Media Watch – July 10

By on 10/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse (local and national coverage)

  • Education department must go - Ofsted chief (Birmingham Post): Report on comments made by Sir Michael Wilshaw to the Education Select Committee that the council's education department should be broken up.
  • Birmingham schools were targeted in a ‘planned and orchestrated’ plot to radicalise pupils, says Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw (Daily Mail)
  • Ofsted finds no evidence pupils have been radicalised at Trojan Horse schools (Guardian)
  • Ofsted to toughen inspections after the Trojan Horse claims (The Daily Telegraph)

Strikes to hit every school (extensive local coverage): Reports on national strike by public sector workers, references school closures, refuse collections and library services.

Big parties fear UKIP in police by-election (Birmingham Post): Tory and Labour campaigners have raised concerns that UKIP could pose a real threat in the forthcoming police commissioner by-election on August 21.

£350m city growth deal is good for region - PM (Birmingham Post): Report on the Government's announcement of a £350m growth deal for Greater Birmingham – £63m of which will be spent on Midland Metro, transport around Longbridge and a life sciences campus. Quotes Leader and Andy Street of GBSLEP.

Council office could be turned in to new hotel (Birmingham Post): Reports that Louisa Ryland House could become a prestigious hotel or apartments as the former council building is put up for sale.

'City needs a new Joseph Chamberlain' (Birmingham Post): Reports comments made by the Leader during conference at Newman University celebrating the 100th anniversary of Joseph Chamberlain's death.

Private equity groups thought to be eyeing city's NEC Group (Birmingham Post): Update on the sale of the NEC Group, which names interested parties including Providence Equity Partners, the controlling partner of Ambassador Theatre Group.

Protesters in legal bid to halt food college closure (Birmingham Post): Report that Kajans Hospitality and Catering Studio in Aston is facing closure - campaigners preparing to take legal action against DfE.

Chance to make brass from muck, city is told (Birmingham Post): Report on calls for council to look for future-proof waste disposal plans for when its contract with Veolia ends in 2019. Cllrs Deidre Alden and Victoria Quinn quoted.

New cycling routes opened around city (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail): Article on new cycle routes opened as part of the Bike North Birmingham project.

Calls to council to return in-house - Capita contract ending (Birmingham Mail): Story on the city council taking contact centre calls contract back from Capita. Cllrs Carl Rice, Mike Leddy and Jon Hunt quoted.

MP launches street survey over parking (Birmingham Mail): Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe urging residents and businesses to share their concerns over parking in Bournville.  Cllr Phil Walkling quoted.

Concert ready to meet Challenge (Birmingham Mail): Short piece promoting Educate and Celebrate's Challenging Homophobia on Primary School concert at Birmingham Children's Library on 16 July.


Regional headlines

Hospital worker stabbed to death at work in a mental health hospital in Gloucester.

An 11-year-old pupil at Moreton Community School in Wolverhampton has been excluded after parents complain children were jabbed with a diabetes finger prick pen.


National headlines

More than 1m public sector workers due to take part in mass strikes across the UK over a series of disputes with the government.

PM plots anti-strike law as seven major unions stage action across the UK: David Cameron says curbing public sector strikes will form part of the 2015 Tory manifesto.

Emergency phone and internet data storage law to be brought in to force phone and internet firms to log records of customer calls, texts and internet use.

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