David Cameron will hold his first shadow Cabinet meeting since becoming Conservative leader, in Birmingham
The decision to drop London in favour of the International Convention Centre is being promoted as a highly visible gesture of Mr Cameron's modernising zeal and a practical example of a new pitch for inner city votes.
The choice also puts the official Tory seal of approval on the Conservative coalition with the Liberal Democrats, which has been running Birmingham City Council since June 2004.
Mr Cameron decided to come to Birmingham following talks between the Conservative Party chairman, Francis Maude, and city council leader Mike Whitby.
Officers at a Birmingham police station were left with red faces when a suspect locked an inspector in a room before jumping 30 feet out of a window on to concrete below.
Miraculously, Julian Barnes survived his dramatic leap without a scratch and ran away from the station, the city's crown court heard.
In jailing Barnes for 15 months, Mr Recorder Melbourne Inman QC said: "You made a determined attempt to escape. How on earth you managed to avoid injuring yourself is beyond belief."
Barnes (30), of Wyndhurst Road, Stechford, admitted charges of escape, possessing a baseball bat, assault, and possessing cannabis.
The West Midlands business community has called on the Government to speed up trials of a #100 million series of congestion-busting measures on the M42.
It believes the Highways Agency's projected results deadline of 2008 for Active Traffic Management - which includes variable lane speed limits and hard shoulder running - is "unacceptable" and that an assessment of the system should be available by the end of next year.
Jerry Blackett, chairman of the the West Midlands Business Transport Group, said until the results of the M42 pilot scheme around the NEC and Birmingham International Airport were known, the HA was unable to make a long term recommendation to the Department of Transport "concerning the capacity solutions for the heavily used piece of motorway".
Cliff Richard has announced that this month's charity tennis tournament at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena will be his last. Win tickets for the event in Tuesday's Birmingham Post
A Worcestershire farmer is leading an environmental revolution in the region by turning his crops into fuel.
Lionel Hill, of Dunstall Court, Feckenham, is generating enough renewable energy to heat eight houses by turning willow into woodchips.
The material is then used to fuel woodchip heating systems based on a Scandinavian design.
Mr Hill began growing the willow on 50 acres of farmland as a way of fuelling several of his own buildings but he is hoping to encourage other farmers to join a renewable energy cooperative in order for them to supply others.
Birmingham and the Black Country should form a "city region" with control over housing and transport and the power to impose taxes, an influential inquiry has concluded.
A report calls for the creation of a "senate" of local council leaders to help Birmingham and its neighbours compete with London and the leading cities of Continental Europe.
The authors included Lin Homer, who was chief executive of Birmingham City Council while the inquiry took place.
Local Government Minister David Miliband welcomed the findings as a "useful contribution to this debate".
Read more on these stories in Tuesday's Birmingham Post