Media Watch – July 15

By on 15/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Further Trojan Horse coverage:
• Record numbers of pupils 'at risk' of radicalisation (Guardian) Schools are referring to the police record numbers of pupils and staff identified as being at risk. References Trojan Horse
• City boss raps Ofsted chief's 'full attack' over Trojan Horse (Birmingham Mail) Jerry Blackett, chief executive of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, has criticised Sir Michael Wilshaw for 'crossing the line' in his attack on the city

Nine-year-old found hanged 'was bullied' (Guardian, Birmingham Mail, BBC online) Claims that Aaron Dugmore, who was found hanged in his bedroom, was bullied. Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board is conducting a serious case review

'Garden tax' slashed as 9 in 10 reject it (Birmingham Mail) The city council launches a half-price offer for the second half of the summer growing season (Cllr Lisa Trickett interviewed on BBC WM)

Seven seconds on zigzag lines cost driver £70 fine (Birmingham Mail, Mirror) A woman was fined for parking illegally on zigzag lines by a school

Birmingham to move contact centre in-house (CCR-Public Sector) The city council has agreed to take its contact centre away from current provider Capita and bring it back in-house. Deputy leader Ian Ward quoted

Regional headlines:

Birmingham Brummies forced to close – The British Speedway Promoters’ Association announce the Birmingham Brummies close with immediate effect

Former deputy takes over top police role - Yvonne Mosquito has officially taken on the role of acting police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands

National headlines:

Hague quits as foreign secretary – Downing Street says William Hague is to stand down as foreign secretary, as part of a cabinet reshuffle which also sees Ken Clarke leave the cabinet

Israel accepts Gaza truce proposal – Israel accepts Egypt’s proposal to end Gaza air strikes in return for militants stopping rocket fire, but Hamas’s armed wing calls it a “surrender”

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