Media Watch – Feb 3

By on 03/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Simon says, “Birmingham needs elected mayor” (BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC News online, Express & Star) Erdington MP Sion Simon has been speaking to the BBC about his plans to lobby for Birmingham to adopt the elected mayor system, following his announcement to stand down from Parliament at the next general election.
World’s fastest woman advises local athletes (BBC Midlands Today) US sprinter Carmelita Jeter trained with a dozen of Birchfield Harriers’ young athletes and gave them useful coaching tips.  She came to Birmingham to promote the Grand Prix meeting later this month, as well as to talk about the US Track & Field team basing themselves in Birmingham for the Olympics in 2012.
Savings top the agenda (Express & Star) A summit in Birmingham today is due to discuss how to cope with big cuts in public sector budgets.  Chief executive Stephen Hughes and deputy leader Paul Tilsley are among the speakers.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham MP to quit Commons in bid to be first mayor  (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham Erdington MP Sion Simon is to step down from Parliament and as a minister to campaign to become the city’s first elected mayor. He will give up his seat at the next election to lobby for the city to adopt the elected mayor system.

Pothole problems are ‘long-term’  (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is currently drawing up long-term plans to cope with the alarming number of potholes on roads caused by the Arctic weather.

Home first to get ‘green’heat (Birmingham Mail) A council house in Birmingham has become the first in the city to be fitted with a new ‘green’ form of heating, it has been revealed.

Fears for future of city nurseries (Birmingham Mail) Education bosses are being urged to come clean on suspected ‘secret’ plans to close a number of Birmingham’s council-run nursery schools.

Waste firm rapped on pollution (Birmingham Mail) An industrial waste disposal firm has been given an ultimatum to stop running a rubble sorting machine which piles dust and noise pollution on neighbours.

Khyra looked well, says social worker (Birmingham Mail) Social workers who visited the Birmingham home of a seven-year-old girl who as allegedly starved to death had no concerns about her health, a court heard.

New call to save baths (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners are to lobby a senior Birmingham councillor (Cllr Martin Mulaney) to save their local swimming baths tonight.

Going public (Personnel Today) Birmingham City Council HR Director Andy Albon hits the nail on the head: Employer branding is important in the public sector, as it is in the private sector, but we’ve got some built-in difficulties.”

Regional Headlines

Final warning for West Midlands hospital trust 
A trust (The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust) which manages three West Midlands hospitals has been given a final warning for keeping people waiting too long in its accident and emergency department.

Mandelson’s ‘disappointment’ after Kraft meeting 
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has said he is “disappointed” that food giant Kraft would not commit to managing Cadbury’s brands in the UK.

Clare Short says cabinet misled on Iraq war legality 
Tony Blair’s cabinet was “misled” into thinking the war with Iraq was legal, ex-International Development Secretary Clare Short has told the UK’s inquiry.

National Headlines

Dementia ‘losing out’ to cancer in funding stakes 
Dementia now costs the UK economy twice as much as cancer but gets a fraction of the funding to find causes and cures, a report seen by the BBC shows.

Over 1,000 Britons are jailed over drugs abroad 
British travellers have been warned not to get involved with drugs abroad, as figures show a large number of those detained are accused of drugs offences.

UK defence thinking to be outlined in Green Paper 
Ministers are to set out their thinking about the UK’s defence strategy and what resources will be needed to combat emerging security threats.

Assembly elections called if NI Executive falls – PM 
The government will call an NI Assembly election rather than just suspending the institutions if the executive falls over failure to agree a policing deal.

UK ‘could face power shortages’ 
The UK could face power shortages in the years ahead, according to the energy regulator, Ofgem.

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