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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/battle-for-sutton-greenbelt-underway-as-birmingham-defends-housing-plans/">Battle for Sutton greenbelt underway as Birmingham defends housing plans<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/battle-for-sutton-greenbelt-underway-as-birmingham-defends-housing-plans/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>A four-week battle that could decide the fate of Sutton Coldfield’s green belt is underway, reports Paul Dale from the first day of consultation on a critical plan for Birmingham. 

The <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/council-leaders-edging-towards-west-mids-combined-authority-deal-by-christmas/">Council leaders edging towards West Mids combined authority deal &#8216;by Christmas&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/council-leaders-edging-towards-west-mids-combined-authority-deal-by-christmas/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>West Midlands council leaders are tantalisingly close to agreeing to establish a Combined Authority to take advantage of powers and budgets expected to flow from the Government’s devolution agenda.

Months of sensitive discussions <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/lets-talk-about-immigration-its-a-vote-winner-for-labour-says-liam-byrne/">&#8216;Let&#8217;s talk about immigration, it&#8217;s a vote winner for Labour&#8217; says Liam Byrne<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/lets-talk-about-immigration-its-a-vote-winner-for-labour-says-liam-byrne/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Labour should place plans for stronger immigration controls at the heart of its General Election campaign strategy, Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne has insisted.

Mr Byrne said the party had <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/childrens-social-services-chief-quits-before-she-starts-the-job/">Children&#8217;s social services chief quits before she starts the job<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/childrens-social-services-chief-quits-before-she-starts-the-job/#comments' class='comments-small'>(19)</a></a></h2>The latest official appointed to run Birmingham city council’s troubled children’s social care department has quit the job even before she started.

Bernie McNally was due to take up her duties <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/miliband-unveils-ambitious-housing-plan-to-get-britain-building-again/">Miliband unveils ambitious housing plan to &#8216;get Britain building again&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/miliband-unveils-ambitious-housing-plan-to-get-britain-building-again/#comments' class='comments-small'>(5)</a></a></h2>Councils would be ordered to designate housing growth areas and given powers to assemble land and “give certainty that building will take place” under plans announced today by the Labour Party,

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