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A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

A computer-generated image from inside Curzon Street HS2 Station facing New Canal Street, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Minister admits HS2 rail depot will cost hundreds of jobs

Government Minister responsible for high speed rail says more than 1,300 potential jobs will be lost if depot is built on historic land in Washwood Heath

Councillor Brigid Jones

'No evidence' of extremism in Birmingham schools says city council

Commons committee hears staunch defence against claims of Islamic extremism in schools

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 depot could cost Birmingham 7,000 jobs, claims MP

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne won a debate in Parliament as part of his opposition to the planned HS2 marshalling yard on an ex-factory site in Washwood Heath

The International Convention Centre

Hundreds in town as ICC hosts science park summit

Delegates from around the world descend on Birmingham for an international science park summit.

Liam Byrne's constituency contains Park View Academy, the source of so much controversy

Is the answer to the problem more Muslim schools?

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne is pushing for parents to be allowed to turn it into an official Muslim school.

MP Liam Byrne

Labour in push to create 'tech city' for the region

Plans are being drawn up for a new enterprise zone to replicate the success of London’s Tech City in Birmingham.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

Trojan Horse: Gove is "playing politics" over Birmingham school plot claims, says Liam Byrne

• Michael Gove accused of running scared over school plot claims linked to academies • Parents are frustrated that Oftsed is sitting on results of inquiry • Islam helps pupils succeed - but there must be no "religious schools by the back door", says MP

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

All city MPs call for full inquiry into Trojan Horse claims

The MPs from the three main parties presented a united front in a joint letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Ed Miliband

Labour will appoint a Minister for the West Midlands to champion region, says Ed Miliband

Labour's manifesto will include plans for a Minister for the West Midlands and to devolve £20 billion from central government to local councils, Ed Miliband has revealed during a visit to Birmingham

Chinese business leaders in Birmingham in bid to boost relations

The party will also meet officials from Birmingham University to discuss the university’s collaboration with a range of organisations in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. And they will have lunch with Prof David Eastwood, the university’s Vice Chancellor

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Time to say hello to regional mayor and cash control?

Big cities should be allowed to put up council tax, keep a share of VAT and elect regional mayors and assemblies in a similar way to London, according to Birmingham City Council.

MP Liam Byrne

Back-to-work scheme row sees Liam Byrne nudged off Labour's top table

Mr Byrne is still seen as part of the Blairite tribe, while his successor Rachel Reeves is seen as an Ed-ite through and through.

LDV factory site at Washwood Heath

Thousands of Birmingham jobs ‘kiboshed’ by uncertainty over depot site for HS2

The regeneration scheme for the sprawling complex has been shunted into the sidings by the controversial £43 billion HS2 project

Vince Cable, Liam Byrne, Tom Watson

The Birmingham Post political awards for 2013

Jonathan Walker hands out the gongs in the annual review of the year in politics

The Birmingham skyline

Sweeteners for city if elected Mayor plan goes through at second attempt

Birmingham voters shunned the idea last year when 57.8 per cent said no to creating a role similar to Boris Johnson’s in London

Graduation

Special report: Midland teenagers among least likely to apply for university

Study, published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), tracked the number of 18-year-olds going to university between the 1998/9 and 2011/12 academic years

Nadhim Zahawi topped a list of 340 MPs claiming fuel expenses between April 2012 and March 2013.

Midland MP claims almost £6,000 for heating on expenses

Nadhim Zahawi made a £5,822 claim for oil and electricity at his 31-acre constituency estate in Stratford-on-Avon

Erdington MP Jack Dromey

Jack Dromey joins Labour's Shadow Home Office team

Birmingham Erdington MP appointed Shadow Police Minister in Ed Miliband's front bench

Jack Dromey

Jack Dromey becomes Shadow Police Minister in Miliband reshuffle

Birmingham MPs Jack Dromey and Shabana Mahmood get new Shadow Ministerial roles while Liam Byrne is demoted and Bromsgrove Tory Sajid Javid is promoted

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