Ukip leadership candidate Bill Etheridge has withdrawn from the contest and called on rivals to back current deputy leader Paul Nuttall.
STRIKES over Pay and Pensions
A huge number of schools across the Midlands closed on Thursday the 30th of June because of a mass strike across the UK.
Teachers took industrial action in a row over pay and pensions as well as public sector workers.
10,000 UNISON Birmingham manual workers rallied through the city centre over cuts to weekend rates and pensions.
Heart spoke to all the councils in the West Midlands to find out which schools shut their gates:
UK Border Agency staff also walked out causing delays at Passport control affecting flights.
A seven-year-old boy had an "astonishing'' escape after a van ploughed into the back of a flatbed lorry in the West Midlands.
Birmingham Airport could get a new runway in future, according to the man looking at options for the government.
A reckless scrambler bike rider who pulled wheelies while speeding through the streets of a housing estate in Birmingham has been jailed for dangerous driving.
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