Media Watch – April 29

By on 29/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Birmingham MP calls for teachers to have their say (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Teachers who worked at Birmingham schools caught up in the Trojan Horse investigation should be freed from “gagging” orders and allowed to speak out, an MP has demanded. Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood said former teachers, heads and governors should be allowed to give evidence without fear of losing their pay-offs or pensions.

Fury as 26 houses to be built on green space (Birmingham Mail) Controversial plans to build 26 houses on a patch of parkland in Birmingham’s inner city (Millward St, Small Heath) have been blasted by resident.

Lord Whitby defends cash spent on Tory conference (Birmingham Mail) Former Birmingham City Council leader Lord Whitby has defended his decision to subsidise the Tory conference – claiming it raked in £20 million to the local economy.

Diary: Get out of town! Birmingham sets its face against the annual Tory-fest (Guardian, Daily Mirror) A Conservative conference is more trouble than it’s worth, according to the second city.

Hotline to Report Trojan-Horse Claims (widespread coverage) A hotline opens for people to report any information about the claims strict Muslims have been trying to take over schools.

Regional Headlines

Tributes to air crash servicemen
The families of two British servicemen from the Midlands who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan pay tribute to them.

Calls to halt HS2 rejected by MPs
Fresh questions are raised about the economic case for the HS2 high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham as David Cameron faces a backbench rebellion in the Commons.

National Headlines

Stabbing school ‘to open as usual’
The Leeds school where a teacher was stabbed to death in front of pupils is due to open as usual as police continue to question a 15-year-old.

Half with cancer ‘live a decade’
Half of people in England and Wales now being diagnosed with cancer will survive for at least a decade – double the number from the early 1970s, figures show.

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