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Andrew Mitchell will not quit despite plebgate humiliation 

28 Nov

Sutton Coldfield MP determined to stand at next year's general election...


Opinion: Got lemons? Make lemonade! 

28 Nov

ByKevin Beirne, group director of housing care support, One Housing Group What would you do if you had a beautiful empty old building in the middle of Soho, London? Sure it needs work but its a very valuable asset, especially with Crossrail going in...


Peaky Blinders photo booth – Friday pictures up to 12pm 

28 Nov

Peaky Blinders fans flock to our special photo booth which puts you among the Shelbys - and on the front page of the Birmingham Mail...


Birmingham man arrested after train manager is assaulted 

28 Nov

Passengers come to employee's help after he is allegedly attacked on Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone service...


David Cameron: Andrew Mitchell must move on from Plebgate 

28 Nov

The Prime Minister insisted it was "never right to be abusive or rude" to a police officer and said the judge had "made very clear his verdict...


‘Execution squad’ gunman who shot mum in front of her kids allowed by court to have contact with children 

28 Nov

Hyrone Hart from Handsworth was jailed for life after two murders and two attempted murders...


Replay: Black Friday Birmingham – follow all the queues, scuffles, deals and bargains here 

28 Nov

Black Friday sees retailers slash prices and consumers battle to get their hands on a bargain - follow live updates here...


Black Friday: 16 archive (almost quaint) pictures of Birmingham sales frenzies down the years 

28 Nov

Think queueing overnight to bag high street bargains is new? Guess again - as our archive pictures show...


Call this a sales frenzy? It’s nothing compared to back home, says our US-born reporter Kelly McLaughlin 

28 Nov

Our American reporter Kelly McLaughlin reveals her experiences of the shopping frenzy in her home country...


Caught on CCTV: Gang suspected of violent robbery of young woman in city centre 

28 Nov

Police have released this footage of a group thought to be responsible for an attack on a young woman in Birmingham city centre.


Small Heath shooting: Barber shot by masked man as he cut client’s hair 

28 Nov

Sources say hairdresser injured in leg was not the intended target of the attack...


Aston Villa: Prime Minister pays his respects to his uncle – ‘chairman of the world’s greatest football club’ 

28 Nov

David Cameron rushes from giving key immigration speech to attend Sir William Dugdale's funeral...


Small Heath barber’s shop shooting: Man taken to hospital with leg injury 

28 Nov

Police at scene after reports firearm is discharged at shop in Somerville Road...


Shots fired outside Longbridge police station 

28 Nov

Victim found suffering knife injury after cops alerted to dispute by sound of air gun allegedly being discharged...


Birmingham NEC poaches Farm Business Innovation Show from London Olympia 

28 Nov

Boost for Midlands as internationally-renowned world farming event set to relocate next year...


Birmingham Cycle City plans may get a further cash boost 

28 Nov

Nick Clegg announces additional cycling initiative funding for cities...


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Comment »

My Anaconda Shan’t 

28 Nov

With Nicki Minaj’s hit single “Anaconda” going platinum and reaching over 19 million hits on YouTube, while Meghan Trainor continuously drills in how “it’s all about that [eye roll] bass”, is pop music perpetuating negativity towards body...


Three Things To Get Straight about City Devolution 

28 Nov

Should cities in England be in a position to run more of their own affairs? Given that England is one of the most centralised countries in the developed world; that it is economically divided – with the fortunes of London and the South East ...


Article: Britain First – More than the mere sum of the parts left over by the BNP & EDL, LSE British Politics & Policy Blog 

28 Nov

Last week I was invited to contribute a piece on Britain First to the LSE’s excellent ‘British Politics and Policy’ blog.


Tragedy in Sport: A Devastating Reality 

28 Nov

In light of the very sad passing of Phil Hughes, Online Sports Editor Tom Dodd says the 25 year-olds death is a stark reminder of Sport must sometimes give way to the unfortunate realities of life.


Why immigration can be a good thing 

28 Nov

Immigration seems to be the big issue driving our politics - from every doorstep on every street, to Westminster, Brussels and beyond, right up to the general election and who knows for how long after that.


Somewhere in the West Midlands: Emperor Cameron, wearing no clothes 

28 Nov

Immigration: one of the 99% dispels the smokescreen created and released by Britain’s ‘Secret State’.


Comments on 2014 Green Paper “Responding to the challenge – looking to the future” 

27 Nov

Comments on 2014 Green Paper...


John Challis: On the road again… with a trip down memory lane! 

27 Nov

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis is the 'Boycie' of a nation.


Enough is Enough! 

27 Nov

Its time for UEFA to get tough on Serbian Football.


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City-centre news »

Black Friday: 16 archive (almost quaint) pictures of Birmingham sales frenzies down the years 

28 Nov

Think queueing overnight to bag high street bargains is new? Guess again - as our archive pictures show...


Deacon Pat Linthwaite RIP, Funeral Arrangements 

28 Nov

Notification of Death Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Deacon Patrick Linthwaite who died on 22 nd November 2014 Funeral arrangements: Reception:                 Wednesday 3 rd December 2014 at 4.30 p.


ArtBus – December 2014 

28 Nov

When: Wednesday 3 December, 17:00-21:00 Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR ArtBus returns next week, allowing you to hop on and hop off at Birmingham’s leading galleries to enjoy an evening of free after hours culture.


Birmingham Cycle City plans may get a further cash boost 

28 Nov

Nick Clegg announces additional cycling initiative funding for cities...


Black Friday: Birmingham shoppers queue before dawn to grab bargains 

28 Nov

Police on site at Asda in Queslett Road with hundreds of determined customers desperate to snap-up offers...


Movember sisters don fake moustaches 

27 Nov

Hannah Hall and Rhiannon Jones pose in manly stereotype poses for fundraising frolic...


Missing businessman ‘may be in Birmingham’ 

27 Nov

Appeal for help to find missing Harrogate boss last seen in Birmingham...


Day One Festival 

27 Nov

When: 1 January 2015, 12:00-01:00 Where: The Rainbow Warehouse, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth Tickets: from £25 Those that attended the inaugural edition of Day One Festival this year will be thrilled at the prospect of bringing in 2015 when the &#...


Civic Mass, 23 November, 2014 

26 Nov

As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view.


Francis Leccese murder: Candlelit walk in memory of Italian casino worker 

26 Nov

More than a hundred people take part in tribute to popular 21-year-old murdered in his Ladywood home...


Winter Market at The Bond 

26 Nov

When: Saturday 6th December, 12:00–18:00 Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE Tickets: £1.50 on the door; kids go free Seasonal Markets return to The Bond Co on 6th December, with a winter wonderland Christmas market ...


10 Birmingham councillors to spend the night sleeping out to help the homeless 

26 Nov

The ‘BIG SleepOut’ returns to Digbeth, Birmingham for its 25th anniversary of raising funds and awareness for young homeless people in Birmingham, with 10 local councillors set to sleep in cardboard boxes for the night.


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Aston Villa »

Roy Keane Leaves After Bust Up? Club Denies 

28 Nov

Roy Keane Leaves After Bust Up? Club Denies Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/11/2014 18:04:00 Club denies Keane was involved in a bust up, rumours say he was...


Keane quits Villa 

28 Nov

Roy Keane has quit his role as Aston Villa's assistant manager with immediate effect, the club have announced...


Burnley v Aston Villa: team news and match preview 

28 Nov

Match preview and team news of the Premier League game between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on Saturday, November 29, 2014, kick-off 15.00 (GMT...


Keane quits Villa post 

28 Nov

Roy Keane has quit his role as Aston Villa's assistant manager with immediate effect, the club have announced...


Mystic Mug v Lawro – Villa Away To Burnley 

28 Nov

Mystic Mug v Lawro - Villa Away To Burnley Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/11/2014 10:22:00 A doom monger and a fence sitter, but who is who?! Prediction time folks.


Breaking News – Roy Keane Quits Villa 

28 Nov

Breaking News - Roy Keane Quits Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/11/2014 09:57:00 Roy Keane has quit AVFC with immediate effect...


Roy Keane Steps Down As Assistant Manager 

28 Nov

Roy Keane has left the position as assistant manager of Aston Villa after admitting that he has found it too difficult to balance the roles of assistant manger for both Aston Villa and Rep.


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City: On the seven-year anniversary of Alex McLeish taking over at Blues, was the pleasure worth the pain? 

28 Nov

Remembering November 28, 2007 at St Andrew's...


Black Friday: Birmingham City’s best bargains over the years 

28 Nov

Brian Dick takes a look at some of the best Birmingham City deals over the years...


Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest 

28 Nov

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.


Bubbles 

28 Nov

Blues go into their game with Nottingham Forest tomorrow on the back of a four match unbeaten run, having conceded only one goal and picking up eight points from a possible twelve - all of which have given rise to hope the club can push much...


Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest: Five fast facts 

28 Nov

Quick facts ahead of Birmingham City's home game against Nottingham Forest...


Birmingham v N Forest preview 

28 Nov

Guy Moussi could make his Birmingham debut against his former club when Nottingham Forest travel to St Andrew's.


Sports Desk Live – November 28 

28 Nov

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


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Sport »

National Badminton League comes to UoB 

28 Nov

Sports Editor Alex Kronenberg previews the National Badminton League fixture which will be taking place on campus.


Next Up: Brigg Town Fc 

28 Nov

Royals head north.


U15 – Under 15′s March Onwards In The Cup 

28 Nov

The Under 15's beat last year's North Mids Champions to progress into the Quarter Finals.


Fixtures Announced For 2015 Cricket Season 

28 Nov

The new campaign will start on Sunday 12 April with eight matches across the two divisions.


Keane Leaves Role At Aston Villa 

28 Nov

The 43-year-old had been splitting his time between acting as Paul Lambert’s assistant at Villa Park and his role as Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill’s number two.


Tragedy in Sport: A Devastating Reality 

28 Nov

In light of the very sad passing of Phil Hughes, Online Sports Editor Tom Dodd says the 25 year-olds death is a stark reminder of Sport must sometimes give way to the unfortunate realities of life.


Yorkshire start defence at New Road 

28 Nov

County champions Yorkshire will face promoted Worcestershire at New Road to start the defence of their title.


Phil Hughes: Forever 63 not out 

27 Nov

Phil Hughes' sudden passing has sent the wider cricketing fraternity into a state of shock and despair.


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Business »

‘If Manchester is the Mourinho of how to run things then we’re in a lower league altogether’ 

28 Nov

Chris Game argues that Birmingham seems content to be a slavish follower of Manchester and Greater Manchester and the way it has led in matters such as combined authorities...


Birmingham City Council ‘should outsource bins service’ 

28 Nov

Official auditor urges authority to consider outsourcing refuse collection ahead of massive budget cuts which will see council having to save £400m over the next four years...


Last call for Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 

28 Nov

Today is the final day for award entries, with the event taking place at Birmingham’s ICC on March 19 2015...


Lord leaps in as JLR pay row threatens our greatest industry 

27 Nov

Midland-based peer Kumar Bhattacharyya should know what he is talking about when it comes to industrial disputes, argues Jon Griffin...


Review: Two Cats Roaming Kitchen pop-up restaurant, at Six Eight Kafé 

27 Nov

Birmingham's Latvian pop-up brings raw menu to coffee shop basement...


The Drinks Emporium in Birmingham stocks £17,500 Champagne at new shop 

27 Nov

Specialist off licence opens off Aston Expressway...


Wesleyan adds former KPMG partner to its board 

27 Nov

INSURANCE company Wesleyan Assurance Society has added former KPMG partner Andrew Neden to its board of directors.


It’s all Greek to Birmingham Airport as more Athens flights announced 

27 Nov

AEGEAN Airlines, Greeces largest carrier, has announced that it will increase capacity between Birmingham and Athens next summer by 8,500 seats.


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Business columns »

‘If Manchester is the Mourinho of how to run things then we’re in a lower league altogether’ 

28 Nov

Chris Game argues that Birmingham seems content to be a slavish follower of Manchester and Greater Manchester and the way it has led in matters such as combined authorities...


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28 Nov

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Greek airline to increase Birmingham flights 

28 Nov

Improved service follows successful launch.


Bournville employees lend a helping hand 

27 Nov

Volunteer month sends workers back to the land.


Beverley Nielsen: Showcasing the best of Midland design and innovation 

26 Nov

The annual Birmingham Made Me Design Expo showed off some great Midlands innovation and design at Millennium Point as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.


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Events »

Black Friday: 16 archive (almost quaint) pictures of Birmingham sales frenzies down the years 

28 Nov

Think queueing overnight to bag high street bargains is new? Guess again - as our archive pictures show...


House of Fraser Birmingham Christmas grotto: What you can expect 

28 Nov

House of Fraser in Birmingham has transformed its fifth floor into a winter wonderland...


Black Dyke Band 

28 Nov

British Open and Brass Band Champions of Great Britain, the Black Dyke Band return to Symphony Hall for another enthralling concert.


Black Friday: Birmingham shoppers queue before dawn to grab bargains 

28 Nov

Police on site at Asda in Queslett Road with hundreds of determined customers desperate to snap-up offers...


Seasick Steve Announces Sonic Soul Surfer Tour Dates And New Album 

27 Nov

Seasick Steve releases his sensational new album, ‘Sonic Soul Surfer’, March 23rd on Caroline International, along with announcing a 2015 UK tour culminating in a date at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton on 29th April.


Edgbaston Arts Champions Commissions @ The Drum 

27 Nov

The Drum always look to inspire more artists and organisations to work with us to engage the local community, providing opportunities to enjoy arts and cultural events as both audience members and artists themselves.


Musical Picnic: Galliard Ensemble – The Three Little Pigs 

27 Nov

Treat your family to an animal-themed concert from the Galliard Ensemble, who perform Paul Patterson's orchestral classic, The Three Little Pigs.


Musical Picnic: Inclement Quartet 

27 Nov

Journey from South Africa to Swaziland, Birmingham and beyond, as Inclement Quartet explore instruments, music and songs from around the world.


Musical Picnic: Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf 

27 Nov

Get set for a new and spellbinding live performance of Prokofiev's well-loved family classic, sparkling with vibrant storytelling and musical delights.


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Music blogs »

Autobiographies 

28 Nov

One of the very cool things about having idols who are rater old is that many of them are now writing their autobiographies.


Live Review: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 

28 Nov

Andrea Giannini and Katie Manzi discuss an intimate, funny, and touching ukulele-filled gig...


Live Review: BANKS 

27 Nov

BANKS banks in on the success of her debut album, says Gurnesha Bola...


Seasick Steve Announces Sonic Soul Surfer Tour Dates And New Album 

27 Nov

Seasick Steve releases his sensational new album, ‘Sonic Soul Surfer’, March 23rd on Caroline International, along with announcing a 2015 UK tour culminating in a date at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton on 29th April.


Album Reviews: Lee Scott – Tin Foil Fronts & CactusOwlMoonGoat 

27 Nov

Blaise Radley takes in the glorious contradictions of Lee Scott's 2014...


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999 »

CCTV appeal: Help trace city centre mobile phone robbers 

28 Nov

CCTV appeal: Help trace city centre mobile phone robbers Birmingham detectives have released this CCTV of a group of people thought to be responsible for an attack on a young woman in the city centre.


Concordatum 

27 Nov

I experienced something last night that felt very surreal indeed – I was sat in my second rush-hour related nightmare of the day and bored.


Call Me An Ambulance! 

26 Nov

“CALL ME AN AMBULANCE!?” “OK – you’re an ambulance!”, went the well worn joke.


What does a Deputy Chief Constable do? 

26 Nov

I did one of these a few years ago so here is a snapshot of two weeks in November so you get a feel of what I do! 3rd November – 7th November.


Do you know this man? CCTV image released after theft of cycle – Birmingham New Street 

25 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after the theft of a bicycle from the cycle racks at Birmingham New Street railway station.


Do you know this man? CCTV image released after theft of cycle – Birmingham New Street 

25 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after the theft of a bicycle from the cycle racks at Birmingham New Street railway station.


HASC Inquiry 

24 Nov

On 26th March 2014, the Home Affairs Select Committee announced a new Inquiry into Policing and Mental Health, under its chairman, the Rt Hon Keith VAZ, MP.


Do you know this man? Appeal for information after theft – Birmingham New Street 

24 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of goods from a shop on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station.


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LocalGov »

Christmas waste collection reminder 

28 Nov

Residents in Birmingham are being reminded of this year’s Christmas waste collection arrangements with just under a month until the festivities begin.


Media Watch – November 28 

28 Nov

Top Birmingham City Council stories Coverage of the Smith Commission report on devolved powers for Scotland (The Telegraph, The Times): Refers to letter signed by civic leaders including Sir Albert Bore, calling on the Government to work with...


Rose Murree, Birmingham – Food Hygiene Inspection Report 

27 Nov

Internal review request sent to Birmingham City Council by S Smith on 27 November 2014 .


Street lights not working, 27th November 

27 Nov

Two streets lights are broken in the bottom half of the road.


Letter on devolved powers for England 

27 Nov

The letter below, signed by civic leaders across England including the city council’s Leader, Sir Albert Bore, has been published on The Times website today (27 November 2014).


Historical Child Sex Abuse | Backbench Business | Commons debates 

27 Nov

I, too, congratulate the hon.


Johnny Wongs – Food Hygiene Rating – Inspection Report 

27 Nov

Response by Birmingham City Council to S Smith on 27 November 2014 .


Key stage 4 Attainment for Black and Ethnic Minority Groups 

27 Nov

Response by Birmingham City Council to Gamiel Yafai on 27 November 2014 .


Rose Murree, Birmingham – Food Hygiene Inspection Report 

27 Nov

Response by Birmingham City Council to S Smith on 27 November 2014 .


Uncollected rubbish, 27th November 

27 Nov

New houses on church road old yardley village don't appear to have been provided with the new wheelie bins so are probably unaware days have changed and have put out bags and recycling for Thursday collection.


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Social media »

digital is good but so is face-to-face 

28 Nov

It used to be that communicating a budget for a local authority was simple.


Próximamente “Excel para periodistas” en español 

27 Nov

Cover image by Matt Buck at Drawnalism .


a pile of useful stats for scottish comms people 

26 Nov

This week we spoke in Scotland to an audience of public sector communications people.


Spanish version of ‘Excel for Journalists’ on the way 

26 Nov

Cover image by Matt Buck at Drawnalism .


The Government wants to know where you were online, when. Why journalists should be cautious 

26 Nov

The EFF have an interactive graphic which shows you what information can be grabbed when you’re using Tor or HTTPS Home secretary Theresa May wants to be able to connect IP addresses (which identify machines ) with users (those using it at that...


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