Media Watch – April 30

By on 30/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Council won't back down on garden tax (Birmingham Mail): This story reports that the council will not do a U-turn on the garden waste scheme, despite claims that Labour candidates fear a backlash at next month's elections. Cllr McKay and Cllr Tilsley quoted.

'Clock ticking' on collections (Birmingham Mail): John Hemming MP has reportedly given the city council a 48-hour ultimatum to collect garden waste dumped in his Yardley constituency, or face court action.

Kids as young as 11 given help to beat drugs and alcohol (Birmingham Mail): Report based on figures published by Public Health England. Dr Adrian Phillips, Birmingham's director for public health, quoted.

Operation Trojan Horse ‘damaging community’ (The Muslim Weekly):  Report claims Muslim children are ‘being made to feel like terrorists’ as a result of allegations over ‘the so-called Trojan Horse plot’.

May flowers (Access All Areas): Preview of the forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show – Birmingham City Council’s entry cited.

Regional headlines

MPs back HS2 bill despite rebellion: MPs have decisively backed legislation which will enable the proposed HS2 high speed rail link between London and the West Midlands to go ahead. A motion to halt the plan was defeated by 451 votes to 50, with 34 Tories voting against the government.

Olympic star's car gutted in 'arson attack': Birmingham-based Olympian Kelly Sotherton speaks of her shock at her car being destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Royal Orthopaedic appoints first female chairman: Dame Yve Buckland, former head of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, will take over the role in May to become the hospital's first female chair.

National headlines

Nigel Farage rules out running as an MP in Newark by election, following the ex-Tory MP Patrick Mercer's resignation yesterday.

Sacking over poor elderly home care: One member of staff sacked and seven suspended from the Old Deanery Care Home in Essex, after Panorama investigation found poor standards of care.

Tributes paid teacher killed at Corpus Christie Catholic College, while police are given more time to question 15-year-old boy.

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