plenty of examples of great political speakers to draw on without needing to pull the abhorrent Nazi leader from the proverbial hat.

Richard Burden

MG Rover workers' 'astonishing' nine-year pension wait

The near decade-long delay to resolve the level of payments to members of the MG Rover Group Senior Pension Scheme was today branded ‘astonishing’ by Northfield MP Richard Burden

The British Council For Offices Annual Conference at The ICC in Birmingham. Isabel Oakeshott speaks during the panel debate

New politics and new economics discussed at BCO conference in Birmingham

Sir Albert Bore welcomes 450-plus delegates to second day of three-day conference, which started on Wednesday with tours of Jaguar Land Rover and the city centre

US president Barack Obama

Goodbye Mondeo man, hello microtargeting

I don’t pretend fully to understand micro-targeting, but I do get, and somewhat resent, its democratic implications. First, though, as Mike Yarwood’s Max Bygraves would say: I wanna tell you a story

Still image from the HS2 promotional video

Lord Mandelson: Labour only backed high speed rail to "trump" the Tories

Labour backed high speed rail to "trump" the Tories - not because the country needs it, Peter Mandelson has admitted.

Ed Miliband delivering a speech on One Nation Politics

Time for Ed Miliband to show us what he's made of

Tony Blair offered simple policies which promised to make a difference to voters' lives. Ed Miliband should follow his example.

Tom Watson

Tom Watson: I'll bring paedophiles to justice

Tom Watson, who resigned from Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet following the row over Unite's role in candidate selection, talks about his future plans in our exclusive interview

Pete Lowe has been chosen as the candidate in Stourbridge

Labour chooses Unite-backed candidate Pete Lowe for Stourbridge

Former nurse chosen to challenge Conservatives after being backed by union

Harold Wilson

Neil Elkes: A little less conversation

A few years ago there was a television news feature on Harold Wilson's Labour Government of the 1960s and its success in driving through a series of social reforms, including the legalisation of homosexuality for over 21s, the abolition of the death penalty and the legalisation of abortion.

Tony Blair

Why Blair will go down as a Labour Party winner

Whatever else history might say about Tony Blair, it will remember him as a winner.

Memorial made of shell casings in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. By Sergeant Russ Nolan RLC

Call to bring Camp Bastion memorial to the Midlands

A memorial to British soldiers killed in Afghanistan could be dismantled in Camp Bastion and rebuilt at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Review: Tony Palmer's Nocturne at The Artrix, Bromsgrove

Among the many facets of Benjamin Britten's character we have gleaned during the 100 years since his birth are his anti-war sentiments, most powerfully expressed in his War Requiem, premiered at the consecration of Sir Basil Spence's new Coventry Cathedral on May 30, 1962.

Top marks to the Baccalaureate examination system

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is the end of the ancient world of narrow specialisation at 16.

Cameron's use of US-style open primaries could be an election winner

The use of US-style open primaries could be an election winner for the Tories, writes Chris Game.

Disestablishment: Big word, little hope

Would splitting from state control harm the Church of England? Chris Game takes up the debate.

Examining both sides of climate change in the city

How radical should Birmingham’s response be to climate change will be the theme of tonight’s Lunar Society debate at the Town Hall.


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