MEDIA WATCH – Dec 4 (PM)

By on 04/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

20,000 jobs “to go at council” (Birmingham Mail, Page 2) Union leaders want a showdown with Birmingham leader Mike Whitby over claims that he intends to axe 20,000 jobs.

Pitch battle (Birmingham Mail, Page 1-2) An Army Bomb Disposal Unit carried out a controlled explosion of a World War II hand grenade at the Portland Pavilion sports club in Edgbaston, leaving a hole and sandbags behind.  Council spokesperson quoted.

Cleaners “gave up bonuses” (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) The ongoing tribunal has heard how women cleaners with Birmingham City council gave us their bonuses, out of fear over their jobs.

Golf course closure fury (Birmingham Mail, Page 13) More than 300 residents attended a public meeting in Handsworth to have their say over the imminent closure of the loss-making Hill Top golf course.

Dismay as OAP loses garage (Birmingham Mail, Page 19) The family of a disabled pensioner claim they are locked in a row with Birmingham City Council over the selling off of a garage he had been renting.

Regional Headlines:

PM Gordon Brown has called on the West Midlands to lead Britain's economic recovery, as the Government places manufacturing at the heart of its industrial policy.

NHS bosses have been warned that six local A&Es have been pushed to the limit and are struggling to cope with winter pressures.

Birmingham International Airport has unveiled plans for weekly flights to northern Iraq.

Eight seriously ill children were evacuated from Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak following an electrical fire.

National Headlines:

Steelmaker Corus has confirmed it will cease production at its Teesside Cast Products factory, putting 1700 people out of work.

A man has died after having been shot and robbed of £10,000 in Longsight, Manchester.

Hundreds of railway signalling workers are to take six days' strike action in the run-up to Christmas in south Wales.

The number of new cases of swine flu has halved in England, amid signs that the second wave of the pandemic is petering out, according to latest figures.

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