Media Watch – February 14

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Loocation, loocation, loocation (Birmingham Mail) Auction bidders could set up Birmingham’s most unusual shop  – in a disused toilet block where visitors used to spend a penny.

Lord Mayor visits babies (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s newest citizens will be getting a big welcome from the Lord Mayor. Cllr Anita Ward will be visiting the neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Comedy fest for kids (Birmingham Mail) Kids can beat the half term boredom with the return of an annual children’s comedy festival.

Birmingham library crane removed from city skyline (BBC) A large crane that has become a familiar sight on the Birmingham skyline during the work on the new library has been dismantled.

Birmingham housing staff forced to job swap (Inside Housing)
Housing staff at Birmingham City Council could find themselves turning librarian or receptionist for the day as the council looks to save money on personnel costs.

Birmingham to freeze rents until 2013 (Inside Housing)
The largest council landlord in England (Birmingham City Council) plans to freeze rent and service charges until 2013.

Regional Headlines

Man arrested after fatal stabbing
A 23-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in Birmingham.

Campaign launched in boy’s memory

Cancer Research UK launches a campaign in memory of a Birmingham boy who raised thousands of pounds for charity.

HS2 protesters warn of legal move
Protest groups against the HS2 rail project have sent the government a formal letter warning they will take legal action unless the £33bn scheme is stopped.

National Headlines

Religion under threat, says Warsi
Britain is under threat from a rising tide of “militant secularisation”, Conservative Party co-chairwoman Baroness Warsi warns.

Moody’s warns on UK credit rating
US credit ratings agency Moody’s has put the UK on negative outlook, meaning it thinks there is more chance the economy may lose its triple A status.

Abu Qatada release prompts debate
Abu Qatada, accused of being one of the UK’s most dangerous extremist preachers, is freed on bail from jail, prompting debate about his right to stay in the UK.

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