Media Watch – July 16

By on 16/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Park View Educational Trust board resigns (Extensive local and national coverage) - Tahir Alam, Chairman of the Park View Educational Trust, has announced he and colleagues will make way for a new group to assume responsibility for the running of the trust's schools. Mr Alam said he hoped Ofsted's Michael Wilshaw would now be removed from his post, as Michael Gove was in the Cabinet reshuffle.

Trojan Horse: MP calls for crunch talks with new education chief (Birmingham Mail) Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood has demanded a meeting with the new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan following her appointment after a Cabinet reshuffle yesterday. Meanwhile, Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne says the city can now begin to move on from the Trojan Horse affair, following Mr Gove's departure (BBC WM).

Wardens powerless across city's limited time parking areas (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of a recent story about problems with handheld computers that mean parking wardens have been unable to issue tickets properly. Cllrs Tahir Ali and Ewan Mackey quoted.

Service cuts hit mothers and babies (Nursery World) The council's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service budget has been reduced by 94 per cent. Note: No reference is made to the council's response to other recent media queries, explaining that this area of work is primarily the responsibility of the NHS.

Richard Atkins QC wins award following Tesco strawberries case (Birmingham Post online) The man who led the council's high-profile prosecution against the supermarket chain last year for offences relating to the pricing of strawberries has won a Trading Standards Institute's College of Fellows award for his efforts.

New substance misuse system for Birmingham (BBC WM) Cllr John Cotton and Birmingham Public Health’s Max Vaughan interviewed as Birmingham unveils a new ‘recovery-based’ substance misuse system.

Quit smoking during Ramadan (Noor TV) Programme from Birmingham Public Health looking at support on offer for smokers who want to quit during the holy month of Ramadan.

Regional Headlines

A man accused of a terrorism offence relating to the civil war in Syria has been told he will face no further action because of a lack of evidence. Mouloud Tahari, 20, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, appeared at the Old Bailey in March charged with funding terrorism overseas. His mother, Gerri Tahari, is due to appear before a jury on September 8 charged with the same offence.

Former Solihull councillor and Plymouth MP David Jamieson has been named as the Labour Party candidate for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commission election next month.

National Headlines

Israel warns thousands of Palestinians in eastern and northern Gaza to leave their homes by Wednesday morning as it continues air strikes.

David Cameron is due to complete the final appointments in his biggest ministerial reshuffle before questions from MPs in the Commons.

A system of special measures designed to improve failing hospitals in England is to be extended to care homes, the government is expected to announce.

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