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CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham leader says HS2 rail link on track despite Shadow Chancellor's claim it should be delayed

Birmingham leader Sir Albert Bore insists Birmingham to northern cities HS2 phase 2 link going ahead after Ed Balls said build HS3 first

Serco handed control of Birmingham's leisure centres

The company will design and build four new swimming pools at Erdington, Stechford Cascades, Icknield Port Loop, in Edgbaston, and Northfield

David Cameron: Labour's high speed rail rethink is a "slap in the face" to Midlands

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister condemns Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for saying new east-west rail line should come before completing HS2

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CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham leader says HS2 rail link on track despite Shadow Chancellor's claim it should be delayed

Birmingham leader Sir Albert Bore insists Birmingham to northern cities HS2 phase 2 link going ahead after Ed Balls said build HS3 first

Serco handed control of Birmingham's leisure centres

The company will design and build four new swimming pools at Erdington, Stechford Cascades, Icknield Port Loop, in Edgbaston, and Northfield

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron: Labour's high speed rail rethink is a "slap in the face" to Midlands

Prime Minister condemns Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for saying new east-west rail line should come before completing HS2

St Philip's Square with the Crimean War Memorial, Birmingham Cathedral and NatWest Tower in the background

Birmingham Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to carry out vital internal repairs

300-year-old building is one of 30 English cathedrals to get a share of The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

Labour wants new east-west rail line before completing HS2, says Ed Balls

Plans for a high speed line linking Birmingham with Leeds and Manchester will take a back seat to proposals for a new east-west line under Labour, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed

Keith Marsden, landlord of the Prince of Wales, Moseley

Birmingham pubs raise glass to new law that could bring down price of a pint

Pubs Code given final approval in Parliament, giving thousands of community pubs more power to buy beer without restrictions

Nansen Primary School in Saltley

'Trojan horse school' interim head axed after two months

Dr Rashida Sharif's departure from Nansen Primary – placed in special measures last year – was confirmed after a damning Ofsted report found violence, racism and wasted funds.

New record low as inflation falls to zero

Consumer Price Index measure falls again but there are fears consumers will delay spending and businesses will halt investment

Top Gear creator Derek Smith in later life.

Tributes after Top Gear pioneer Derek Smith passes away

Mr Smith hit on the idea for the programme as he looked out over the car park at the Corporation’s old Pebble Mill building, in Edgbaton

New funding for West Midlands road repairs

Department for Transport allocates almost £40m towards West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority projects

Sadie Morgan, chair of the HS2 Design Panel

Sadie Morgan to chair HS2 Design Panel

Ms Morgan, who co-founded London-based dRMM architects in 1995 and is currently president of the Architectural Association, will chair the HS2 Design Panel, a body that will oversee all the design elements of the project

Conservative candidate for Solihull in the next General Election Julian Knight

BBC is 'London-Manchester carve up', ex-reporter claims

Julian Knight, the Conservative candidate for Solihull in the General Election, said the BBC’s promise to reach out to the regions was failing

Afzal Amin resigns following EDL allegations

Dudley North candidate steps down hours after saying he would fight allegations of EDL collusion

Afzal Amin, who faces being deselected by the Conservatives in Dudley North.

Tory candidate Afzal Amin must be thrown out, Ed Miliband claims

The Dudley North candidate is accused of scheming with the English Defence League to announce an inflammatory march against a new “mega-mosque”

Tory candidate Afzal Amin pledges to fight suspension over EDL plot row

Conservative Dudley North candidate set for showdown talks after suspension announced over the weekend

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland

Hope Large Hadron Collider restart will usher in a 'new era' of knowledge

Finding ‘dark matter’ – new planets – is a key hope of the project, based in Geneva

Trojan Horse pupils let down by Ofsted and DfE, claim MPs

MPs said exam results had fallen in schools at the centre of claims some governors and teachers had attempted to impose an Islamic identity on them

Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police will be smallest in its history by 2020

Chief constable Chris Sims says we are building a model for future policing as five-year plan is outlined

Birmingham children's care crisis was 'deeply ingrained in city'

Lord Norman Warner said issues with staff recruitment, poor quality work and the failure to deliver change had persistently 'held back the council's children's social care department'

Judy Murray at the launch of the Tennis Foundation's new Education Strategy in Birmingham

Andy Murray's mum puts tennis on Birmingham schools' agenda

Judy Murray visits Broadway Academy in Washwood Heath as she backs the Tennis Foundation's three-year strategy to encourage more children to play tennis

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Photography trail covering three-mile stretch of Stratford Road on display this summer

Moat Farm, Tibberton, Worcestershire

Pictures: 16th century Worcestershire farmhouse with space-age potential

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron: Labour's high speed rail rethink is a "slap in the face" to Midlands

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