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Mercia Fund Management backs Aston EyeTech with new funding deal 

2 Sep

Aston University spin-out plans to roll out software programme design to help optometrists...


Carters of Moseley named Good Food Guide’s Readers’ Restaurant of the Year 

2 Sep

Carters' success comes after Birmingham was snubbed in the latest Good Food Guide after none of the city’s restaurants made the top 50...


Motorcyclist dies a week after Sheldon crash 

2 Sep

29-year-old was injured following collision at junction of Bordesley Green and Imperial Road on August 22...


Sutton Coldfield fraudster ‘waiting for Nigeria president deal to pay back victims’ is jailed 

2 Sep

Judge locks up conman Mark Ware after sentencing was delayed by 'hollow promise' that he would be able to compensate victims...


Pictures: Baby, there’s nothing like a mudbath! 

2 Sep

Tiny elephant named after Birmingham cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton enjoys the rain at West Midland Safari Park...


Birmingham suspect’s attempt to hoodwink police backfires – as his alias was wanted for assault 

2 Sep

Handsworth man wanted over hit-and-run in Cannock Road claims to be his brother after loitering near ATM...


Watch: Be brave – join the Birmingham Mail on Google+ 

2 Sep

Follow us on G+ to see the latest news updates, videos and pictures...


FBI probe into hacking of Cat Deeley explicit photos 

2 Sep

Birmingham's presenter among 100 alleged celebrity victims of online theft from Apple's iCloud service...


West Midlands police officer in love triangle wins sexual harassment claim 

2 Sep

A Birmingham industrial tribunal was told the officer was targeted by a besotted sergeant after an ‘intimate’ relationship turned sour and she had started seeing another policeman...


Live: Birmingham and West Midlands breaking news, weather, sport and traffic 

2 Sep

Bringing you Tuesday's live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens...


Future taxpayers face £1.1bn burden from Birmingham’s debt, Tories claim 

2 Sep

But after 20 years taxpayers will be spending more on debt, according to Opposition Conservative leader Coun Robert Alden...


Appeal to stop prized Wedgwood Collection from being sold 

2 Sep

The Wedgwood Museum pottery collection faces going under the hammer to pay off the ceramics firm’s pension bill...


Chris Kelly loses £500k bet after standing down as MP 

2 Sep

Tory Chris Kelly is to stand down at the 2015 General Election after becoming MP for Dudley South in 2010...


Birmingham councillors told to take £100k pay cut 

2 Sep

But council leaders are set to reject the cuts when they meet tomorrow and tell the Independent Remuneration Panel to take another look at councillors’ workloads...


VIDEO: Fourth school in academy chain opens 

2 Sep

A new free school, part of a chain of several academies set up in parts of Birmingham, opens.


Your Communities: Fundraising coffee morning for Sutton Coldfield’s RNLI branch 

2 Sep

A fundraising coffee morning is looming for RNLI branch in Sutton Coldfield.


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Comment »

ARTICLE: Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school – The Conversation 

1 Sep

As school children from across the country return to schools, my latest article for The Conversation considers what impact the allegations and fallout from Operation Trojan Horse will have on Birmingham, its schools, its children and its communities.


‘We must empower ward committees and embrace active citizenship’, says former Tory councillor 

1 Sep

An inquiry to determine whether Birmingham’s ward committees are fit for purpose has heard claims from Birmingham City University professor Richard Hatcher that councillors aren’t serious about localism.


Political madness – or is it? As huge debts remain uncollected, HMRC demands compulsory returns from a local pensioner 

1 Sep

News from a reader in her seventies with income from pensions and savings below the national average after tax has been deducted, prompted a search of collected data and online reports.


The Taxing Subject of Localism 

1 Sep

Chris Game, from the Institute of Local Government Studies at Birmingham University, tackles the taxing subject of localism following last week’s YouGov survey.


Grandma`s footsteps 

1 Sep

What`s the time Mr Wolf...


John Challis: It was wild weekend of Led Zep, air guitar & finest port 

31 Aug

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


Jonathan Walker: Labour’s Wallace has got one foot in door of No 10 

31 Aug

Our political editor Jonathan Walker on the big issues that are hitting the news.


Fionnuala Bourke: I’ve been frozen out of the Ice Bucket Challenge 

31 Aug

There appears to be nothing else on Facebook apart from video after video of people chucking buckets and bowls of freezing water over themselves.


Peace Hub: coming to Birmingham City Centre, Autumn 2014 

29 Aug

Peace Hub is a project of Central England Quakers in Birmingham City Centre, a base which will promote a range of peace and justice issues through information giving, networking and activism.


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City-centre news »

Kate Moss for Topshop 

4 Sep

The Kate Moss for Topshop Collection is in-store now.


Loved by Mollie: SS14 at Oasis 

4 Sep

The latest drop of the Loved by Mollie collection at Oasis has arrived.


H&M Conscious Collection 

4 Sep

Check out the latest in ethical fashion from H&M for SS14.


Donald Tusk’s appointment gives David Cameron a glimmer of hope 

2 Sep

In November 2009, Herman Van Rompuy was selected to be the first full time President of the European Council, courtesy of the Lisbon Treaty.


Yard Talk, Then & Now! 

2 Sep

When: Saturday 13 September, 14:00-16:00 Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH Free to attend, all welcome Yard Talk, Then & Now! is a new season of convivial open discussions taking place at The Edge.


Call for new contributors! 

1 Sep

Got strong feelings on a particular news piece? Ready to put your ideas to an audience? BUCF need new contributors to our blog.


Bercow’s job and Parliament’s integrity on the line in Clerk crisis 

1 Sep

Order, order: Speaker John Bercow is playing a risky game  The position of Clerk of the House of Commons is a crucial one, but it is also a role which is meant to be kept well away from the glare … Continue reading →...


Digbeth O’Lympics 2014 

1 Sep

When: Sunday 14 September, opening ceremony at 12:00 Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH After a Glastonbury-esque break last year, the Digbeth O’Lympics are back with a vengeance for 2014! Put on your fancy dress (if...


Live Music Round Up 

31 Aug

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Birmingham city centre tunnels to reopen on Monday 

31 Aug

A second summer of works saw the total closure of the A38 St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels...


Can you help police identify 12 mystery bodies found across the Midlands? 

31 Aug

The bodies of ten men and two women have never been identified...


Gas Street Temporary Closure 

30 Aug

Gas Street access will be severely limited  on Sunday 7 September due to a large crane being in use.


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Aston Villa »

Villa wait on Cleverley news 

2 Sep

Aston Villa are waiting to discover if their late move for Tom Cleverley has come off, Press Association Sport understands.


Maybe Lambert Is Getting Clever(ley) After All? 

2 Sep

Maybe Lambert Is Getting Clever(ley) After All? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/09/2014 12:58:00 Madirish on the not totally dead yet Cleverley deal...


Shay Given concedes he will have to leave Aston Villa to reclaim Ireland’s No 1 jersey 

2 Sep

Goalkeeper returns to international fold reinvigorated having come out of retirement but faces fight to become No 1 again...


Aston Villa and Manchester United agree loan deal for Tom Cleverley – 12 hours after transfer deadline day closes 

2 Sep

Paul Lambert hopeful Tom Cleverley's loan move, until January, will be ratified by the League board to complete a remarkable 24 hours...


So that’s it then, no buys 

2 Sep

With me being on holiday, I’m a bit out of the loop and I’m not even sure what day it is to be honest.


Things That You Would Chnage About Football? 

2 Sep

Things That You Would Chnage About Football? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/09/2014 09:09:00 Just musing over the silly end of the transfer windows and it got me to thinking, what would you change about our beautiful game...


Pretty Pathetic ‘Backing’ Of Your Manager Randy 

2 Sep

Pretty Pathetic 'Backing' Of Your Manager Randy Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/09/2014 08:47:00 Well, that was a pretty pathetic transfer window.


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Birmingham City FC »

Highlights: Swansea U21s 3-2 Blues U21s 

2 Sep

Highlights: Swansea U21s 3-2 Blues U21s Vitalfootball:Birmingham:02/09/2014 12:55:00 Goals and highlights from Blues U21 loss to Swansea...


20 things we learned from transfer deadline day for Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Brom and Wolves 

2 Sep

A look back at the transfer window and things we learned from the football world's most hectic 24-hours...


Jeremy Wray Quits 

2 Sep

Documents have been filed with Companies House showing that Jeremy Wray has resigned his directorship of Soccer Management Worldwide.


Birmingham City: Hong Kong in dark over suggestions of Peter Pannu exit 

2 Sep

Mystery over the future of Birmingham City's acting chairman...


Birmingham City: Your thoughts on transfer deadline day 

2 Sep

How you reacted to a day of inactivity at St Andrew's...


Haircuts and League Cups Launch Dates Confirmed 

2 Sep

I'm pleased to confirm that launch details for the book I've written are now available on the "Haircuts and League Cups" standalone site.


Birmingham Reject Bid For Gray 

2 Sep

Birmingham Reject Bid For Gray Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/09/2014 23:20:00 Find out who and why Birmingham said to on deadline day...


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Sport »

2s beat Highway by 28 runs 

2 Sep

2nd XI Aston Manor 181 all out Highway 153 all out ASTON MANOR WON BY 28 RUNS Manor continued their encouraging season with a fine victory at Church Road.


Manor lose to bottom club Fillongley 

2 Sep

Warwickshire Premier League 1st XI Aston Manor 121 all out Fillongley 122-8 FILLONGLEY WON BY 2 WICKETS The beauty of sport is that nothing is predictable and that certainly proved to be the case in this meeting between table topping Aston...


Live – Middlesex v Warwickshire 

2 Sep

Live commentary and scorecard as Middlesex host Warwickshire in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST...


Rain thwarts Middlesex and Warwicks 

1 Sep

Persistent rain and bad light sees only seven overs bowled between Warwickshire and Middlesex on day two at Lord's.


Support the Physio!! 

1 Sep

Pete Nelson, the club physio, is doing his bit to raise money for charity by running the Birmingham Half Marathon next month.


Sutton Coldfield RFC 1st XV – Warwickshire Cup – First Round 

1 Sep

Old Leamingtonians 7 pts v Sutton Coldfield RFC 66 pts...


Under 21s – Strong encounter with Royals U18s 

1 Sep

U21s win in closely fought game...


Aston Manor 3rds win league 

1 Sep

Going along with their business quietly this season has been the Manor 3rds with a side mainly made up of u15 to u18 players and a few senior members in each game.


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Business »

NEW: Aston Martin brings in Nissan man as new chief executive 

2 Sep

WEST Midlands-based luxury carmaker Aston Martin has hired senior Nissan executive Andy Palmer as its new chief executive.


Mercia Fund Management backs Aston EyeTech with new funding deal 

2 Sep

Aston University spin-out plans to roll out software programme design to help optometrists...


Andy Palmer unveiled as new Aston Martin CEO 

2 Sep

The Gaydon-based luxury car-maker said 51-year-old Mr Palmer would be responsible for all aspects of the business and “lead the company in its next phase of technology and product creation...


Scottish firm has offer accepted for John Shepherd Lettings 

2 Sep

BIRMINGHAM-based John Shepherd Lettings has been bought by Scottish property management company Lomond Capital for an undisclosed sum.


Future taxpayers face £1.1bn burden from Birmingham’s debt, Tories claim 

2 Sep

But after 20 years taxpayers will be spending more on debt, according to Opposition Conservative leader Coun Robert Alden...


£4m health centre opens after new funding deal 

1 Sep

A £4m purpose-built medical centre has been built in Sutton Coldfield and the practice secured a new funding deal.


Three new partners for KPMG in Birmingham 

1 Sep

KPMG has strengthened its Birmingham office with the appointment of three new partners.


Tech investor MFM eyes growth with Aston University spin-out 

1 Sep

TECHNOLOGY investor Mercia Fund Management has announced its first investment in an Aston University spin-out.


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Business columns »

David Bailey: End of the road for UK new car sales boom? 

1 Sep

New car sales are close to record highs and may be peaking, thanks to an avalanche of used cars starting to hit residual values, interest rate rises looming and car makers less inclined to off-load cars in the UK market as European markets...


Young Birmingham unemployed in national work campaign 

29 Aug

“Get involved” call to food and grocery businesses.


Energy provider expands into Birmingham 

29 Aug

extraenergy supplies Birmingham with investment boost.


A cultural divide from Bengal Bay to Katie Hopkins 

28 Aug

I've been scouring the world for the place to go to get away from Katie Hopkins...


Report reveals 5.5% annual growth on West Midlands residential development land values 

28 Aug

Construction levels “healthiest for some time.


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Events »

Ocean Colour Scene 

2 Sep

Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Steve, Simon, and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene head to Symphony Hall for a special homecoming performance.


Extinct Bird discovered at Birmingham Museum 

2 Sep

An unknown bird found in the stores of Birmingham Museum has recently been identified as an important example of an extinct species called the passenger pigeon.


Jar Music Live Presents Ones To Watch 

1 Sep

Jar Music Live Presents Ones To Watch - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 04, Oct 14...


Pub Talk: The Old Contemptibles in Edmund Street, Birmingham 

1 Sep

The Old Contemptibles is one of the few remaining, old-school watering holes in the business district that hasn't been "trendied up" to match its contemporary counterparts.


Jungle Brothers to play Hare & Hounds 

1 Sep

We’re delighted to announce Freestyle returns to the Hare Hounds and with it bring one of hip hop’s most influential and enduring acts, The Jungle Brothers, to town.


Hagley School – The Music of Elton John 

1 Sep

Enjoy an uplifting concert of famous Elton John songs performed in a variety of styles, plus plenty of joyous hymns to get you singing along.


Henry Newman Band, 2 Sep 2014 

31 Aug

2 Sep 2014 - Jazz at Bournville Working Mens Social Club...


Were you at Birmingham’s legendary BRMB Party In The Square? 

30 Aug

We look back on the event which brought 23,000 pop fans flocking to Brum - 21 years ago TODAY...


Jam Hott Presents DJ Yoda at the H&H 

29 Aug

After a hugely successful show last year, Jam Hott returns to the HH to bring everyone’s favourite cut paste master  DJ Yoda  to Birmingham on Friday 26th September.


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Music blogs »

News: Peace Announce December Tour With Bombay Bicycle Club 

2 Sep

Birmingham chart-botherers Peace have announced that they’ll be joining London quartet Bombay Bicycle Club  as tour support when they step out on their forthcoming run of shows this December.


Milky Ex 

2 Sep

More media coverage for Tell Me About Your Ex...


Interview: Mirrorhall 

2 Sep

“It’s rooted in pop history and experimental punk though is heading forwards with a more progressive metropolitan element,” deliberates frontman Jack Solomon Smith about the quartet’s sonic appeal.


Cycle d’amour 

2 Sep

Elgar honoured in modern fashion.


BBC WM interview with Michelle Dawes 

1 Sep

On Sunday morning I was interviewed by Michelle Dawes for her show on BBC WM.


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999 »

Images issued as police hunt handbag thief – Birmingham New Street 

1 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a theft at Birmingham New Street station.


Images issued as police hunt handbag thief – Birmingham New Street 

1 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a theft at Birmingham New Street station.


Inappropriate Detentions 

29 Aug

I’m amongst the first to admit that police officers lack the necessary training to ensure that they get s136 detention decisions consistently correct.


Family pays tribute to second man who died after incident near Birmingham New Street station 

29 Aug

Tributes have been paid today by the family of Hitesh Dhirajlal, one of two men who died after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street railway station on Thursday, 7 August.


Family pays tribute to second man who died after incident near Birmingham New Street station 

29 Aug

Tributes have been paid today by the family of Hitesh Dhirajlal, one of two men who died after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street railway station on Thursday, 7 August.


Do you recognise this couple? 

27 Aug

Do you recognise this couple? Recognise this couple? Police want to speak to them in connection with an unprovoked attack on a man standing outside a Sparkbrook supermarket earlier this year.


Lessons in legitimacy from the across the pond 

26 Aug

Before I start the blog I would like to welcome David Jamieson as our new PCC.


Appeal for witnesses following sexual assault on train between Euston and Milton Keynes 

21 Aug

Were you on the 6.49pm Euston to Birmingham New Street service on Wednesday, 13 August...


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LocalGov »

Vegetation obstructing path, 2nd September 

2 Sep

A number of bushes and branches are obstructing sections of the path leading from underneath the railway bridge to Bell Lane (parallel to Hatchford Brook) in Sheldon Country Park.


Food Hygiene Inspection Report 

2 Sep

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Paul Sayers on 2 September 2014 .


Media Watch – Sept 2 

2 Sep

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Free school meals – a health boost (BBC WM) Birmingham Public Health nutritionist Eleanor McGee interviewed about the introduction of free school meals for all 4-7 year olds.


“You are what you eat” – new rules to make hospitals serve better food to patients 

2 Sep

Source: Channel 5 News Hospitals in England will be ordered to comply with strict new guidelines to improve diets.


Defective pedestrian crossing, 2nd September 

2 Sep

Pelican crossing on Alcester Road by King David School is not working at all.


LGA Press Release 

2 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Tony Parker on 2 September 2014 .


Very large pot holes, 1st September 

1 Sep

Very large pot holes before the first speed you go over when drive up ivor rd from stoney lane.


22 Aldbury Road – over grown tree – looks dangerous in wind, 1st September 

1 Sep

The tree outside number 22 Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood Birmingham B144NH is very over grown and looks very dangerous in windy days.


EU Council, Security and Middle East | Oral Answers to Questions – Work and Pensions | Commons debates 

1 Sep

Further to the previous question, German Chancellor Merkel has decided that it is in Germany’s national interest to provide the Kurds with arms.


Child Sexual Abuse Cases 

1 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to syd vaughan on 1 September 2014 .


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Social media »

seven reasons comms getting involved early is a good idea 

1 Sep

As we put together commsforchange14 there's a regular complaint...


Excellent… a survey and whitepaper for #commsforchange14 

1 Sep

In September, some of the brightest minds in public sector comms will come to Birmingham for our rather fine #commsforchange14 event.


excellent… a survey and whitepaper for #commsforchange14 

31 Aug

In September, some of the brightest minds in public sector comms will come to Birmingham for our rather fine #commsforchange14 event.


being an informal whistleblower should be part of the job description 

31 Aug

Occasionally, we'll write guest posts and when approached by PR Week we wrote about the lessons for public sector communicators from the Rotherham scandal.


POST CRISIS: Being an informal whistleblower should be part of the job description 

31 Aug

So now ‘Rotherham’ is doomed to enter the lexican of towns long shadowed by failure.


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