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Second city a key battleground where housing will matter

With such a strong focus on the London mayoral election, it is hard for others standing for election in the rest of the UK to get a look in at present.  But there are many other vitally important contests where housing issues will be an important factor.  On May 3 elections will take place for 131 English, all 32 Scottish and 21 Welsh councils – full list here.
Birmingham will be a crucial bellwether election, where the contest is close and Labour is challenging the Tory/LibDem Coalition, but even here the media seems more interested in the referendum on whether to have a mayor than it does in the issues that directly affect people’s lives, like housing and education.