Media Watch – Nov 19 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

So who is up for a big city challenge? (The Birmingham Post) Arguments over the right job description are delaying the search for the best person to take charge of regeneration at Birmingham City Council.

City chief to orchestrate huge budget cuts (The Birmingham Post) The party’s well and truly over for Birmingham City Council as Europe’s largest public body prepares to slash budgets and axe jobs.

Is city left to suffer for one man’s vanity? (The Birmingham Post) Labour leader Sir Albert Bore tells Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale that power lies in the hands of too few people.

We need to stand united (The Birmingham Post) One of the region’s most senior property professionals (David Bucknall) has called on the city to unify behind Mike Whitby following the acrimonious departure of regeneration boss Clive Dutton.

Central Library is facing knockout (The Birmingham Post) Plan for redevelopment could make Paradise Circus the most expensive piece of real estate outside London.

Brum’s ‘Fifth Avenue’ could host big concerts (The Birmingham Post) Digbeth High Street could be turned into a permanent events area capable of staging concerts attended by 50,000 people, if a senior city councillor (Cllr Mullaney) gets his way.

Birmingham education report hails improvement (The Birmingham Post) A new report into educational achievement in Birmingham suggests that disadvantage is not proving a barrier to success among the city’s early years children.

Council to get tough on lapdancing in Birmingham (The Birmingham Post) Licensing bosses have moved closer to toughening regulations on lap dancing clubs in the city.

Regional Headlines

NHS manager left £800,000 debts 
An NHS manager who oversaw care for terminally ill cancer patients in Birmingham and part of Staffordshire left her organisation with debts of more than £800,000 after overspending on advertising, consultants and printing costs, it has been revealed.

Cadbury union bosses meet Kraft 
Union leaders are to hold talks with a US company which launched a hostile takeover bid for Birmingham-based chocolate firm Cadbury.

Blues meet police over accounts 
The new owners of Birmingham City FC have contacted police over their concerns about possible irregularities in the Premier League club’s accounts.

Students protest at closure plan 
About 200 students at Birmingham University have protested against plans to close its Sociology Department.

Park duck feeding fine withdrawn 
A mother who was fined for feeding the ducks with her young son in the park will not now have to pay the charge. Vanessa Kelly was in Smethwick Hall Park, in Smethwick, West Midlands, when she was approached by a warden and given a £75 on-the-spot littering fine.

National Headlines

Labour denies expenses ‘omission’ 
The government has defended its decision not to include legislation in the Queen’s Speech on MPs’ expenses.

Flooding warnings for parts of UK 
People in north-west England and south-west Scotland face a high risk of their homes being damaged by flooding, the Environment Agency is warning.

Six bailed over mutilation murder 
Six men arrested in connection with the murder of a woman left dying and mutilated in the street have been released on bail.

Liver cancer drug ‘too expensive’ 
A drug that can prolong the lives of patients with advanced liver cancer has been rejected for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Critical care beds shortage fear 
There could be a shortage of intensive care beds for children this winter because of swine flu, experts say.

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