Media Watch – June 15

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sporting legends launch Brum race (Birmingham Mail, Midlands Today, Smooth, BBC Radio WM, BRMB) Olympians Sharron Davies and Roger Black sounded the starter’s gun on preparations for this year’s EDF Birmingham Half Marathon.

MP’s fury at camera plan to spy on Muslims in city (Birmingham Mail) Surveillance cameras installed to spy on Muslim communities in Birmingham  are ‘a grave infringement of civil liberties’ and should not be turned on until residents are consulted, an MP has warned. Last night West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council announced they would review the decision to use the cameras.

Commons motion over Birmingham CCTV cameras (BBC) A Birmingham MP has called for 200 cameras, which he says are to monitor extremists, not to be activated.

Residents in red can get money makeover (Birmingham Mail) Debt-ridden residents in Birmingham are being urged to attend a Birmingham City Council event aimed at helping them to sort out their finances.

Parents fight school growth (Birmingham Mail) Parents have launched a campaign to stop the expansion of a Birmingham primary school (Kings Heath Primary).

£2.7 billion roads contract launch (Birmingham Mail) A £2.7 billion initiative to improve Birmingham’s roads has finally been launched, creating 300 jobs and marking the start of a 25-year contract across the city.

Council’s £1bn equal ops bill (Birmingham Mail) Decades spent underpaying women workers could cost Birmingham City Council at least £1 billion in compensation, it has been claimed. A council spokesman said: “It is true there is continuing litigation, which we are contesting. The matter is sub-judice and we cannot make any further comment.”

Plea to keep £1.5m square vandal-free (Birmingham Mail) Conservationists have welcomed plans for a new public square at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, but warned that extra care must be taken to protect the £1.5 million development from possible vandalism.

Eastside plan revisited (Estates Gazette) The announcement in March of a high speed rail link into central Birmingham has forced the council to rethink its regeneration masterplan.

A city united (Estates Gazette) Birmingham Council has been run since 2004 by a coalition of Conservatives and Lib Dems, so what can the new government learn from its approach.

Regional Headlines

Security reviewed after Birmingham shooting
Security measures for a music festival in Birmingham city centre at which four people were shot are to be reviewed.

Birmingham girl told mother about ‘family sex abuse’
The mother of two boys accused of raping their sister said she rang social services after a talk with her children, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Man in ‘serious condition’ following Walsall stabbing
A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in the Black Country.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage ahead of the World Cup.

Bloody Sunday findings due to be published
The outcome of the Bloody Sunday inquiry, the longest and most expensive public inquiry in UK legal history, is due to be published.

Royal Marine dies in hospital from Afghanistan injuries
A Royal Marine from 40 Commando has died in hospital after being shot by insurgent forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Ministers halt child abuse vetting scheme
The vetting scheme for nine million people working with children and vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is to be halted.

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