Media Watch – August 28 (am)

By on 28/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Clamp Down/Cops tow clampers for scam (Mirror/Sun) More coverage of car clamping firm that was taken off the road when officials seized its tow-truck and arrested four employees as part of a fraud investigation.

Council: Eastside could be the new Whitehall (Birmingham Post) Eastside is being promoted as the Whitehall of the Midlands, with Birmingham fighting to lure thousands of civil service jobs from London. There is also a Post comment.

Planners give green light for tower delay at New Street (Birmingham Post) Planners have approved a delay in constructing two tower blocks at the £600million New Street Station redevelopment scheme.

Mayor debate hots up as report ‘slips through’ (Birmingham Post) Conservative and Liberal Democrat city council leaders have been accused of using the absence of key politicians during the summer break to rule out any possibility of Birmingham opting to be governed by a directly-elected mayor.

Brothers in art (Birmingham Post) With pre-Raphaelites in the spotlight, Sally Hoban looks at Birmingham’s link to the artistic movement. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has one of the top pre-Raphaelite collections in the world.

Regional Headlines

Midlands bucks trend over new-homes plans (Birmingham Post) New data shows Midlands housebuilding is emerging out of the recession faster than the rest of the country.

Man set on fire over handbag row  (BBC)
A woman has been found guilty of attempting to murder a transvestite in Birmingham who was severely burnt in a row over a missing handbag.

High-speed rail plan questioned  (BBC)
More West Midlands towns and cities should share in the benefits of high-speed trains, a transport leader says.

Ninth swine flu death in region (BBC)
Another adult has died in the West Midlands after contracting swine flu, the NHS has said.

National Headlines

More parents pay for appeals help
A growing number of parents in England and Wales are paying for legal advice to get children into their preferred state school, the BBC has learned.

New head of army begins his job 
General Sir Richard Dannatt is due to hand over his post as army chief to Gen Sir David Richards.

US Afghan ‘row’ worries Ashdown 
A senior British diplomat has said an “explosive” meeting between the US special envoy to Afghanistan and the country’s president is very worrying. US special envoy Richard Holbrooke is believed to have complained about the use of fraud in last week’s election.



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