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Experts criticise latest design changes to New Street Station

Latest furore surrounds a revised planning application to retain and extend the old Navigation Street footbridge over tracks and platforms on the northern side of the station

Questions asked as 95% of Birmingham events budget spent on Conservative Party Conference

David Cameron
The deal to bring three Conservative Party conferences to the city was agreed under the previous council regime, led by Lord Whitby, but new leader Sir Albert Bore has vowed to put an end to such events

First ever Birmingham wine festival

Ian Harvey and Amy Seton
Event brings together wine producers, merchants, experts and commentators with hundreds of wines at Birmingham’s Hyatt Hotel on June 13 and 14

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Experts criticise latest design changes to New Street Station

Latest furore surrounds a revised planning application to retain and extend the old Navigation Street footbridge over tracks and platforms on the northern side of the station

David Cameron

Questions asked as 95% of Birmingham events budget spent on Conservative Party Conference

The deal to bring three Conservative Party conferences to the city was agreed under the previous council regime, led by Lord Whitby, but new leader Sir Albert Bore has vowed to put an end to such events

Ian Harvey and Amy Seton

First ever Birmingham wine festival

Event brings together wine producers, merchants, experts and commentators with hundreds of wines at Birmingham’s Hyatt Hotel on June 13 and 14

Alan Rudge

Birmingham Conservative councillor calls party 'undemocratic' as he stands down

Commercial lawyer Alan Rudge, who was first elected to the Birmingham City Council chamber in 1976, was replaced as candidate last summer following a furious bust-up with regional officials over new selection processes

Cllr Robert Alden

Conservatives in Birmingham vow to scrap 'garden tax'

A manifesto for the May 22 local election also pledges free parking in suburban high street car parks and to turn 40 pieces of derelict land into public squares

Tributes after Stechford mosque founder Haji Fazal Ellahi dies

Haji Fazal Ellahi started campaigning in 1990 for a place of worship in the community and held a number of meetings with then Yardley MP Estelle Morris

New Solihull Council chief executive Nick Page

Solihull Council appoints former Salford boss as chief executive

Nick Page replaces Mark Rogers who left Solihull in February for a new role as chief executive of Birmingham City Council

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood

Three Trojan Horse investigations 'increases the confusion'

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood is now calling for a swift and coordinated inquiry by the Department for Education, Ofsted and Birmingham City Council

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

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

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.

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