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Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.
There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

Peter Sharkey: Scottish sport could face funding challenge in longer term

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain
South of the border, Englishmen are torn by the apparent desire of large numbers of Scots to break away and go it alone.

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Neil Elkes: Birmingham wheelie bin opponents start to grasp at straws

One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain

Peter Sharkey: Scottish sport could face funding challenge in longer term

South of the border, Englishmen are torn by the apparent desire of large numbers of Scots to break away and go it alone.

The House of Commons in London

Jonathan Walker: Midlands devolution fever could end in tiers

In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore

Neil Elkes: Birmingham puts party rivalry aside as it tries to fight back over wounding cuts

Birmingham Leader Sir Albert Bore told us that the total job losses at the council throughout the period of austerity would be equal to twice those lost during the 2005 Longbridge Rover collapse.

Russell Luckock: Teenagers can learn lot from young voters of Scotland

Electioneering got off to a slow start in Scotland but then, in the last month, politicians and the voters suddenly realised the seriousness of what was before them.

The launch of the new Aviva Premiership Season at Twickenham Stadium, London.

Peter Sharkey: Rugby sugar daddies and the fears for clubs 'living beyond their means'

The new, all-singing, all-dancing Aviva Premiership kicks off in Northampton tomorrow night when the Saints host Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens.

Car servicing

Chris Upton: Perfect day without a car in the world

I always knew that having a white car would come with cleaning issues, but white was the only colour - or absence of colour - I was offered.

Karen Brady arrives on stage on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central in Manchester.

Jonathan Walker: Birmingham City Council is wrong to say we don't need major party conferences in the city

Party conferences are a chance to get the nation's top politicians, journalists, charity heads and business leaders into the city - but Birmingham is turning them away.

Birmingham City Council

Neil Elkes: Prepare to get what you pay for if Birmingham council cuts annual allowances

The problem with councils like Birmingham is that the system developed from a time when being a councillor was an amateur occupation.

Jonathan Trott of England

Jon Griffin: Why the price of fame is too much for far too many

The Jonathan Trott story is a cautionary tale of a public figure who found himself unable to carry on playing cricket for his country at a crucial moment.

Airplane taking off on the runway at Birmingham Airport

Lorely Burt: Birmingham Airport runway policy could sacrifice UK growth

Airport expansion sparks an inevitable tug 'o' war between those who see larger airports as key to economic growth, and those worried about the impact on the environment.

Scottish students currently get free university tuition

Andrew Whitehead: Scottish independence debate is an education

A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.

England's Claudia Fragapane with her four Artistic Gymnastics gold medals at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Peter Sharkey: Our likeable Games stars deserve TV spotlight in longer term

Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.

Dr Chris Upton

Chris Upton: The latest idea for London is a garden bridge crossing the Thames

One of the latest ideas for London is a garden bridge, to cross the Thames somewhere near the South Bank.

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

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

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Russell Luckock: How the Scottish vote of independence could hit the Midlands hard

Strangely, natives living in the rest of the UK will have no say, yet current residents from other lands will be entitled to vote.

Michael Fabricant MP

Jonathan Walker: Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant takes on Speaker John Bercow

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has found his match in Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

More than 65,000 fans watched Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool's clash in Miami earlier this month

Peter Sharkey: The economic benefits of a permanent NFL franchise based in London

The NFL returns to London next month for the first of three regular season autumn duels when Miami face Oakland on September 28.

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Jodie Cook, Rabia Raza, Ben Cook, Giselle Boxer, all JC Social Media.

Birmingham's JC Social Media celebrates third birthday

The steamships sign revealed by workers on the Midland Metro extension

Intriguing slice of Birmingham history revealed during Metro tram extension works

Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale

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Graeme Brown
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Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor