The world’s top dogs have descended on Birmingham's NEC for this year's Crufts.
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The Department of Health has admitted the NHS will collapse if improvements are not made to health and social care.
The GMB Union says they're pleased Birmingham City Council intends to honour equal pay settlements for women but is concerned about jobs and costs for users if the NEC group is sold off. The council says it can't afford to invest in the complex and help it grow.
– Joe Morgan Regional Secretary
Whilst happy that BCC intend to honour their obligations in respect of equal pay settlements we in the GMB have grave concerns that the NEC group is to be sold off to the private sector. This will inevitably lead to increased costs to the residents of Birmingham and the wider users of these prime facilities and could lead to either job losses or reduction in terms and conditions of employment.
The trial has begun of an 18-year-old man accused of murdering a budding young musician from Birmingham. The 18-year-old denies a single count of murder. Joshua Ribera was stabbed to death last September after an argument at a charity party.
Birmingham City Council has announced it is selling off the NEC group. The council, which is facing a £1.1 billion bill for equal pay settlements, says it wants to ensure its existing uses are preserved.
The venue is one of the biggest exhibition centres in Europe and also houses the 16 thousand seat LG Arena which hosts concerts and conventions.
Watch Callum Watkinson's report on the council's decision to put one of the city's best-loved assets up for sale.
Lord Whitby of Harborne and Michael Fabricant the MP for Lichfield doing their bit to big up Birmingham at the House of Commons today.
Birmingham MPs hosted a celebration of Birmingham and Black Country businesses in a reception at the House of Commons. Gisela Stuart says the region is thriving and improving every day.
Calling today's announcement "historic", Council leader Sir Albert Bore said the sale was necessary for the venue and events company to grow.
"The NEC Group has reached a point in its evolution where it needs to be able to adopt the financial disciplines of a private, rather than council-owned company," he said.
Birmingham City Council is putting the NEC Group up for sale. The group includes the National Exhibition Centre, the International Convention Centre, the National Indoor Arena and the LG Arena.
It is claimed the group brings in four million visitors and £2 billion to the region every year, and supports 30,000 jobs.
Successful businesses from Birmingham will be in the capital today to highlight the success of the region.
It has been labelled 'Birmingham Day' and is designed to inform the leaders of the country about the contribution the city and the West Midlands makes to the economy.
A number of MPs will be attending.
The trial of a teenager charged with murdering young Birmingham rap star Joshua Ribera is due to begin today.
Joshua, aged 18, was known as 'Depzman'. He was stabbed to death outside TC's club in Selly Oak last year, while at a memorial event for another friend - Kyle Sheehan - who had been stabbed to death a year before.
Armani Mitchell, 18, of The Green, Northfield, denies murdering Joshua Ribera.
He will stand trial at Birmingham Crown Court.