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Congestion charges, toxin taxes, lower bus fares - how the West Midlands Mayor candidates plan to tackle pollution in our cities

The election for the West Midlands’ first metro mayor is just days away - and air quality is

Vaisakhi 2017: Sikh festival brings HUGE parade before mela at Handsworth Park

Pictures and video from today's parade on the biggest day of the Sikh calender

Consultation opens on £3.4bn of transport projects

Public invited to have their say on the future face of public transport across the West Midlands

Descendant of Joseph Chamberlain is Conservative candidate for Birmingham Edgbaston

A descendant of the Victorian mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain, has been chosen to be Conservative candidate for Birmingham Edgbaston

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at a general election campaign event in Leeds.

Why Theresa May wants you to believe she could lose this general election

Everybody thinks the Tories are going to win the 2017 general election but here's why they want you to believe they might lose.

Of course Government is backing HS2 - work has already started - says minister

Minister also in Birmingham to talk about expansion of the Midlands Metro tram network

Labour selects Preet Gill as Birmingham Edgbaston candidate

Sandwell councillor Preet Gill, originally from Edgbaston, is Labour's candidate to fight the marginal seat in the 2017 general election

We don't want tiny 'Colditz' type flats in Birmingham, say city planners

Barratt Homes slammed over bland 'shoebox' designs and tiny apartment blocks

Khalid Mahmood pictured with Jeremy Corbyn in Birmingham earlier this month.

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood taken to court by his assistant

MP Khalid Mahmood faces employment tribunal from his employee

Government bid to delay action on lethal pollution in Birmingham rejected by courts

Government bid to put off pollution busting plan until after general election rejected by High Court as it is public health emergency

Rush UK trampoline jumpers

Trampoline park rejected on health and safety grounds - but it's not why you think

City planners rule disused factory unit not suitable for trampoline centre after Health and Safety Executive intervene

The future of pensions is a key election issue

Why 'triple lock pensions' are an issue in the 2017 general election

Conservative leader Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn differ over triple lock state pensions

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street

What is a mugwump? This university professor has the answer

Conservative Boris Johnson claims Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is  a "mutton-headed mugwump". But what on earth does it mean?

Sion Simon, right, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour mayor candidate Siôn Simon disowns party leader Jeremy Corbyn

In the run-up to the May 4 mayor election, Labour candidate Sion Simon says Jeremy Corbyn has got nothing to do with him

The University of Birmingham's Aston Webb campus

Foreign universities try to poach academics from UK because of Brexit

Leading British universities say staff don't want to work here, foreign universities try to poach their academics and students think the UK doesn't welcome foreigners

Lord Digby Jones speaking at an event in Birmingham's ICC

Digby Jones: The West Midlands needs a business leader, not a politician, as mayor

Former CBI Director General Lord Jones of Birmingham reveals who he is backing to be mayor of Birmingham in the election on May 4

Call for mayor to tackle Muslim children growing knowing only one culture

The report from the British Future think tank says that the new West Midlands mayor faces a major challenge to bring the diverse West Midlands population together

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a stump speech at the Central Community Centre in Swindon, during Labour's election campaign.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn undermined by "endless leaks" from party headquarters, says former spokesman

Jeremy Corbyn's former spokesman says Labour's own staff leaked information which undermined the party leader

Call for spending limit on whole West Midlands Mayor campaign after £1 million Tory splurge

Green Party says they were shocked by Tory Andy Street's £1 million election war chest

Liz Peace who is the new chair of The Curzon Urban Regeneration Company

HS2 regen chief quits to take up new role in London

Woman charged maximising development around Birmingham's new HS2 station in Eastside has been appointed to similar post in the capital

Videos & Photos

The route has been confirmed for the first HSBC UK City Ride through Birmingham

Conservative candidate admits she wouldn't feel safe cycling in Birmingham

General Election 2017 odds: Bookies predicting Labour to lose THREE Birmingham seats

The Airbus a380 arriving at Birmingham Airport, the Airbus is the one the worlds largest aircraft and operated by Emirates who are about to launch a regular service.

A look inside the Airbus A380 planes flying from Birmingham Airport

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