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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

Birmingham's most patient politicians in leadership battle

Two front-runners first battled it out for opposition deputy leadership in 2005 and a decade on they face each other again as they go for the top job

The leadership battle should be about more than internal feuds in the Labour group

In 1999 the Sir Albert Bore won the Labour leadership as a result of internal struggles. It is feared that very little has changed.

Labour is descending into chaos under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership

U-turns, public attacks on backbenchers and a stupid row about the Queen - Labour's leadership is letting down the party

A difficult balancing act for the city's leaders

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes assess the task facing Birmingham City Council's cabinet as they vie for the leadership of the ruling Labour group

Little enthusiasm for Bore and little appetite for change

Sorry Labour group unable to reach consensus over leadership woes

Manchester, heart of the Northern Powerhouse

The Chancellor won't fund major projects unless they're in the Northern Powerhouse

You can't get money out of the Treasury - unless it's for the Northern Powerhouse. So where does this leave Birmingham?

I think I finally understand why people like Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn says that 'people matter more than money' - and some voters haven't heard that before.

Rise of strident young councillor showing she has talent to Byrne

Those outside Birmingham’s political bubble, or the Washwood Heath community, could be forgiven for never having heard of Mariam Khan – but that is beginning to change after a series of increasingly high-profile appointments and events.

Refugees and migrants wait for their registration and the issuing of travel documents at a football stadium in Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos

Birmingham is built on tolerance and the toil of refugees

City will wither and stagnate unless it remains open to new arrivals and new ideas, says local government correspondent Neil Elkes

Labour deputy leadership candidate Tom Watson, left, and leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn, right

Tom Watson's challenge is to heal Labour

Black Country MP Tom Watson, the favourite to become Labour's deputy leader, is trying to heal a party divided by a brutal leadership contest

Today's refugee vigil in Victoria Square

City of Sanctuary in Birmingham reinforces who we really are

Birmingham has its own problems, but we'd be worse off for not standing up and being counted

Cliques and stitch-ups part and parcel of party politics

Neil Elkes takes a look at some of the internal wrangles currently affecting the Labour group at Birmingham City Council

Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy

Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.

Videos & Photos

CGI of plans to redevelop the former Christopher Wray lighting factory

Christopher Wray restoration given the go ahead

Supporters have called again for Central Library to be saved

Call for moratorium on Central Library demolition

Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54

Jobs boost as Jaguar Land Rover doubles size of engine plant


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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