Media watch- 1 June

By on 01/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Banking on fun for all (Birmingham Mail, 1 June) Birmingham's newly appointed Lord Mayor got stuck into his role as the city bade a fond farewell to the former Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Wilkes. Thousands of families enjoyed the spectacle at Victoria Square, which was alive with the sound of music, dance and theatre.

Backbenchers' fury at cuts (Birmingham Mail, 1 June) The power of backbench councillors to investigate and hold city leaders to account has been severely weakened through changes to the committee system, it has been claimed. Labour deputy Cllr Ian Ward and Liberal Democrat chairman of scrutiny Alaistar Dow quoted.

Bid to cut planning letters on hold (Birmingham Mail, 31 May) Proposals to cut the number of letters sent to Birmingham residents about new planning applications have been deferred following objection from councillors. Cllr Paula Smith (Lib Dem), Cllr Peter Osborn (Con) and Cllr Keith Linnecor (Lib Dem) quoted.

Regional Headlines

Lecturers in  protests over threat of cuts

A fond farewell to Selly Oak Hospital

Jaguar Land Rover denies reports it will shelve plans to close one of its plants in the West Midlands after reporting a profit.

National Headlines

The UN Security Council calls for an impartial inquiry into Israel’s raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, in which at least nine people died.

More than 170 civil servants are paid more than Prime Minister David Cameron, according to government figures.
British Airways and the Unite union are to hold fresh talks on Tuesday as cabin crew workers strike for a third day.

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