Media watch- 8 September PM

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Swine flu confusion (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Birmingham online) There was confusion over who decided whether a school at the centre of a swine flu outbreak should close, an inquiry finds. Cllr Sue Anderson interviewed.

Save our services protest by Unison (Central News) Group of protesters gather outside BCC Council House to protest against the closure of care homes, day centres, neighbourhood offices and swimming pools in the city. BCC statement quoted.

Disruption was minimal (Birmingham Mail) The violent scenes on the streets of Birmingham caused ‘minimal disruption’ to shoppers and were not as bad as the average football match says Cllr Alan Rudge.

Lib Dem faces misconduct hearing (Birmingham Mail) Leading Birmingham Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan will have to answer unprofessional conduct allegations following claims that he misled a court. Cllr Khan said he is looking forward to clearing his name.

Regional Headlines

Suspects arrested during violent in Birmingham city centre have been banned from returning in a police crackdown no the protests that have blighted the city (Birmingham Mail).

Birmingham born terror suspect today emerged as the suspected architect of the plot to blow up thousands of innocent air passengers in a series of suicide attacks abroad transatlantic jets (Birmingham Mail, Central News).

Major cities including Birmingham are joining forces to ensure a new high speed rail line is built as planned Birmingham Mail).

National Headlines

Al-Qaeda is likely to try again to use aircraft to attack the West, Whitehall officials have told the BBC.

President Karzai passes the 50% mark needed for victory in the Afghan presidential poll, but fraud claims cast doubt on the result.

There should be a ban on all alcohol advertising, including sports and music sponsorship, doctors say.

News Releases Issued

HMS Daring Freedom Parade The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Michael Wilkes, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Vivienne Wilkes, will preside over the Presentation of the Freedom of the City to HMS Daring on Thursday 10 September 2009. The Parade will begin at 11.30am.
Northfield One Stop Shop- Making a difference in recession Citizens affected by the recession in South Birmingham are being given a helping hand back into employment by the Northfield One Stop Shop. A series of activities have been run, and are planned, to support people into work and to aid the sustainability of businesses in the Northfield Town Centre.

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