Media Watch – May 24

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bore makes pledge for the city’s fair share (Birmingham Post) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore aims to battle the ‘injustice’ of the city’s funding.

Teachers’ strike off as they seek council support (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Teaching unions have called off proposed strike action amid claims Birmingham primary schools are being ‘forced’ to become academies.

Tunnel could go in plan to break concrete collar (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s St Chad’s Tunnel could be filled in and the neighbouring Queensawy overhauled in an ambitious £85 million scheme being considered by the council’s transport department.

Confusion reigns as Labour’s new Cabinet compared with Spaghetti Junction (Birmingham Post) The Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups in opposition in Birmingham for the first time in eight years, have branded a new Cabinet introduced by Sir Albert Bore this week as ‘unclear’ and ‘lacking accountability’.

You’re only supposed to grow the doors off… (Birmingham Post) Actor Michael Caine gave his official movie star seal of approval to Birmingham’s own Italian Job as the city’s display won gold at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Minimum unit price ‘would help 39,000 problem drinkers’ (Birmingham Post) A national minimum price for alcohol could help some of the 39,000 Birmingham residents risking their health by drinking too much, senior city officials have told MPs.

Museum or hotel could replace ‘Tombstone’ plan (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s disused Central Fire Station could be brought back to life as a transport museum or a luxury hotel after controversial plans for a 23-storey skyscraper were rejected.

Cut-price MGs offer for all council staff (Birmingham Mail, What Car) Birmingham City Council is urging workers to ‘buy Brum’ – with its 46,000 staff offered discounts of up to £2,500 on new MGs.

Housing loses cabinet role at Birmingham City Council as ‘radical devolution’ promised (24dash) The new leadership at Birmingham City Council – the UK’s largest stock-holding local authority – is set to drop housing as a dedicated cabinet portfolio role but is planning to devolve day-to-day management to local communities.

Regional Headlines

Labour peer set to be remembered
An event is organised in Birmingham in memory of Labour peer Lord Corbett of Castle Vale.

Council leader survives vote
The Conservative leader of Walsall Council wins a ballot to remain in charge by a single vote.

National Headlines

Free banking ‘a dangerous myth’
Free banking is a “dangerous myth”, according to Andrew Bailey, who is due to become the chief regulator of the financial services industry.

Greek euro exit too risky – Clegg
Nick Clegg is to warn of the dangers of a Greek exit from the euro and describe the response to the crisis as “woefully fragmented”.

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