Media Watch – June 22 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City fights for ministry relocation (Birmingham Post 22 June, Sunday Mercury 21 June)
Cllr Whitby meets with Government officials to discuss creation of regional HQ for the Ministry of Justice - which it is said will create 6000 jobs.

Plan to increase council cabinet size (Birmingham Post 22 June)
Cllr Whitby quoted from scrutiny saying he wants to lobby Government to allow BCC to expand number of Cabinet members - allowing him to separate out schools from children’s services.

On-going coverage of Khyra Ishaq case (various media)
Commentary on Friday’s evidence that social workers from BCC visited house but were not given access. Khyra’s mother then said to have threatened social workers with legal action if they ‘looked through her letterbox’ again.

Top tennis coach on child porn charges (Sunday Mercury 21 June)
Head coach at Billesley Tennis Centre, run jointly by LTA and BCC, remanded in custody on child porn charges after hearing in Magistrates Court. BCC spokesperson confirms he has been suspended since allegations arose, And contract has since expired.

Rainbow misses out on Mullaney’s 10k (The Stirrer)
Cllr Mullaney reveals he was considering lending, £10k to pub at centre of noise nuisance complaint in Digbeth to help them pay for sound proofing, but is now rescinding the offer due to abuse he has received from landlord of a neighbouring pub.

Opening of Monarch Beach and Summer Fair (Birmingham Mail and BCC WM)

Regional Headlines

UN chief calls for action on polio in city speech (Birmingham Post 22nd June)
Secretary-General of UN welcomes delegates to the ‘beautiful city of Birmingham’ as he opens the 100th Rotary annual convention. Cllr Whitby quoted saying what an honour I is to host the event. Post editorial suggests hosting is vindication of city council’s claim to be a ‘global city’.

Swine flu pandemic morgues set aside (Sunday Mercury 21st June)
BCC and HPA confirm they have contingency plans in place should temporary morgues need setting up due to any pandemics which strike – such as swine flu.

National Headlines

MPS to choose new speaker

UK Government urged to find out what has happened to three remaining kidnapped Brits, after two handed over bodies identified in Iraq

Opening days play at Wimbledon

Iranian protests and bloodshed continue over election rigging

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