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Birmingham teaching unions slam tougher exam plans

Government's mission to introduce pupil performance targets and more stringent testing branded 'turbulence for schools'

Sir Albert Bore keen to build on China links

City council leader Sire Albert Bore is keen to further Birmingham's links with China
City council leader addressed EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during speech at conference in Brussels

Voting begins for new Birmingham BID

Businesses in Bournville are voting on whether to form the Lifford BID
Companies in Bournville, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Stirchley will decide over next month whether to form the Lifford BID

Right to Buy sales drop in the West Midlands

New research says just under 1,200 social homes were sold in the 2014/15 fiscal year which was a decrease of over seven per cent

BBC chief Peter Salmon outlines expansion plans - for the North

Peter Salmon, director of BBC England
Vision portrayed by head of BBC England contrasts sharply with his thoughts on the West Midlands made a few weeks ago in the Post

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Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?

Rebecca Broughton, 28, and Violet Thomas, 60 with their new bikes from the Big Birmingham Bike giveaway

Free ride for lucky commuters as city gives away 5,000 bikes

A total of 40 bikes were handed over to their new owners in Victoria Square - the start of a 5,000 bike giveaway under the council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme.

Birmingham teaching unions slam tougher exam plans

Government's mission to introduce pupil performance targets and more stringent testing branded 'turbulence for schools'

The Battery Park site in Selly Oak where Sainsbury's has applied to build a new store

Sainsbury's plans in for Selly Oak site

Long-awaited regeneration of Battery Park gathers pace as major applications lodged for supermarket, retail units and 424-room student accommodation

Margot James MP is defending her Stourbridge seat

How the new English Baccalaureate will give every child a fair chance of a job or university place

MP Margot James says the introduction of the English Baccalaureate will help ensure every GCSE student takes the subjects they need to have a chance of a good job or university place

West Midlands Combined Authority is such a dismal title - you would expect no less from a committee

Asking seven council leaders to set aside their local interests for the good of the region, jobs and growth has proved too tall an order

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Peter Salmon, director of BBC England

BBC chief Peter Salmon outlines expansion plans - for the North

The Battery Park site in Selly Oak where Sainsbury's has applied to build a new store

Sainsbury's plans in for Selly Oak site

CGI of public realm outside Two Chamberlain Square

Pictures: New images of Paradise office buildings

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Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor