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Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga: from carer to UK pun champion 

25 May 18

In a special immersive feature Mathilda Warder spoke to Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga about his journey from carer to stand-up comedian, what is needed in Birmingham’s growing comedy scene — and meeting his wife in a Pizza Hut.


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Local candle business Hamptons Candles featured in the Royal Wedding Collection 

21 May 18

Candle-making company Hampton Candles are being featured in the Royal Wedding collection in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday.


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#SunAwarenessWeek: 7 ways to protect yourself in the sun 

14 May 18

Today marks the start of #SunAwarenessWeek and as the UK enjoys another heatwave, we asked Public Health England for their top tips on how to stay safe in the sun.


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In their shoes: ME Awareness Week highlights seriousness of the condition 

14 May 18

Local charities and support groups congregated as part of the #MillionsMissing movement for ME Awareness.


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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek infographic: Suicide in Birmingham – what you need to know 

14 May 18

Today marks the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek across the UK.


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Gun surrender launched in West Midlands Police bid to combat violent crime 

14 May 18

A fortnight-long firearm surrender was launched today by West Midlands Police as part of their efforts to tackle violent crime.


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Brain cancer research funding doubled in tribute to Tessa Jowell 

14 May 18

PM Theresa May met Baroness Jowell last February / Source: Number 10 (Creative Commons) Research funding to tackle brain cancer will be increased to £40 million by the Government, Theresa May and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced on the …


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Ramadan: How to keep healthy whilst fasting 

14 May 18

Flickr/raasiel Muslims in the UK are expected to fast for around 18 hours this Ramadan, with the Suhoor – pre-dawn meal – time ending before 3 AM at the end of Ramadan.


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Birmingham housing crisis strands families miles away from home 

14 May 18

No shortage of building sites, but not enough homes (photo by Elliott Brown ) Birmingham’s exploding housing crisis is forcing the Council to house some families more than a hundred miles from the city, according to new figures revealed today.


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Council to review fresh application of new nightclub at ‘Prisma’ venue in Birmingham 

14 May 18

A decision regarding the licensing of a new nightclub on the Prisma premises is expected to be given by Birmingham City Council today.


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EXCLUSIVE: Controversial nightclub in Digbeth to reopen under new name and new owners 

14 May 18

Plans to resurrect the former Rainbow nightclub and outdoor arena in the heart of Digbeth under new owners have been given the go-ahead, despite initial police objections.


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Explore our map of Birmingham’s 2018 council election results 

5 May 18

Photograph by Brian Clift / Flickr (edited for size) Birmingham’s 2018 council election results are in — and we’ve created a map to show who won in each of the city’s new wards .


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Birmingham’s 2018 elections: these are the 7 redesigned wards which could see the closest votes 

1 May 18

With the upcoming elections taking place this week on May 3rd, 69 newly redesigned areas (wards) are up for grabs in the city, each sending either one or two newly-elected councillors to Birmingham City Council .


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Mapped: how boundary changes have reshaped Birmingham for the 2018 election 

1 May 18

Ahead of this week’s local elections in Birmingham we’ve put together a map showing the new political boundaries of the city — and the old political landscape it is about to replace.


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Birmingham Elections: How the parties plan to solve the city’s housing issues and homelessness 

1 May 18

© Copyright Michael Westley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence (unedited).


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This is what Sutton Coldfield Town Council has spent money on since 2016 

28 Apr 18

It’s now two years since Sutton Coldfield residents voted to create a new council for the royal town.


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Windrush: Birmingham organisations warn migrants over exploitation dangers 

26 Apr 18

Birmingham-based organisations have warned migrants to be on the lookout for exploitative behaviour in the wake of the  Windrush generation  scandal.


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Chance for children to enjoy reading as Bournville Bookfest celebrates fifth anniversary 

16 Mar 18

Books are being brought to life in Birmingham as the Bournville Bookfest celebrates its fifth anniversary.


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Birmingham City FC fined for underpaying employees 

9 Mar 18

Birmingham City FC has been fined for breaking national minimum wage laws, newly released data reveals.


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Hotel, restaurant chains top low pay “list of shame” 

9 Mar 18

Restaurant, hotel chains were among the worst offenders on the government’s minimum wage list.


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West Midlands companies on the low pay “list of shame” 

9 Mar 18

Government inspectors fined 117 different employers for failing to abide by the minimum pay laws: from multinational hotel and restaurant chains to small businesses.


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One Born Every Minute comes to Birmingham 

6 Mar 18

One Born Every Minute in Birmingham.


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Sorabh Pant: meet the Indian comedy star as he begins a three-city England tour 

23 Feb 18

The co-founder and former mainstay of East India Comedy talks about politics, comedy and everything in between ahead of his show in the city tomorrow When Sorabh Pant drew out travel plans to England, he had a lovely vacation in mind.


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Comic Con: meet the cosplayers of the last edition 

21 Feb 18

The next MCM Birmingham Comic Con is in less than a month, and on this occasion we have decided to come back on the autumn edition.


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Anti-obesity funding plunges 92% as Birmingham City Council cuts bite 

8 Feb 18

Spending by Birmingham City Council on countering obesity has plummeted in the last 12 months, according to data collected by The Bureau Local and shared with Birmingham Eastside.


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VIDEO: “The more diverse your team, the better the product you’re going to produce” – School of Code Bootcamp graduates showcase their work 

1 Feb 18

The School of Code programme has already inspired  The  Sunday Times  to write about the “start-up revolution” in Birmingham , and this month the first Bootcamp recruits of the programme made an appearance at a  Demo Day to show off their …


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Birmingham band headlining anti-racism concert 

26 Jan 18

Birmingham band Kioko  are the headline act of tonight’s ‘ Love Music Hate Racism ‘ (LMHR) concert tonight.


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Families await key ruling on Birmingham pub bombings inquest 

26 Jan 18

Evening Mail front page in the wake of the bombings A judge will decide today whether to expand the terms of the 1974 pub bombings inquest into the victims’ deaths.


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Air India’s direct flights to Amritsar start next month 

25 Jan 18

Steven Byles / Under Wikimedia Commons Air India has confirmed that new flight operations from Birmingham to Amritsar will begin from 20 February this year .


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Theft and robbery on the rise in Central Birmingham 

25 Jan 18

Crimes involving stealing such as thefts of all kind, robberies, burglaries and shopliftings in Birmingham city centre rose more than the total crimes in the same area.


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New Water scheme to cut plastic waste 

25 Jan 18

Water UK la unched the New National Drinking Water Scheme today.


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No suspect identified: how majority of the knife crime cases in Birmingham end 

25 Jan 18

The number of knife crimes in Birmingham has almost doubled since 2014.


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AC Grayling tells Birmingham City University that Remain is like Space Invaders 

25 Jan 18

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Rough sleeper numbers in the West Midlands are on the rise, studies say 

25 Jan 18

The latest figures for rough sleepers across West Midlands and England as a whole, are up again.


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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s folk ensemble takes over New Street Station 

25 Jan 18

If you have travel plans from or to Birmingham New Street Station today, you’re likely catch a group of musicians enthralling crowds all day at the main departure station.


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Woman found dead in Netherton home 

25 Jan 18

A woman has been found dead in her home in Netherton.


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Remembering Winston Churchill: celebrating the five best on-screen portrayals of all time 

24 Jan 18

Arrogant, reluctant to relinquish power, gifted orator – these are some of the many phrases used to quantify the phenomenon that was Winston Churchill, who died 53 years ago this week.


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Birmingham Wetherspoon’s supplier investigated by food safety inspectors 

24 Jan 18

A recall of steak products from the Wetherspoon’ s menu has led to an investigation of their supplier over non-compliance of hygiene regulations.


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Council discusses electric vehicle charging points across the city 

24 Jan 18

Photo by Albert Bridge/Geograph.


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Man jailed for fatal hit and run 

24 Jan 18

A man has been jailed for 7 and a half years after killing a cyclist in Darlaston in 2017 .


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Two-thirds of Birmingham City Council Education targets not met 

24 Jan 18

A report released by Birmingham City Council has revealed that 6 of the 9 performance indicators set by the council were not met over the last academic year.


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Symphony Orchestra will be held as the renamed event of the Royal Birmingham Conservatory of Music. 

24 Jan 18

Officially renamed the Birmingham Conservatory as the Royal Birmingham Conservatory of Music.


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Top writers pay tribute to Earthsea creator Le Guin, dead at 88 

24 Jan 18

Writer Ursula Le Guin, who has died at the age of 88.


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Aston Villa Ladies to move back to Boldmere 

24 Jan 18

Aston Villa Ladies have announced that they will be playing their home games in Boldmere from next season.


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Murder arrest in Mylee Billingham case 

24 Jan 18

A 54 year old has now been arrested on suspicion of murdering 8 year old Mylee Billingham .


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Birmingham ranks 4th highest for child poverty in the UK 

24 Jan 18

Birmingham ranks 4th in the UK for having the highest level of child poverty according to new data published by the End Child Poverty campaign The newly released figures provide a break down of how many children are in poverty before and after …


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Cyrille Regis’ memorial service details announced 

24 Jan 18

West Bromwich Albion confirmed the details of the memorial service celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis .


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Bordesly Green child sex predator jailed for 19 years 

24 Jan 18

A Birmingham man who committed a string of sexual offences involving young girls has been jailed for 19 years .


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BBC 3 series staged at Birmingham Conservatoire comes to a melodic close 

23 Jan 18

The last in a series of concerts at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 ‘s New Generation Artists programme took place today.


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Only one Birmingham-based organisation present at the World Economic Forum 

23 Jan 18

The world’s top leaders, business executives, politicians, charities and NGOs are gathering this week in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum 2018 (WEF) .


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Listen: #HS2 project manager speaks at Exhibition Bus on Curzon Street 

23 Jan 18

The # HS2 team has come up with a @networkWM exhibition bus today at the new #Birmingham Curzon Street Station to talk about the station’s future.


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Listen: Developer talks about the new skyscraper project in Digbeth 

23 Jan 18

GlobalChina Capital (PGC) has been successful in gaining approval for its application for planning permission for its second site in Birmingham .


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TrustBarometer reveals polarisation of trust 

23 Jan 18

Edelman, a public relations and marketing consultancy firm, launched a report about a year of fake news and polarisation.


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Fresh appeal for witnesses after man charged in Boldmere knife attack 

23 Jan 18

Boldmere road, via Google Street View A man has been charged with attempted robbery after allegedly threatening a man with a knife in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday.


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NHS spending: savings can be made on branded drugs 

23 Jan 18

Photo by Petr Kratochvil / Filed under CC0 Public Domain Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Birmingham are  spendin g a lot more on branded drugs where they could possibly prescribe cheaper alternatives.


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Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s, retires from touring 

23 Jan 18

Just a day shy of his 77th birthday, Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring.


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Campaign launched to save short breaks service for disabled under-5s in Sutton Coldfield amid fear of closure 

23 Jan 18

The parents of disabled children are fighting Birmingham council cuts that could mean the closure of a vital respite care service.


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PICTORIAL: Wolves recharging batteries in sunny Spain 

23 Jan 18

Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers F.


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A 93 year old women died after being hit by a bus in Birmingham 

23 Jan 18

A 93 year old woman hit by a bus at the Poplar Road junction – just off the High Street.


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Birmingham City councillors public meeting for adult and social care health 

23 Jan 18

Birmingham City councillors will hold a public meeting today, about the 2018/19 budget for adult and social care health .