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Academy chain learns a lesson at the school of hard knocks 

31 Mar 16

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes examines the fallout from the financial scandal enveloping the Perry Beeches chain of schools…


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Pub bombings inquests: latest developments 

18 Mar 16

Timetable for hearings altered by Coroner…


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Trio being touted for deputy police role ahead of election 

9 Mar 16

Three contenders are in the frame following rumours that deputy police commissioner Yvonne Mosquito will be replaced after May 5 vote…


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Lollipop ladies: Same time, next year unless council and schools step up 

12 Feb 16

Highly valued school crossing patrol service must not be placed in the firing line again…


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Why developers should be made to provide more off-street car parking spaces 

10 Feb 16

Residents in Edgbaston, Selly Oak and other neighbourhood see their streets blocked as a result of poor planning policies…


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Pub bombings – fresh opportunity for truth must not be dismissed 

10 Feb 16

Inquests which were never legally concluded must be re-opened…


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George Tyndale rant: Reader’s alternative column blasts Tyndale as an “online troll” after controversial Daniel Hackett comment 

2 Feb 16

Sunday Mercury columnist George Tyndale sparked outrage with his controversial comment piece on homeless banker Daniel Hackett.


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George Tyndale’s Daniel Hackett rant: More of your reactions after controversial comment 

2 Feb 16

Sunday Mercury columnist George Tyndale sparked outrage his controversial comment piece on homeless banker Daniel Hackett.


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Comment: Why Muhammad Afzal should not be the next Lord Mayor 

26 Jan 16

Birmingham Mail calls for council leader John Clancy to veto nomination after Prevent protest meeting comments…


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Opinion: Jeremy Corbyn is leading a debate about jobs and wages 

23 Jan 16

The Labour leader has interesting ideas to share about business, jobs and public services – if only he’d talk about them a bit more.


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Opinion: Is the economy heading for another crash? 

17 Jan 16

Britain’s still recovering from the last economic crisis but another one may be just around the corner…


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Opinion: Pension age change for women is unfair 

10 Jan 16

Some women are being forced to wait years longer than expected for their pension because the government is rushing in changes…


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Justice campaigners: The reason we feel ‘stabbed in the back’ 

8 Jan 16

An open letter to Crime Commissioner from J421…


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Council leader: Birmingham must build thousands of new homes 

31 Dec 15

In New Year message to Birmingham Mail readers John Clancy says he will work with developers, Government and others to speed up house building…


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More than 5,000 people in Birmingham want a total ban on immigration 

13 Dec 15

There’s been outrage over Donald Trump’s comments but widespread concern about immigration is ignored…


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Lack of action by police over Birmingham pub bombings is an insult to the people of the city 

20 Nov 15

IF anything illustrates the lack of will and desire by West Midlands Police to further investigate the Birmingham pub bombings it is our exclusive interview with Kieran Conway .


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Opinion: Why are more than 700 families with children homeless in Birmingham? 

15 Nov 15

An MP’s tale of being homeless as a five-year-old child highlights the plight of too many families today…


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Now is the right time to consider future shape of Birmingham City Council 

12 Nov 15

With boundary reviews, devolution and the Greater Birmingham project under way any decision to break up Birmingham City Council needs to be taken now.


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Birmingham Labour fail to learn the lessons from Kerslake 

4 Nov 15

Labour councillors are treating leadership election like a private matter when it has far reaching consequences for the whole city.


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Opinion: Young people deserve a fairer deal 

31 Oct 15

Britain is getting richer but too many young people are low-paid, unemployed or in poverty…


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Opinion: You back the Northern Powerhouse – now back the Midlands, Mr Chancellor 

20 Oct 15

Chancellor George Osborne’s obsession with the Northern Powerhouse is hurting Birmingham and the West Midlands…


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Opinion: Tories can’t claim to be party of working people if they cut tax credits 

19 Oct 15

Chancellor George Osborne has made a terrible mistake cutting tax credits – and the longer he waits to fix it, the worse it will be.


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After Corbyn’s blow for democracy, we’re back to smoke-filled rooms 

14 Oct 15

A few weeks after hundreds of thousands of people elected the Labour Party leader, the next leader of Birmingham City Council will be chosen by just a select few politicians…


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Birmingham MP Jess Phillips is right to stand up to Diane Abbott 

12 Oct 15

Discipline is collapsing in the Labour Party, with Shadow Cabinet Ministers taking to Twitter to attack their own backbench MPs…


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The headless chickens in Birmingham Labour group need to get their act together 

7 Oct 15

Labour councillors are the only people who can settle the leadership issue – the only trouble is they are massively divided over what to do…


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Birmingham City Council leadership: Where is the passion, the vision? 

6 Oct 15

The resignation of a senior cabinet member and criticism of his leadership demanded an instant rebuttal from council leader Sir Albert Bore…


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Elected Mayor: ‘Let’s have an open debate’ says former Lunar Society chief 

2 Oct 15

Waheed Saleem, former chair of the Lunar Society, says a visible mayor, accountable to the city region, is needed but candidates should come from the widest possible pool and todays political leaders need to engage the public.


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So, the metro mayor will cost more after all 

28 Sep 15

Leaked West Midlands Combined Authority document reveals the regional mayor could have tax raising powers – but at least we’ll be able to vote them out…


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Comment: I love watching football – but why can’t it be more like rugby? 

28 Sep 15

Why our national sport could take lessons from a rugby crowd in how to enjoy a match.


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Like Jeremy Corbyn Birmingham’s council leader had a problem with equality 

15 Sep 15

Sir Albert Bore was criticised for appointing just one woman to his first Birmingham council cabinet in 2012…


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The council needs fixing but residents need to change too 

14 Sep 15

The City Council leadership is ‘stuffed’ financially and if it is to reduce demand for services it will need to work with residents…


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We need to know what went wrong on Iraq – before we start fighting in Syria 

12 Sep 15

An official inquiry into the Iraq war is taking too long.


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Music legends in Brum support Justice4the21 with new CD 

11 Sep 15

It will be released in November with all proceeds going to charity…


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Refugees and migrants made Birmingham great – without them the city withers 

9 Sep 15

Birmingham Heritage Week teaches us that the city has always rolled out the welcome mat to newcomers and grown as a result…


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It’s far from Super September for Birmingham’s Labour leaders 

3 Sep 15

Super September will be a crunch time for Birmingham’s political leaders…


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It is only by working together that we will defeat extremism in all it’s forms 

26 Aug 15

Birmingham City Council's Labour cabinet member for community safety James McKay welcomes Government's new approach to extremism&#xa…


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Other countries take in far more asylum seekers than the UK and we should do more 

3 Aug 15

Only a tiny proportion of asylum seekers actually come to the UK and we're not doing our fair share to help them&#xa…


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Council’s Labour leadership heavily criticised but little response from backbenchers 

23 Jul 15

Pressure is on for Birmingham City Council's Labour leadership with real prospect of Government take over…


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Comment: Hands up if you’re ’embarassed’ you can’t spell ‘definately’ 

21 Jul 15

I may be wrong but I dont think you need to be thrown in the parenting dustbin if you get your its in a twist…


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Comment: How to spot if your child is being bullied – and what to do about it 

15 Jul 15

Whats a parent supposed to do if their child is being bullied? And how do they even know it's happening if their child is reluctant to talk about it?&#xa…


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Birmingham needs houses, there’s no red tape holding up building here 

10 Jul 15

How does smoothing planning process get thousands of homes with planning permission built&#x3f…


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It’s not the planning, it’s the building of houses that’s the problem in Birmingham 

10 Jul 15

How does smoothing planning process get thousands of homes with planning permission built&#x3f…


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Comment: Why Abigail Chambers and her family should be thanking her school 

10 Jul 15

If one of my children had left school unauthorised and nearly missed an exam, Id have been thanking the school for getting them back there rather than criticising them&#xa…


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Comment: We should all be proud of our mummy tummies 

8 Jul 15

Lets start a mummy tummy revolution, sharing our photos to show what REAL women look like after doing the most important job in the world&#xa…


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The Midlands is still fighting for a fair deal from Government as cash pours in to London 

29 Jun 15

The announcement that rail improvements in the Midlands and North have been “paused” shows that regions outside London still need to fight for funding to grow their economies and create jobs…


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Birmingham diners must vote with their feet to stop ‘Nando-isation’ of the high street 

22 Jun 15

Glynn Purnell is right on restaurant chains – but independents will only flourish if Brummies are prepared to search for the city’s hidden charms, says Mary Griffin…


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Which Labour leadership candidate has the best slogan? 

22 Jun 15

Do you want to “be part” of change, or maybe you fancy a “fresh start”? Whatever your political leanings, there’s a Labour leadership candidate for you.


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Opinion: Birmingham academics ask why top firms prefer recruits who went to public school 

22 Jun 15

Birmingham academics have been examining why many of the UK’s top firms prefer to recruit people who went to a fee-paying school…


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West Midlands Combined Authority is such a dismal title – you would expect no less from a committee 

18 Jun 15

Asking seven council leaders to set aside their local interests for the good of the region, jobs and growth has proved too tall an order…


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It’s Centenary Square: What do you expect? Herds of wildebeest 

17 Jun 15

To paraphrase Basil Fawlty: “The Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain…


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Opinion: Left-wingers have teamed up with UKIP for a daft campaign which could cost Midlands jobs 

17 Jun 15

A planned new trade treaty with the US will be good for jobs and businesses in the West Midlands – despite the claims of campaigners…


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Hopefully DNA paternity test cheat has learned a lesson – real men face up to their responsibilities 

15 Jun 15

Mike Lockley has harsh words for the shameless love rat who sent an impostor to take his DNA test…


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Opinion: Why I’d never have my baby’s ears pierced 

11 Jun 15

An online petition calling on the Minister for Children to make ear piercing illegal for babies and toddlers has gained support from thousands of web users…


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Opinion: Axe the bedroom tax if you want to prove you care about everyone, Mr Cameron 

10 Jun 15

The Prime Minister claims to be a “one nation” politician who cares about every section of society – so why is his government still penalising disabled people…


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Forget parochial rivalries – grasp the elected mayor and the billions to go with it 

4 Jun 15

The pitiful devolution deal a result of fear and tribalism by our council leaders…


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Did British secret service protect Birmingham pub bombers? 

4 Jun 15

Could Birmingham bombs be linked with secret terror deals…


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Can David Cameron’s free childcare plans really work? 

3 Jun 15

It was the news that literally had me jumping for joy.


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Opinion: The death of Fallan Kurek is a tragedy – but the contraceptive pill has brought huge benefits to humanity 

28 May 15

Health expert warns that we must remember successes of contraceptive care to all while we mourn individual tragedies…


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Who will be in Birmingham’s next Labour council cabinet? 

14 May 15

A new face is tipped to join Sir Albert Bore’s Labour council cabinet as he plans his fourth year as City Council leader…


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SATs exams: Nowadays, it seems, kids’ progress is being tested within a heartbeat of the final snip of their umbilical cord 

11 May 15

Eduction Correspondent Emma McKinney reveals why she believes too much pressure is being put on primary school children…