The Prime Minister, David Cameron, arrived at a community centre near Alfreton in Derbyshire to address the gathering of Conservative party activists.
22 Midlands councils are holding elections on May the 3rd.
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A decision is expected today on whether to open new inquests into the deaths of the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings.
A dull and damp day, with cloudy skies and further outbreaks of rain, locally heavy during the morning.
It will be a cloudy day across the West Midlands with showery outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy in places