Media Watch – March 10

By on 10/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Khyra Ishaq 2001-2008 (Birmingham Mail) Buried according to Islamic tradition, picture-led front page on Khyra Ishaq’s final resting place. Feature interview with Khyra Ishaq’s father.

Short backs city officials (Birmingham Mail) Outspoken MP Clare Short has come to the defence of a senior councillor and officials who are under fire over the death of Khyra Ishaq. She defends Cllr Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families and said she was angry at the way some MPs were ‘trying to get headlines out of this tragedy’.

Council houses hit new decency level (Birmingham Mail) All of Birmingham’s 68,000 council houses and flats could meet the Government’s decent homes standard by the end of this year. Reaching the target would represent one of the most dramatic housing about turns in the country. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Hands off Brum’s rent cash! (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s council house tenants have reacted with fury to news that £64 million of their rent money will be handed to other towns and cities rather than providing better homes for Brummies. Cllr Lines pictured with members from the city’s Housing Liaison Boards, who are quoted.

Hols pick-up for workers (Birmingham Mail) A probe into soaring staff sickness at Birmingham City Council has found that absenteeism plunges in August- in time for workers to take holidays. Deputy council leader Paul Tilsley.

Have say on new £193m city library (Birmingham Mail) With construction of the £193 million Library of Birmingham under way, people are now being given the chance to see what will go inside the controversial building. City library boss Brian Gambles quoted.

Regional Headlines

A police chief inspector hit a student in his car but failed to stop and later claimed he hit a post, a jury is told (Birmingham Mail, BBC News Birmingham).

A man accused of stabbing his 17-year-old daughter to death has chosen not to give evidence in his defence. Gary Fisher, 48, from Solihull, West Midlands, denies murder (BBC News Birmingham).

The Transport Secretary will tomorrow approve a new high-speed rail network running through the East Midlands. It is believed work could start on the London to Birmingham section by 2017, with a line to the East or West Midlands running in the early 2020s (This is Nottingham website).

National Headlines

Gordon Brown is expected to say he has guided the economy through a “storm” and is best-placed to secure its recovery.

Reoffending by thousands of criminals serving short sentences in England and Wales costs up to £10bn a year, says a report.

An MP writes to police to ask if there is a basis for a criminal inquiry into activities at Stafford Hospital.

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