Media Watch – Jan 26

By on 26/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City elections shake-up ordered (BBC) Birmingham City Council has been ordered to overhaul its election system in a bid to tackle “deep-rooted” issues.

The Birmingham Hotel: ‘Under-age’ girls in underwear fled before police swoop (Sunday Mercury, Mirror) Three suspected under-age girls fled a city hotel in their underwear shortly before police swooped in response to a child sex tip-off. The Birmingham Hotel had faced a possible injunction as part of the city council’s plans to tackle child sexual exploitation. But the council dropped the injunction plans after working with the hotel to “agree a protocol which the court indicated was an entirely proper approach to be taken. As a result it was not necessary to pursue the applications for injunctions and by agreement the proceedings were withdrawn.”

Pickles appoints Brum panel (Local Government Chronicle) A panel of experts has been appointed to oversee improvements at Birmingham City Council in the wake of high profile criticisms of the council’s governance.

Raleigh wins order for 5,000 bikes from Birmingham Council (Machinery Market) Raleigh has been awarded a contract to supply bicycles to Birmingham City Council.

Key anniversaries marked at Chelsea (Horticulture Week) Anniversary gardens for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show to include a display marking 300 years of Birmingham Cathedral (Birmingham City Council).

Regional Headlines

Killer accused found hanged in cell
A 33-year-old Birmingham man accused of murdering two pensioners is found hanged in his prison cell, police say.

Rally held over Fox ‘Muslim’ claims
A multi-faith rally, partly inspired by comments made on US TV describing Birmingham as a ‘no-go area’ for non-Muslims, is held.

National Headlines

SSE to cut gas prices by 4.1%
Energy company SSE says it is cutting its domestic gas prices by 4.1% from 30 April, saving the average household £28 a year.

MPs: Ban fracking on carbon grounds
A committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.

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