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William Hague MP and his wife Ffion take a tour of the stands at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham this morning.

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William Hague MP laughs at an illustration of himself as he takes a tour of the stands at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Monday. Read more

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A festival goer enjoys herself in the crowd during day one of the Wireless Festival at Perry Park, Birmingham on Friday

Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the "Best in Show" category.

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Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on Thursday in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the “Best in Show” category.

Workmen work on a transparent lift shaft near the dome at the Library of Birmingham in preparation for its official opening September 3rd, Birmingham.

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Men work on a transparent lift shaft near the dome at the Library of Birmingham on Thursday in preparation for its official opening on September 3. The futuristic building designed by architect Francine Hoube has cost £189m.

Investigators search through the debris on the scene of a UPS cargo plane crash

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Investigators search through the debris at the scene of a UPS cargo plane crash at Birmingham International airport in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday