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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.

Why the Labour left is blind to what public really wants

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn
Political editor Jonathan Walker examines the continuing debate over Jeremy Corbyn and his apparently unstopable march to victory in the Labour leadership contest

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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 Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham

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

Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn

Why the Labour left is blind to what public really wants

Political editor Jonathan Walker examines the continuing debate over Jeremy Corbyn and his apparently unstopable march to victory in the Labour leadership contest

Solihull School students and headmaster David Lloyd celebrate a record high in A-level results

Poor A-level results don't have to mean a poor future

Education correspondent Emma McKinney asesses the future for those teenager today which didn't get quite what they hoped for in the A-levels

Sutton Coldfield

We could be witnessing the start of a new wave of local activism in Birmingham

Grass roots movements in Sutton Coldfield and Balsall Heath are beginning to bear fruit - and more could follow

Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn began the Labour leadership campaign as an outsider but could end up winning

The fear and anger of Labour MPs as they realise Jeremy Corbyn might win

His supporters use the slogan Jez We Can - but some Labour MPs fear their party is doomed if Jeremy Corbyn becomes their new leader

Trying times at Birmingham City Council

Summer holiday from hell for Bore and co as deadlines loom

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes assesses a busy time for the council in what would normally be a fallow summer period

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

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
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Emma McKinney
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor