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Corbyn: People of Birmingham deserve ‘clean streets’ 

23 Sep

The Labour leader says Birmingham has been "under the cosh" from central government spending.

Lucy Quinn: Birmingham City Ladies sign Yeovil Town forward 

22 Sep

Birmingham City Ladies sign forward Lucy Quinn from fellow Women's Super League One side Yeovil Town.

This is Birmingham City Council’s response after Uber is axed in London 

22 Sep

Transport for London says Uber is not fit and proper to operate there - this is what Birmingham says about the firm...

Four women charged with conspiracy to defraud John Lewis.  

22 Sep

Four women have today (22/09) been charged with conspiracy to defraud after an investigation found that false refunds were being issued at John Lewis in Solihull.

New Street set for extra armed cops in big anti-terror recruitment drive 

22 Sep

Recruitment drive launched by British Transport Police...

Derby County v Birmingham City 

22 Sep

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

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest 

22 Sep

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

Vélo Birmingham will be one of region’s ‘most exciting sports developments’ 

22 Sep

Countdown is now on for thousands of cyclists and teams taking on Business 100 challenge this weekend...

Police probe homophobic chants at Aston Villa match 

21 Sep

Carol Smith says she was subjected to chants for 30 minutes at the clash between Villa and Boro.

Game of Thrones star is a fresher in Birmingham 

21 Sep

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark in Game of Thrones, is a student in Birmingham.

Appeal to trace a Vauxhall Astra following a hit-and-run in Sheldon 

21 Sep

Police investigating a hit-and-run in Sheldon want to trace a light coloured Vauxhall Astra in connection with the collision.

Birmingham City Ladies sign Wales centre-back Ladd 

21 Sep

Birmingham City Ladies sign Wales international centre-back Hayley Ladd following her July exit from Bristol City.

Lee Carsley: Birmingham caretaker manager keen for long-term role with Blues 

21 Sep

Birmingham City caretaker boss Lee Carsley has 'long-term' ambitions to stay with his boyhood club Birmingham City.

Comment: Will the Green Man go the same way as the Digbeth Dragon? 

21 Sep

Bennie Gray, the founder and former owner of the Custard Factory in Digbeth, ponders the fate of a imposing piece of art...

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson on leadership rule changes, Brexit, Channel 4, bin strikes and the best videogame ever 

21 Sep

As Labour prepares for its annual conference, Deputy Leader Tom Watson explains why the party must prepare for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister...

HMRC to bring thousands of tax staff to Birmingham development 

21 Sep

Government confirms location of its planned new regional tax hub which will consolidate its West Midlands offices into one site...

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Comment »

A local alternative to Uber? 

23 Sep

Transport for London has decided not to give Uber a new license, though its app (Uber requires drivers and users to have a smartphone) will still be operational in London while Uber appeals against the decision.

Car crash politics 

23 Sep

Will Mapplebeck fishes for the best politico-tv on the box.

Universal Credit – another cut for many of the poorest? 

22 Sep

In 2015, Welfare Weekly reported that research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that 2.6million working families on Universal Credit would lose £1,600 a year from the changes and 1.9 million would be £1,400 a year better off.

Brumful of weekender fun 

22 Sep

Two years ago in September 2015 Birmingham saw a weekend of celebrations with a Birmingham Weekender, https://birminghamcentral.

COMMENT: Proscribing National Action – considering the impact of banning the British far-right group – PQ Blog 

22 Sep

This was a short comment piece I was asked to write for the PQ Blog (PQ being short for Political Quarterly).

SUBMISSION: Written Evidence – Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement 

22 Sep

The Select Committee on Citizenship & Civic Engagement recently put out a call for evidence relating to a series of questions/issues it was keen to investigate.

COMMENT: National Action – what I discovered about the ideology of Britain’s violent neo-Nazi youth movement – The Conversation 

22 Sep

This was a short comment piece I wrote for the always interesting The Conversation following the arrest of serving British Army members that were alleged to be members of the proscribed neo-Nazi group, National Action.

COMMENT: Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda “Çözülmesi Gerekenler” – Perspektif 

22 Sep

Here’s a link to my most recent contribution to the German-published, Turkish language periodical, Perspektif.

CHAPTER: Islamophobia – Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations 

21 Sep

This recently published collection – edited by my colleague here at Birmingham, David Thomas – duly includes a chapter by me, somewhat simplistically titled “Islamophobia”.

Vindicated? Council leader had authority to act: a trial will be in the public interest 

21 Sep

The BBC reports that, at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday, Mr Justice Fraser dismissed the council’s argument that Mr Clancy had no authority to make a deal at ACAS with Unite.

Demolition starts green heart beating IV 

21 Sep

Twenty days on from my last post, Demolition starts green heart beating III , work to bring the facade of the former main library down is transforming University Square and creating the open space that will become a Green Heart for the campus.

Mark Blackstock 

20 Sep

November 20th 1961 – August 3rd 21017...

The Conservative Party needs winners and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street is one of them 

20 Sep

He's already helped them win in the West Midlands but could Andy Street do even more for the Conservative Party...

Transfer of Council Early Years staff to new employers – Union recognition refused by two providers 

20 Sep

On Thursday 14 September the Joint Trade Unions GMB and Unison held an update meeting with management over the proposed transfer of BCC staff to the winning contractor Birmingham City Healthcare Trust (BCHT).

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City-centre news »

Velo Cycling Event Bus Diversions 

23 Sep

Sunday 24th September 2017, will see the West Midlands playing host to a new 100 mile closed-road cycling event – Vélo Birmingham.

Very Rev Canon David Mellor RIP 

22 Sep

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon David Mellor of St Bernadette’s Parish, Brownhills and Dean of Lichfield who died on 20 September.

EGX 2017 live! 

21 Sep

The Eurogamer Expo is the biggest gaming event in the UK and takes place at the NEC.

Fumo look unveiled 

20 Sep

Fumo have unveiled a glimpse of what to expect from their new restaurant opening at Selfridges this October...

Cafe Rouge Autumn Menu 

19 Sep

Cafe Rouge seasonal autumn set menu has arrived...

Sacramental Celebrations 

19 Sep

The Birmingham Archdiocese Kidderminster Branch of the Catholic Men’s Society (CMS) were canopy bearers for the Holy Eucharist Procession on Sunday 9 July as part of a Year of Celebration to commemorate the Parish Priest’s (Fr Douglas Lamb) 25 ...

New season denim trends 

19 Sep

Your new denim makeover starts here...

Diaconate Celebration 

18 Sep

On the feast of the Transfiguration, Friar Gerard Mary Toman returned to his home parish, All Souls Coventry, to celebrate his Diaconate.

School and Restaurant Launch Community Growing Project 

18 Sep

Produce grown by pupils at a Coventry school will be served up to the community thanks to a partnership with a local restaurant.

IT Cosmetics at Selfridges. 

15 Sep

IT Cosmetics is now exclusively available at Selfridges.

BABW September Arrivals 

15 Sep

Check out our round up of what's arriving this month to Build-A-Bear Workshop...

Birmingham developer teaming up with Sir David Attenborough to create new virtual reality app to help hospice patients 

14 Sep

A Birmingham developer is teaming up with Sir David Attenborough to create a new virtual reality app which could help hospice patients manage their pain.

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Aston Villa »

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest – Team Sheets – 23-9-17 

23 Sep

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest - Team Sheets - 23-9-17 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/09/2017 16:56:00 Aston Villa are at Villa Park with Nottingham Forest the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Match Preview: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest 

23 Sep

I love the Villa.

Villa v Nottingham Forest – Follow On Twitter – 23-9-17 

23 Sep

Villa v Nottingham Forest - Follow On Twitter - 23-9-17 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/09/2017 10:50:00 Aston Villa are at Villa Park with Nottingham Forest the visitors today, this will be a 5:30pm kick-off.

Something For The Weekend (583) 

22 Sep

Something For The Weekend (583) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2017 16:30:00 All's well that pends well...

Bruce – Two Up Top Is The Way Forward 

22 Sep

Bruce - Two Up Top Is The Way Forward Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2017 14:54:00 Manager Steve Bruce has made a bold claim in today's pre Nottingham Forest press conference...

Bruce Talks Forest & Injuries 

22 Sep

Bruce Talks Forest Injuries Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2017 13:12:00 Manager Steve Bruce has now held his pre Nottingham Forest press conference ahead of the weekend's games and he's looking for Aston Villa to return to winning...

Steve Bruce Press Conference Ahead Of Forest Match 

22 Sep

Steve Bruce Press Conference Ahead Of Forest Match Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2017 10:35:00 Villa v Forest...

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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham halt losing run 

23 Sep

Birmingham started life without Harry Redknapp by halting a run of six defeats in all competitions by holding their former manager Gary Rowett's Derby to a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

Opinion: Blues must start this striker against Derby 

22 Sep

Opinion: Blues must start this striker against Derby Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/09/2017 13:13:00 Tom Heslop, editor of Vital Birmingham, discusses a problematic position that Blues must address this weekend...

Opinion: Predicted line up Vs. Derby County 

22 Sep

Opinion: Predicted line up Vs.

The Three Pointer Vs. Derby County 

22 Sep

The Three Pointer Vs.

Derby v Birmingham preview 

22 Sep

Derby will check on Curtis Davies and Matej Vydra ahead of the visit of Birmingham.

Tilton Talk-BCFC Radio 

22 Sep

Tilton Talk Show Another chance to here this weeks Tilton Talk Show with our very special guest local broadcaster Tom ...

EFL In Favour Of Shorter Window & Other Changes 

21 Sep

EFL In Favour Of Shorter Window Other Changes Vitalfootball:Birmingham:21/09/2017 19:31:00 At a meeting of all EFL member clubs yesterday, there was a strong indication they would be in favour of making amendments to the summer's transfer...

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‘It’s a bit weird’ Birmingham City caretaker boss Lee Carsley after the draw at Derby County 

23 Sep

Carsley was speaking after BCFC's 1-1 draw at Derby County...

When Aston Villa captain John Terry was a teenager finding his feet at Nottingham Forest 

23 Sep

Steve Bruce tried to sign JT as a 19-year-old...

Birmingham City player ratings: How Tomasz Kuszczak, Craig Gardner and Co played at Derby County 

23 Sep

Brian Dick gives Lee Carsley's BCFC players marks out of 10...

This is how oversubscribed your local schools are in Birmingham 

23 Sep

Just 43% of those who put Harborne Primary School as their first choice secured a place for this September...

Why Henri Lansbury will play no part in Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest 

23 Sep

The midfielder has been left out of Villa's squad for today's match at Villa Park...

Derby County 1 Birmingham City 1: Lee Carsley helps Blues stop the rot with Lukas Jutkiewicz on target 

23 Sep

Jutkiewicz opens the scoring for BCFC, but Winnall grabs an equaliser for Gary Rowett's DCFC...

Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest TEAM NEWS: This is the team Steve Bruce has selected 

23 Sep

This is the confirmed Aston Villa line-up...

From Aston Villa to Melbourne City: Our verdict on controversial striker Ross McCormack 

23 Sep

Football editor Mat Kendrick has his say on McCormack's trip Down Under...

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Capita staff in Birmingham to strike for six days in pensions row 

22 Sep

Trade union claims some workers will be left up to 70 per cent worse off in retirement following changes to company pension scheme...

Bruton Knowles hosts drinks party 

22 Sep

There was a fantastic turnout for Bruton Knowles' Birmingham office Summer Drinks Party...

Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury nominated for newspaper of the year 

21 Sep

Bumper shortlisting for Birmingham titles with staff, campaigns and stories featuring in ten different categories at 2017 Midlands Media Awards...

HMRC to bring thousands of tax staff to Birmingham development 

21 Sep

Government confirms location of its planned new regional tax hub which will consolidate its West Midlands offices into one site...

Private equity focus in Birmingham Post supplement 

21 Sep

LDC leads special pullout on thriving sector which is helping businesses grow...

£4m investment supports new Birmingham IT training centre 

20 Sep

Sparta Global secures capital injection which will create 100 new jobs across two sites...

New jobs created by logistics firm’s move 

20 Sep

BCA is expanding its team in the West Midlands with relocation to Birmingham Business Park...

Colmore Business District team cycling for Sifa Fireside 

19 Sep

Quintet of workers from Birmingham business quarter are hitting the roads on Sunday to raise cash for homelessness charity...

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Midland Heart boss makes the cut 

22 Sep

Housing charity director on ‘most influential’ list.

Media Awards: Eight battle it out for Midlands Newspaper of the Year 

21 Sep

Newcomer of the Year is the most hotly-contested category of this year’s Midlands Media Awards, with 26 entries received from media students and trainee reporters.

Retirement Village opens at Longbridge 

20 Sep

Charity expand operations onto former car factory site.

West Midlands companies losing out on tax savings – claim 

15 Sep

Taxation specialist warns region’s businesses are failing to take advantage of scheme.

New Mailbox appointment aims to boost communication 

15 Sep

High-end retail complex appoints RileyRaven as Lead Creative Agency.

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Events »

Triple Cooked, 23 Sep 2017 

20 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - Community at Mama Roux's After two years of travelling around the UK, Triple Cooked lands in Birmingham! We're bringing with us huge production, live art, installations, unique decor as well as our signature explosion of disco, house, ...

Renault Crossover Roadshow 

20 Sep

Renault will be showcasing the New Crossover Range at the Bullring outside Selfridges, October 4 to 8, with an immersive experience...

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: Charity Run , 24 Sep 2017 

20 Sep

24 Sep 2017 - Community at The National Motorcycle Museum FREE (suitable for under 18s) “Upon this day we proudly unite, to support men’s health and join in the fight.

New Show: Nick Hakim 

20 Sep

We’re delighted to announce that  This Is Tmrw  will be teaming up with Leftfoot to bring singer-songwriter  Nick Hakim  to the HH on the 12th February.

New Show: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 

20 Sep

We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to the HH as part of their ‘Some Loud Thunder’ Anniversary Tour next May! Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (often abbreviated CYHSY) is the musical project of ...

Sensibility: Descriptive Realities , 23 Sep 2017 – 24 Sep 2017 

18 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 - Workshop at John Lewis, Birmingham FREE As part of a pioneering new inclusive initiative, Sensibility: Descriptive Realities presents an immersive experience and participatory workshops which invites audiences to engage in...

Southasia Ensemble, 21 Sep 2017 

18 Sep

21 Sep 2017 - World Music at mac FREE Come and enjoy a special evening of music, with Coke Studios vibes, from the Southasia Ensemble – featuring Hamza Akram Qawwal And Brothers and Ahsan Bari Music.

Talk – Käthe Kollwitz, 20 Sep 2017 

18 Sep

20 Sep 2017 - Spoken Word at Ikon Gallery Join author Max Egremont, for a discussion of Käthe Kollwitz’s life-long relationship with her birthplace, the historic city of Königsberg, home of the philosopher Immanuel Kant and an outpost of the ...

Volunteer Day, 20 Sep 2017 

17 Sep

20 Sep 2017 - Community at Centre of the Earth Come along to our volunteer day and help maintain and revitalize the centre for people and wildlife.

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Music blogs »

Morrissey – Spent The Day In Bed 

22 Sep

How the heck did I miss the release of a new Morrissey single? Especially one that pretty much sums up my own approach to life these days.

Birmingham’s Newest Venue: CRANE 

22 Sep

Music editor Issy Campell tells us exactly why Crane, the new Rainbow venue, should make you very excited The post Birmingham’s Newest Venue: CRANE appeared first on Redbrick .

Redbrick Meets: Gilles Peterson 

22 Sep

Hannah Brierley sits down with legendary DJ and radio host, Gilles Peterson, to discuss everything from festivals to politics and its effect on the music industry The post Redbrick Meets: Gilles Peterson appeared first on Redbrick .

Live Review: The Maine 

22 Sep

Hannah Strong relives an emotional, uplifting night with The Maine at the O2 Institute The post Live Review: The Maine appeared first on Redbrick .

The Musical Guide to Birmingham 

22 Sep

Whether you're into cheesy bangers, warehouse raves or the thrill of live performance, we're on hand to highlight the best of Brum The post The Musical Guide to Birmingham appeared first on Redbrick .

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Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.

“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.

Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...

Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.

Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.

The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.

We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.

Endemic Abuse 

7 Aug

This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).

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LocalGov »

Loose Manholes, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Loose Manholes and a trip hazard A male nearly tripped over as he was crossing Hippodrome Sq Myself and Hippodrome Security Witnessed this Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 41 Hurst Street, Birmingham...

Loose Slab outside Hippodrome, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Major Trip Hazard A pregnant lady nearly tripped over it as she was entering the Hippodrome premises Myself and the Security Guard from Hippodrome Witnessed this Please fix this Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated...

Still not done, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Fly tipping Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 4 Brunswick Gardens, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...

This fridge has been outside 340 Chester Road North for over two months, 23rd September 

23 Sep

This fridge has been dumped outside 344 Chester Road for over two months Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 342 Chester Road North, Sutton Coldfield Report on FixMyStreet...

Lifted up slab, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre outside reflex'second exit doors slab that joins a tarmac patch has a gap creating trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 271 Broad Street, Birmingham Report...

Sunken slab, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre near to ICC fire exit doors a slab that joins the tarmac patch has broken/lifted creating a trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 279 Broad Street, Birmingham...

Utility surround, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre outside/near to reflex,cover surround crumbling /broken,trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 271 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

Sinking slabs, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre outside brasshouse same reoccurring problem,was repaired last week but needs looking into more,water us staying here and as slabs move the sand underneath the movement pushes the sand away making the slabs a trip hazzard...

Graffiti on wall, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Tennant street off Granville street city centre graffiti on wall Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Tennant Street, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...

Damaged name plate, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Tenant street off Granville street city centre name plate been broken Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Tennant Street, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...

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Social media »

End of the sabbatical – so what’s new? 

23 Sep

Thinking, thinking… A year ago yesterday I logged off a seven-year freelance contract and started planning a different life – a healthier one with a better work-life balance preferably, and maybe a change of work focus, and maybe take some time ...

Seven ways the Bank of England encourages a culture of cybersecurity 

22 Sep

“What is important to you?” This is the first question to ask before planning any cybersecurity strategy, according to John Scott, Head of Information Security Education at the Bank of England, talking at the recent Cybersecurity UK Roadshow ...

here are five pieces of digital content that made me go oooh! aaah! omg! ha! and I didn’t know that! (part two) 

22 Sep

Here's five pieces of compelling digital content you can learn from.

How to: use the AtF Spark font for creating charts with only text 

21 Sep

AtF Spark is “a typeface for creating sparklines in text”.

The new edition of the Online Journalism Handbook is now out! 

20 Sep

The second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook has just been published.

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