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05:00, 2 JAN 2018
Review of 2017 - November: Paradise walkway reopens, £250m for Metro and museum funding drive
After being closed for two years, the walkway under the old Central Library building reopened in November while Theresa May announced £250 million worth of funding to improve transport in the West Midlands
Longbridge trade unionist 'Red Robbo' dies aged 90
Derek Robinson is said to have led hundreds of walkouts from the British Leyland plant in south Birmingham during the 1970s
Where will the West Midlands Combined Authority stand on nature?
Looking at WMCA’s early public statements it is difficult to see where nature fits in with its plans.
Chinese award for Post columnist Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya
Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick, was awarded the first ever National Rainbow Bridge Award
New DeLorean book lifts the lid on doomed Back to the Future car maker
Not only did Wednesday, October 21, mark the date Marty McFly “arrived in the future” in Back to the Future 2 but it also saw the release of a new book by a Midland man that lifts the lid on the making of the sportscar
Malvern hotel loved by Margaret Thatcher sold
London couple acquired The Cottage in the Wood in the Malvern Hills off a guide price of £1.75m
Tory right to buy idea condemned
Head of Bournville Village Trust joins condemning voices as Conservatives invoke Thatcher's 1980s policy by giving social housing tenants the right to buy
General Election 2015: Conservatives tipped to retain Aldridge-Brownhills
While Conservative MP Richard Shepherd will stand down as Aldridge-Brownhills MP in 2015, bookmakers expect the party to retain the seat in the General Election
David Cameron pays tribute to retiring MP Sir Richard Shepherd
Black Country MP Richard Shepherd is to leave the Commons at the next election
Why leaving 'Red Robbo' far behind put us on the right road
Nobody summed up the worker-management divide of late 70s Britain as potently as the stocky, balding figure with the microphone in Cofton Park.
Chamberlain's greatest legacy is the method and style of politics that he championed
Chamberlain became a champion of national radical politics, writes Dr Ian Cawood
Dirty war claims mask real truth of the miners' strike
Mr Watson conveniently omits to mention the political backdrop to the fight between Scargill’s NUM and the National Coal Board/Government.
MP urges Conservatives to apologise for miners' strike
Government papers from 1984, just released by the National Archives, show Mrs Thatcher secretly considered calling out troops at the height of the strike, amid fears union action could bring down her government
Don't tell Sid but selling nationalised companies isn't always a good thing
The mysterious Sid was part of the television advertising to exhort us to become part of Mrs Thatcher's 'share-owning democracy'.
Birmingham City Council
Bid to kickstart sale of council houses
The Department of Communities and Local Government data for 2011/12 said 0.23 per cent of the city’s municipal housing stock had been sold during the period against an annual sale of 1,812 at the start of 21st century
Steve McCabe: Luck, leadership and the vexed question of Europe
In recent days the retirements of both Sir Alex Ferguson and his once-cherished protégé David Beckham have resulted in gushing commentaries on their ability to influence those around them.
Jon Griffin: A retirement to chew over for Sir Alex
It's almost a JFK moment, or the day Princess Di died.
The importance of five years
Dr Steven McCabe writes "If we cannot guarantee economic growth, we will be faced with the need to either raise taxes or reduce services; precisely the sort of debate that we will hear in the forthcoming general election campaign".
George Osborne MP
Russell Luckock: Strikes loom - but it could be worse
As our nation commemorates the life of one of the most remarkable women of our times, Margaret Thatcher, the strident sounds of war drums are heard from some of this country's leading unions.
40 years on from the miners' battle of Saltley Coke works
Jon Griffin marks next month’s 40th anniversary of a Birmingham industrial dispute which signalled the beginning of the end for Prime Minister Ted Heath.
Moving the goalpost
Chris Game looks at voting patterns that couldbe a concern for the Conservative Party.
Corporate pressure of American politics
Chris Game says the simple plastic carrier bag has become a symbol of American politics in the Obama era
Disestablishment: Big word, little hope
Would splitting from state control harm the Church of England? Chris Game takes up the debate.