Media Watch – Jan 9

By on 09/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Sir Albert interview re budget  (Pete Morgan Show, BBCWM) Ideas from the public on how we can save money.  This follows on from the webcast on Tuesday night when the public were invited to make suggestions on savings.

Chinese back plan to reopen 170-year-old railway route (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, The Times, Financial Times) A Midlands railway line could serve passengers for the first time in almost 100 years - with Chinese backing. Quotes Cllr Tim Huxtable and a council spokesperson.

Library card for children comes with a warning … (Birmingham Post) All primary schoolchildren in Birmingham will be issued with library cards in a bid to improve literacy and encourage greater use of community services.  Quotes Cllr Mike Ward, Cllr Deirdre Alden and Cllr Martin Straker-Welds.

Tributes to long-serving councillor known as 'Mr Harborne' (Birmingham Post) Birmingham politicians have paid tributes to a former councillor, known as Mr Harborne, who died last week - Peter Hollingworth.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore, Cllr John Lines and Cllr Paul Tilsley. 

Give Birmingham seats in the Lords, says MP (Birmingham Post) Leaders of major cities such as Birmingham should be guaranteed a seat in the House of Lords - to ensure their voices can't be ignored in Westminster, according to an MP (Gisela Stuart). Quotes council spokesperson.

City 'still a hotspot' for electoral fraud – report (Birmingham Post) The Electoral Commission has rejected calls for tougher restrictions on postal voting - despite concern that the ease with which postal votes can be obtained contributed to a major election fraud scandal in Birmingham. 

Call to help save park keepers' jobs as local cuts start to bite (Birmingham Post) Campaigners have urged the public to speak up for Birmingham's park keepers in a bid to save their jobs. 

City councillor's sudden departure sparks by-election (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Voters in Kingstanding are set to go to the polls next month following the sudden resignation of their local councillor - Cllr Catherine Grundy.

Children's home boss is under fire (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's children's services chief has blamed a management shake-up in the department for the closure of two children's homes.  Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones, Cllr Anne Underwood and Cllr James Bird.

Health chief demands minimum price for booze (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's health chief has backed the British Medical Journal in the call for minimum pricing for alcohol.  Quotes Cllr Steve Bedser.

Councillor sees co-op homes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, visited Frederick Road, in Aston, to see how Shahjalal residents were settling into their new homes.  Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Regional Headlines:

Out gay top-flight player ‘a way off’  – Former Villa player Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is “a long way to go” before a top footballer comes out as gay while still playing

Council action to ‘stop insolvency’ – “Immediate action” needs to be taken at Wolverhampton City Council to stop it “becoming insolvent”, leaders say.

Benefits Street series sparks hundreds of complaints – The first episode of a documentary series about residents of a deprived street in Birmingham have prompted almost 300 complaints to Ofcom.

National Headlines:

Duggan’s aunt urges ‘no violence’  – Mark Duggan’s aunt Carole says the family will fight the lawful killing decision “through the courts” and says there should be “no more violence”.

Explosion at Japan chemical factory – At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory owned by Mitsubishi Materials in central Japan.

‘No warning’ before helicopter crash – A US Air Force Commander says there was no warning of any problems with a helicopter which crashed on the north Norfolk coast, killing all four crew members.

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