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The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore
Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council

Only the best will do for Greater Birmingham

Same old faces being tipped to become 'Metro Mayor' for the region suggest that the search needs to be widened

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The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council

Only the best will do for Greater Birmingham

Same old faces being tipped to become 'Metro Mayor' for the region suggest that the search needs to be widened

Antarctica Iceberg in the ocean

Chancellors Planning Reforms on course for hidden icebergs

The Chancellor is playing around with the deck chairs on the ‘titanic’ English planning system as it lurches inexorably towards floating icebergs with severe engine trouble and only a skeleton public sector planning crew who are struggling to keep it afloat.

Greek 'no' voters celebrate victory in referendum which engaged population

Why allowing the public to have their say is not always a good idea

Calls for a referendum on a combined authority are misguided as direct democracy only works when the public are fully engaged

Budget: George Osborne hasn't really introduced a living wage

Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have introduced a compulsory living wage is not all it seems, but it helps his campaign to position the Conservatives as the workers' party

Chancellor George Osborne summit with West Midlands council leaders at Innovation Birmingham

Despite Chancellor's talk of Northern Powerhouses and Midlands Engine for Growth there is little evidence of genuine devolution says KPMG

Ahead of budget there are calls for Chancellor George Osborne to back his devolution talk with hard cash

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities

Margot James MP is defending her Stourbridge seat

How the new English Baccalaureate will give every child a fair chance of a job or university place

MP Margot James says the introduction of the English Baccalaureate will help ensure every GCSE student takes the subjects they need to have a chance of a good job or university place

West Midlands Combined Authority is such a dismal title - you would expect no less from a committee

Asking seven council leaders to set aside their local interests for the good of the region, jobs and growth has proved too tall an order

The Blairites are taking back control of Labour - and Yvette Cooper is their candidate

The Blairites have been quiet for years but they haven't gone away - and now they see a chance to reclaim their party

Voting

Time to face the reports of election abuse head on

International observers raised concerns about elections in Birmingham, so why is the council not taking this seriously

Nigel Farage on the campaign trail in at Himley Hall in Dudley

How would the West Midlands election result be different with a 'fairer' voting system?

If West Midlands seats were allocated in proportion to the votes cast then the election result would be very different

Forget parochial rivalries - grasp the elected mayor and the billions to go with it

The pitiful devolution deal a result of fear and tribalism by our council leaders

Prime Minister David Cameron with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman at the State Opening of Parliament

'One nation' - and why the PM could have the last laugh

David Cameron has a plan to change the Conservative Party’s image - and rebrand it as the party for working people and social justice.

Cannock Chase

The forgotten rural pieces of the West Midlands

A significant rural-urban fringe surrounds “Greater Birmingham” where the wider rural development dimension has been largely forgotten and neglected in policy and decision making.

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

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

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted

Videos & Photos

CGI of new apartments at 49-51 Holloway Head

Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision

Robots in action on the Jaguar XE production line in Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover thought to be eyeing Poland or Slovakia for new factory

Deal to keep Library of Birmingham open until 9pm gets cautious welcome

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