Media Watch – Jan 5 (pm)

By on 05/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

True Grit (Birmingham Mail, Page 2; also BBC News, Midlands Today, Radio WM, BRMB) Birmingham is bracing itself today for up to 10cm of snow, as it emerged the city's gritting lorries have broken all records due to the cold snap.  Alistair Campbell (Highways) interviewed on WM and BRMB.  For the latest, go to: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6189

Meanwhile, with heavy snow forecast for later this afternoon, Cllr Len Gregory is urging city centre employers to consider taking a 'sensible' approach, where possible, to release staff early in a bid to avoid potential peak hour problems.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6199

Pay battle pair: we were misled (Birmingham Mail, Page 43) Two former council care workers who missed out on five-figure equal pay claims have criticised their union and solicitors.

Appeal for volunteers (Birmingham Mail, Page 10) Birmingham City Council is looking for 16-to-18-year-olds to join its peer tutor volunteer scheme, helping library staff to plan and run learning activities.

Regional Headlines:

Three men from Birmingham have appeared in court along with three others, accused of having taken part in a sophisticated £50m mortgage fraud.

A former RE schoolteacher who ran a brothel in Birmingham with his son has started a nine-month sentence today.

Two people have been taken to hospital after a crash on the M6 toll road in Shenstone involving a car, a van and a stag.

National Headlines:

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that there will be no “backroom deals” ahead of the general election, even if it was clear that no single party was on its way to winning a Commons majority.

A teenager who killed his girlfriend by dousing her in petrol and setting her alight has been sentenced to a minimum of 21 years behind bars.

Military charities say they have “grave concerns” about their ability to cope with the number of former Gurkhas coming to them for assistance.

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