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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

ballot box

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

A familiar sight - tailbacks on the M6

Don't think Birmingham is solving traffic problems? Look again

Anne Shaw, from Birmingham City Council's transportation team, gives a robust defence of all the work going on in a bid to get the city moving better

Birmingham Labour MPs Khalid Mahmood, left, and Roger Godsiff are campaigning for the UK to leave the EU

EU referendum: West Midlands is a heartland of the anti-EU campaign

A number of Birmingham's Labour MPs are calling for the UK to leave the European Union, while Tories in the wider West Midlands also back "Brexit"

Queues on the M6 around junction 4 after the northbound carriageway was closed between J5 and J6 following a fatal accident

Planning for transport is great but delivery is another thing

Public transport improvements are years away, meanwhile Birmingham and the region are being gridlocked on a regular basis

Library of Birmingham might be unworkable - but that's no reason not to try

Agenda editor Graeme Brown said there needs to be an engaging vision for the costly attraction, as the council can't go it alone

Videos & Photos

Birmingham Central Library being demolished with the Council House Clock Tower seen through the middle

Watch: Incredible pictures show Birmingham Central Library cut in HALF

Nigel Farage takes the battle bus to the streets of Dudley to canvas people about leaving the EU

Remain campaigners 'close to cheating' says Farage during Black Country visit

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

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