Media Watch – Feb 3

By on 03/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Academies plan for failing schools (Birmingham Mail): Report based on Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for all schools rated as ‘needing improvement’ to become academies. Story lists 60 city schools which currently have this rating.

Leaders in vow to get more young people to vote (Birmingham Mail): MPs and councillors attended a ceremony at the Council House to encourage young people to register in time to vote in the general and local elections on May 7.

Call to arms over library’s cost cuts (Birmingham Mail): Hundreds of campaigners are expected to attend a rally on Saturday to save the Library of Birmingham from severe cuts.

A first for Brum as alliance takes over axe-threat library (Birmingham Mail): Castle Vale Tenants and Residents Alliance have become the first organisation to take over the daily running of their local library in Birmingham.

Three police officers sexually exploited underage girls aged 14 and 15 (Mirror website): Three West Midlands Police officers abused their positions of authority by exploiting three underage children in the last two years, according to a new Freedom of Information Request. Reference made to the police and council putting in extra resources to tackle sexual exploitation.

Closure of Tesco store ‘devastating’ (Bromsgrove Standard): Tesco announce its Express store, in Northfield High Street, is one of the 43 stores that will be closed.  Richard Burden MP and Cllr Brett O’Reilly, Chair of Northfield District both quoted on how this will affect the local economy.

Regional Headlines

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Wolverhampton today as the city bids farewell to Sir Jack Hayward, the former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who died last month, aged 91.

Chiltern Railways say there will be no direct trains between London and the West Midlands for “at least a week†following a major landslip, which has closed the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

National Headlines

MPs will hold a crucial vote later to decide whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.

English MPs would be given a veto over laws that apply only in England – including on income tax rates – under plans put forward by the Conservatives.

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