Media Watch – April 28

By on 28/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread national and local coverage of the Trojan Horse investigations, including: Trojan Horse hotline now in operation

Vaisakhi celebrations in Birmingham 2014 (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Thousands of people took part in the annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Handsworth Park in Birmingham. Here are a selection of photographs from the day.

Last bid to save jobs site from HS2 depot (Birmingham Mail) A last-ditch rallying cry to save one of Birmingham’s key industrial sites from the clutches of HS2 was issued today – as debate on high-speed rail reached fever pitch in Parliament.

Floozie’s all set to flow again (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham’s Floozie in the Jacuzzi will soon be bathing in public again. Work is underway to repair a leak.

Children's services review is not a threat to council control (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham's chief executive says Le Grand's report is good news for local authorities.

Soapbox by Mark Rogers (Municipal Journal) Government mandated commissioners, it seems, share at least one characteristic with London buses. Namely, they appear to come along in pairs. Here in Birmingham, at the end of March, we recently welcomed the Labour Peer Lord Norman Warner and his advisory group as our post-Le Grand 'challenge team', mandated by DfE, and intended to add capacity, expertise and encouragement to our own efforts to turn around children's safeguarding.

Regional Headlines

UKIP man defends Lenny Henry tweet
A UKIP candidate defends tweets in which he said comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country” and compared Islam to the Third Reich. UKIP ‘attracts decent BNP voters’

Aston University tower block demolished
A 21-storey tower block has been demolished in central Birmingham to make way for a five-acre park.

National Headlines

Five people killed in house fire
Five people – three young children and two women – die in a house fire in Sheffield which broke out shortly after midnight, the fire service says.

UK helicopter crash personnel named
Five UK service personnel who died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan are named by the Ministry of Defence.

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