The Mayor of London will be swapping the capital for Northamptonshire today.
Boris Johnson is visiting Northampton University to see how undergraduates are learning about the town's shoe industry.
He is also going to Corby with Northampton North MP Michael Ellis to discuss transport issues.
The leader of Walsall Council has warned that next year's budget cuts of £29.2 million will be the harshest over the coming few years.
A further £57m will then have to be slashed from future budgets as part of a four-year savings plan ending in 2019.
Council leader, Councillor Sean Coughlan, said:
As I've said before, next year will see the deepest of cuts over our four year budget plan.
Faced with £47 million funding reductions from central government and the limitation on council tax increases, our hands are tied and it hasn't been easy.
But our priority has been to protect the most vulnerable people and to do what we can to continue making Walsall a good place to live.
As council chiefs in Walsall prepare to make more than £86 million of cuts over the next five years, a draft budget has been drawn up.
They include proposals to make savings in the following areas, among others:
- 487 council jobs to be axed
- Eight libraries to close
- 12 Children's Centres to be shut
- Walsall Museum to close
- Bin collections to go from weekly to fortnightly
- Charges introduced for green waste collections
- £2 million to be saved from the youth services budget
The council also plans to review the council tax reduction scheme and the discounts on offer to residents, in the hope of saving an extra £3m.
A public consultation over £86 million of budget cuts at Walsall Council will begin today.
The cuts, of which £29m will have to be slashed next year, includes hundreds of job losses and the closure of Walsall Museum.
The consultation will give people the chance to have their say on where the axe should fall in the next five years.
New efforts are being made to find an alternative location for the HS2 hub in the East Midlands, after bosses decided current plans did not fit well with existing rail links in the region.
Toton in Nottinghamshire was initially named as a potential site for the station.
But in a report out today HS2 chairman, Sir David Higgins, has recommended that alternative sites should be investigated to fit in with existing rail and road connections between Nottingham and Derby.
He said it is likely that the new station will be located west of Toton - with Breaston rumoured to be a strong possibility.
Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington in Birmingham, has told ITV News Central that youth services help to rebuild lives and build up people's confidence.
He was speaking at a rally in Victoria Square today, which was supporting local youth clubs and youth services across the West Midlands.
A rally in support of youth clubs and services across the region took place today in Victoria Square, Birmingham.
Hundreds of youth clubs across the region have closed over the past few years due to budget cuts which have hit local authorities.
Today the rally organised by Choose Youth, aimed to show how youth clubs and services can make a positive impact on young peoples' lives.
One of the West Midlands’ longest-serving MPs is to stand down after 35 years in Parliament.
Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd has written to the chairman of his constituency party to say he will not stand again at next year’s general election.
The Tory, who has represented Aldridge-Brownhills since 1979, is 71. He was knighted in 2003.
Monaco-style street racing is set to come to Coventry next year, becoming the first city in recent times to stage competitive motorsport on its public roads in the UK.
The city council has given the go ahead to the racing by using new government laws designed to allow cities to host motorsport events.
British Formula 3 cars and British Touring Car Championship cars will be among the vehicles used.
The organisers of the Coventry Motofest 2015 event will stage competitive time trials on Coventry's ring road following on from the Government's decision to grant councils powers to turn public roads into temporary racetracks.
Racing will be subject to approval by the Motosport Industry Association (MIA).
The last time competitive motor racing came to a Midlands city was the Birmingham Superprix in the 1980s.
Sponsored by Halfords, racers competed around a street circuit in Birmingham city centre from 1986 to 1990.
"We are so excited to announce competitive motor sport on the Coventry Ring Road.
With Coventry's rich motoring heritage and history, it feels like the right fit to be racing in Coventry and we can't wait to make it happen."
"I'm really delighted that we will see some competitive time trials on our iconic Ring Road as part of Motofest next year.
We have a rich motoring history and I don't believe there is a more appropriate city to host an event like this. Our city centre was transformed into a showcase celebration of the city's rich motoring history but this event also provides a glimpse into our automotive future."
Surviving the cut and thrust of politics is a challenge relished by MPs especially when it comes to showing off their dogs.
Elected members today gathered for the Westminster Dog of the Year show.
Owners were judged on their dedication to dog care and welfare.
Labour's Stoke on Trent South MP, Rob Fllello, scooped the award.