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We open a three-part series this week on May’s elections, beginning today with the cities that are all-out.
UKIP’s decline will probably allow the three main parties to each claim an increased vote share. Afterwards, the Tories will still be the largest party in local government.
Robert Alden: The Conservative team in Birmingham goes into the local elections united, enthusiastic and hard working
As the streets continue to be covered in rubbish, Labour has run out of ideas and has become beset by factionalism.
Albie Amankona: We need a real National Health Service – to make healthy living easy and unhealthy living difficult.
There needs to be a paradigm shift in policy and culture. Our state should work to keep us healthy and allow us as individuals to be responsible for our actions.
There is plenty of innovation taking place. There should not be an ideological veto preventing it from flourishing.
J. Meirion Thomas: The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
The official guidance contains gaping loopholes, and Freedom of Information requests show that Health Trusts are unprepared to carry out vital checks.
Greg Taylor: England’s most successful Tory politician won’t be directly addressing the Conference next week.
What really matters is proving that devolution has not stalled under Theresa May’s Brexit-focused government.
Chris Grayling: Upgraded roads. New trains. A record modernisation programme. Putting straight our record on transport and the North.
We are waiting for Labour to deliver their proposals. Because this should be too important an issue to become a political football.
Labour is failing to deliver even basic services. We will offer the right alternative for a world class city of aspiration.
The Government has heard the message, and is dropping the mayoral requirement for rural counties seeking increased devolved power.
Nick Timothy is from this Birmingham seat, which could go blue if anyone can be bothered to vote.
Andy Street: Next Thursday, we can make history here in the West Midlands. This is your chance to be part of it.
It’s about leadership; it’s about making a success of Brexit, and it’s about ending that litany of Labour failure.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to completely reinvigorate our broadcast industry.
Andrew Mitchell: Lippy, serious, funny – and right about women. Meet my Labour neighbour, Jess Phillips.
Her book is full of laugh-out-loud moments. And it has important points to make about violence, trolling and discrimination.