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Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

West Midlands councils bid for share of £60bn handout

But the seven authorities are urged to go much further as they vie to bring home a slice of the devolution package from central government

Warwickshire rejects chance to join combined authority

Councillors in Warwickshire voted against joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority
Councillors vote against becoming members of the new 'super council' but LEP pleads for Coventry and Warwickshire to stay together

West Midlands Police facing 'catastrophic' budget cuts

Legal challenge could be mounted over Whitehall funding expected to come into force by 2020 which would see local police lose up to 55 cent of budget

Anger as Capita makes millions in Birmingham City Council deal

City defends £12.5m dividend payout over Service Birmingham contract as 'cost effective'

Date set for legal challenge against Birmingham's most popular councillor

Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan and Lib Dem challenger Shamsur Rehman
Probe into Labour councillor's victory in May's local elections will now be heard in court in November by election commissioner Timothy Straker QC

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NHS bungle left trainee West Midland GPs unable to practise

Fourteen trainee GPs in the West Midlands were suspended after an 'unacceptable' admin failure by NHS England, leaving them unable to work for weeks

Paul Philip, SRA chief executive

Apprenticeships in law set to improve access to legal profession

Apprenticeship standards in law are part of a package of 59 measures announced by David Cameron

CGI of the new students flats in Windsor Street

Vacant Nechells site to house new student flats

Industrial area near Aston University could house the second student accommodation development in Birmingham to be run by operator Amare following project in Selly Oak

Cliques and stitch-ups part and parcel of party politics

Neil Elkes takes a look at some of the internal wrangles currently affecting the Labour group at Birmingham City Council

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy

Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham
Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

Videos & Photos

CGI of the new students flats in Windsor Street

Vacant Nechells site to house new student flats

The project to take the Birmingham Wholesale Markets to Witton could be approved next week

New Wholesale Markets in Birmingham set for green light

CGI of the proposal for the old tram depot which city planners rejected

Vow over Sparkbrook tram depot renovation despite council rejection

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Dave Robson
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Emma McKinney
Local Government Correspondent
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Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor