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Maureen Lipman: 'In times of austerity, racists and xenophobes come out of the woodwork'

The actress, who is in Harvey at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, talks about her political views, personal loss and learning to love again

£60m cuts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be piled on 'untenable' financial pressures

Queen Elizabeth Hospital is facing demands to make £60m in savings
QE's finance chief warns that frontline healthcare will suffer as city's flagship hospital faces demands to make massive savings

Fired Apprentice candidate Jemma Bird vows to prove Lord Sugar wrong

Jemma Bird, one of this year's candidates on BBC programme The Apprentice
A self-confessed workaholic, Ms Bird says she works seven days a week

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Maureen Lipman: 'In times of austerity, racists and xenophobes come out of the woodwork'

The actress, who is in Harvey at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, talks about her political views, personal loss and learning to love again

Queen Elizabeth Hospital is facing demands to make £60m in savings

£60m cuts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be piled on 'untenable' financial pressures

QE's finance chief warns that frontline healthcare will suffer as city's flagship hospital faces demands to make massive savings

Jemma Bird, one of this year's candidates on BBC programme The Apprentice

Fired Apprentice candidate Jemma Bird vows to prove Lord Sugar wrong

A self-confessed workaholic, Ms Bird says she works seven days a week

Gone to pot? City council in dispute with repairs contractor Amey over quality of roads

Officials considering enforcing penalty clauses in 25-year long contract

£45m boost to region in latest Growth Deals

Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull all benefit in latest round of funding from government scheme to boost infrastructure, education and housing

The now-replaced Queensway tunnel sign, recognisable to thousands of drivers

Crumbled Birmingham Queensway tunnels sign could be recreated for university exhibition

Timber Queensway signs were removed from tunnels and replaced with new electronic warning billboards which can instantly alert drivers to a crash or hold up ahead

John Madin's St James's House has been awarded Grade II listed status by English Heritage

John Madin building handed listed status

Office block designed by renowned architect granted Grade II status by English Heritage as other examples of his work in the city perish

Nick Clegg

Tories could hit public sector workers with "regional pay" plan, says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister says he blocked controversial plan to pay workers in parts of the Midlands less than those in the south

Mark Payton, chief executive of Mercia Technologies

Second deal for Mercia Technologies since AIM float

Warwickshire tech investor makes another investment after raising £70m from initial public offering

Examples of Gothic brass handles similar to those used on Churchill's coffin at Newman Brothers Coffin Works

How Newman Brothers Coffin Works played a key role in Churchill's state funeral

The company made the ornate handles and other fittings for the wartime leader’s coffin as part of ‘Operation Hope Not’

The University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham launches 'Not On' campaign to tackle sexual harassment

Staff and students will be encouraged to challenge sexual harassment and report inappropriate behaviour

Professor Raymond Tallis

Prof Raymond Tallis to challenge Stephen Hawking claim

Birmingham Salon signs up renowned polymath for latest event which will examine whether physics has destroyed philosophy

Hunt is on to find a civic flag for Birmingham

Competition to create Birmingham's people's flag

Hunt has been launched to spread city's name far and wide and give businesses a chance to display their pride in the city

Coun Muriel Davis (left) with the Vicar of St Aidan's and St Chad's Rev Jane Nash

Sacrifice of First World War miners to be marked

Up to 160 servicemen from Staffordshire village to be honoured a century after their deaths during the Great War

Sky Ride Birmingham 2013 in Cannon Hill Park

Sky Ride cancelled in Birmingham again

Event organised with British Cycling is axed due to cricket fixtures at Edgbaston and ongoing developments around the city

Quarter of West Midlands homes can't afford basic standard of living

In the week the Birmingham Post unveils its Rich List, Jonathan Walker looks at the other side of the coin and examines how one in four homes in the region have been plunged into poverty

Swanshurst Park where the fish died

Hundreds of fish die at Swanshurt Park as sluice gate is left open

Local householders and fishermen joined RSPCA to mount major rescue operation over several days to save as many fish as possible at Swanshurst Park

Eric Pickles

Birmingham to have fewer councillors and "all-out" elections every four years

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has ordered major changes to the way Birmingham is governed, with the entire council elected once every four years and fewer councillors

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham rally to call for halt in cuts

Friends of The Library of Birmingham have organised event to coincide with National Library Day and to campaign against proposed slashing of opening hours

The NEC

Cash raised from £307m NEC Group sale will be used on city council's equal pay claims

The NEC Group, the arenas, conference and exhibition centres and linked companies have been sold to private equity firm LDC in a deal worth £307 million

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Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Government told about extremists in Birmingham schools four years ago, Labour claims

Harrison Drape in Digbeth is being regenerated as an apartment complex updated

Pictures: Work starts on Harrison Drape regeneration

Pictures: Jaguars and Range Rovers driven off stricken Hoegh Osaka

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