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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/minister-says-coventry-could-join-warwickshire-combined-authority-not-greater-birmingham/">Minister says Coventry could join Warwickshire combined authority, not Greater Birmingham<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/minister-says-coventry-could-join-warwickshire-combined-authority-not-greater-birmingham/#comments' class='comments-small'>(4)</a></a></h2>A local government minister has suggested Coventry might join a combined authority with Warwickshire rather than form a partnership with Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

Marcus Jones, the Tory MP <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/progress-report-on-kerslake-reforms-shows-some-progress-but-red-warning-lines-too/">Progress report on Kerslake reforms shows some progress, but red warning lines too<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/progress-report-on-kerslake-reforms-shows-some-progress-but-red-warning-lines-too/#comments' class='comments-small'>(1)</a></a></h2>Birmingham city council says it is delivering recommendations from the Kerslake Review, but red lines on an improvement action plan show that some key challenges are yet to be addressed, <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/osborne-must-back-down-on-metro-mayors-if-west-midlands-is-to-get-devolution/">&#8216;Osborne must back down on metro mayors if West Midlands is to get devolution&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/osborne-must-back-down-on-metro-mayors-if-west-midlands-is-to-get-devolution/#comments' class='comments-small'>(16)</a></a></h2>Greater Birmingham’s chances of grabbing powers and budgets from Whitehall are likely to depend on persuading George Osborne to perform a dramatic U-turn on metro mayors, writes Paul Dale.

If Mr <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/lord-mayor-ray-hassall-the-proud-brummie-from-west-brom/">Lord Mayor Ray Hassall &#8211; the proud Brummie from West Brom<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/lord-mayor-ray-hassall-the-proud-brummie-from-west-brom/#comments' class='comments-small'>(2)</a></a></h2>Birmingham’s new Lord Mayor Ray Hassall is to all intents and purposes the archetypal Brummie.

A character, who is passionately proud of his city and never short of an opinion or <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/labour-names-final-shadow-ministerial-team-top-jobs-for-birmingham-mps/">Labour names final shadow ministerial team &#8211; top jobs for Birmingham MPs<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/labour-names-final-shadow-ministerial-team-top-jobs-for-birmingham-mps/#comments' class='comments-small'>(2)</a></a></h2>Labour has confirmed its final shadow ministerial line up following the General Election, and there are key jobs for Birmingham and West Midlands politicians, writes Paul Dale.

Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood

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