Media Watch – April 20

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

St George marching in (Birmingham Mail) The West Midlands will celebrate England’s patron saint with a host of events and parades throughout the region to commemorate St George’s Day.

Bid for the Lords to move to Brum (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The house of Lords should move from London to Birmingham, a former Government minister has claimed. Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby backs the claim from Lord Andrew Adonis.

New bid to ban chuggers (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Charity fundraisers could be outlawed in Birmingham after the city council launched a consultation to discover what the general public think of them.

‘Cuts could see pupils go hungry’ (Birmingham Mail) Poorer pupils could skip dinner if free school meals are cut, an inner-city head teacher has warned.

Buy Brummie plan outlined (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham mayor hopeful (Sion Simon) has outlined his Buy Brummie proposals to a meeting of trades unionists.

Regional Headlines

Riot deaths footage shown to jury
Footage of the moment when three men were hit by a car during riots in Birmingham is shown at the trial of their alleged murderers.

Fire death remains ‘unexplained’
A post-mortem examination on the body of man found in a burnt out car in Birmingham scrapyard confirms he died as the result of a fire.

National Headlines

Demand for rickets death inquiry
A couple acquitted of murdering their four-month-old son call for an inquiry into two London hospitals responsible for his care.

Test day for Olympic torch relay
A full dress rehearsal of the Olympic torch relay is being staged on an 80-mile section from Leicester to Peterborough.

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