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West Midlands (region)

NameWest Midlands
Short NameWest Midlands
Area Km213,004
Area Mi25,020
Area Rank7th
EuroWest Midlands
Population5,267,337 (2001)
Population Rank5th
Gdp Rank7th
BoardWest Midlands Leaders Board
Development AgencyAdvantage West Midlands

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The West Midlands is an official region of England, covering the western half of the area traditionally known as the Midlands. It contains the second most populous British city, Birmingham, and the larger West Midlands conurbation, which includes the city of Wolverhampton and large towns of Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and West Bromwich. The city of Coventry is also located within the West Midlands county, but is separated from the conurbation to the west by several miles of green belt.

The region is geographically diverse, from the urban central areas of the conurbation to the rural western counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire which border Wales. The longest river in the UK, the River Severn, traverses the region southeastwards, flowing through the county towns of Shrewsbury and Worcester, and the Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Staffordshire is home to the industrialised Potteries conurbation, including the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and the Staffordshire Moorlands area, which borders the southeastern Peak District National Park near Leek. The region also encompasses five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Warwickshire is home to the town of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of poet William Shakespeare.

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HS2 - "High Speed Rail: Creating Sustainable Transport and Jobs?" On Monday 28th March Birmingham Friends of the Earth and Sustainability West Midlands held a public debate. The event was held at the Banqueting Suite, Birmingham City Council House. The meeting debates whether the new line will benefit the West Midlands economically and environmentally and look at sustainable transport more generally . The debate was chaired by Radio 5 and Radio WM presenter Adrian Goldberg, with a panel including: Jim Steer, Director of Greengauge 21 Martin Dyer, vice-chair of the West Midlands Business Transport Group Christian Wolmar, railway journalist and commentator Michael Geddes, Associate Professor at the Warwick Business School This video, split into seven parts, is unedited and features the entire debate. Enjoy!
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An excerpt from the Police Federation production 'Working for You' which showcases the valuable work done by the Federation for its members. This video features an anecdote from Tony Guest, retired Inspector from the West Midlands Police.
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TV celebrity chef and UKIP candidate urges people to vote UKIP
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More jobseekers chasing each vacancy - Institute of Leadership & Management Tweet this news
Institute of Leadership & Management--At the same time, demand for new employment positions was greater in every region of the UK, with the -West Midlands- and southeast showing particularly high ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:44:28 GMT+00:00
New armed police unit to combat terror attacks set up in Birmingham - The Birmingham Post Tweet this news
The Birmingham Post--One of those units is based in the -West Midlands-. As well as terrorists the units will be able to respond to incidents such as the killing spree by taxi ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 06:42:22 GMT+00:00
Man's body found on grass verge - Independent Tweet this news
Independent---West Midlands- Police were alerted to the find at about 6.50am after a member of the public found the body beside Vale Road in Darby End, Dudley. ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 15:05:45 GMT+00:00
Regional Development Manager - Intermediaries - West Midlands - FT Adviser Tweet this news
FT Adviser--With the overall strategy of generating assets under management, you will focus on a specific region of the UK ( either South, -Midlands- or North -West-) in ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 15:17:54 GMT+00:00
West Mids LEP rejects 'could get second chance' - Insider Media Tweet this news
Insider Media--The -West Midlands-' three rejected LEP proposals may be offered a lifeline, Insider has learnt. A Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) spokesman said that ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 08:40:06 GMT+00:00
West Midlands Ambulance Service consults public on trust plans - Coventry Telegraph Tweet this news
Coventry Telegraph---WEST Midlands- Ambulance Service launches a public consultation on its plans to become a foundation trust (FT) today. It means the NHS organisation will have ... - Date : Mon, 01 Nov 2010 10:37:21 GMT+00:00

Elections : Transport policy
Ceremonial county County/ unitary Districts
Herefordshire U.A.
Shropshire Shropshire U.A.
Telford and Wrekin U.A.
Staffordshire Staffordshire † a.) Cannock Chase, b.) East Staffordshire, c.) Lichfield, d.) Newcastle-under-Lyme,
e.) South Staffordshire, f.) Stafford, g.) Staffordshire Moorlands, h.) Tamworth
Stoke-on-Trent U.A.
Warwickshire † a.) North Warwickshire, b.) Nuneaton and Bedworth, c.) Rugby, d.) Stratford-on-Avon, e.) Warwick
West Midlands * a.) Birmingham, b.) Coventry, c.) Dudley, d.) Sandwell, e.) Solihull, f.) Walsall, g.) Wolverhampton
Worcestershire a.) Bromsgrove, b.) Malvern Hills, c.) Redditch, d.) Worcester, e.) Wychavon, f.) Wyre Forest

Demography :
Ceremonial County Population Population Density Largest local authority Largest settlement
West Midlands (region) 5,267,337 405/km2 Birmingham (1,006,500) Birmingham (1,006,500)
West Midlands (county) 2,600,100 2,884/km2 Birmingham (1,006,500) Birmingham (1,006,500)
Staffordshire 1,062,500 391/km2 Stoke-on-Trent (240,636) Stoke-on-Trent (259,252)
Worcestershire 552,900 318/km2 Wychavon (116,300) Worcester (93,400)
Warwickshire 522,200 264/km2 Warwick (132,900) Nuneaton (70,721)
Shropshire 451,100 129/km2 Shropshire (290,900) Telford (138,241)
Herefordshire 177,800 82/km2 N/A Hereford (50,400)

Universities :
University No. Students National Ranking (1998 � 2007)
University of Warwick 21,598 7
University of Birmingham 30,725 19
Aston University 8,915 37
Keele University 12,720 41
Coventry University 19,495 80
Staffordshire University 15,200 82
University of Worcester 9,455 85
Birmingham City University 25,010 96
University of Wolverhampton 24,020 108

Football :
Team League Hometown Stadium Capacity
Aston Villa Premier League Birmingham Villa Park 42,788
Birmingham City FC Premier League Birmingham St Andrews 30,079
Stoke City FC Premier League Stoke Britannia Stadium 28,384
West Bromwich Albion Premier League West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,500
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Premier League Wolverhampton The Molineux 28,525
Coventry City FC NPower Championship Coventry Ricoh Arena 32,609
Walsall FC NPower League 1 Walsall Bescot Stadium 11,300
Port Vale FC NPower League 2 Stoke Vale Park 19,052
Shrewsbury Town FC NPower League 2 Shrewsbury Prostar Stadium 9,875
Burton Albion FC NPower League 2 Burton Upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Hereford United FC NPower League 2 Hereford Edgar Street 5,075
Kidderminster Harriers FC BlueSquareBet Premier Kidderminster Aggborough 6,238
AFC Telford United BlueSquareBet Conference North Telford New Bucks Head 6,300

Constituencies in the West Midlands (59)

Conservative (33)Aldridge-Brownhills * Bromsgrove * Burton * Cannock Chase * Dudley South * Halesowen and Rowley Regis * Hereford and South Herefordshire * Kenilworth and Southam * Lichfield * Ludlow * Meriden * Mid Worcestershire * North Herefordshire * North Shropshire * North Warwickshire * Nuneaton * Redditch * Rugby * Shrewsbury and Atcham * South Staffordshire * Stafford * Staffordshire Moorlands * Stone * Stourbridge * Stratford-on-Avon * Sutton Coldfield * Tamworth * The Wrekin * Warwick and Leamington * West Worcestershire * Wolverhampton South West * Worcester * Wyre Forest
Labour (24)Birmingham, Edgbaston * Birmingham, Erdington * Birmingham, Hall Green * Birmingham, Hodge Hill * Birmingham, Ladywood * Birmingham, Northfield * Birmingham, Perry Barr * Birmingham, Selly Oak * Coventry North East * Coventry North West * Coventry South * Dudley North * Newcastle-under-Lyme * Stoke-on-Trent Central * Stoke-on-Trent North * Stoke-on-Trent South * Telford * Walsall North * Walsall South * Warley * West Bromwich East * West Bromwich West * Wolverhampton North East * Wolverhampton South East
Liberal Democrats (2)Birmingham, Yardley * Solihull

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