David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London
Mr Griffiths is awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in the city, while Ms Syal and Mr Batson both upgraded their MBEs, with Wolverhampton-born actress Syal made CBE and footballer-turned-administrator Batson made an OBE
April saw the Library of Birmingham under the media glare just eight months after opening while the city council was forced to defend spending almost all of its event budget on the Conservative Conference
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