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All the latest national politics news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Sir Albert Bore

25 schools investigated over 'Trojan Horse' claims

The council has received more than 200 letters, emails and calls from parents, governors and teachers giving information about the alleged plot

Bore: Government will hold us back unless we can raise taxes

Sir Albert Bore
Birmingham is to call for greater tax-raising powers under a motion backed by senior councillors.

Rebel MPs in motion to block HS2

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line
Compensation also set to increase for people affected by HS2.

Birmingham and Black Country better together, claims Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham
Labour leader urges more co-operation as he pledges return of regional minister.

Call for apprenticeships to be pushed in secondary schools

A suggestion apprenticeships should be highlighted in secondary schools was one of the key messages at the launch of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation’s new Technology Training Centre.

Opinion

The cast of the play The Sistren, which was dedicated to highlighting the achievements of 'women of character, courage and commitment'

Time to recognise female pioneers of our civic life

Today's theatre is seriously diverse. The Birmingham Rep's current programme, for instance, lists forthcoming plays about a granny pirate, an Eritrean refugee, aspirational binmen, and the No 11 bus.

Miliband's push for a 'Greater Birmingham'

Greater Birmingham road sign
Labour Leader Ed Miliband was in Birmingham this week pushing for greater regional co-operation

George's full employment would be a devil of a job

Job Centre
Sadly, at the moment, there are a lot of prospective employees who would love to have a job, but none to suit their skills and abilities are available.
Birmingham Council House

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Officials stopped 10,900 fraud scams aimed at local authorities in one year

Debate kicks off search for a world famous Birmingham landmark

Transforming the BT Tower into a pen nib sculpture was one idea put forward
A public forum has been held to discuss creating a piece of “innovative and highly visible” art which would put Birmingham on the map.

Osborne launches legislation to finally kill off regional development agencies

George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy, in an emergency budget that slashed spending and drove up taxes.

Sir Albert Bore

25 schools investigated over 'Trojan Horse' claims

The council has received more than 200 letters, emails and calls from parents, governors and teachers giving information about the alleged plot

Library of Birmingham sweeps board at RIBA Awards

The Library Of Birmingham won three categories at the 2014 RIBA West Midlands Awards
City's landmark £188 million library named region's top building alongside two other category wins

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