Media Watch – July 17

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Trojan Horse: Heads join board at probe schools (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has revealed the names of the new governors due to take over at Park View Academy Trust.

Trojan Horse: 'Enough is enough' - city backlash in Trojan Horse (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's civic leaders have closed ranks to defend the city against what they see as unfair attacks by national politicians, the media and the head of school inspection service Ofsted.  Quotes chief executive Mark Rogers.

Trojan Horse: MP: End blame game over 'plot' and focus on the children (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham MP (Gisela Stuart) has called for national and local education bosses to end the 'blame game' around Trojan Horse and focus on delivering for children and parents.

Trojan Horse: Coverage in various papers that Gove's successor, Nicky Morgan, will oversee this month's publication of a government report into the alleged 'Trojan Horse' plot. (Birmingham Post, The Independent, The I )

Recycle your old bins and boxes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents who have received new wheelie bins in recent weeks can have old dustbins and recycling boxes collected this weekend.

City council tax debt tops that of Wales (Birmingham Post) Council tax arrears in Birmingham have soared by 15 per cent in the last year with the local authority owed more than £105 million. Quotes council spokesperson explaining that in line with many other local authorities.

More people employed than ever before across the region (Birmingham Post) There are more people in work in the West Midlands than any time on record after another surge in job creation.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Future bright as city looks to cash in on its confidence (Birmingham Post) Confidence is returning to Birmingham on the back of investment from Deutsche Bank, Jaguar, Land Rover (JLR) and the BBC, with speculative development set to follow. Quotes Waheed Nazir, director of planning.

'Teracotta Army' heads for pool (Birmingham Post) A hundred swimmers from across Birmingham are being invited to descend on Moseley Road Baths this weekend in a bid to highlight the plight of the threatened building.

Birmingham Cycle Revolution tells business leaders to get on their bikes (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council and BPS hosted a business breakfast at the Library of Birmingham to tell local business about the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project. 

Road racing law could see return of Super Prix (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of Government's announcement that changing law to give local authorities power to stage motor races on public roads and campaigners' hopes that Super Prix will return to Birmingham.

Delayed software lets drivers flout parking limit (Birmingham Post) Traffic wardens have been unable to ticket motorists flouting limited parking periods in Birmingham - because their handheld computers are not working properly. Quotes councillors Ewan Mackey and Tahir Ali.

Regional Headlines

Surprise hat in ring for elected police boss - Ex-transport minister David Jamieson is Labour's candidate for the PCC By Election.

Library of Birmingham takes on Shard in architecture prize - Library of Birmingham short listed for the Riba Stirling Prize for best new building.

MP invested in ‘tax avoidance scheme’ – MP Andrew Mitchell has invested in a film-financing company that tax collectors say was a tax avoidance scheme, BBC Newsnight learns.

National Headlines

Five-hour Gaza ceasefire begins – A five-hour truce between Palestinian militants and Israel begins in Gaza to allow residents to stock up on supplies, after nine days of fighting.

Lib Dems propose benefit changes – The Liberal Democrats call for an immediate overhaul of the coalition’s housing benefit reform, known to critics as the ‘bedroom tax’.

Tories plan human rights challenge – The Conservatives have drawn up plans designed to limit the power of the European Court of Human Rights and to reassert the sovereignty of Parliament, the BBC learns

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