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Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors
Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted

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Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors

Edgbaston used to lead way on election night, but no more

General election counts in Birmingham take longer and longer, but the locals were rushed through in a matter of minutes

Sir Albert Bore with Labour councillors

Labour needs to get a grip on council candidate selections

Labour's ruling National Executive Committee called in five times to appoint candidates because local parties cannot be trusted

General Election 2015: A disunited kingdom?

What last week's general election did expose was that the UK seems to be a more fragmented place than ever.

Energy on the Coalition backburner

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.

They say they're fighting for every vote - but the parties are targeting a few key seats

They don't like to talk about it but sometimes top politicians admit this general election campaign is really targeting a small number of voters

Election 2015: The economic realities of Election 2015

In every election voters are asked to make their decision based on the economic record of the incumbent - in this case a coalition - government or that offered by an alternative party.

Sir Albert Bore is being challenged for the leadership by Councillor John Clancy

It's a two horse race, again, for Labour leadership

It seems that Sir Albert Bore will be challenged by John Clancy alone for the leadership of the council next month after bid to find

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

Videos & Photos

CGI of the Left Bank development looking up Oozells Way towards Broad Street

Calls to reject Broad Street hotel and apartment project

Pershore Weir Hydro Station was named overall winner at the 2015 ICE West Midlands Awards

Pershore Weir Hydro Station wins Institution of Civil Engineers award

Regeneration of Longbridge has been named project of the year by RICS West Midlands

Longbridge regeneration named region's best by RICS

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