Media Watch – April 11

By on 11/04/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Couples face 4-month wait for wedding (Birmingham Mail) Attempts to crack down on ‘sham marriages’ have led to massive delays for Birmingham couples hoping to tie the knot.

Last chance for voters (Birmingham Mail) Brummies hoping to vote in the May 3 local election and Birmingham Mayoral referendum have until next Wednesday to register.

Sign up for debate on mayor vote (Birmingham Mail) Voters in Birmingham are set to go to the polls to decide whether or not their city council should be run by a directly elected mayor on May 3. And the Birmingham Mail is giving young people the chance to hear both sides of the debate at a college forum.

Labour set for hot seat (Birmingham Mail) The Labour Party is in pole position to seize control of Birmingham City Council from the ruling Tory-Lib Dem coalition when the city goes to the polls on May 3.

Basketball aces in slam-dunking visit (Birmingham Mail) Two big-name US basketball stars swapped the playing court for the classroom during a visit to a city school (Holyhead School, Handsworth)

Regional Headlines

Family ‘devastated’ by M6 death
A Birmingham man who found the body of his 19-year-old son under a motorway flyover says the family are desperate to find out what happened.

Artefacts raid ‘highly organised’
Police investigating the theft of an 18th Century Chinese bowl and figurine worth £2m from Durham University’s museum have arrested five people in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Border Agency ‘failing on basics’
The UK Border Agency is still failing in its “basic functions” in spite of efforts to overhaul it, MPs say.

Clegg in ‘energy deal guarantee’
Energy companies will be required to tell customers what their best deal is, in a move which ministers say could save households up to £100 a year.

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