Media Watch – July 14

By on 14/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse (national and local coverage):

  • Birmingham accuses Ofsted head of smear campaign (Independent on Sunday): Report on city's reaction to Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments made to MPs last week.  Chief executive, Mark Rogers quoted.
  • School recruiter is Islam hardliner (Sunday Telegraph): Report on activities of Najma Begum, managing director of Transform Training and Recruitment and her links to one of the Trojan Horse schools (Oldknow).
  • 'Have you thrown in the towel?' Ofsted chief hits out at councils for not reporting failing schools (The Independent): Report on Sir Michael Wilshaw criticising local authorities for not raising concerns about poorly performing schools.
  • Gove praise for a top city school (Birmingham Mail): Report on comments made by Education Secretary Michael Gove on the 'outstanding' performance of Perry Beeches II. Also includes comments from head teacher Liam Nolan on the importance of autonomy for schools, in light of Trojan Horse.
  • Muslim parent warned David Cameron about Trojan Horse school two months before crisis erupted - and got no reply (Daily Mail): Report based on parent's claim that he wrote to the PM to complain about Oldknow Academy's over emphasis on Islamic teaching, at the expense of other faiths.
  • An ode to Birmingham: how can the UK's second city fix its image problem (The Guardian): Think-piece on the image issues facing Birmingham in light of Trojan Horse, Benefits Street and the recent Le Grand report into children's services. Quotes the Leader, and chief executive Mark Rogers.
  • Ofsted chief's warning to councils (Daily Mail): Report on comments made by Sir Michael Wilshaw about councils' role in raising school standards, in the light of Trojan Horse allegations.

Baby death:  Mum to go free (Birmingham Mail): Report that Louise Barley, who was jailed for the death of 21-month-old son Keiron, is set to walk free from prison today after appeal court judges cut her sentence by more than half. References the serious case review into Keiron's death.

6,000 more cyclists are set to go green in Brum (Birmingham Mail): Report on £3m awarded to GBSLEP to cut carbon in Birmingham and Solihull, with a view to getting 6,000 more cyclists on the roads.  Cllr Kath Hartley quoted.

Jobs boom as we get on our bikes (Sunday Mercury): Story  on how Halfords are taking on 500 more staff as a result of cycling boom in the Midlands. References Bike North Birmingham project and Birmingham Cycle Revolution.

Rising death toll on our killer roads (Sunday Mercury): Report based on Department of Transport stats which show a rise in deaths from 24 in 2012 to 29 last year.

Big bother after more bus lane camera sites revealed (Birmingham Mail): Report on Cllr Ali's report to Economy and Transport Scrutiny Committee, in which he refers to a number of new bus lane enforcement sites.  Cllrs Tahir Ali, Victoria Quinn, Ewan Mackey and Timothy Huxtable all quoted.

Plans for return to Brum Super Prix back on track (Birmingham Mail): Report suggesting Super Prix racing could return to city after David Cameron  announced new powers for local authorities.

Birmingham meets inactivity crisis with Be Active and Active Parks (Exercise Works): Birmingham City Council’s Head of Community Sport and Healthy Lifestyles, Karen Creavin, reflects on the city’s response to the inactivity crisis.

Switch £1bn VAT from junk food to fight obesity (The Times): Report on LGA report on the cost of treating health problems linked to obesity. References Birmingham's city council's Be Active campaign which offers free gym places and classes to 400,000 residents.

Four on Lab shortlist for top cop job (Birmingham Mail): Report that Labour Party officials will interview four candidates for the West Midlands Police commissioner's post today (14 July).

I was fined £70 for pulling up outside a school for 7 seconds (Birmingham Mail): Report on motorist Joyce Sale being fined after she parked on zig zag lines outside St Benedict's School in Small Heath.

Cycle and walk trails on offer as city tunnels close for the summer (Birmingham Mail): Story highlighting alternative pedestrian and cyclist routes as the A38 tunnels close for six weeks for repairs.

'The pain is just so great and it reaches everyone around you” (Independent on Sunday): Article on legal action being taken against the Government regarding the historical child abuse in care home in south-west London. References children sent to Haut de la Gerrane in Jersey by Birmingham's children's services in 2008.

Swimming pool relocation plan sparks rumpus (Birmingham Mail): Article claiming the council is railroading through plans to rebuild Northfield Swimming Pool on the former MG Rover site in Lonbridge.  Cllr Randall Brew quoted.

Council thinking on outsourcing shifts (Local Government Chronicle): Article on how councils are outsourcing some services against a backdrop of cuts and a need to maintain standards.  References the Le Grand review in to Birmingham's children's services.

'Council wouldn't empty wheelie bin that I bought' (Sutton Observer): Article on Sutton resident who bought own wheelie bin complaining council refuse workers refuse to empty it.

Enough is enough, demand residents after another crash (Sutton Observer): Calls for safety measures to be installed at an accident black spot in Sutton. Cllr David Barrie quoted.

Regional headlines

Two killed in crash on M42 at Beoley, Worcestershire, in the early hours of this morning.

A third man has been charged with murder after a stabbing during disorder in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham.

National headlines

The Church of England has a second opportunity to approve the introduction of women bishops in a crucial vote of its ruling General Synod later today.

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a £1.1bn package of investment in “vital” military programmes to meet new threats posed by global terrorism.

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