Media Watch – April 24

By on 24/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse latest coverage (The Guardian, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBCWM, BBC web, Mail Online UK, Free Radio, Evening Standard web) Stories include confirmation by Sir Albert Bore of names of schools inspected, Sir Albert Bore's criticism of Ofsted leaks and interview with head of Ninestiles.

Eastside plans for HS2 college and Unite centre (Birmingham Post) A £20 million HS2 apprentices' college and huge Unite training centre are the latest plans to boost the regeneration of Birmingham's burgeoning Eastside. 

Tory stalwart splits from party in selection bust-up (Birmingham Post) Senior councillor of three decades (Cllr Alan Rudge) walks out as he criticises new generation of local politicians in city. Quotes Cllr Alan Rudge.

95% of city's events budget blown on Tory ICC conference (Birmingham Post) Ministers have hit out after it emerged that more than 95 per cent of Birmingham's major events budget is being spent on the Conservative Party Conference. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

£1m HS2 development fund to be created (Midlands Insider Daily) A £1m development fund is set to be created by Birmingham City Council to help maximise the benefits of the HS2 high-speed rail link for the city. 

Regional Headlines

Overturned lorry closes M42 motorway – A section of the M42 in the West Midlands is closed after a lorry overturns, spilling diesel on the carriageway.

Thanks a million - Dying Midlands teenager Stephen Sutton has smashed his £1million charity target - with cash still pouring in at more than £1,000-a-minute.

National Headlines

Police make Syria plea to UK women – British counter-terrorism police chiefs make an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives against travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.

Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank – The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Care needs to ‘outstrip’ family help – The number of older people in England needing care will “outstrip” the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns.

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