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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/game-i-dont-live-in-a-90-or-100-labour-city/">Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/game-i-dont-live-in-a-90-or-100-labour-city/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Well, last week certainly had its excitements, didn’t it?  First, that penalty shoot-out business.  Then the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference here in Birmingham, and the speculation over whether the <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/west-midlands-cities-must-tackle-digital-divides-to-compete/">West Midlands cities must tackle &#8216;digital divides&#8217; to compete<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/west-midlands-cities-must-tackle-digital-divides-to-compete/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Many UK cities are falling behind global counterparts in capitalising on the social and economic opportunities offered by digital technology. They need more powers and resources from Government to address digital <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/you-know-the-meriden-gap-well-heres-the-west-midlands-goodwill-gap/">You know the Meriden Gap – well, here’s the West Midlands Goodwill Gap<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/you-know-the-meriden-gap-well-heres-the-west-midlands-goodwill-gap/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>I see in last week’s Solihull Observer that there’s a campaign to have the Meriden Gap – the slightly effete label for the expanse of green belt between Coventry and <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/council-time-is-running-out-but-when/">Council: &#8216;time is running out,&#8217; but when?</a></h2>"Time is running out and we need to see real progress."

So says John Crabtree OBE, chair of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel (BIIP), on Birmingham city council in its efforts <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/council-this-time-were-serious/">Council: this time we&#8217;re serious</a></h2>Birmingham City Council today publishes an Improvement 'Stocktake Report' outlining the current position relating to improvements recommended by Lord Kerslake in December 2014. In effect, it says that this time

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West Midlands cities must tackle ‘digital divides’ to compete

West Midlands cities must tackle ‘digital divides’ to compete 0

Many UK cities are falling behind global counterparts in capitalising on the social and economic opportunities offered by digital technology. They need more powers and resources from Government to address digital

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Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city

Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city 0

Well, last week certainly had its excitements, didn’t it?  First, that penalty shoot-out business.  Then the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference here in Birmingham, and the speculation over whether the

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Midlands Engine £250M Fund on roadshow rollout

Midlands Engine £250M Fund on roadshow rollout

300 business leaders and financial experts gathered at Millennium Point yesterday for the Midlands Finance & Investment Summit in the latest stage of the roadshow to promote the Midlands Engine Investment Fund,

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