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Skype, iPads and in-cell education at heart of major prisons shakeup

Prisoners should be able to use iPads in their cells and stay in touch with friends and family via Skype, a major study commissioned by the justice secretary, Michael Gove, is expected to conclude.<p>The review into prison education by Dame Sally Coates advocates the increased use of “in-cell …

Crime

How To Read The UK Local Election Results

From meeting expectations, to comparisons with Ed Miliband, to looking ahead to the 2020 general election, here's how to read Thursday's results.<p>The UK heads to the polls on Thursday for local elections. The vote will be one of the biggest outside of a general election for some years. Elections …

West Midlands police commissioner candidate labelled 'unfit for office' over social media posts

ONE of the candidates bidding to become West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has been labelled “unfit for office” after sharing conspiracy …

Social Media

Angry Yvonne Mosquito supporters call for crime commissioner to resign

Angry supporters of deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito have called for the resignation of her boss David Jamieson …

Labour Party

Will it be independents’ day at England’s biggest parish council?

We drive to the rugby club through the rain in Terry Johnson’s green Jaguar. Jim Haywood is the club’s chair and, like Johnson, a candidate in Thursday’s elections for Sutton Coldfield’s brand new town council. Unlike the local Conservative association, with its ancient building on the high street …

Great Britain

Election 2016

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Labour's John Clancy: The Tories have it in for Birmingham

<b>By John Clancy</b><p><b>Leader of the Birmingham Labour Group</b><p>The election on Thursday comes down to a choice for the people of Birmingham – who do you trust to …

United Kingdom

UKIP's Keith Rowe: we will hold local referendums to give people their say

<b>By Keith Rowe</b><p><b>Birmingham UKIP</b><p>Many voters across the city realise that we all deserve a change. A change from the tiredcosy three parties which have …

United Kingdom

Conservative Robert Alden: Labour has given us four years of failure in Birmingham

<b>By Robert Alden</b><p><b>Leader of Birmingham Conservative group</b><p>Birmingham is at a cross roads, after four years of failure, three independent commissioners …

Birmingham, UK

Green Party's Patrick Cox: We need to create a modern affordable public transport network

<b>By Patrick Cox</b><p><b>Birmingham Green Party</b><p>A vote for the Green Party on Thursday is a vote for a positive, sustainable vision for Birmingham.<p>At the moment, …

Green Party

Lib Dem Jon Hunt: We'll bring back free garden waste collections

<b>By Jon Hunt</b><p><b>Leader of Birmingham Lib Dem Group</b><p>Over the last couple of years we have seen the environment and appearance of the city decline …

United Kingdom

Birmingham elections 2016 voting battlegrounds: Is your councillor under threat?

Harborne, Weoley, Sutton Coldfield and Acocks Green are set to be major fighting grounds in the council elections this Thursday.<p>Voters across the …

Liberal Democrats

Re-opening Moseley-Camp Hill railway a job for WMCA, say Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats are urging the new West Midlands Combined Authority to show leadership by heading up a campaign to get trains running again along a …

Who Can I Vote For?

May 2016 elections: The Spectator guide

Britain goes to the polls this week, as electoral contests take place in London, Scotland, Wales and across England. They’re the elections which James Forsyth described in the Spectator last week as the ones ‘no one has even heard of’. So what will happen on Thursday night and when will the results …

What is local government and how can you get involved?

What exactly is local government? It’s a difficult one to sum up: there are several tiers, and the structure of those tiers is not the same in every part of England. Each level is formed by a democratically elected body generally funded through a combination of business rates, central government …

Great Britain