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The giant mountain of rubbish sacks dumped at West Heath Island. Picture: Elizabeth Hall.

Measuring street grime is a dirty business

It was heralded as a great step forward for local government openness and empowerment for citizens looking to get to grips with the grime on their streets and neighbourhoods.

You will take graveyard photos over our dead body says Birmingham City Council

Council stuck in old ways as it stops amateur historians taking photographs of historic graveyards

Birmingham city centre as seen from the press box at Warwickshire Cricket Club.

Contest to become the first mayor of the West Midlands has already begun

Labour has begun to think about how it will choose a candidate for next year's West Midlands metro-mayor election, but jockeying behind the scenes is already underway

John Clancy, the new leader of Birmingham City Council

Housing to take centre stage under new council leader

Labour leader John Clancy will place meeting the demand for good housing, a priority of his administration

New Birmingham leader faces friendly fire in his question time debut

In the hotseat for the first time council leader John Clancy congratulated for winning the support of 'almost half the Birmingham Labour group'

A rocky year ahead for all Birmingham politicians and elections in Kingstanding and Sutton Coldfield could prove decisive

The new leader, devolution deal, local elections and Birmingham City Council's ongoing crisis point to a lively 2016.

Annual awards for Birmingham's brightest and best politicians

Back by popular demand are the annual  'awards' which the members of Birmingham City Council would rather not win

Not a threat to your person: Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips obviously didn't threaten Jeremy Corbyn so stop being silly

People who pretend to be offended on Twitter are like a footballer throwing themselves to the ground and rolling around in mock pain

Bordering on the ridiculous

Place names rightly matter to people, so perhaps we should ditch them altogether in the boundary shake-up.   

A Lambo for the Mayor ... but savings still have to be made

Budget woes, more money for Capita, grumpy councillors and a tortuous moment for the Birmingham's Deputy Lord Mayor

Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton - visited by the Queen last year - is part of what the Government calls the Midlands Engine

Forget the Northern Powerhouse - is Government backing the 'Midlands Engine' at last?

The Government has realised it needs to convince the Midlands it cares about more than the "Northern Powerhouse"

Climate talks - how to lose at cards

Andrew Whitehead picks the key points out of the recent Autumn Statement from an environmental perspective

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Greater Birmingham needs to convince the world we can match the ambition of the Northern Powerhouse

The Government proved they can fast track major projects like HS2 if regions show they can be trusted to deliver

John Clancy

New Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy must find balance between steadying the ship and his radical agenda

It's not over for John Clancy and the wider Birmingham Labour group as they must pick up the pieces of a difficult and divisive leadership election

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons

One after another, Labour MPs invited David Cameron to join them in criticising Jeremy Corbyn

Labour MPs lined up to attack their own party leader - and to invite David Cameron to agree with them - as the House of Commons discussed the terrorist attacks in Paris

Metro mayor shows weakness of council leader, whoever wins

Amid all the talk of election hustings and cries for greater democracy in the business of running Birmingham, the only real step towards genuine public accountability has been the announcement of a metro mayor to run the Greater Birmingham region from 2017.

Council going nowhere fast unless they get to grips with transport

As the council leadership battle enters its sixteenth week, we have heard much from the councillors and MPs on what should happen – and, indeed, much from the Government overseers on what is expected of Britain’s largest local authority.

David Cameron delivers a speech setting out the reforms he wants the EU to agree to

David Cameron's EU demands are meaningless and referendum victory is uncertain

The Prime Minister wants to convince British voters that we should stay in the EU but he is taking a huge gamble with the nation's future

Why has Council House car parking become major Labour leadership issue?

Forget child protection, the economy or transport, it's the long walk from car park to the Council House that is upsetting backbench councillors

George Osborne looks unhappy in the House of Commons the day after the Lords rejected his tax credit cuts

Turns out George Osborne isn't a political genius after all

George Osborne could still become the next Tory leader but the tax credits disaster is a reminder that he's not invincible

Videos & Photos

Proposed designs for a new mosque in Clifton Road, Balsall Heath.

£7.5m Balsall Heath Mosque plan approved by Birmingham council planners

Jaguar reveals its new 200mph super car built at Castle Bromwich

CGI of the Left Bank development on which work is yet to start

Left Bank development hits 'impasse' over planning conditions


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