A study by the country's largest teaching union has found more children are turning up to school hungry and unable to pay attention in class
On Thursday May 22 voters in the Midlands go to the polls for the European elections. But in some areas there are also local elections.
People In Leicestershire living by one of Europe's largest quarries are fighting against plans to make it even bigger.
Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield has tweeted that he has been sacked as Conservative party vice-chairman. More to follow
Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been made a junior Treasury minister following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
Andrea Leadsom has been the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire since May 2010.
She is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury replacing Nicky Morgan who is now Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a job vacated by Sajid Javid who was promoted to the Cabinet as the new Culture Secretary.
Government planning minister Nick Boles MP will be in Nottingham today to discuss a new planning quality standard which has been put forward by experts at Nottingham Trent University.
The 'Built for Life' standard, co-written by the university, allows house hunters to pick out the best-designed and highest quality new homes.
The primary authors of Built for Life were the university's urban design lecturer Stefan Kruczkowski, and not-for-profit group Design for Homes' chief executive David Birkbeck.
Mr Boles will also be launching the Built for Life website.
Birmingham City Council says more children in the city are being abused than they know about.
Officials said that for a city of its size and with its levels of deprivation and poverty, they would expect Birmingham to have more cases of child abuse.
Today a new commissioner has been appointed to help the authority improve. The council has been criticised heavily in the past for failing to protect children.
Friends family and supporters from the world of politics gathered to pay tribute to the former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn at his funeral today in Westminster. One mourner described him as a man who had inspired ideas humour and hope for generations.
The funeral of former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn, will take place at St Margaret's today.
His body has lain to rest in the Palace of Westminster ahead of the funeral. Royal permission was granted for the honour which has only been given to one politician before, Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher.
Tony Benn died two weeks ago at his home, and people from across the political world have paid tribute to him.
Conservative MP Peter Bone said he and his wife have suffered "trial by media" after the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the couple will not face any charges over fraud allegations.
Mr Bone said in a statement: "What has been so frustrating about this whole episode is that it has been going on for over a year, without an opportunity for us to clear our names. Recently, we have suffered trial by media."
"One newspaper in particular has printed information that is incorrect and made allegations that are totally untrue," he went on. "It seems that certain newspapers feel able to print information that is without foundation, despite being told in advance that that information is factually incorrect."
"As we have done nothing wrong and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) only considered the evidence, not newspaper innuendo, we have been proven innocent," the 61-year-old added. "We are naturally delighted that this nightmare has now come to an end."
The Government's chief legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young Army recruit who died at Deepcut barracks to apply for a fresh inquest into her death.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has granted Private Cheryl James' family consent to apply to the High Court for a new inquest into her death, nearly a decade after it happened.
Pte James, 18, was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks when she was found with gunshot wounds in November 1995.
She was one of four young soldiers who died at the barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002, sparking allegations of bullying and abuse.
The Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP, Patrick McLoughlin, has told the Commons he backs the recommendations to build the controversial High Speed rail link sooner and quicker.
It follows the recent report from the newly appointed HS2 Chairman Sir David Higgins calling for a new hub in Crewe to be built six years earlier than planned. The line will cut journey times from London to Birmingham to 49 minutes .
A woman who lost her son in Basra says the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is too important a place to get rid of, and it would break her heart if it closed.
Carol Jones was instrumental in getting the Basra Memorial moved from Iraq to the Arboretum. She says she prefers to go to the memorial in Staffordshire than to her son John's grave.