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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.


As it happened: Birmingham and West Midlands news, sport, weather and traffic 

1 Sep

Looking back at Monday's news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands...


Jasper Carrott and Rustie Lee launch Birmingham free school 

1 Sep

Comedian and TV chef among stars visiting fourth centre in Liam Nolan’s Perry Beeches group...


Watch One-Eyed Baz’s appearance in The Guvnors 

1 Sep

How times have changed for former Birmingham City Zulu Warrior Barrington ‘One-Eyed Baz’ Patterson...


Moseley Folk Festival proves a musical delight 

1 Sep

A look back as one of the region's most popular music events returns for another year...


Education at heart of Birmingham street-kid Billy Sutton’s mission 

1 Sep

Carl Chinn tells the final part of his tale about the Brummie who became part of the real Miami Vice...


Birmingham’s Cat Deeley named as victim of ‘nude photos hacker targeting Hollywood stars’ 

1 Sep

The Sutton Coldfield born presenter is on the list of 101 A-listers who have had private photos “stolen” from Apple’s iCloud service.


Proton therapy dad: My sympathy for Ashya King family 

1 Sep

Kingstanding man 'recognises dilemma' faced by couple who sparked international manhunt after snatching their sick son from hospital bed...


Birmingham rocks as Fusion and Moseley Folk Festival leave fans smiling 

1 Sep

Jessie J and Waterboys steal shows as events in Longbridge and Moseley wrap up weekend of top music...


West Bromwich Dartmouth on brink of title 

1 Sep

West Bromwich Dartmouth are on the brink of the Birmingham District League Premier Division title after beating nearest challengers Barnt Green by 128 runs – while Himley are relegated.


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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.


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.


Films by Themerson 

30 Aug

When: Friday 5 September 2014, 18:00-23:00 Where: Centrala, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS Free Entry Stefan and Franciszka Themerson were arguably the most important avant-garde film makers in pre-war Poland.


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...


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Aston Villa »

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.


Premier League transfer window: Club-by-club ratings 

2 Sep

Ranking and rating all 20 Premier League clubs' performance in the summer transfer market.


Aston Villa pulled plug on £8m bid to sign Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley as player wanted Everton switch 

2 Sep

Midfielder faces bleak future at Manchester United after gamble of holding out for Everton move on deadline day didn't come off...


Transfer deadline day: as it happened 

2 Sep

Join Alan Tyers and our team of reporters for all the latest news, rumours and gossip as clubs dash to fill their squads before 11pm...


Villa end interest in Cleverley 

2 Sep

Aston Villa pulled the plug on their chase for Tom Cleverley over the midfielder's wage demands.


Villa’s Dealings Done? 

1 Sep

Villa's Dealings Done? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/09/2014 21:34:00 Well it's gone deathly quiet the last few hours in terms of Villa making any more signings before the window slams shut in just over an hour...


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Birmingham City FC »

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 City: Blues pulled plug on Seb Hines move 

1 Sep

Deadline day move for defender collapsed despite Blues agreeing fee with Middlesbrough...


Middlesbrough Defender Rejects Birmingham Move 

1 Sep

Middlesbrough Defender Rejects Birmingham Move Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/09/2014 20:02:00 Find out what happened with the transfer today...


Pannu Quits? 

1 Sep

Social media is ablaze this afternoon after Bryan Swanson of Sky broke the news that Peter Pannu was due to resign from BCFC tomorrow, leaving at the end of the month.


Birmingham Set To Sign Defender 

1 Sep

Birmingham Set To Sign Defender Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/09/2014 15:36:00 Blues could be set to announce the signing of a centre back...


Leeds Recruitment Drive 

1 Sep

Leeds Recruitment Drive Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/09/2014 11:03:00...


Birmingham Youngster Enjoying Loan 

1 Sep

Birmingham Youngster Enjoying Loan Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/09/2014 10:48:00 Updates on youngsters out on loan...


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Sport »

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.


Walsall’s Daniel Breeze loves being a pro 

1 Sep

Walsall's Daniel Breeze today claimed he has no regrets about turning pro as he prepares for his second paid bout at Aston Villa Football Club's Holte Suite.


ROYALS 3-3 Brocton 

1 Sep

Booth returns to force Replay...


First Team – Royals denied at the death by former player 

1 Sep

Missed chances cost Tooths men...


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Business »

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.


Moseley Folk Festival proves a musical delight 

1 Sep

A look back as one of the region's most popular music events returns for another year...


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...


Birmingham & Solihull LEP launches round three of Growing Places Fund 

1 Sep

THE Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has announced the launch of round three of its Growing Places Fund initiative.


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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 »

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...


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.


Sound and Silence Exhibition Prayer and Contemplation at the Heart of the City of Birmingham 

29 Aug

A new exhibition exploring prayer and contemplation in the city of Birmingham opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.


Kerrang! Tour 2015 

28 Aug

Kerrang! Tour 2015 - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 19, Feb 15...


Pride of Birmingham winners to be given sweet treat 

27 Aug

Italian ice cream parlour Joe Delucci’s supplying free tubs of gelato at event...


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Music blogs »

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.


Moseley Folk Festival 2014, Friday 29th August – Sunday 31st August 

1 Sep

Would Morrissey pop along for a quick guest appearance during Johnny Marr’s set (ahem...


City Of Colours Street Art Festival 

1 Sep

More than 100 street artists will descend on Birmingham this month to transform Digbeth into one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the country.


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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 »

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.


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 .


Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions – Work and Pensions | Commons debates 

1 Sep

Despite the Minister’s earlier optimism, is it not clear that it has all gone badly wrong when the Government can organise to pay disability benefits to an on-the-run convicted killer such as David Richards, who as I understand it just...


Greater support for children of prisoners 

1 Sep

Cllr Brigid Jones Birmingham City Council is set to launch a new Champion Scheme this week to support professionals in meeting the needs of children of prisoners.


BMA wants ban on indoor e-cigarette smoking 

1 Sep

Source: Pulse Today The BMA wants e-cigarette smoking to be banned indoors to avoid undermining existing public non-smoking policies and until side effects are sufficiently mapped.


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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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