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The council chamber inside Birmingham Council House.

How many politicians does it take to run Europe's largest local authority?

The city's councillors are getting nervous as recommendations suggest their numbers should be reduced from 120 to 100

George Osborne wants Manchester - not Birmingham - to be UK's second economic powerhouse

Manchester cityscape
George Osborne believes the north of England, led by Manchester, can be as successful as the south - but the West Midlands isn't part of his plans

Birmingham City Council spin machine picks a bad day to dig up good news

Lollipop warden Anne Challinor, deputy council leader Coun Ian Ward, Northfield MP Richard Burden and trade union members outside Birmingham Council House.
Despite 1,000 job losses and savage cuts to services the budget became about the reprieve for the city's army of lollipop ladies and men

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The council chamber inside Birmingham Council House.

How many politicians does it take to run Europe's largest local authority?

The city's councillors are getting nervous as recommendations suggest their numbers should be reduced from 120 to 100

Manchester cityscape

George Osborne wants Manchester - not Birmingham - to be UK's second economic powerhouse

George Osborne believes the north of England, led by Manchester, can be as successful as the south - but the West Midlands isn't part of his plans

Lollipop warden Anne Challinor, deputy council leader Coun Ian Ward, Northfield MP Richard Burden and trade union members outside Birmingham Council House.

Birmingham City Council spin machine picks a bad day to dig up good news

Despite 1,000 job losses and savage cuts to services the budget became about the reprieve for the city's army of lollipop ladies and men

Nick Clegg

There's no rush - why kowtow to our end-of-term politicians?

Nick Clegg called on Birmingham and the Black Country to create a combined authority as quickly as possible.

Pop group Duran Duran at the NEC, Birmingham in 1981.

Birmingham needs a little more faith in itself

Not being self-assured, it was suggested by some, is a reason why Birmingham has not attracted the level of investment and willingness by businesses to locate that would be typical in countries on the continent.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Long Election campaign is well under way as parties limber up

I hope you're not tired of the election yet, because the West Midlands is set to be at the heart of the campaign when it begins in earnest.

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog.

Birmingham City Council monthly meeting resembles Groundhog Day

It was Groundhog Day in the Birmingham City Council monthly meeting and even council leader Sir Albert Bore seemed bored

Birmingham City Council

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Long time since Labour's prawn cocktail offensive

Last time Labour was in opposition the party launched the "prawn cocktail offensive", when it wined and dined business leaders in an attempt to convince them that Labour was on their side.

Votes are counted in local elections

Waging all-out elections and a dilemma of councillor numbers

The aim is for all-encompassing council elections in Birmingham by May 2017 instead of election by thirds.

Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UKs very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC all in the name of Sport Relief

Accepting childhood inactivity comes at a great cost

Action needed as report highlights too many kids not fit for purpose.

Bill Gates

Taking stock of a wealth of statistics and perspectives

Oxfam warns the richest one per cent of people in the world now own 48 per cent of all global wealth – up from just over 44 per cent in 2010.

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Want to know what UKIP believe? Read their manifesto pledges

UKIP's 2014 manifesto has been delayed, but we can look at what Nigel Farage and his colleagues were promising last time

T20 remains as popular as ever with fans but a number of counties would welcome its presence on a free-to-air basis

Sky announces extension to broadcast deal

As Sky announces extension to broadcast deal, some counties are crying out for new schedule which will help boost their profile.

An artist's impression of the proposed new Birmingham Conservatoire in Eastside

Debate over architecture is vital - even if some of it grates

Buildings, both internally and externally, are the physical setting for our lives, and for better or worse, their design directly affects all of us.

Nigel Farage

Polls' worrying message for the Midlands' Tories

Polling data suggests Nigel Farage's UKIP party could rob the Tories of seats in the West Midlands, and help Labour.

Eric Pickles

Eric Pickles' shadow looms ominously over Birmingham's beleaguered council chief

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has spoken of a "sword hanging over them" in the form of Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Chris Game: Who will go in this year's General Election?

Despite this Parliament running its full five-year term, far fewer MPs will retire than in 2010.

Birmingham schools are pretty good - so why the flak?

Birmingham has a lower proportion of residents with level 4 or above qualifications (23 per cent) than England and most comparator areas.

Videos & Photos

Pictures: Birmingham canals blighted by rubbish, syringes and oil slicks

Escalator inside the Library of Birmingham which is facing a cull in staff and opening hours

Tories pledge to keep Library of Birmingham open all week

Persimmon has vowed to invest £100m in the former Selly Oak Hospital site

Persimmon pledges £100m and 1,500 jobs with Selly Oak Hospital regen

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