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Mell Square, Solihull

Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

'Summer of discontent' threat over London Midland cuts

A London Midland train
The RMT union threw down the gauntlet with a pledge it would accept no compulsory redundancies – and revealed it would ballot for action if no compromise could be reached

Aston Expressway Birmingham at 'considerable' risk of collapsing, claims council report

Raised section of the seven-lane expressway needs £26 million investment to fix it to make the 40-year-old carriageway safe

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Mell Square, Solihull

Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

A London Midland train

'Summer of discontent' threat over London Midland cuts

The RMT union threw down the gauntlet with a pledge it would accept no compulsory redundancies – and revealed it would ballot for action if no compromise could be reached

Aston Expressway Birmingham at 'considerable' risk of collapsing, claims council report

Raised section of the seven-lane expressway needs £26 million investment to fix it to make the 40-year-old carriageway safe

City of Birmingham

Birmingham ranked alongside Rome in quality of life survey

The city has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any in the UK outside of the capital – and ahead of the likes of Los Angeles and Dubai, by the Mercer Quality of Living Report 2014

Chief constable hits out as terror chief brought in to Trojan Horse probe

Chief Constable Chris Sims described the appointment of Peter Clarke as “desperately unfortunate”, saying it would “inevitably draw unwarranted conclusions from his former role as national co-ordinator for counter terrorism"

Sir Albert Bore

25 schools investigated over 'Trojan Horse' claims

The council has received more than 200 letters, emails and calls from parents, governors and teachers giving information about the alleged plot

A London Midland train

Unions hit out at London Midland job cuts

The Transport Salaried Staff Association has hit out angrily over the scale of the cutbacks at the firm’s Birmingham head office, with a total of 150 jobs facing the axe

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant

Sacked MP Fabricant: I was offered a Government job just two weeks ago

The Midland MP sacked as Conservative vice-chair has revealed he was offered a Government job just a fortnight ago, and predicted he could return to the front benches

Sajid Javid

Midland MP Sajid Javid, the son of a bus driver who became a high-flying banker, is the new Culture Secretary

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, the son of a bus driver and high-flying banker, has been appointed Culture Secretary following the resignation of Maria Miller

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

All city MPs call for full inquiry into Trojan Horse claims

The MPs from the three main parties presented a united front in a joint letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Ed Miliband

Labour will appoint a Minister for the West Midlands to champion region, says Ed Miliband

Labour's manifesto will include plans for a Minister for the West Midlands and to devolve £20 billion from central government to local councils, Ed Miliband has revealed during a visit to Birmingham

Ed Miliband promises "Greater Birmingham" share of £20 billion - but only if region creates a combined super-council

Labour leader Ed Miliband is revealing plans to strip £20 billion from Whitehall departments and give the funds to regions to create jobs, during a visit to Birmingham.

Former whip Michael Fabricant to lead rebellion against HS2

Tory Vice-Chairman Michael Fabricant urges Labour MPs to back his attempt to block high speed rail legislation

Centro to axe quarter of staff to meet budget

Centro to axe a quarter of staff to meet budget

Councillors voted in favour of the 89 job cuts a special meeting this week. Centro oversees public transport travel in the West Midlands.

Khat

Fears over community response to khat ban

Home Office survey of people of Somali origin in Birmingham in 2005 found that 34 per cent said they had chewed khat in month before the interview

Andrew Cleaves

National Express exec to replace Christine Braddock at Birmingham Metropolitan College

Andrew Cleaves to replace Dame Christine Braddock who has been principal for 17 years

High Speed Rail

HS2 protesters issue warning to 'Minister' for £50 billion rail project

Campaign group says 'being Minister for HS2 would be the most dangerous job in politics'

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently re-opening the Red Lion pub opposite Downing Street

Osborne delivers Budget for pensioners, working people and manufacturers

More than 250,000 working people in the West Midlands will be taken out of income tax entirely under changes announced in George Osborne's Budget statement

David Higgins

HS2 chief wants to speed up progress

HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins proposed an accelerated timetable for the northern, phase two, section of the project

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage accused of employing wife and mistress at public expense

Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire challenged her former UKIP colleague in the European Parliament

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Jaw dropping... 'largest' shark ever reeled in

University of Birmingham student accused of assault has case against him dismissed

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