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Quarter of West Midlands homes can't afford basic standard of living

In the week the Birmingham Post unveils its Rich List, Jonathan Walker looks at the other side of the coin and examines how one in four homes in the region have been plunged into poverty

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd

General Election 2015: Conservatives tipped to retain Aldridge-Brownhills

While Conservative MP Richard Shepherd will stand down as Aldridge-Brownhills MP in 2015, bookmakers expect the party to retain the seat in the General Election

Want to know what UKIP believe? Read their manifesto pledges

UKIP's 2014 manifesto has been delayed, but we can look at what Nigel Farage and his colleagues were promising last time

SGH Martineau partner Bill Barker

SGH Martineau transatlantic delegation seals US deals

The meetings, organised in association with three US law firms, were designed to explain the benefits of setting up or acquiring a business in the UK, whilst addressing specific areas of concern for clients and prospects of the three firms

Land Rover created the largest sand drawing ever produced in the UK - a Defender outline measuring 1km across, using a fleet of six Land Rovers at the beach in Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, where Maurice Wilks first sketched the original Land Rover

Land Rover's Defender could live on after 2015

While 2015 marks the final year the Defender will be made at the Midland car-maker’s Solihull plant, the firm has suggested it could be built elsewhere in the world

Land Rover is launching three special editions of its iconic Defender model to mark its final year of production

Land Rover announces final year of celebration for long-serving Defender

The Midland car-maker is to launch three special editions of the legendary 4x4 as it nears the end of production

Plane lands at Birmingham Airport which a security export believes is vulnerable to drone attacks

Birmingham Airport is 'ideal target' for terror drone attack

Security expert says airport has several factors which could make it ideal for terrorists attempting to fly a drone into a plane's engines

Ones to watch 2015 - Birmingham's political movers and shakers

News about Birmingham is, for better and worse, never far from the political pages and 2015 will no doubt continue that trend with this sextet leading the way

David Bailey

Another blow for Rolls-Royce workers at Ansty

It's correct to say that Rolls-Royce faces a number of major headwinds in terms of military defence expenditure cuts, a perceived global slowdown, appreciating currency, and sanctions on Russia which will impact on its business there.

General business

Peru Climate Change conference - limited actions but acronyms aplenty

This latest climate change get-together in Peru has been criticized for its carbon intensity; countless air miles and hotels, fleets of buses to drive everyone around and diesel generators to power the conference venue.

Birmingham city centre as seen from the roof of Fort Dunlop

Call to tackle Birmingham's pollution problems

Data gathered from testing sites shows that the worst reading recorded at Birmingham’s Tyburn Road was 111 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide in each cubic metre

Paul Noon, UKTI's regional director for the West Midlands

West Midlands export growth slows

Sales to foreign shores fall compared to second quarter, but region remains the UK's strongest in terms of growth in the past year

Chancellor George Osborne

Autumn Statement: Stamp duty cut but councils facing more budget pressure

Raft of measures outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in final Autumn Statement before next general election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP will only go so far before it's turned back

Nigel Farage's party certainly gets its fair share of headlines, but will that convert into actual seats come next May?

A murmuration of starlings

Improvements to the international protection for wildlife

In distant Quito in Ecuador governments, including ours through the EU, have been meeting to improve international protection for wildlife.

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

Anti fracking protest

Fracking in Birmingham calls from city councillor

Former Lord Mayor John Lines caused outrage from environmental campaigners after calling on the council to “drill down and start fracking in the very near future”

Underground motorway mooted to ease Birmingham congestion

The "super-tunnel" is one of a host of prospects put forward by Birmingham City Council to combat the full-to-bursting A38

China flag

Winning Chinese Investment - Focusing on scale and proximity might be the keys

Both in the Midlands and across the UK we need to find some means of bulking up materially for the economic relations with Chinese city regions Liam Byrne aspires to be delivered.

General business

Lawyers - a help or hindrance in tackling Climate Change? - Part 1

Many commercial law firms have specialist energy, environmental and regulatory practices, and benefit a great deal from increased environment compliance activity.

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