Media Watch – August 7

By on 07/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Rogue Mecca trip agent fined £12k (Birmingham Mail) A travel agent who specialised in pilgrimage packages has been fined thousands of pounds for flouting trading regulations.

Committees move blocked by Bore (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s council leader Sir Albert Bore has blocked new district committees meeting in their own patch – a move dubbed ‘a blow for local democracy’ by opponents.

Stalled regeneration scheme reignited by council (24Dash) Birmingham City Council has reignited a regeneration scheme that stalled due to a lack of funding. The council’s cabinet has approved plans for up to 316 new homes to be built on cleared land on the Lyndhurst estate through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

Birmingham toasts Jamaican independence anniversary (BBC) Thousands of people have attended an event in Birmingham held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from British rule.

Sunrise serves up 'Caribbean' treat for Bolt (Business Daily) The two fastest men in the world received a taste of the 'Caribbean' when they arrived in Birmingham recently. Sunrise Bakery agreed a deal with Birmingham City Council and the University of Birmingham to supply its locally made rum cake to every member of the Jamaican track and field team.

Regional Headlines

Defeat for ‘forced labour’ claim
A Birmingham graduate loses her High Court bid to challenge a government back-to-work scheme which she described as forced labour.

Force ‘better prepared’ for riots
West Midlands Police say they would be better organised and equipped if there is a repeat of last August’s riots.

National Headlines

Team GB aims to top Beijing golds
Hopes are high that Team GB will equal or surpass the 19 gold medals won at Beijing 2008 later with cyclist Sir Chris Hoy among those hopeful of victory.

Tories must deliver, say Lib Dems
The Tories “must deliver” on the coalition agreement, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes warns, after plans for Lords reform were abandoned.

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