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Alstom's designs for HS2 trains - with single-deck design at front and the double decker in the background - parked in Birmingham

HS2: Will double decker trains be coming to Birmingham?

French train maker Alstom hopes to secure £7.5 billion contract to design and build rolling stock for HS2 line

Birmingham Central Library being demolished with the Council House Clock Tower seen through the middle

Watch: Incredible pictures show Birmingham Central Library cut in HALF

Council House clock tower can now be seen without obstruction from Centenary Square after latest phase in demolition of landmark building

Children's social care trust is our decision says council Labour chief

Coun Brigid Jones responds to claims that trust move is a panic measure or forced by government

Nigel Farage takes the battle bus to the streets of Dudley to canvas people about leaving the EU

Remain campaigners 'close to cheating' says Farage during Black Country visit

UKIP leader slams David Cameron's warnings about the dangers of Brexit as build up to referendum vote heats up

Fifth Chelsea Flower Show gold for Birmingham's parks staff

Winning council display was inspired by the 'eye of a needle' artwork of Willard Wigan

Shi-Anne Downer, who was found with fatal injuries at a property in Beckbury Road, Weoley Castle

Birmingham City Council to hand failing children's services over to new trust

Announcement ahead of damning TV documentary on city children's social services which has been failing since 2009

Local Government Secretary Greg Clark with Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy in Victoria Square

Vote Brexit and play roulette with Birmingham business successes like JLR and HSBC warns Tory minister

Local Government Secretary Greg Clark urges Britain's youngest city to sign up to vote in June 23 referendum and secure future economic success

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Raymond Hassall presents Hortons' Estate with the Conservation Award

Victorian Society recognises the The Grand with new conservation award

Landmark Birmingham city centre building is given inaugural award in praise of work by Hortons' Estate to restore historic façade

A Midland Metro tram has been named after Ozzy Osbourne

Midland Metro tram named after Ozzy Osbourne

Legendary Black Sabbath singer will be in Birmingham this week to see the tram named in his honour as countdown begins to opening of long-awaited metro extension

University of Birmingham Medical School in 1978

How smallpox re-emerged in unsuspecting Birmingham

Mike Lockley reports on the nightmare from history that returned for one final victim

Revamp of New Street station and Grand Central was named project of the year

Grand Central and New Street station sweep the board at RICS Awards

Revamp of station and former Pallasades shopping centre wins overall project of the year and three other category prizes

What will the Greater Birmingham mayor earn? Answer: A lot less than you think

Villa striker Gaby Agbonlahor earns in five days what the future elected mayor could earn in year

Hall Green Library campaigner Kerry Jenkins

Birmingham councillor turns down top cabinet role and prompts mini-reshuffle

Hall Green councillor Kerry Jenkins says she is 'disappointed' but unable to accept £25,000 per year council efficiency role

Meet Birmingham's next Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress: They go together like Rice and Curry

Hill walking Labour councillor Carl Rice to become Lord Mayor at Birmingham City Council annual meeting

Donkeys on the beach near Central Pier on Blackpool Beach

West Midlands parents sign petition against term-time holiday charges

School penalty fines are up for debate after a high-profile court case - and thousands in the region have signed a petition against them

University of Birmingham is hoping to increase the number of spin-out companies it produces

University of Birmingham launches £5m mission to double business spin outs

Edgbaston institute says it wants to help companies team up with its 3,400 academics to bring new inventions to market

Unite has acquired land near its The Heights complex to build 600 rooms

Unite buys Birmingham site for £40m student development

Developer and operator adds fifth site to its portfolio in the city with around 600 new rooms due to open in 2019

Birmingham firm invests in digital sign to air complaints about council

Local authority threatens legal action over claims made on a digital sign broadcast to thousands ever day

City councillors have admitted more than £40m is owed in business rates

Birmingham businesses owe £40m in unpaid rates

Calls for city council to tackle companies as aggressively as its does residents to claw back missing cash

Anger as Birmingham Metro extension built at rate of 32 inches a day

The Midland Metro link to New Street, expected to be completed this Sunday, has been halted for a third time for last-minute safety work

Videos & Photos

Birmingham Central Library being demolished with the Council House Clock Tower seen through the middle

Watch: Incredible pictures show Birmingham Central Library cut in HALF

Nigel Farage takes the battle bus to the streets of Dudley to canvas people about leaving the EU

Remain campaigners 'close to cheating' says Farage during Black Country visit

Labour leader Clancy finds places for both friends and foes in his first cabinet

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Political Editor