Media Watch – Jan 6 (pm)

By on 06/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Grit supplies are “adequate” to keep city moving (Birmingham Mail) Councils across the West Midlands are keeping a close eye on grit supplies to keep the region mobile as the cold snap continues to bite.  Meanwhile extensive coverage has continued across local and national media, with Alistair Campbell (Highways) interviewed on WM.  For the latest, go to:  For details of school closures, go to:

Pub backs down on strippers plan (Birmingham Mail) Strippers will not be allowed to perform at a Sutton Coldfield pub's hen and stag party nights, following complaints from a child safety watchdog.  Cllr Nigel Dawkins quoted.

Pupil call to stop yobs (Birmingham Mail) Schoolchildren in Birmingham who are fed up with yobs blighting their lives have compiled a “wish list” for police and councillors so that they can tackle the problem.  Cllr John Lines quoted.

Council politicos get teen shadow (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham city councillors are to form “Batman & Robin” style partnerships with teenage sidekicks in a bid to tackle community problems and stop the apathy and cynicism towards local politics.  Cllrs Jon Hunt, Matt Bennett, Sir Albert Bore, Deirdre Alden, David Osborne and Mahmood Hussain all quoted.

100 years of good health (Birmingham Mail) Centenarian Charlotte “Lucy” Cooper has been presented with a special gold plated coin by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Wilkes, and the Lady Mayoress, Vivienne Wilkes.  Cllr Wilkes quoted.

Regional Headlines:

A Midland bride who stole £470,000 from her former employer to fund a lavish lifestyle which included her dream wedding was today starting a two-year jail sentence.

A Birmingham GP accused of having arranged an illegal late abortion for her teenage daughter in Spain faces being struck off the medical register.

A former top West Midlands Police detective has told a tribunal that he was “bullied and harassed” out of his job because he was disabled.

National Headlines:

Two ex-cabinet ministers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon, have written a letter to Labour MPs, calling for a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership.

A man has died after having been shot in the chest outside a block of flats in Forest Gate, east London.

The first double portrait painting of Princes William and Harry has been unveiled today at London's National Portrait Gallery.


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