• June 30, 2017

    The stability of HMP Birmingham was being adversely affected by the high volume of illicit drugs available, says Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. He reported that prison managers and staff were clearly committed to moving on and making progress after the disturbance last year.

  • September 14, 2016

    The Methodist Church in Birmingham and Birmingham City Council made a landmark announcement on Saturday, 12 September 2016 that the city council will be the first local authority to support the community sponsorship of Syrian refugees.

  • July 22, 2015

    Liberty has urged Birmingham City Council to abandon plans which it says pose a significant threat to protest rights and civil liberties.

  • April 22, 2015

    Steven Brookes, UKIP candidate for Birmingham Selly Oak, says he is unconvinced by his own party's support for renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system.

  • June 9, 2014

    The Accord Coalition has described findings offered by Ofsted into a group of Birmingham community schools accused of furthering an Islamist agenda as "the disaster-waiting-to-happen."

  • May 17, 2012

    Personality politics, half-baked solutions and populist pretensions by tired political fixers are being used to disguise real, significant problems with local government, says Graeme Smith. He hopes that the shallow rhetoric of ‘people know best’ can suffer a similar fate to that of elected mayors, in favour of renewed democracy and a decent appreciation of expert knowledge in its proper place.

  • August 19, 2011

    Some 20,000 mourners gathered in Birmingham for the funeral of three young men killed while defending their community from looters last week.

  • April 21, 2011

    Disability campaigners have welcomed a landmark court victory by four residents over Birmingham City Council's attempt to cut their services.

  • April 17, 2011

    Quakers take pride in the history of nineteenth-century Quaker employers, many known for their progressive thinking. Some have suggested that they can now be a model for us in developing a form of "ethical capitalism". But the most forward-thinking nineteenth century Quakers called not for philanthropy but for fundamental change to the economic system. Their example can inspire us to reject capitalism altogether and to seek alternatives.

  • October 5, 2009

    Pope Benedict has announced the appoinment of Bernard Longley, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, as the next Archbishop of Birmingham in succession to Vincent Nichols.