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Unison members striking in Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham Tories hit out as council funds union reps to tune of £1.2m

Birmingham City Council under fire from prominent Conservatives as Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accuses the Labour-run authority of burning taxpayers' cash

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna
In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

Birmingham to 'tell its story' in £150k bid to boost perception of city

Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Work to begin on branding strategy around 'Greater Birmingham' aimed at improving the region's reputation

New 'Green Travel Districts' for Birmingham to entice drivers out of cars

CGI of how Kings Heath High Street might look after a major transport shake-up which would see it named a Green Travel District
Eleven areas in the city to receive special designated status as part of a major shake-up to encourage people out of their cars.

Warwickshire CCC first team matches plan for ex-M&B Brewery ground

Colin Povey at Edgbaston
The club will take ownership of the former M&B Brewery sport ground at Cape Hill in early November, which will be run as a community facility

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Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

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

Park View School flooded with applications despite Trojan Horse claims

Park View School the Academy in Alum Rock was flooded with 884 applications – despite only being able to offer 120 places to pupils this academic year

The area in front of the Big Peg as it looks today as the Golden Square project continues

Jewellery Quarter Information Point to be rebuilt in Sutton Coldfield

Pavilion taken down as part of Golden Square project to be given a new lease of life in north Birmingham town

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Peter Sharkey: Ashes Test match special for city with a fortune forecasted

Edgbaston Stadium and Marketing Birmingham announced that next year's Third Ashes Test could provide a boost in excess of £26 million to the local economy.

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley
Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.

Videos & Photos

Gillian Wearing, A Real Birmingham Family, 2014, courtesy the artist, Ikon, Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England

New statue unveiled outside Library of Birmingham

Longbridge Light Festival

Pictures: Longbridge Light Festival comes alive

Sarah Hulland, Susan Morrissy and Louise Roberts attend MFG Solicitors' mini food festival-style reception at Ludlow Kitchen.

MFG Solicitors' hold food-themed event for Shropshire clients

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