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Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

Time for Birmingham to put its houses in order over blots on the landscape

Selly Oak has been plagued by student house extensions in recent years
The Selly Oak Community Partnership has made very reasonable objections to the general trend which sees family homes sacrificed and converted into student digs.

MPs say they - and not the party leaders - must decide who forms a Coalition

Backbench MPs are demanding that they - not the party leaders - decide who forms a Coalition in a hung Parliament

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Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

Selly Oak has been plagued by student house extensions in recent years

Time for Birmingham to put its houses in order over blots on the landscape

The Selly Oak Community Partnership has made very reasonable objections to the general trend which sees family homes sacrificed and converted into student digs.

MPs say they - and not the party leaders - must decide who forms a Coalition

Backbench MPs are demanding that they - not the party leaders - decide who forms a Coalition in a hung Parliament

Birmingham City Council's new chief executive Mark Rogers

Bureaucrats like it neat, but the real world is not like that

Birmingham City Council is struggling to get through to people in its bid to be more open and transparent after Kerslake review

A good question really deserves a better answer

Council bosses chose to ignore the suggestion that Smithfield, from a marketing perspective, might not be the best name for City's newest development

Max Caller, chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission

Why straight talking Max is happy to call the council's bluff

Birmingham's councillors told to forget the bluster and posturing and come up with hard evidence if they wish to keep their 120 seats

It's the fracking noise they're worried about

The issues in Lancashire seem to have boiled down to simpler planning considerations around an increase in local traffic and night-time noise.

Apprentices in the Aston Martin design department mould a car from clay

Labour doesn't just want to cut tuition fees - it wants employers to pay students

Attention has focused on Labour's plans to cut tuition fees but the party's long-term plan is for students to earn a salary while they learn

Sir Albert Bore, born in Ayrshire, is Birmingham City Council’s current leader.

Labour group circles the wagons in defence of under fire leader

There was a distinct undercurrent throughout that Sir Albert Bore’s Labour leadership was on trial

Gavin Wade, centre, of Eastside Projects at their Digbeth gallery.

How to curate a city like Birmingham

Gavin Wade: Eastside Projects is currently deep in the process of choosing an artist to get the most out of Birmingham.

The council chamber inside Birmingham Council House.

How many politicians does it take to run Europe's largest local authority?

The city's councillors are getting nervous as recommendations suggest their numbers should be reduced from 120 to 100

Manchester cityscape

George Osborne wants Manchester - not Birmingham - to be UK's second economic powerhouse

George Osborne believes the north of England, led by Manchester, can be as successful as the south - but the West Midlands isn't part of his plans

Lollipop warden Anne Challinor, deputy council leader Coun Ian Ward, Northfield MP Richard Burden and trade union members outside Birmingham Council House.

Birmingham City Council spin machine picks a bad day to dig up good news

Despite 1,000 job losses and savage cuts to services the budget became about the reprieve for the city's army of lollipop ladies and men

Nick Clegg

There's no rush - why kowtow to our end-of-term politicians?

Nick Clegg called on Birmingham and the Black Country to create a combined authority as quickly as possible.

Pop group Duran Duran at the NEC, Birmingham in 1981.

Birmingham needs a little more faith in itself

Not being self-assured, it was suggested by some, is a reason why Birmingham has not attracted the level of investment and willingness by businesses to locate that would be typical in countries on the continent.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Long Election campaign is well under way as parties limber up

I hope you're not tired of the election yet, because the West Midlands is set to be at the heart of the campaign when it begins in earnest.

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog.

Birmingham City Council monthly meeting resembles Groundhog Day

It was Groundhog Day in the Birmingham City Council monthly meeting and even council leader Sir Albert Bore seemed bored

Birmingham City Council

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas, but they may have a point for once

Sir Bob Kerslake called for a review of council boundaries and the election schedule saying that the current set-up, with elections in three years out of every four, contributed to a lack of clarity of leadership.

Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Long time since Labour's prawn cocktail offensive

Last time Labour was in opposition the party launched the "prawn cocktail offensive", when it wined and dined business leaders in an attempt to convince them that Labour was on their side.

Votes are counted in local elections

Waging all-out elections and a dilemma of councillor numbers

The aim is for all-encompassing council elections in Birmingham by May 2017 instead of election by thirds.

Videos & Photos

Former Spitfire pilot Sid Cleaver.

RAF pilot Sid Cleaver: I saw the Spitfires and thought 'wow'

Photography trail covering three-mile stretch of Stratford Road on display this summer

Moat Farm, Tibberton, Worcestershire

Pictures: 16th century Worcestershire farmhouse with space-age potential

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