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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-city-council-elections-runners-and-riders-the-seats-to-watch/">Birmingham city council elections: runners and riders, the seats to watch<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-city-council-elections-runners-and-riders-the-seats-to-watch/#comments' class='comments-small'>(8)</a></a></h2>The local government elections on May 5 will be the first big test of voter sentiment since the General Election and a pivotal moment for Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/jamieson-to-have-final-say-over-west-midlands-metro-mayor-police-commissioner-plan/">Jamieson attending WMCA board meetings and will have final say over metro mayor police commissioner plan<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/jamieson-to-have-final-say-over-west-midlands-metro-mayor-police-commissioner-plan/#comments' class='comments-small'>(9)</a></a></h2>The elected West Midlands metro mayor will not be given powers to oversee policing without the agreement of Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, the Home Secretary has confirmed.

Theresa May <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/union-threatens-industrial-action-over-council-plan-to-cut-sick-pay/">Union threatens industrial action over council plan to cut sick pay<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/union-threatens-industrial-action-over-council-plan-to-cut-sick-pay/#comments' class='comments-small'>(4)</a></a></h2>Up to 7,000 trade union members at Birmingham city council will be balloted for industrial action if controversial changes to working conditions are forced through.

The GMB union has warned the <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/top-businessman-to-chair-midlands-connect-transport-partnership/">Top businessman to chair Midlands Connect transport partnership<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/top-businessman-to-chair-midlands-connect-transport-partnership/#comments' class='comments-small'>(4)</a></a></h2>Midlands Connect, the partnership formed to transform transport links across the west and east Midlands, has appointed prominent businessman Sir John Pearce as its independent chairman.

Sir John, who is chairman <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/high-speed-rail-bill-on-track-for-approval-as-transport-secretary-opens-birminghams-hs2-offices/">High speed rail bill on track for approval as Transport Secretary opens Birmingham&#8217;s HS2 offices<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/high-speed-rail-bill-on-track-for-approval-as-transport-secretary-opens-birminghams-hs2-offices/#comments' class='comments-small'>(10)</a></a></h2>Legislation enabling the HS2 high speed rail line between London and Birmingham to be built should be on the statute books by the end of the year, the Government has

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