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Lord Mayor of Birmingham takes regiment petition to Downing Street

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines Credit: ITV News Central

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines, has today taken an e-petition to Downing Street in opposition of the disbandment of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The regiment, which is considered to be one of the best in the Army, was chosen by the Chief of the General Staff to be disbanded.

The unit, which was a merger of regiments including the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, will cease existence in June 2014.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers march through Celle, Germany. Credit: PA


Where are today's Midlands 'Bedroom Tax' protests?

There are 11 protests across the Central region today against the Government's plans to cut benefits for social housing tenants if they have a spare bedroom in their house.

It's one of a number of changes being brought in by the coalition government to try and reduce the country's welfare and benefits bill.

Nationally there are two main protests in London and Glasgow, and also 50 smaller demonstrations including these in the Midlands.

  • Wolverhampton - The Civic Centre at 1pm
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme at 1pm
  • Loughborough - Town Hall at 12pm
  • Lincoln - Speakers' Corner at 1pm
  • Kidderminster- Town Hall at 1pm
  • Uttoxeter - Town Hall at 11am
  • Derby - Council Offices at 1pm
  • Coventry - Council House at 1pm
  • Corby - Corby Cube at 12.30pm
  • Burton - High street at 1pm
  • Birmingham at 1pm

The national day of action has largely been organised by Labour Left, the political party's largest research group, in conjunction with trade unions and other left wing political parties including the Green Party.

Protests against so-called 'Bedroom Tax'

A previous protest about plans to cut benefits for social housing tenants Credit: PA

A series of protests are taking place across the region today against plans to cut benefits for social housing tenants who are considered to be living in a house which is too big for their needs.

Under the Government plans, social housing tenants deemed to have a spare bedroom stand to have their housing benefit cut from next month.

Critics have called the plan a 'Bedroom Tax', and say it's unfairly targeting the poorest people in society.

There are 11 protests across the Central region today, mainly outside town halls and council buildings, including in Birmingham, Kidderminster, Loughborough and Corby.

Veterans protest outside Parliament to save Midlands regiment

Hundreds of veterans have been marching past parliament today in protest at defence cuts Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds of veterans campaigning to save an historic army regiment that recruits in the West Midlands have been marching outside the Houses of Parliament today.

The Battalion is under threat because of defence cuts Credit: ITV Central

The Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is under threat because of defence cuts. It was previously called the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and has served in every major conflict since 1647.

The Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers formally known as Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers Credit: ITV Central


Protest in Birmingham ends without any arrests

A protest, which began outside the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham, has ended this afternoon without any arrests.

It was held by local residents who oppose the amateur video 'Innocence of Islam,' which has led to unrest in many countries around the world.

Police patrolled the area with shops and businesses remaining open throughout.

Today's protest follows a demonstration that was held in Birmingham city centre on Friday.

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