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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

Will our Andy Burnham please stand up?

Political big guns coming out for London and Manchester mayoral elections - but where are ours.

Labour leader Clancy finds places for both friends and foes in his first cabinet

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes casts his eye over the new-look city council cabinet

The closing ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Why are we so scared of aiming high? A Commonwealth Games bid would show ambition

This week we look at Commonwealth Games, election foul play and the new IKEA store

An army of creative talent awaits Auntie Beeb here

Head of Business Graeme Brown reflects on the BBC's place just days before the Government's white paper on the corporation is published

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Birmingham council elections 2016: How the political landscape could change

Local Government expert Chris Game, of the University of Birmingham, looks at the battle for seats in local elections in the West Midlands

Ceremonial launch of Sutton Coldfield Parish Council in March

More than benches and bus stops at stake for Royal Town

Forget parish council stereotypes, Sutton Coldfield's new authority will be unlike any other

Protest over Boundary Commission plans for new Acocks Green council ward

Even tennis club thinks Boundary Commission has crossed the line

Thousands show that, far from being apathetic about local issues, community identity really matters to them

It has been a solid start but Birmingham's council leader still has much work to do

In December we made some demands of John Clancy - so how is he doing?

Liam Nolan outside the Perry Beeches II free school in Newhall Street, Birmingham

Academy chain learns a lesson at the school of hard knocks

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes examines the fallout from the financial scandal enveloping the Perry Beeches chain of schools

Is homophobia a thorny issue for Birmingham Labour Party?

Activist's allegations have brought question of homophobia to the fore

George Osborne will deliver his latest Budget next week

Osborne's budget raises more questions than it answers

David Bailey on the latest budget issued by Chancellor George Osborne.

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Those in the middle of the EU referendum debate are not being helped by the heavy handed rhetoric on the fringes

For some EU membership is not an article of faith and it could be those votes which matter

Trio being touted for deputy police role ahead of election

Three contenders are in the frame following rumours that deputy police commissioner Yvonne Mosquito will be replaced after May 5 vote

Clancy talks of Tory misdirection but is unable to sprinkle any magic on the budget he inherited

The Labour leader has dealt with the legacy of his predecessor and must now start pushing his own agenda

A sign of our times or a slice of Paradise that is better lost?

If we destroy the naff Paradise Forum sign are we repeating the mistakes of the past? Plus where are the women candidates for mayor and why a councillor wants to change his name to Cassandra.

Brummies spent 37 hours stck in traffic last year, new figures have revealed.

Confusion around the congestion charge and the £2 million budget black hole

Plus another close shave for Birmingham's lollipop ladies (and men) and a  cabinet member's 40 minute fillibuster

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Poverty in Birmingham is a priority for the city council leader

Child poverty is 'challenge to Birmingham's political class' says city leader

Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimović hints at future in new Volvo advert

Michael Owen takes a break from punditry to review the new BMW i8

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

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