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Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

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

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

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

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

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Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

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

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

Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

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

Work to begin on branding strategy around 'Greater Birmingham' aimed at improving the region's reputation

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

CGI of how Kings Heath High Street might look after a major transport shake-up which would see it named a Green Travel District

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

Eleven areas in the city to receive special designated status as part of a major shake-up to encourage people out of their cars.

Colin Povey at Edgbaston

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

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

Birmingham City Council has announced the appointment of Alastair Gibbons as the new executive director for children’s services

Birmingham City Council recruits latest children's services chief

University of Birmingham  graduate brings three decades of experience in children's and adult services to drive through change programme

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

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police told to take immediate action over child sex abuse approach

Watchdog said the force needed to take "immediate action" after finding the attitudes of some officers towards victims of child sexual exploitation were "unacceptable

Jane Held, chairwoman of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board

Action plan to keep Birmingham's children safe

Stopping child sexual exploitation is one of the biggest challenges facing Birmingham's child protection workers, according to city council chiefs

St Chad's Cathedral, in Birmingham, has been awarded £227,000 to carry out repair work

St Chad's Cathedral to receive £227k restoration grant

Historic city centre site is one of 31 across England to share in £8 million pot

Longbridge Light Festival

Pictures: Longbridge Light Festival comes alive

More than 7,000 people visit south Birmingham town for key conference and to enjoy public artworks

The owner of this property at 223 Tiverton Road, Selly Oak, has been told it is unacceptable and given six months to tear down

Selly Oak student landlord told to tear down extensions

Residents celebrate after planning inspector rules that large extensions would overshadow neighbours

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

Midland law firm MFG Solicitors recently held a food-themed event for their Shropshire clients at the Ludlow Kitchen.

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

UK Border Agency

Midland MP believes immigration is an issue Labour could win

Liam Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill) has urged Labour to back stricter controls on immigration - and insisted a tough approach would have the backing of ethnic minority voters.

Rosie Kirk

Birmingham City University clock-making degree believed to be only one in world

Birmingham City University students are keeping the ancient art of clockmaking alive thanks to a degree course believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. Education Correspondent Emma McKinney reports.

Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock who met with his death on 1 November 1914 at Coronel

Officer who led his sailors to their death 'was hero'

Author hopes to restore reputation of outgunned Rear Admiral who died in First World War battle.

West Heath Primary School headteacher Michelle Hooper

Head teacher of failing Birmingham school vows to turn it around this year

Michelle Hooper, head teacher of failing West Heath Primary school, in Birmingham, vows to turn it around by the end of the year.

Former offender and ex BBC reporter Ashley Blake.

BBC TV presenter backs business campaign hoping to give ex-convicts a chance

Fallen BBC television presenter Ashley Blake has backed calls for employers to give ex-convicts a chance amid a national debate over jobs for offenders.

Green belt land in Walmley Ash Lane, near Sutton Coldfield, where Birmingham City Council is planning to build 6,000 houses

Sutton Coldfield's green belt takes centre stage in housing battle

Four-week public inquiry launches into 17-year development plan for Birmingham with campaigners arguing that any development is going too far

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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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