Media Watch – May 11

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Parents join academy fight (Birmingham Mail) Teaching unions have turned to parent power amid claims more than a dozen Birmingham primary schools are being ‘forced’ to become academies.

Extra classes to cope with admissions crisis (Birmingham Mail) Anxious parents have been told that Sutton Coldfield primary schools could open extra classrooms in September to tackle an admissions crisis.

City Tories had ‘Dunkirk moment’ claims deputy (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Conservative deputy leader has blasted his party’s election strategy in a leaked email.

Apartments for homeless to welcome first tenants (Birmingham Mail) An apartment complex for homeless people, costing £10 million, is set to welcome its first tenants in Birmingham.

£50m old fire station plan set for approval (Birmingham Mail) Plans to build student accommodation on the site of Birmingham’s former Central Fire Station has been recommended for approval.

A star for Malkit (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of fans gathered in Birmingham city centre last night as the King of Bhangra, Malkit Singh, became the first Asian celebrity to be honoured on Broad Street’s famous Walk of Stars.

Foster carers needed (Birmingham Mail) Vulnerable children in desperate need of a loving home could be missing out due to a shortage of foster carers in Birmingham.

Labour surpasses election ambitions (Local Government Chronicle) Last week’s Birmingham results featured in an overview of last week’s local elections.

Regional Headlines

Baby dies after falling from car
A 10-month-old baby boy believed to have fallen from a moving car in Birmingham dies in hospital.

Hospital admits negligence case
A Birmingham-based composer who was left needing a wheelchair wins his negligence case against a West Midlands hospital.

National Headlines

Brooks to give Leveson evidence
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, is to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics on Friday.

British Gas warns of rising bills
Centrica, the owner of British Gas, says that rising wholesale gas costs will make supplying energy more expensive this year.

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