London Midland rail company warned over poor performance as it cancels hundreds of services

A train company which has been forced to cancel hundreds of services due to a shortage of crew could face action from the Department for Transport (DfT), MPs were told.

Terror cell accused 'lacked courage to admit their plot'

A group of men accused of plotting eight suicide bombings in Britain did not have the courage to admit their actions, a court heard.

Crime prevention cash cut by £35m since 2010

Spending on crime prevention work – including street lights, closed-circuit television and police visits to schools – has been cut by almost 60 per cent because of Government austerity measures.

Birmingham triumphed thanks to a remarkable goal powered in by Leroy Lita (pictured) from a distance of more than 30 yards in the 76th minute

Lita sparks Clark's party while Bates moves nearer exit

Leeds United 0 Birmingham City 1

Simon English: Number crunchers' 1% isn't too obvious down in Dagenham

Outlook: The double-dip is over, so the number-crunchers tell us. Over in Dagenham – a part of the world perhaps not regularly frequented by David Cameron unless there's a photo-op involved – there weren't too many champagne corks popping yesterday. The good folks of Dagenham have the sense to prefer Babycham anyway.

Fiona Phillips told former pupils, governors and teachers tales of how she and her classmates threw one teacher over a bush and locked another in a cupboard.

Fiona Phillips accuses former school of being 'rampant with hormones' and turning her into a 'vile teenager' in extraordinary rant

TV presenter Fiona Phillips hardly delivered the speech that was expected of her when she turned up at her old school to deliver the address to celebrate its reopening.

Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Ruling allows equal-pay claims up to six years

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Equal pay ruling opens door for women to take employers to court

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Editorial: The battle for equal pay begins on the shopfloor

For most women, the pay packet matters more than who’s in the boardroom

The Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai pictured in her Birmingham hospital bed

Taliban victim Malala making 'steady progress'

A 15-year-old schoolgirl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman is making steady progress after a week in hospital, medical staff have said.

Matt Butler: Bring out the parachutes, there's a bloke in an orange wig lost in the fog

View From The Sofa: Great Birmingham Run, Channel 5

Runner dies taking part in half marathon in Birmingham

A runner died taking part in a half marathon today.

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

Vigil held for shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai

Women's rights campaigners have staged a candlelit vigil in support of the 14-year-old schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan.

Of the 2,500 fans that travelled to Poland to see the match on Tuesday, 600 stayed for the rescheduled fixture yesterday

England team to play part in refunding fans who travelled to Poland

England supporters in Warsaw who stayed on an extra day to watch the game against Poland will have their ticket cost reimbursed by the Football Association and the England Footballers' Foundation, the charity supported by the players. Steven Gerrard and Co will therefore part-fund the £50,000 money-back scheme.

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

Reconstructive operations planned for shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai

Doctors treating Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, are planning the reconstructive operations to treat her horrific injuries.

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