Media Watch – Dec 8

By on 08/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Multiple police poisoner put under curfew (Independent i, Sun, Telegraph, Express)
A cafe owner who poisined 47 police officers with sandwiches that could have proved deadly has been ordered to wear an electronic tag and observe an evening curfew. Relates to Morris’s Meal Machine, in Nechells, and Birmingham City Council’s investigation which found mouse droppings in the kitchen and was described as ‘filthy’.

Power to our cities: give them elected mayors (Times)
Birmingham and others are capable of matching the profile and dynamism of London. Andrew Adonis, director of the Institute for Government, essay referencing ‘capable Councillor Mike Whitby’.

Tree brings festive cheer to city centre (B Mail)
The biggest Christmas tree in town has been lit up as the festive season cranks up a gear in Birmingham. Lord Mayor Len Gregory (pictured) receives tree from Sandvik.

155k-a-year civil role for ex-chief exec (B Mail)
Lin Homer, a former chief executive of BCC, who ‘presided over Birmingham’s ‘banana republic’ vote-rigging scandal’ is to be the new Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport.

Campaign is launched to lure visitors (B Mail)
A magical Cinderella-style character is being used [by Visit Birmingham and train operator London Midland] as the face of Birmingham to tempt visitors to the city during the lucrative festive period. 

Tenants’ repair delay fury (B Mail)
Councillor John Lines said engineers ‘working flat out’ after council tenants ‘bombarded’ Birmingham City Council with complaints about their heating systems breaking down.

Mayor Ray’s Kong pledge (B Mail)
Birmingham has got a new contender for the race to become the city’s first elected mayor – veteran campaigner Ray Egan, also known as John Bull. Op ed on pledges including bringing the giant King Kong statue back to the city and legalised red light area in Jewellery Quarter and welcomes ‘extra interest’ his participation will generate.  

They can start you back on your way (24Housing)
Opinion piece from Cllr John Lines and Elaine Elkington on the survival of the Homes and Communities Agency after the ‘bonfire of quangos’.  

Regional Headlines:

Injuries in One Direction concert (BBC)
Thirty-five people are treated for minor injuries at a performance by X Factor finalists One Direction in Wolverhampton.

Cleared man in DNA killer appeal (BBC)
A man cleared of murdering a paperboy from Stourbridge urges police to use modern DNA tests to find the killer.

12 year old boy in critical condition after Erdington crash (B Mail)
A boy has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition following a crash in Erdington.

Lib Dems in West Midlands still 'undecided' over tuition fees (B
Liberal Democrat MPs in the West Midlands have still not decided which way to vote in Thursday's critical tuition fees debate, as the row over student funding threatens to tear their party apart.

National Headlines:

UK 'feared Megrahi prison death' (BBC)
Britain feared Libya would take harsh action against UK interests if the Lockerbie bomber died in prison, latest Wikileaks cables allege.

Julian Assange in custody as Washington turns up the heat (Guardian)
Revenge operation begins against WikiLeaks as anonymous cyber-attacks continue against host sites.

South African honeymoon murder husband arrested in UK (BBC)
The husband of a woman murdered on her honeymoon has been arrested in the UK at the request of the South African authorities, police said.

Get out of jail free (Sun)
Fury at soft sentences. 6,500 fewer prison places. U-turn on knife crime vow.

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