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Ladbrokes on Green Lane in Small Heath.

Big bad bookies and Premier League prove easy targets for vote-chasers

Election fever turns grassroot sport funding into a political football.

Time for city to bite the bullet and save millions on its Capita contract

Uruguay's Luis Suarez.
Barcelona paid Liverpool's early termination fee for Suarez - should the council do the same for Capita?

Other countries do without governors - so why can't we?

Classroom of children
Lots of other countries manage without governors. If we want to continue this historic custom, it needs a modern re-think.

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Ladbrokes on Green Lane in Small Heath.

Big bad bookies and Premier League prove easy targets for vote-chasers

Election fever turns grassroot sport funding into a political football.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez.

Time for city to bite the bullet and save millions on its Capita contract

Barcelona paid Liverpool's early termination fee for Suarez - should the council do the same for Capita?

Classroom of children

Other countries do without governors - so why can't we?

Lots of other countries manage without governors. If we want to continue this historic custom, it needs a modern re-think.

Dr Chris Upton

On yer bike! And take your lycra with you

The Tour De France is down there at the foot of my list of sporting highlights, to sit alongside the Boat Race, the London Marathon, and anything involving a horse.

Harborne's Moor Pool

A new chance to create a modern garden suburb

Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Yes or no, Scotland is about to lose its biggest bargaining chip

Quebec suggests the threat to hold and win a referendum could be Scotland's most powerful bargaining chip - after that, all bets are off.

Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring.

Capt Mainwaring - and a vanished world of principle

The latest scandal to engulf the UK banking industry emerged in the shape of the £218 million fine dished out to Lloyds over the rate-rigging scandal.

Tour de France

Firms ride on upward cycle of demand for nutrition

The rising popularity of competitive and leisure cycling has seen doors open for the sports nutrition market.

The Library of Birmingham

Architecture prize misses the point...

The new Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Unpopular he may be - but he is likely to be PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband has faced criticism from within his own ranks yet looks set to lead polls next year.

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

Are we about to see the most underwhelming election in history?

Ballot boxes could be decidedly empty come police and crime commissioner election day next month.

Formula One championship title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Karting beginning to build up speed in the race to hit on its own winning formula

Small-engine racing where it all began for Hamilton and Rosberg.

Why a big city brings big trouble - but big can be beautiful too

Birmingham is at the top of a national league table of shame, this time over the level of council tax arrears, which stands at £105 million.

Job Centre

Young bear brunt of pain as wages take a nose dive

Real income in the West Midlands has fallen by almost eight per cent in recent years, a detailed new study has found.

Porthcurno Rock Form is perfectly distilled Hepworth

Between a rock and a hard place

Porthcurno Rock Form is perfectly distilled Hepworth, an organic column, that could be bone or rock.

Alex Song of Cameroon is sent off after a red card by referee Pedro Proenca during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia.

No quick fix in global bid to beat the game's cheats

Match-fixing usually manifests itself in instances where sportsmen are 'underpaid', or their level of remuneration is considered 'unjust'.

The new Waverley School in Bordesley Green

Architecture of schools can help to build and shape next generation

Does the architectural design of a school affect the quality of learning that goes on there?

Lord Heseltine

Mayors back on big city agenda as parties converge

Lord Heseltine's vision for cities like Birmingham echoes many of Labour peer Lord Adonis's ideas.

Birmingham City Council

Is it time to open up selection to stamp out the 'rotten boroughs'?

Birmingham's Labour party members throughout the city have now found themselves looking ahead to 2015 with a series of meetings select their candidates.

Dr Chris Upton

Has Joe's rich local legacy long since died?

Birmingham is set to celebrate (probably not the right term) the centenary of the death of its most influential figure.

Videos & Photos

Emma Elston, Vitalise Business Women of the Year 2012; Naomi Gilchrist, Alison Taylor, Monique Sutherland, Squire Sanders; Gisela Stuart MP, Julia Wootton, Max Appeal.

Squire Patton Boggs law firm hosts discussion

Summer in Southside free outdoor arts festival on August 9, 16, 23-24. The Southpaw Dance Company: Faust pictured from last year's event

Pictures: Campaign promotes summer events in Birmingham

CGI of the new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

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