Media Watch – July 27 (am)

By on 27/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tourists continue flocking to Birmingham despite economic downturn (Birmingham Post 27 July)  Birmingham’s tourist economy is holding firm during the downturn according to the city’s destination marketing agency. Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Leader under pressure as smear case ruling sticks (Birmingham Post 27 July)  Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is under pressure to sack one of his rising stars in Birmingham after city councillor Ayoub Khan failed to overturn a judge’s ruling that he behaved in a ‘scurrilous’ manner by attempting to smear a Labour opponent when giving evidence in an election court.

City’s worst parking blackspot (Birmingham Post 27 July)  A study by a groundbreaking public journalism project has revealed the worst place to park in Birmingham. And it has emerged that Birmingham City Council is currently handing out about 200 tickets a day more on average than at the same time last year.

New chief places belief in children (Birmingham Post 27 July)  Social workers should always believe children when they complain about being abused and then try to obtain evidence, a new Birmingham social services director has said.

Regional Headlines

Man held after car-on-path death 
A man is being questioned on suspicion of murder over the death of a man after a car was driven on to a footpath.Antony Stephen Ames, 21, was pronounced dead in hospital following the incident on Chester Road in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, early on Saturday.

Taxi convoy following man’s death 
A convoy of about 200 taxi drivers gathered in Birmingham city centre to show their support for a colleague who died after being stabbed in the head.

‘Heroes’ hailed for beach rescue
A lifeguard from Birmingham helped to save 40 children and adults after a sandbank collapsed into the sea at Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

National Headlines

MPs urge rail franchise reforms

New strategy in UK Afghan mission

Big rise in male ChildLine calls

UK elderly fourth poorest in EU

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