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  1. August 15, 2014

    Leicester is cheaper by degrees

    Leicester is the most affordable destination in Britain for new undergraduate students, who can expect to spend about £196 a...

  2. August 4, 2014

    Urban Coffee Company, Birmingham

    Where: Church Street, Colmore business district Free WiFi: Yes Plug sockets: Yes Price of a double espresso: £2 Open:...

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  1. July 22, 2014

    UK education secretary to tighten academy regulations

    Nicky Morgan, the UK’s newly appointed education secretary, pledged to strengthen regulations to bar unsuitable people from...

  2. July 21, 2014

    Rebirth needed at ‘Midlands powerhouse’

    Few capitals dominate their country more than London, with a population more than three times the size of any other urban...

  3. July 21, 2014

    Birmingham named as HS2 headquarters

    Birmingham is to become the new headquarters for HS2 construction, creating up to 1,500 jobs, while the city aims to create...

  4. July 18, 2014

    Islamic ‘plot’ in Birmingham schools divides two inquiries

    Two reports into allegations of a conspiracy by hardline Muslims to take over Birmingham schools have disagreed about...

  5. July 18, 2014

    UK ‘best placed’ to lead market for better cities

    The UK is “best placed” to take advantage of a global market for products and services to improve the way cities function...

  6. July 17, 2014

    Brickmaker boosts UK output

    The world’s largest brickmaker by output has signalled its confidence in the UK’s rebounding housing market by relighting...

  7. July 11, 2014

    Lessons in cultural capital

    Every era gets the art it deserves,” declares the German academic and respected collector Harald Falckenberg. I sometimes...

  8. July 9, 2014

    MPs urge ministers to devolve more powers to English regions

    MPs have urged ministers to show the same enthusiasm for devolving fiscal and spending powers in England as they have in...

  9. July 8, 2014

    Two British men plead guilty to terror charges

    Two British men who travelled to Syria to join rebel fighters have admitted terror charges. Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf...

  10. FT Photo Diary

    July 4, 2014

    Enjoying the Wireless festival

    Joe Giddens/PA A festival goer enjoys herself in the crowd during day one of the Wireless Festival at Perry Park, Birmingham...

  11. June 25, 2014

    ‘Powerhouse’ UK leads Europe app development, says research

    Britain has become the largest tech hub in Europe for app development, according to research from Google, with more than a...

  12. June 17, 2014

    Khandan, Royal Court Upstairs, London – review

    That old saying that you can choose your friends, but not your family looms large in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s new play, which...

  13. June 15, 2014

    La fille mal gardée, Birmingham Hippodrome – review

    As a general rule, there is a lot more to reviving a great ballet than merely joining the dots. Frederick Ashton’s plotless...

  14. June 15, 2014

    Tony Blair links alleged Birmingham schools plot to Boko Haram

    Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has compared the alleged attempt by hardline Muslims to take over schools in Birmingham...

  15. June 13, 2014

    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this what?

    Freedom, tolerance, the rule of law, personal liberty, respect for institutions: these are the “British values” that David...

  16. Off Message

    June 10, 2014

    British lessons with Michael Gove

    With the honourable exception of the pupils who have to take their GCSEs in a climate of ill-informed hysteria, there is...

  17. June 9, 2014

    Parents fear effect on pupils during exams

    Pupils at Park View Academy, the Birmingham school at the centre of allegations of a hardline Islamic takeover, had to run...

  18. June 9, 2014

    Gove to order teaching of ‘British values’

    Michael Gove is seeking to mandate the teaching of British values to all pupils in England after inspectors warned that...

  19. June 9, 2014

    PM acts to contain UK schools extremism scandal

    David Cameron will later on Monday order a possible move to unannounced inspections for schools as he seeks to get a grip on...

  20. June 8, 2014

    Extremism feud undermines Cameron’s quiet achievement

    One of the quiet achievements of which David Cameron is most proud is the relative absence of feuds in the...

  21. June 8, 2014

    Ofsted Islamist warning to revive focus on fight against terror

    This week’s Ofsted report that is expected to warn of hardline Islamist teaching creeping into a handful of Birmingham...

  22. June 6, 2014

    Michael Gove’s job in doubt after row with Theresa May

    David Cameron’s warning that he will “sort out” the sulphurous cabinet row over Islamic extremism has sent a frisson through...

  23. June 5, 2014

    Birmingham takes tech fight to London’s Old Street

    Birmingham is taking the fight to London in the battle to attract technology investment with a new advertising blitz around...

  24. June 5, 2014

    Birmingham pupils ‘not protected from extremist views’

    A Birmingham school at the centre of a ministerial row over Islamic radicalism in state education has been put in special...

  25. June 4, 2014

    Feud between Michael Gove and Theresa May reaches tipping point

    The casus belli was alleged Islamic infiltration of Birmingham schools; but the spat between Michael Gove and Theresa May...

  26. June 4, 2014

    May attacks Gove in spat over schools

    Tensions between Theresa May and Michael Gove have erupted with the home secretary raising concerns about her education...

  27. May 29, 2014

    Severn Trent in talks to spend £255m on Birmingham water supply

    Severn Trent is locked in talks to justify spending £255m over the next five years aimed at improving the resilience of...

  28. Nick Butler

    May 23, 2014

    Could the UK's shale gas revolution fail?

    Image Getty Images Many revolutions fail. They run out of ammunition or leaders or popular support. We hear a lot about the...

  29. May 6, 2014

    UK cities need devolution of powers and links to London to succeed

    Devolution of powers and proximity to London are the two main success factors for UK cities, according to new research. A...

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    May 6, 2014

    The last of the British

    What do the data below tell us about Britain? The table is taken from A Portrait of Modern Britain, a report published on...

  31. April 29, 2014

    London leads way in services recruitment

    London added the largest number of jobs in financial and professional services as the UK emerged from recession, but...

  32. April 25, 2014

    HS2 UK rail project faces amber signals in court and parliament

    The controversial HS2 high-speed rail project from London to Birmingham and the north is facing fresh challenges in court...

  33. April 22, 2014

    Turning students into IT support staff

    Entrepreneurs are good at turning a problem into a solution. Student@Home, which started in the Netherlands in 2010, was a...

  34. April 15, 2014

    Gove criticised for appointment on Birmingham schools probe

    Michael Gove, education secretary, has come under fire for appointing a former counter-terrorism police chief to probe 25...

  35. April 14, 2014

    Probe widens into alleged Islamist takeover of UK schools

    Birmingham city council has broadened its investigation into alleged attempts by hardline Muslims to take control of local...

  36. April 9, 2014

    The comic reality of commerce on television

    He’s big, he’s Brummie and he’s here to rescue British manufacturing. Lord Jones of Birmingham is bouncing on to UK screens...

  37. April 7, 2014

    Labour vows to spread wealth away from London

    Ed Miliband will today promise the “biggest devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities in a hundred years”, as...

  38. FT Photo Diary

    April 7, 2014

    Saddled with success

    Neville Williams for the FT A craftsman inspects a saddle at Brooks Saddle works, Smethwick, Birmingham. ...

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