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Whiff of revolt on the backbenches

With divisions and wounds in the Labour camp still raw following last autumn’s bitter leadership contest, perhaps members are feeling a little less loyal and more likely to rattle the cage of the cabinet.

Do we want rank amateurs, or do we want to pay our leaders properly?

Brigid Jones comments about maternity rights highlight a massive divide between the assumed role of councillors and the reality.

Comment: Greater Birmingham is no brainer but political realities mean it will not happen

Artificial grouping of the Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry under the West Midlands Combined Authority banner has a big identity problem. Meanwhile the Tories choose their mayoral candidate from a shortlist of one.

A budget cuts protest in Victoria Square.

City leadership needs to get a grip

The city council faces a massive financial crisis, meanwhile an unlikely figure has turned up to cheer on Jeremy Corbyn

RIDICULOUS: Birmingham can be outvoted by Solihull and Walsall on new super council

Government is moving towards equal sized constituencies, but that rule does not apply for new West Midlands Combined Authority          

Julian Knight

Opinion: We need a grammar school to give every child a fair chance

The comprehensive school system gives middle class children an unfair advantage, says Solihull MP Julian Knight

Prime Minister Theresa May says she'll lead a government for people who

Opinion: Theresa May promises a Government for the 'strugglers'

Forget about the shirkers and the strivers - today's Conservative government has the "strugglers" in its sights

Being a binmen can be a violent job at times

Head-butted, punched, threatened with a sword... Who'd be a binman?

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes spent some time with Birmingham's waste collection teams and found it an eye-opening experience

Andy Street

Comment: Street showing the way ahead for metro mayor

The likely arrival of John Lewis boss Andy Street as Tory metro mayor candidate is a good sign 

Ideal Village in Bordesley Green

Birmingham's conservation areas only work if residents are on side

Architect Joe Holyoak assess if and how the city's historic conservation areas can be protected and preserved for future generations

Quick to complain but unwilling to help: This attitude to fly-tipping needs to change

Why we need to ask some serious questions about state of our city

Children at Chad Vale Primary School in Harborne, Birmingham, enjoying free school dinners

Opinion: Let's ensure EVERY child has a good school dinner

Children are smarter and healthier when they have a high quality hot school dinner

Racing at Hall Green Stadium

Democracy comes last with a planning system that's gone to the dogs

Hall Green greyhound stadium, rivalries in Sutton Coldfield, a father's quest for justice and the weak Metro mayor all under the spotlight

We need a strong mayor, not this weak figurehead

The West Midlands deserves a powerful mayor - so why is the Combined Authority offering us a toothless tiger says police commissioner David Jamieson

Backbenchers and junior officials still feeling unloved and out of the loop in Birmingham City Council's brave new world

A report surfaced this week suggesting there is still much work to do for council bosses

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Brexit fall out should not be allowed to hit Birmingham's plans for growth and jobs

City and regional leaders need to shout out like Scotland and Cornwall to ensure we retain investment and jobs amid Brexit uncertainty

You're not being shackled from discussing immigration - it's just all you talk about

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes is keen to bust at least one myth, once and for all

Opinion: Efforts to reform city’s children’s services are proving painfully slow

When it comes to covering child protection services in Birmingham words like “failing”, “damning” and “struggling” have become so very familiar.

David Jamieson and new Crime Board, including Ashley Bertie, to his right

Rising star sits alongside some lively choices for police commissioner

Police commissioner David Jamieson puts his deputy difficulties behind him with some unexpected selections

The Battle of Verdun left some French towns with no population at all

Look to French in great devolution battle

As work continues to form the new West Midlands Combined Authority, Chris Game says a few lessons can be learned from our Gallic cousins across the Channel

Videos & Photos

White Swan pub, part of Connaught Square development

Brummies demand family homes at giant scheme near Bullring

Enormous housing scheme unveiled a stone's throw from Bullring

Early morning site visit to large traveller encampment set up over night in Selly Oak Park.

Powers to evict travellers within 24 hours set to be adopted in Birmingham

In This Week's Paper


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