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Erdington: 'In the end I could not vote Tory'
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters wrote from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and in your area. In the final dispatch from Erdington, Birmingham, Nazia Parveen and photographer Christopher Thomond met voters who explain why, after all the Conservative canvassing in the area, Labour increased their majority ...
2017-06-12 15:13 open_in_new
Erdington: 'The decision about our future was taken for us'
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and your area. In the fourth dispatch from Erdington, Birmingham, Nazia Parveen and photographer Andrew Fox find uncertainty and frustration among the area’s Polish community ...
2017-06-06 23:43 open_in_new
Graves exhumed in search for Dudley girl missing since 2003

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl 14 years ago have begun exhuming graves at a cemetery in the West Midlands.

Natalie Putt was 17 and had an 11-week-old son when she disappeared after leaving her home in Dudley to visit a shop in September 2003.

Officers ...

2017-06-06 11:37 open_in_new
HSBC cash sweetener aims to entice staff to new Birmingham HQ

HSBC is offering its employees cash bonuses of up to £2,500 if they can convince a colleague to move from London to the bank’s new British headquarters in Birmingham.

The bank has created a special bonus scheme to encourage staff to “help us find the right people for Birmingham” ...

2017-06-04 18:55 open_in_new
IRA bombers of two Birmingham pubs could be 'named and shamed'

IRA members who planted bombs that destroyed two Birmingham pubs in 1974 could be “named and shamed” in the resumed inquest into the 21 deaths in the atrocity, a hearing has been told.

At a preliminary review exploring the scope of the investigation, coroner Peter Thornton QC asked ...

2017-05-31 21:21 open_in_new
Trojan horse tribunal throws out case against five Birmingham teachers

The government’s attempt to ban five senior teachers for their involvement in the Trojan horse controversy has been thrown out after government lawyers were accused of an “abuse of justice” by a tribunal.

The hearings against the five teachers – all accused of allowing undue ...

2017-05-30 14:33 open_in_new
Britain’s cities are falling victim to Theresa May’s cold, crabby nostalgia politics

‘T here’s nobody representing us,” said the thirtysomething man killing time on a side street in Handsworth, Birmingham. Amid the weekday bustle on nearby Soho Road, a smattering of people told me they would be voting Labour, there was irate talk about the Conservatives’ record on ...

2017-05-20 09:07 open_in_new
Birmingham: 'Each year the benefit system is more heartless'
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and in your area. In the second of a series of dispatches from Erdington, Birmingham, Nazia Parveen and photographer Christopher Thomond meet church leaders helping those in need – and struggling with the question of who is responsible ...
2017-05-15 16:37 open_in_new
Burglars steal Harry Potter prequel written on postcard

An untitled Harry Potter prequel handwritten on a postcard by JK Rowling has been stolen in a burglary in Birmingham.

The 800-word story, written on an A5 card, sold for £25,000 at a charity auction at Sotheby’s in 2008.

The postcard was stolen with some jewellery from a property ...

2017-05-12 10:23 open_in_new
Don’t take the magic out of our language

Your dismal portrait of the Erdington constituency as a “dying suburb” of Birmingham (‘I’d like to vote Labour but things aren’t changing so I feel like I can’t’, 10 May) recalled my years at the Abbey Primary in Sutton Road in the 1940s and 1950s. No golden age, certainly, but the ...

2017-05-10 21:55 open_in_new
Birmingham: 'I'd like to vote Labour but things aren’t changing so I feel like I can’t'
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and in your area. In the first of a series of dispatches from Erdington, Birmingham, Nazia Parveen meets two lifelong Labour supporters who say the area is a ‘dying suburb’ and are considering turning their backs on the party ...
2017-05-09 15:01 open_in_new
Andy Street elected West Midlands mayor

The former John Lewis boss Andy Street has won the West Midlands mayoral race for the Conservatives, his victory in a Labour heartland the latest in a series of blows for Jeremy Corbyn’s party in local elections across the country.

Street, 53, beat Labour’s Siôn Simon, the former MP ...

2017-05-05 20:41 open_in_new
Erdington voters: tell us which issues will decide the election

In the run-up to 8 June, Guardian journalists will be reporting in-depth on a range of constituencies around the country, with the aim of telling stories about the election that come from beyond the political bubble. As part of that project, Nazia Parveen will be reporting from the parliamentary ...

2017-05-04 10:35 open_in_new
London schools urged to install metal detectors to help stop knife crime

Police have urged more London schools to install metal scanners to protect children from rising violent crime as the death toll of under-25s from stabbings in the capital this year reached 17. The “knife arches” are one of a range of measures the Metropolitan police believe can help prevent ...

2017-05-03 22:29 open_in_new
Tory candidate defends spending up to £1m on West Midlands mayor campaign

The Conservatives’ candidate to become West Midlands mayor has defended spending up to £1m on the campaign, dwarfing his opponents’ spending power.

Andy Street, the former John Lewis boss who quit to run for the role, said targeting voters before spending rules began could be ...

2017-05-01 12:11 open_in_new
Hipsters, heritage and Handel – how cities can escape London’s shadow

N ow it is Birmingham’s turn. After two years in which Manchester has hogged the headlines as England’s “second city”, Birmingham is out to reclaim what was once its title. Next Thursday, both cities and four others are choosing elected mayors in what is billed as a rehearsal for the 8 ...

2017-04-28 08:15 open_in_new
Tiny geology centre vies with Tate Modern to be museum of the year

A tiny and for decades little-known museum of geology will be pitted against the mighty Tate Modern in the 2017 museum of the year award.

The Art Fund announced a shortlist of five museums which will compete for what is the world’s largest prize for a museum, with the winner receiving ...

2017-04-27 21:15 open_in_new
‘What election?’: West Midlands mayoral race struggles to overcome apathy
A reinvented Birmingham is booming, while the wider West Midlands faces real hardship. What can a single elected mayor for metropolises as different as Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Coventry really do to turn the tide? ...
2017-04-25 09:47 open_in_new
Birmingham to get £2m singing clock at site of planned HS2 station

A £2m singing clock is to be installed at the site of a planned high-speed railway station in Birmingham, with the new public artwork considered the most ambitious commission in the city’s history.

The Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz was on Tuesday named winner of the ...

2017-04-18 21:21 open_in_new
Labour heartland under attack in metro mayor elections

T he great mayor of Birmingham Joseph Chamberlain, one of the most famous Victorian reformers, presided over slum clearance, the introduction of clean water and public works that included swimming pools, libraries and schools. He is commemorated in the city with a fountain and a clock tower – ...

2017-04-16 02:15 open_in_new
West Midlands mayoral candidate seeks to tell a different Labour story

S iôn Simon, Labour’s candidate for the new job of West Midlands mayor, is out canvassing on a sunny day in the Black Country, trying to persuade residents to pick him as their choice for what he calls “a job that doesn’t yet exist”.

Hamid and Basit Miah are Labour fans. They ...

2017-04-15 10:51 open_in_new