Media Watch – February 28

By on 28/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Business asks second city to be among first (The Times) Business leaders are to target key wards in Birmingham with 250,000 leaflets in an unprecedented political move to get a yes vote for a directly elected ‘super city’ mayor.

Will an elected mayor give Birmingham the ‘swagger’ it needs for the 21st century? (The Times)
It has the youngest urban population in Europe but England’s second city still feels in need of a burst of energy.

Librarians see £189m development (BBC) More than 250 librarians from Europe discuss the future of library services in Birmingham and see the city’s new facility being built.

Red squirrels bred in Birmingham to be released into wild (BBC)
Red squirrels bred in Birmingham are set to be released into the wild as part of a project to help save the endangered species. The city council said two animals, born and reared at Birmingham Nature Centre, will be taken to a secret UK location.

Anti-traveller fences go up (Birmingham Mail)
A series of parks, playing fields and open spaces in Quinton are to get low level trip rail fencing in a bid to stop illegal traveller camps springing up later this year.

Campaign gives real sparkle to Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) A campaign launched in a bid to boost tourism in Birmingham over Christmas has been hailed a success. Marketing Birmingham joined forces with organisations including Birmingham City Council and Retail Birmingham.

Respect man swaps sides to join Labour (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s last remaining Respect Party councillor (Cllr Shokat Ali) has crossed the floor to join the Labour group.

Regional Headlines

Vegetable thief jailed for murder
A man is sentenced to at least 22 years in prison for murdering an 83-year-old man during a burglary at his Worcestershire home.

John Willmott School fire treated as ‘arson’
Three people have been arrested after a fire at a school in Sutton Coldfield.

National Headlines

Occupy London protesters evicted
Riot police stand guard as they prepare to remove protesters from the Occupy encampment in front of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Barclays to pay £500m avoided tax
Barclays Bank is ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax it tried to avoid, as retrospective legislation is introduced.

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