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Serco handed control of Birmingham's leisure centres

The company will design and build four new swimming pools at Erdington, Stechford Cascades, Icknield Port Loop, in Edgbaston, and Northfield

David Cameron: Labour's high speed rail rethink is a "slap in the face" to Midlands

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister condemns Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for saying new east-west rail line should come before completing HS2

Photography trail covering three-mile stretch of Stratford Road on display this summer

It is hoped the images will paint a picture of what it is to live and work on the Stratford Road, giving an insight into the rich history of the area

Pictures: 16th century Worcestershire farmhouse with space-age potential

Moat Farm, Tibberton, Worcestershire
Extension could be in dramatic contrast to the black and white timber-framed house, both in look and shape

Birmingham Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to carry out vital internal repairs

St Philip's Square with the Crimean War Memorial, Birmingham Cathedral and NatWest Tower in the background
300-year-old building is one of 30 English cathedrals to receive funding from The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund
Alexandra Hospital

Report calls for Alexandra Hospital's directors to stand down

A report into the management of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch has called on the Board of Directors to resign as the 'crisis' into the hospital's future continues.

Barrister Simon Ward with the Steiner Academy Hereford team competing in the final of the Citizenship Foundations Bar Mock Trial competition

Birmingham barrister supports students in national law competition bid

Mr Ward, who is based at St Philips Chambers, has been guiding 15 year 10 students from Steiner Academy Hereford, who will be competing in the national final of the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Mock Trial competition

CGI of Lumina, work on which could start within next 12 to 18 months

Sterling confident on Lumina and Great Charles Square

Head of property firm behind key regeneration sites is bullish over their futures but keen to pin down pre-let on Lumina

Protesters wearing Alex Salmond masks outside the ICC in Birmingham

Tax rows, scare tactics - and the SNP bogeyman

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy

Time for Birmingham to put its houses in order over blots on the landscape

Selly Oak has been plagued by student house extensions in recent years
The Selly Oak Community Partnership has made very reasonable objections to the general trend which sees family homes sacrificed and converted into student digs.

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Photography trail covering three-mile stretch of Stratford Road on display this summer

Moat Farm, Tibberton, Worcestershire

Pictures: 16th century Worcestershire farmhouse with space-age potential

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron: Labour's high speed rail rethink is a "slap in the face" to Midlands

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