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Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UKs very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC all in the name of Sport Relief

Accepting childhood inactivity comes at a great cost

Action needed as report highlights too many kids not fit for purpose.

Taking stock of a wealth of statistics and perspectives

Bill Gates
Oxfam warns the richest one per cent of people in the world now own 48 per cent of all global wealth – up from just over 44 per cent in 2010.

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Eric Pickles
Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

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Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UKs very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC all in the name of Sport Relief

Accepting childhood inactivity comes at a great cost

Action needed as report highlights too many kids not fit for purpose.

Bill Gates

Taking stock of a wealth of statistics and perspectives

Oxfam warns the richest one per cent of people in the world now own 48 per cent of all global wealth – up from just over 44 per cent in 2010.

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Want to know what UKIP believe? Read their manifesto pledges

UKIP's 2014 manifesto has been delayed, but we can look at what Nigel Farage and his colleagues were promising last time

T20 remains as popular as ever with fans but a number of counties would welcome its presence on a free-to-air basis

Sky announces extension to broadcast deal

As Sky announces extension to broadcast deal, some counties are crying out for new schedule which will help boost their profile.

An artist's impression of the proposed new Birmingham Conservatoire in Eastside

Debate over architecture is vital - even if some of it grates

Buildings, both internally and externally, are the physical setting for our lives, and for better or worse, their design directly affects all of us.

Nigel Farage

Polls' worrying message for the Midlands' Tories

Polling data suggests Nigel Farage's UKIP party could rob the Tories of seats in the West Midlands, and help Labour.

Eric Pickles

Eric Pickles' shadow looms ominously over Birmingham's beleaguered council chief

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has spoken of a "sword hanging over them" in the form of Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Chris Game: Who will go in this year's General Election?

Despite this Parliament running its full five-year term, far fewer MPs will retire than in 2010.

Birmingham schools are pretty good - so why the flak?

Birmingham has a lower proportion of residents with level 4 or above qualifications (23 per cent) than England and most comparator areas.

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore

General election throws a spanner in the works for Sir Albert's cabinet

Labour leader Sir Albert Bore is as nailed on a certainty as you can get to retain his Ladywood seat for another four years, but the same cannot be said for some of his cabinet colleagues.

Follow the leader: Sir Albert Bore (left) and Lord Whitby take the 'Man of the People' and 'Freudian Slip' awards

Take a bow after a year of ups and downs in Birmingham

A year of ups and downs for the city's political leader as Neil Elkes takes a sideways look at those deserving an award

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk on stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

The enduring appeal of pantomime at Christmas

One tradition that many families indulge in during the festive season is a trip to the theatre to see a pantomime.

General business

National Planning Policy Framework School Report: 48% Could do much better

The media is alive with the sound of planning policy again as the Communities and Local Government Select Committee publishes its report looking into the operation and impact of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Nike Fuelband

Fitness gizmos fuelling the technology market

Sales of 'wearable technology' are expected to triple over the next couple of weeks, to £105 million, according to the Centre for Retail Research.

George Osborne

Tinkering is all very well - now it's time to get down to business

George Osborne's Autumn Statement was overtly political and aimed to demonstrate the economy is safer in his hands than under Ed Balls.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.

Eric Pickles

Damning reports and massive cuts leave us in a real pickle

It has been a difficult week for Birmingham City Council as two national reports have prompted yet more negative headlines and another wave of budget cuts unveiled.

Police

The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Surfer

Surfing rides on crest of a wave as the influence of crowdfunding grows

Water sport leads the way as appeal-based funding gathers momentum.

Videos & Photos

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

John Madin building handed listed status

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

A dominant feature of Birmingham's skyline, the NatWest Tower looks set to be demolished updated

NatWest Tower set to be demolished for new building

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