Media Watch – May 16

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New labour lacks diversity (Birmingham Mail, Radio WM)
Community leader, Dr Joe Aldred, has voiced his concern over the lack of an Afro-Caribbean presence on Birmingham City Council’s new Labour cabinet.  Mike Leddy and Ayoub Khan contributed to the radio show.

£3.5m centre plan for city baths on hold (Birmingham Mail)
The planned £3.5 million redevelopment of Stirchley swimming baths has been put on hold by Labour.  Conservative members claim a Labour council has cancelled the funding to bring the building back into use.

Leader pays tribute (Birmingham Mail) Council leader, Mike Whitby, paid tribute to colleagues and staff as he chaired his last cabinet meeting.  He said he had been privileged to lead a strong Conservative and Lib Dem administration over the last eight years.

Good thermal mass building (Local Authority Building and Maintenance) Birmingham City Council’s £38m office building in Woodcock Street, Aston, has achieved good thermal mass – the concept of using the mass of the building to provide inertia against temperature fluctuations.

Regional Headlines:
Olympic torch relay ticket mix-up over Birmingham concert
A concert in Birmingham to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch relay in the city has been overshadowed by a blunder over ticket distribution. There were 20,000 free tickets for the Cannon Hill Park event but Ticketmaster mistakenly emailed everyone who applied to say they had been successful.

Two arrested after woman with head injury dies
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman who suffered a serious head injury in West Bromwich.

National Headlines:
Theresa May ‘destroying police’, warns federation
The home secretary is “on the precipice of destroying” a police service admired throughout the world, she will be warned by rank-and-file officers.

Ceremony to mark handover of Olympic flame to London
The Olympic flame will be “laid to rest” in Greece later before it is officially handed over to London.

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