Media Watch – Dec 21

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum to London in 49 minutes (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the High Speed Rail II announcement. Birmingham City Council Leader Cllr Mike Whitby has welcomed Transport Secretary Philip Hammond’s final plans for the £33 billion rail link. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15012

City binmen stand firm (Birmingham Mail) Defiant union chiefs insisted that striking Birmingham binmen had made their point – despite the walkout coming as snow and ice caused chaos across the Midlands.

Buses boss praises gritters (Birmingham Mail) Bus chiefs have praised the city council for its effective gritting of the roads during the weekend’s arctic weather.

First pool for 20 years takes shape (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s first new swimming pool for 20 years (Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre) is taking shape ahead of its opening in less than a year’s time.

Councillor demands post claim apology (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Deputy Leader has demanded an apology from the postal workers union after he was accused of promoting the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Regional Headlines

Ice suspends train services from New Street to Coventry
Ice damage to overhead wiring means services between Birmingham International and Coventry railway stations have been suspended.

London-to-Birmingham high speed train route announced
The planned route of the high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham has been altered after protests about its impact on homes and the countryside.

National Headlines

Weather chaos continues as thaw remains days away
The winter weather is continuing to cause problems across the UK, as a thaw seems unlikely for several days.

Assange concerned over ‘natural justice’ in Sweden
Julian Assange has told the BBC that he is fighting a Swedish extradition warrant because he believes “no natural justice” would occur in Sweden.

Vince Cable said he could quit coalition if pushed
Cabinet minister Vince Cable has said he is “embarrassed” by comments made privately suggesting he could walk out of the coalition.

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