Blackpool will get Britain's first super-casino no matter how hard Birmingham campaigns for the multi-million pound venue, city council leader Mike Whitby claimed.
Coun Whitby told the council cabinet that sources close to the Government were indicating that Blackpool had already won the race to get an American-style gaming centre because it was a decaying coastal resort in need of regeneration.
Officially, the Department for Media, Culture and Sport will not decide on a location for a super-casino until 2007.
But Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) said: "Blackpool is a major coastal resort in decline. We are hearing Blackpool have won already. They have got it cut and dried."
A total shut down of local West Midlands train services on Sunday was caused by the uncertainty surrounding drivers' jobs, union leaders have revealed.
Although there was no official withdrawal of good will, Aslef said the break-up of the Central Trains franchise - announced last year but not due to be completed until 2007 - has left demotivated staff unwilling to volunteer for Sunday shifts.
On Friday evening the train operator announced it was unable to staff timetabled Sunday services after it could only persuade 50 volunteers - a third of the required staffing levels.
Politicians criticised the action and Birmingham businesses are thought to have lost thousands of pounds in lost trade.
A hospital trust has been criticised after maggots were found crawling on a patient's face in a hospital intensive care unit.
Nyree Ellison Anjos was horrified to discover the fly larvae near a feeding tube attached to her mother's face while she was being treated at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Mrs Ellison Anjos's elderly mother, Christine Ellison, died two days later of a separate illness in July this year.
Mrs Ellison Anjos, from Robinswood, Gloucester, said she had chosen to speak out against the hospital now so that such an incident could not happen again.
The Government has denied it is generating millions of pounds in interest by delaying paying new grants to farmers.
Ludlow MP Philip Dunne claimed the Government was making more than #17million in interest from the #1.5bn in European subsidies for farmers in England.
In a written parliamentary question, the Conservative MP asked what the Government was planning to do with the interest.
Farmers in other member states, including Wales, received their Single Farm Payments this month, but farmers in England were told they would have to wait until February at the earliest due to problems with computer systems at the Rural Payments Agency.
A mother and father have paid tearful tributes to their teenage children who were killed by suicide bombers in Egypt.
Pete Fulham, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, told an inquest how his "gentle and caring" son 'Matty' was due to turn 18 the day after the terrorist attack.
And Heide Lloyd, of Evesham, Worcestershire, said her "beautiful, sparkling" 16-year-old daughter Hannah had been "stolen from her" in the attack on Sharm el-Sheikh in July.
A coroner concluded that eight of the 11 Britons killed in the bombings had died as a result of an act of terrorism overseas.
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