Birmingham remains a beacon of innovation

Birmingham and the West Midlands were famously the birthplace of the first industrial revolution, our rich industrial landscape and miles of canals that connect the region to the rest of the country remain as permanent landmarks to that era of rapid change. 


“We had 600 boy racers parked here back in the summer – and when we attended they started throwing bricks and bottles at us” – Sergeant Neil Lloyd pointed at the car park in Asda; now quiet.  The only sign of recent activity was the doughnut marks in rubber on the tarmac where some had been spinning their cars. 

Press Statement on Sir Albert's resignation

Leader of the Conservative Group Robert Alden has issued the following statement following the announcement of Sir Albert Bore to stand down as leader of the Council in December:-

Alarm sounded over new EU jobs ruling

Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has expressed alarm over potential implications of a new  European court ruling on workers' hours. 

New rigorous qualifications for 16-year-olds

From this week, 16-year-olds will be able to study new, rigorous Core Maths qualifications, studying business-backed maths knowledge applicable to everyday life, as well as new gold standard Maths and English GCSEs.

Delivering innovative, high quality childcare

The Education Secretary has called on councils and childcare providers to come forward with innovative ideas for implementing our manifesto pledge to double free childcare in a year.

Cracking down on illegal working by migrants

Yesterday the Home Office today announced a new package of measures to crack down on illegal working by migrants. Anyone who thinks the UK is a soft touch should be in no doubt – if you are here illegally, we will take action to stop you working, renting a flat, opening a bank account or driving a car.