West Midlands (county)

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The West Midlands County is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in western-central England with a 2014 estimated population of 2,808,356, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London.wikipedia
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West Midlands (region)

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The West Midlands County is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in western-central England with a 2014 estimated population of 2,808,356, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London.
The City of Coventry is also located within the West Midlands county, but is separated from the conurbation to the west by several miles of green belt.

Metropolitan county

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The West Midlands County is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in western-central England with a 2014 estimated population of 2,808,356, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London.
The metropolitan counties have population densities of between 900 (South Yorkshire) and 3,200 (West Midlands) people/km².

Staffordshire

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It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
It borders Cheshire to the northwest, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west.

Birmingham

Birmingham, United KingdomBirmingham, EnglandCity of Birmingham
The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
Birmingham (, locally sometimes ) is a major city in the West Midlands, England.

Local Government Act 1972

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It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
For example, in the area that was to become the seven boroughs of the metropolitan county of West Midlands, local government was split between three administrative counties (Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire), and eight county boroughs (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, Warley, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton).

Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton, EnglandCity of WolverhamptonWolverhampton, West Midlands
The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
Wolverhampton is a city, administrative centre and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England.

Metropolitan Borough of Dudley

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The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough of West Midlands in England.

Metropolitan Borough of Solihull

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The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull is a metropolitan borough of the West Midlands, in west-central England.

Warwickshire

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It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
The county is bordered by Leicestershire to the northeast, Staffordshire to the northwest, Worcestershire and the West Midlands to the west, Northamptonshire to the east and southeast, Gloucestershire to the southwest and Oxfordshire to the south.

Worcestershire

County of WorcesterWorcesterWorcestershire, England
It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
This culminated with the abolition of Worcestershire in 1974 with its northern area becoming part of the West Midlands and the rest part of the county of Hereford and Worcester.

Metropolitan Borough of Walsall

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The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall is a local government district in the West Midlands, England, with the status of a metropolitan borough.

West Midlands Combined Authority

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A new administrative body for the county (and some of the district surrounding it as Non-Constituent members), the West Midlands Combined Authority, was created in June 2016.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a combined authority for the West Midlands metropolitan county in England.

West Midlands County Council

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Between 1974 and 1986, the West Midlands County Council was the administrative body covering the county; this was abolished on 31 March 1986, and the constituent metropolitan boroughs effectively became unitary authorities.
The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was, from 1974 to 1986, the upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England.

Combined authority

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The West Midlands County is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in western-central England with a 2014 estimated population of 2,808,356, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London.
In 2016 a combined authority was formed for the metropolitan county of the West Midlands, so that all metropolitan counties are now covered by combined authorities.

West Midlands Police

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Other county-wide bodies include the West Midlands Police, the West Midlands Fire Service and Transport for West Midlands.
West Midlands Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the metropolitan county of West Midlands in England.

Black Country

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The coal and iron ore deposits of the Black Country area provided a ready source of raw materials.
The Black Country is an area of the West Midlands, England, west of Birmingham and commonly refers to a region of more than 1 million people covering most of the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell (with the exception of Rowley Regis which belongs to an extended area of Birmingham), Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Transport for West Midlands

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Other county-wide bodies include the West Midlands Police, the West Midlands Fire Service and Transport for West Midlands.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is the public body responsible for co-ordinating transport services in the West Midlands metropolitan county in England.

Stourbridge

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Near this area, three other towns remained separate (Halesowen, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield), while Aldridge and Brownhills joined to form a single unit, called Aldridge-Brownhills.
Stourbridge is a market town in the West Midlands county of England.

Halesowen

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Near this area, three other towns remained separate (Halesowen, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield), while Aldridge and Brownhills joined to form a single unit, called Aldridge-Brownhills.
Halesowen is a large market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the county of West Midlands, England.

West Midlands Fire Service

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Other county-wide bodies include the West Midlands Police, the West Midlands Fire Service and Transport for West Midlands.
West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is the fire and rescue service for the metropolitan county of West Midlands, England.

Brownhills

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Near this area, three other towns remained separate (Halesowen, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield), while Aldridge and Brownhills joined to form a single unit, called Aldridge-Brownhills.
Brownhills is a town and former administrative centre situated in the Walsall Borough, West Midlands, England.

Sutton Coldfield

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Near this area, three other towns remained separate (Halesowen, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield), while Aldridge and Brownhills joined to form a single unit, called Aldridge-Brownhills.
Historically in Warwickshire, it became part of Birmingham and the West Midlands metropolitan county in 1974.

Dudley

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Dudley is a large industrialised market town and administrative centre in the county of West Midlands, England, 6 mi south-east of Wolverhampton and 10.5 mi north-west of Birmingham.

West Midlands conurbation

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The county is sometimes described as the "West Midlands metropolitan area" or the "West Midlands conurbation", although these have different, and less clearly defined, boundaries.
Not to be confused with the region or metropolitan county of the same name, the conurbation does not include parts of the metropolitan county such as Coventry, but does include parts of the surrounding counties of Staffordshire (e.g. Little Aston, Perton and Essington) and Worcestershire (such as Hagley and Hollywood).

Mayor of the West Midlands

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Since May 2017, the authority has been headed by a directly elected Mayor of the West Midlands, a position currently held by Andy Street of the Conservative Party.
The Mayor of the West Midlands is a directly elected political post responsible for the metropolitan county of the West Midlands in the United Kingdom.