Birmingham
Britain s second city, with a population of over 1 million, is a world industrial centre principally for engineering, machine tools and metal. The famous Bull Ring, although modern in construction has in fact been the historical hub of the city for many centuries. Although granted a market charter in 1166 Birmingham remained a small village until the middle ages. This was due to lack of river transportation. In the I8 c James Watt (inventor of the steam engine) and many other innovators resident here propelled the town into being the nucleus of the industrial revolution.
The city is governed by an elected council of 156 members and returns 13 members to parliament

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