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Labour leadership tells activists they can't have a second referendum on staying in the EU

Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has rejected pleas from activists for the party to support a referendum that could mean the UK stays in the EU. Members in 86 constituencies, including some in the Black Country, Warwickshire and Worcestershire,...

today, 11:42 in Regional West
 

These three Midlands House of Fraser stores are set to remain open

House of Fraser stores in Edinburgh, Hull and Swindon are to close, with Mike Ashley blaming landlords for putting hundreds of jobs at risk. But three West Midlands stores - Telford, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield - have been saved. The Sports Direct...

today, 11:22 in Regional West
 

Jaguar not only company at risk from no-deal Brexit, warns mayor

Mayor Andy Street has backed the comments of Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth about a 'hard Brexit', adding that the same could apply to other big companies in the West Midlands. Last week Mr Speth told a conference audience, which included the Prime...

yesterday, 09:41 in Regional West
 

Mayor wants changes to Clean Air Zone proposals in Birmingham

The regulations surrounding Birmingham's proposed Clean Air Zone should be relaxed so that fewer people need to pay a charge, according to the mayor. In a letter to the regional press, Mayor Andy Street said that, while he backed the council's 'broad...

yesterday, 09:29 in Regional West
 

Teenage pregnancy posters grab attention on Walsall buses

Posters highlighting Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust's Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Service provoked a mixed response from members of the public. The posters feature images of a tube of lipstick or a high-heeled stiletto shoe coupled with the slogan...

yesterday, 09:29 in Regional West
 

19th Century recipe book for Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce on show

A book featuring what may be the original recipes for Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is set to go on display at a museum after being rescued from a skip. Experts at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum are now attempting to date the historic...

yesterday, 07:05 in Regional West
 

Road test: Jaguar F-Pace v Porsche Macan

If you want to find a set of rivals for the Jaguar F-Pace, look to Audi, Merc and BMW. Up against the Q5, GLC and X3, Jag’s first SUV has the feel of a winner. But for the ultimate competitor, Jag went elsewhere. In the company’s own words, the...

Sunday, 07:54 in Regional West
 

Swanshurst School

School name Swanshurst School Local authority Birmingham Rating Overall 48.9/100 Rank 1,019/3,088 Attainment Progress Attendance Outcomes We've analysed all the local government data to bring you the rundown on your local secondary schools. Here...

Sunday, 05:47 in Regional West
 

Chaplin may have been born a gypsy in the Black Country

Charlie Chaplin may have secretly been from the Black Country, a documentary will reveal. According to a letter found hidden in his desk drawer, the great cinema comic was born in a gypsy caravan in Smethwick. The single sheet letter, handwritten in...

Sunday, 05:47 in Regional West
 

How city bluffed Europe to build Symphony Hall

The true story about how Birmingham's leaders cheated their way to a world-class concert venue can now be revealed. A new book by former Birmingham Post arts editor Terry Grimley has lifted the lid on how the wool was pulled over the eyes of the...

Sunday, 05:19 in Regional West
 

Tony Xia has NOT sold his remaining Aston Villa shares - here's what's happened

Tony Xia has written off £49million worth of shares, it can be revealed. The former majority owner of Aston Villa released the huge amount to help the summer takeover go through smoothly. Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens were only prepared to invest...

Friday, 13:37 in Regional West
 

WSP wins Birmingham Airport contract

Engineering consultancy WSP has secured a five-year contract with Birmingham Airport. The programme, which includes the option to extend for a further two years, will see WSP support the airport across areas including building services, structures,...

Friday, 13:18 in Regional West
 

Black cabs to carry animated digital screens in Birmingham

Dozens of Birmingham black cabs are to be fitted with new roof-top advertising screens - which will also provide 'critical' public information alerts. As well as promoting businesses which pay for the exposure, the new signs will also be able to...

Friday, 12:00 in Regional West
 

Risk of taxi 'go-slow’ protest in Birmingham over new crackdown on licence breaches

Birmingham could be ground to a halt by a taxi go-slow protest due to a controversial new crackdown on licence breaches. The city council yesterday (Wednesday, September 19) approved a new penalty point system to punish all sorts of infringements -...

Friday, 10:02 in Regional West
 

£2m boost for Highbury Estate restoration project

The project to restore the historic Highbury Estate has received a £2m boost. Birmingham City Council cabinet bosses this week agreed to provide the sum as match-funding for any successful grant bids. It is hoped the move will help secure a grant...

Friday, 10:02 in Regional West
 
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