Media Watch – Feb 4

By on 04/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Dunlop tyre making could leave Birmingham (widespread coverage) Sir Albert Bore urging Dunlop to reconsider the decision to move tyre production away from Birmingham, putting more than 240 jobs at risk.

Birmingham A38 summer tunnel closure dates announced (widespread coverage) Two tunnels on the A38 in central Birmingham will close for a second summer, the city council has said.

Mother of eight has bus lane fines quashed after pleading hardship (Mirror, Express, Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail) A single mother with eight children who receives £2,000 a month in benefits has had a string of bus lane fines slashed because she claims she can’t afford to pay them.

Over-70s breast cancer campaign (Birmingham Mail) Campaign launched after it was revealed one in three women diagnosed with breast cancer in England are ages 70 or over. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Iconic venue’s future in doubt as council considers cashing in (Exhibition News) Speculation is mounting in the exhibition industry that The NEC could be sold to cover legal liabilities from owners Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Pupils back sacked ‘gunshot’ teacher
Pupils at a Wolverhampton school call for a physics teacher who was sacked after he accidentally shot a student with a pellet gun to get his job back.

Birmingham Airport ‘overlooked’ in expansion plans
Birmingham Airport is being “overlooked” in government plans to expand UK airports, the city’s chamber of commerce has said.

National Headlines

Ex-UKIP spokesman led kidnap gang
A man who acted as UKIP’s Commonwealth spokesman has served a seven-year jail sentence over a kidnapping in Pakistan.

Batteries on planes ‘pose fire risk
‘The Civil Aviation Authority tells the BBC that the huge growth in people carrying lithium batteries on aircraft poses a growing fire risk.

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