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Theresa May has backed down over plans to axe free school meals for all pupils aged four to seven

Union Unite fires Gerard Coyne, the West Midlands official who stood in leadership battle against Len McCluskey

Gerard Coyne is fired as West Midlands regional organiser after a disciplinary hearing finds him guilty of data breach, but he says he's being punished for opposing union leader Len McCluskey

Thousands have been failing UK citizenship tests - could you pass?

Exclusive figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 1,031 people took the test in Sandwell in 2016

Black Country Living Museum to create retro town in £10 million expansion plan

The ambitious project has been given the green light thanks to lottery funding

Labour didn't do as well in last week's general election as they seem to think

A detailed look at the general election results shows they weren't quite as bad for Theresa May or as good for Jeremy Corbyn as some people think

Brummies spent 37 hours stck in traffic last year, new figures have revealed.

Diesel scrappage scheme call on National Clean Air Day

West Midlands Mayor lobbying Government to get diesel cars off the road reduce choking pollution in Birmingha

Mayors Andy Street and Sadiq Khan celebrate life of Jo Cox with rallying call to communities

London and Birmingham, Labour and Conservatives - two big city mayors put differences aside in memory of murdered MP.

London tower block fire may delay Theresa May's agreement with the DUP

Attention at Westminster focuses on horrific London tower block fire as other issues take a back seat

Skunk Anansie guitarist Ace works for the Academy of Contemporary Music

New music academy to launch in Birmingham

School which helped the careers of Newton Faulkner and Ted Dwane from Mumford & Sons to open in the Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham City Council has won praise from Ofsted inspectors

Ofsted praises improvements at Birmingham's children's services

Government inspector says things are improving at troubled city council department which has been rated 'inadequate' since 2009

'No second night on streets' for city's rough sleepers

City council plans new policy to tackle problem of homelessness which has sky rocketed since 2011

Commonwealth election observers watched voting in polling stations

Commonwealth election observers are concerned about the conduct of last week's general election

Secrecy of the vote was 'compromised' in nearly one in ten polling stations, say observers from Commonwealth nations

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Belfast election count.

Theresa May's DUP deal gives us a government 'more extreme than UKIP'

Theresa May is criticised for attempting to do a deal with the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party in order to stay in power.

Nick Brown

Labour will be a 'constructive and positive' opposition, says Jeremy Corbyn's chief whip

Labour Chief Whip Nick Brown says Labour is ready for another election and will challenge Theresa May's government at Westminster for as long as she remains Prime Minister

Sutton Coldfield Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell

Birmingham's only Conservative MP says their election campaign was 'absolutely appalling'

Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell reveals he refused to distribute official party leaflets because they were so bad


Cycle path 'will spoil' Woodgate Valley Country Park

 £728,000 cycle path through city nature reserve gets green light after challenge falters

Former council chief's £500,000 pay-off branded 'ludicrious'

Compensation and pension pot payments for former chief executive Mark Rogers after he departed Birmingham City Council in February

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson says Jeremy Corbyn could be Prime Minister by the end of the year

Tom Watson says a second election this year is 'highly likely' and Labour can take power but it needs to win back former voters


Return for Michael Gove and new deputy for Prime Minister Theresa May

Michael Gove makes a comeback while controversial ministers Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Liam Fox keep their jobs..

Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Donald Trump state visit to UK 'shelved' due to protests

Reports the President wants the trip delayed until he is confident there won't be mass protests

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The August 2011 riots

Police 'would struggle to cope with new riots' after budgets slashed to the bone, says top cop

Cabinet minister Sajid Javid pledges justice for Grenfell Tower victims

EU nationals living in UK CAN stay after Brexit, Theresa May confirms

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Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor