Media Watch – Jan 17

By on 17/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Police chief is landlady on Benefits Street (Birmingham Mail) Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Cllr Yvonne Mosquito owns a house on James Turner Street, the road featured on Channel 4's Benefits Street, the newspaper reports.

'They should pass test to be allowed kids' (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM) Footballer Joey Barton has taken to Twitter to express his views about the Benefits Street programme. Soho ward member Cllr Chaman Lal said the player's views were “sickening comments and absolutely disgusting”.

300 jobs at risk as Dunlop plant axed (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of calls from city MP Jack Dromey for Goodyear Dunlop's board to make an urgent decision over its future in Birmingham when its lease at its current Castle Bromwich base expires later this year. The city council has identified an alternative site for the firm in Aston, but no decision has yet been made.

Political leaders fight for fair deal (Birmingham Mail) The city council's three group leaders are set to meet local government minister Brandon Lewis next week to discuss the issue of council funding.

Call for food action plans (Birmingham Mail) The city should 'lead the way' in challenging the food industry and standing up to takeaway “giants”, according to Cllr Sam Burden - comments made at a scrutiny committee meeting yesterday.

Community library saved from round of council cuts (Birmingham Mail and Solihull News) All four libraries in Hall Green district are set to remain open at full hours according to Hall Green ward councillor Barry Bowles, after concerns about their future were expressed during the budget consultation process.

Regional Headlines

A mystery investor is reported to have expressed an interest in buying a 24 per cent stake in Birmingham City FC.

Wolverhampton's Central Youth Theatre faces closure after the city's council announced that it proposed to cut all funding in the 2014/15 financial year.

National Headlines

Ed Miliband is set to say the “big five” banks must give up “significant” numbers of branches in an effort to make the industry more competitive. In a speech later today, he is expected promise to create at least two “challenger” banks.

Family, neighbours and the emergency services have searched through the night for a three-year-old boy who has been missing since Wednesday evening. Mikaeel Kular was last seen when his mother put him to bed in his home in Edinburgh.

A Japanese soldier who refused to surrender after World War Two ended and spent 29 years in the jungle has died aged 91 in Tokyo. Hiroo Onoda remained in the jungle on Lubang Island near Luzon, in the Philippines, until 1974 because he did not believe that the war had ended.

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