Media Watch – May 25

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councillor speaks after being harassed by racist extremist (Birmingham Mail) The mental health of a racist extremist who harassed a Birmingham councillor (Cllr Salma Yaqoob)

Castle ruins in line for major award (Birmingham Mail) The restoration and preservation of the historic Weoley Castle ruins has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Lottery award.

I will sort out Brum’s child service (Birmingham Mail) After just three years on the city council’s back benches, Tory Matt Bennett has been named the new political head of Birmingham’s children’s social care department.

Brum ape bags a Chelsea silver (Birmingham Mail, Express and Star, ITV Central) Gorilla tactics used by Birmingham City Council at Chelsea Flower show have won them a silver medal.

Babies get my backing (Birmingham Mail) The campaign to fund a new neonatal baby care unit in Birmingham is being supported by new Lord Mayor Anita Ward.

Fire-hit school is on the mend (Birmingham Mail) Parents of pupils at fire-ravaged Harborne Primary School have been invited to a meeting with teachers and governors to discuss future plans.

Birmingham leads in housing for ex-service personnel (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines has travelled to Westminster to brief Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Defence Minister Andrew Robathan about the council’s pioneering work building new council homes for ex-armed forces personnel.

A makeover for council-citizen interaction (Government Technology) Birmingham City Council’s Customer First programme highlighted in a feature about improving customer management practices.

Regional Headlines

Police forces could merge units
Some specialist teams at Staffordshire Police could be merged with West Midlands Police to save money, a chief constable says.

Girl mauled by dog on school trip
An 11-year-old schoolgirl is badly bitten by a dog during a school outing to a park in Wolverhampton.

Giggs row MP denies flouting law
MP John Hemming is accused of a “gross abuse of privilege” after naming the super-injunction row footballer – but he denies using parliamentary privilege at all.

National Headlines

Obama agenda switches to politics
Barack Obama will hold talks with David Cameron later and give a speech to MPs and peers as the focus of his state visit to the UK switches to politics.

Flights resuming after ash delays
UK flights are expected to return to near-normal after hundreds were cancelled on Tuesday because of drifting ash from the Icelandic volcanic eruption.

Winter flu death toll topped 600
Last winter’s flu outbreak claimed 602 lives in the UK, with more than 70% of the deaths among 15- to 64-year-olds, Health Protection Agency figures show.

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