Media watch – January 25

By on 25/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Brum needs 10,000 new class places (Birmingham Mail) A scrutiny report shows that 10,000 extra secondary school places will be needed by 2020 due to an increased birthrate. Cllr Les Lawrence quoted

Delay fears over markets decision (Birmingham Mail) A cabinet report into the future of the wholesale market may be delayed until after the local elections. Cllr Paul Tilsley said officials writing the report needed further information

Does Birmingham need a Boris? (BBC WM) – Discussion and phone-in on WM on potential for elected mayor in Birmingham

Labour MPs fight for chance to become Birmingham’s Boris (Times) Article looking at the contenders for the potential mayoral election in Birmingham, and a wider look at the other cities’ potential candidates

Teachers to strike over academy status threat (Independent) Staff at Montgomery primary school in Birmingham will strike today over possible plans to turn it into an academy, under proposals by the DfE regarding under-performing schools

‘Faces’ of the new library get VIP tour (Birmingham Mail) The public faces representing the city’s new library enjoyed a tour of the site

No escape for Brum 500 (Birmingham Mail) Feature on new welfare proposals, including 500 city families receiving up to £1,150 in housing benefits

Regional Headlines:

Plea to States in jobs battle (Birmingham Mail) A plan is being drawn up to save Tucker Fastners factory in Perry Barr, including a plea to parent group bosses in Kentucky

‘Fake doctor’ denies fraud charge (BBC online) A health worker who allegedly pretended to be a doctor has pleaded not guilty to fraud and deception charges

National Headlines:

 PM to urge European court reform
Obama calls for economic fairness
Salmond outlines referendum plan

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